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    Friday, 18th January, 2019, 12:30 PM
    I was watching a game played with a dice pool, and could see that the GM was waiting for the dice roll and then deciding by what felt right, rather than having any kind of precise resolution. How precise are the RPG rules themselves, and what are the consequences of imprecision? Sourced from Pixabay. “But, he thought, I keep them with precision. Only I have no luck anymore. But who...
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    Thursday, 17th January, 2019, 12:30 PM
    Enemies lurk in dark alleys between towering skyscrapers waiting to waylay you. Stand by your guild as the Guildpact falters. Consider starting a D&D Ravnica campaign on a budget. The Guildmasters’ Guide (GG) to Ravnica might appeal to new DMs or DMs looking for a new campaign to kick off the new year. However, as written, it draws on four rulebooks and refers to an optional three...
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    Wednesday, 16th January, 2019, 12:30 PM
    Sure you may have seen all the films and watched the shows and maybe even played the games, but has any of that prepared you for the time when the undead come for your brains? No worry friend, Renegade Game Studio and Hunters Entertainment have you covered. Outbreak Undead 2nd Edition is designed by Christopher J. De La Rosa and is the next iteration of a game whose first edition won a Judges...
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    Tuesday, 15th January, 2019, 07:00 AM
    The National Association of Crazed Gamers (NASCRAG) will be celebrating its 40th anniversary of tournament play at Gen Con this year. NASCRAG's success is proof that competitive Dungeons & Dragons has always been a part of the game's history. The Gamers Get TogetherNASCRAG got its start back in 1979 with the D&D Open. The Open was a three-round D&D Tournament that began in 1977 and it was...
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    Monday, 14th January, 2019, 09:03 PM
    As we usher in a new year EN5ider is adding a new type of article to the mix: Intriguing Organizations. These cadres of villains, heroes, or monstrous misfits bring a variety of different themes to your gaming table starting off with an enigmatic cult of superlative mathematician-inventors, The Esoteres! By Quinn Callahan. Art by Phil Stone and Claudio Pozas. Recently on EN5ider: ...
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    Monday, 14th January, 2019, 08:22 PM
    As we usher in a new year EN5ider is adding a new type of article to the mix: Intriguing Organizations. These cadres of villains, heroes, or monstrous misfits bring a variety of different themes to your gaming table starting off with an enigmatic cult of superlative mathematician-inventors, The Esoteres! By Quinn Callahan. Art by Phil Stone and Claudio Pozas. Recently on EN5ider: ...
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    Monday, 14th January, 2019, 12:30 PM
    With the start of the New Year, many consider resolutions to improve their lives or happiness. If one of those resolutions is a new full-time job in the games industry, then I’ve got some options waiting to be explored. These jobs offer both pay and an opportunity to work in an industry you love. The job listings shared here can close at any time so if one speaks to you, I recommend you apply...
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    Monday, 14th January, 2019, 11:46 AM
    In today’s Mythological Figures post we’re examining the quintessential Queen of the Nile and a woman not at all unfamiliar with intrigue: Cleopatra! Most of us know Cleopatra through the lens of “Egyptomania” solidified in pop culture since the Victorian Age but this woman’s history is far, far, far more involved than that. Her reign isn’t just one period of rule it’s several, sometimes...
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    Friday, 11th January, 2019, 12:30 PM
    For me, the difference between Old School and anything else is not in the rules, but in attitude, as described last time. Yet the rules, and the pacing, can make a big difference; parts 2 and 3. “Old School Games have a lot of failure, more mediocre outcomes... and the brilliant stroke that suddenly feels astonishing because there is something there to contrast it with. New School...
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    Thursday, 10th January, 2019, 12:30 PM
    A new year brings new resolutions and why should gaming life be any different? Whether you're a player or GM, these ideas can improve your games. Picture sourced from Pixabay. Try a New RPG It's easy to get stuck in ruts. Mixing things up can breathe new life into a group. Even if you don't like the game, it might stir new ideas for your regular campaign. It's especially easy to work in...
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    Wednesday, 9th January, 2019, 12:30 PM
    It’s the New Year and fresh RPG crowdfundings are beginning to crop up! As the industry ramps back up after the holidays, there are a number of worthwhile projects that end between January 18th and 24th. If you’re interested in more details on how Kickstarters work, I did an interview/article with several prominent members of the industry about quickstarters, crowdfunding projects that...
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    Wednesday, 9th January, 2019, 12:30 PM
    The world is going to end. Not over time but all at once. Soon. As an Agent you know this awful truth. If you would fight back anyway you may want to pick up Delta Green Agent’s Handbook. Sometimes you find a rules set that resonates with you. It conjures images and evokes ideas of scenarios you could run. Delta Green is one of those RPGs. A near future world springs to shambling unlife,...
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    Tuesday, 8th January, 2019, 12:30 PM
    In 1992 I sat down at a table with my green and yellow d10s to play Runequest. That moment began my second age of role playing and my love has continued to this day. With the release of Runequest: Glorantha I am ready to run my first RQ game in many years and I plan on running the game from the Empire’s point of view. You see, 27 years ago my first RQ character was a Lunar soldier and that has...
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    Tuesday, 8th January, 2019, 12:30 PM
    Greetings Warhammer and Torg Eternity fans and a happy new year to everyone! I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing holiday and may 2019 bring your best RPG adventures yet. We're back with the first news round up the year from the world of Ulisses Spiele North America. Formerly a West End Games product, Torg Eternity was acquired by Ulisses Spiele in 2016. Following several successful...
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    Monday, 7th January, 2019, 12:30 PM
    The conventional wisdom is RPG crowdfunding campaigns are a month or two long. However, some publishers, like Steve Jackson Games and Frog God Games, have experimented with shorter campaigns dubbed “quickstarters” or “tiny print runs”. Running around two weeks or less, these campaigns manage to be quick hits. But do these shorter runs impact their success? To answer that, I reviewed a...
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    Monday, 7th January, 2019, 11:53 AM
    In today’s Epic Monsters post we’re going after the feared beast of the lower North American desert, that eater of goats and terror in the night known to man as the Chupacabra! The chupacabra actually originates in Puerto Rico in 1995 but shortly after its first “appearance” a comedian there coined a name for the creature and it was suddenly witnessed in more than a dozen other...
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    Friday, 4th January, 2019, 12:30 PM
    For me, the difference between Old School and anything else is not in the rules, but in attitude. Is failure, even losing, possible, or is it not? Is it a game, or is it a storytelling session? Notice it’s “storytelling”, not storymaking. Every RPG involves a story, the question is, who creates the story, the GM or the players? Inevitably, 40-some installments into this...
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    Thursday, 3rd January, 2019, 12:30 PM
    Happy new year, Paizo fans! We’re back up and running over here on the Paizo beat, and just bursting at the seams with all sorts of news coming direct from the Golem. There’s plenty of little toys and nifty knickknacks here to send to your gaming friends just in case you missed them over the holidays. Let’s get down to business! It looks like we’re starting the new year off right with a...
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    Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019, 12:30 PM
    I’m not much of a RIFTS player, but I love the lore, fluff, story—whatever one chooses to call it—surrounding RIFTS. Sometimes, I’ll incorporate some material from the RIFTS World Books into my D & D campaign. That’s precisely what I’ve done recently with a homebrew Castlevania game I’m working on. I’ve used some material from this book for the upcoming campaign. The book opens with the...
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    Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019, 12:30 PM
    The ebb and flow of crowdfunding is cyclic. I’m writing this article in the last days of December for RPG Kickstarters that end between January 11th and the 17th. Despite occupying the post-vacation portion of January it totals only two RPG Kickstarters. Interestingly, I doubt it’s the end date that deterred launching more projects, instead it was the attention magnet that is the holiday season....
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    Tuesday, 1st January, 2019, 07:00 AM
    The hobby market continues to spiral upward year-after-year. Can the industry keep this up? Image sourced from Pixabay. We have a few data points to indicate just how the hobby games market -- inclusive of tabletop role-playing games and miniatures -- is doing, and by all accounts it's doing very well indeed. But there were seismic shifts too, not the least of which being the turmoil...
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    Monday, 31st December, 2018, 02:36 PM
    Welcome to Mythological Figures! This week we’ve got another hero from Britain’s ancient past, the star of the oldest epic in Olde English: Beowulf! If you somehow missed the 2007 CGI film or forget learning about this fellow in English class, here’s the breakdown. Hrothgar makes the great hall Heorot for his warriors to drink and revel in, but then the monstrous Grendel (a descendant of...
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    Monday, 31st December, 2018, 12:00 PM
    Kickstarter’s February 2019 initiative is Zine Quest, a Tribute to RPG Zines. Kickstarter is putting a spotlight on tabletop RPGs offering additional exposure while also stating that tabletop roleplaying games are an important component of the crowdfunding community. To encourage that, EN World will cover some of the zines that crowdfund during this program. What is EN World Asking of...
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    Friday, 28th December, 2018, 12:00 PM
    If you’ve GMed a long-standing campaign where players reached fairly high levels, you may have run into problems of too much magic, or of too many low-powered magic items (such as +1 items) in the hands of the heroes. What to do? Photo by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash While you could simply buy up the surplus, there are other ways that don’t put lots of gold in character’s hands. These...
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    Thursday, 27th December, 2018, 12:30 PM
    You chased a thief into a swamp, trekked through trackless forests and bogs, and fought your way out of an ambush set by orx. Just another day as wandering adventurers in Zweihänder the grim and perilous RPG. Zweihänder is a 668 page hardcover filled with black and white art of grim dark shenanigans. If you want a long-term campaign of dark fantasy set in the world of your choosing that...
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    Wednesday, 26th December, 2018, 12:30 PM
    On Saturday, September 22nd, Failbetter Games launched Skyfarer, a tabletop RPG tie-in to Sunless Skies, their steampunk literary RPG video game. Available exclusively through, this promotional tool hypes the video game franchise by bringing it to the world of tabletop. The day it dropped, one of the members of my gamer group - a fan of the PC version - downloaded it, read...
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    Wednesday, 26th December, 2018, 12:30 PM
    I hope everyone that celebrates Christmas had a wonderful one. This holiday week, I’m looking at RPG Kickstarters that end between January 4th, 2019 and January 10th. At this point in the year, the products available touch on a lot of original ideas that are worth exploring including original, or rarely used, systems. If you enjoy this column, and you’re looking for something to break up...
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    Tuesday, 25th December, 2018, 07:00 AM
    The author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum, also created a backstory for Santa that involved a surprising amount of violence between demonic forces and fey immortals. This article focuses on the good guys for Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons games looking for holiday inspiration. Troops of the Fey FolkBaum describes the immortals who might seem impressive but have a host of...
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    Monday, 24th December, 2018, 11:36 AM
    Epic Monsters has a bit of an odd entry today but click onward to learn about the relatively recently conjured myth of Gremlins! Most of us know about gremlins from the immensely popular 1980s Gremlins movie of the same name but they didn’t start with an old antiquities shop, originating instead with the RAF in the 1920s: the Royal Air Force of England! They are like the cinematic version...
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    Monday, 24th December, 2018, 07:00 AM
    The author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum, also created a backstory for Santa that involved a surprising amount of violence between demonic forces and fey immortals. This article spotlights the bad guys for Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons games looking for some holiday inspiration. The Army of EvilBaum describes the bad guys, led by King Awgwa, in broad strokes: ...
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Friday, 18th January, 2019

  • 02:35 PM - Mark Hope quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Ulisses Update: Torg is Back; Dark Tides for Wrath & Glory 30 Percent Off!
    Happy to oblige. We have some detailed insight into the Torg version of Egypt straight from the source, along with some in depth discussion of Torg behind the scenes, a bit about why Torg minis haven't happened yet and more. I'm hoping to have it ready for the last week of the month and I'm not yet certain what form it will take, but it's exciting for anyone who enjoys Torg and other Ulisses NA games. Super cool. Thank you :)

Thursday, 17th January, 2019

Tuesday, 15th January, 2019

  • 08:43 PM - Jer quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Ulisses Update: Torg is Back; Dark Tides for Wrath & Glory 30 Percent Off!
    I recently spoke with the project lead for Torg Eternity. He says it's doing quite well and that players are liking it. Previously, I had little experience with Torg, but I've been getting heavily into it lately. It's an amazing game, with some fantastic upcoming material. I'm glad that it's doing well for them - my group is enjoying it (when we aren't playing 13th Age). I'm the only one who played (well, ran actually) original flavor Torg for any length of time though (4 years of a single long running campaign in the 90s) - for most of them it's a completely new game. I'm very happy with the new system - it has that right mix of nostalgia for the original system and simplification of the rules so that may old man brain can handle the game now. I think if I tried to run OG Torg these days I'd run into rules fatigue...

Monday, 24th December, 2018

  • 08:33 PM - Koloth quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Last Minute Gifts: A Miniature Guide
    I love Miniature Market! A gift card for them would be a great gift as well. Great suggestion. Filled up several plastic storage bins with out of the box collectable D&D minis when WOTC was supporting the Miniature Combat game. A lot of the commons were 10 cents each. Painted numbers on the tops of the bases to aid in tracking HP and other items of note when there were a bunch of the same fig in play. Got several of the larger figures for $3~5. IIRC the red T-Rex thing and Frost Giants were common figs.

Saturday, 22nd December, 2018

  • 11:57 AM - Kor quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Last Minute Gifts: A Miniature Guide
    If you're looking for a random grab bag of pre-painted minis to throw into your game, Wizkids offers several lines of D&D and Pathfinder minis. These can be found easily at your FLGS or on Amazon. Or buy pre-painted miniatures as singles. Here's a listing of some good and reputable sellers (and ones that also likely offer gift certificates):

Tuesday, 18th September, 2018

  • 01:23 PM - Rya.Reisender quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Burning Questions: What's the Worst Thing a DM Can Do?
    A major emphasis or strict adherence to specific rules. I love the mechanics of D & D as much as the next guy, but an over emphasis on rules can render an otherwise fun adventure tedious. I'm the opposite. I need a DM that absolutely strict with the rules and doesn't add any house rules (and rulings only when he can provide a source e.g. a tweet by Jeremy Crawford). I want to play the game as it was intended by the creators and not what the DM likes it to be. The DM insists upon railroading the players and not accounting for their ingenuity. Yeah, it sucks that on occasion, the players will completely bypass that insane dragon encounter you spent all afternoon building, but you have the ability as a DM to improvise right along with them and figure out a way to work that encounter back into a new path. As a DM, always has a contingency plan for unexpected player action. It doesn’t always work, but at least we have fun. Depends for me. I think a DM doesn't need to accept everything. Like if the play...

Tuesday, 4th September, 2018

  • 05:38 PM - Annie Bulloch quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Filled with Dice Envy
    I used to subscribe to this box. While I loved my metal dice, I kept receiving the exact same set for 3 months, so I cancelled. It was a great value when it was more varied. Nice review! Yikes, that’s not great.
  • 03:20 AM - Zardnaar quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Choose Your Own D&D Adventure!
    They resurrected Endless Quest. Fantastic! I still have (and occasionally play) my old Endless Quest and Fighting Fantasy game books. Have not played Fighting Fantasy for years but I liked the Lone Wolf ones better as you carried over the story from book to book.

Saturday, 25th August, 2018

Thursday, 29th March, 2018

  • 04:25 PM - Morrus quoted Nostalgia Ward in post D&D In Ready Player One? (SPOILERS)
    FWIW, Cline rewrote the gates for the film version and states in a recent Wired interview that Tomb of Horrors is not one of the challenges. Instead, there's a car race with sci fi and movie cars and something involving an 80s horror film. My money is on Nightmare on Elm Street. Can confirm. Saw it last night. Car race instead of Tomb of Horrors. Wrong guess on the horror film which is the second key though.

Monday, 19th March, 2018

  • 05:16 PM - Celebrim quoted Nostalgia Ward in post D&D In Ready Player One? (SPOILERS)
    The scene in the book is long and detailed. I deducted a star from the book because the scene wasn't detailed enough for my geek self. In particular, there are several rooms in the Tomb which would require an extremely imaginative solution to do solo without even so much as a potion even if you had full knowledge of the trap. One example is the room of green and brown curtains. For the life of me, I can't think of an obvious solution for a single low level PC to get by the room by themselves without using magic, and unlike the author's assertion that the tomb contains everything you need to get through it, that's only partially true. For example, it does have the magic ring you need to sacrifice and it does have a trueseeing item that lets you find the well hidden secret door, and the gems you need to get them, and in many cases you imagine a plan to get them as a low level character, there are still moments where a potion of flying is really welcome and you just don't have one to use....

Tuesday, 13th March, 2018

Sunday, 11th March, 2018

Sunday, 18th February, 2018

  • 12:01 PM - Malovech quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Looking At Dungeon Tiles Reincarnated
    This sounds cool. I've always wondered about using an LED TV or a projector for games, but always find myself going back to mats, tiles and theatre of the mind. What's your set up like for this? A tv (actually a 27" monitor) with a piece of clear plexiglass on the top. I use some styrofoam blocks to keep it off the table a bit and connect a laptop to it and run MapTool on it and my DMing laptop. Then I just fog of war the whole deal as we play. If I did it again, I would get a 4k 40" TV so we'd have even more room, but this is working out just fine.

Saturday, 13th January, 2018

  • 07:27 PM - Slit518 quoted Nostalgia Ward in post How do they make those good books? And how do I do something with OpenOffice?
    Adobe Creative Suite. I use InDesign and Photoshop mostly. There's a great website for monster/adventure templates in the 5e style here: As an alternative, GIMP would probably work in lace of Photshop and Scribus as a substitute for InDesign. Thanks for the answers! I will look into Scribus, as I've been using OpenOffice for a while now. P.S. The link you set up doesn't seem to link up to what you wanted it to.

Sunday, 31st December, 2017

  • 12:31 AM - Charles Dunwoody quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Face The Brutality Of The Dark Sun Campaign Setting
    I loved Dark Sun during my AD & D days. It never captured my interest quite like Spelljammer or Dragonlance, but certainly holds a special place in my heart. The Thri-Kreen are bad ass. I spent far too many all-nighters playing the computer game. We have two thri-kreen in the party. The ranger struggles with his hunger when he promises a defeated enemy he won't eat them. He hasn't reneged on a promise yet.

Tuesday, 28th November, 2017

  • 01:22 AM - LordNightwinter quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Who You Gonna Call? Looking At West End Games' Ghostbusters RPG
    Let's talk. I would be interested in acquiring a new copy. Mine is pretty torn up. As I mentioned in the piece, I had to improvise for the ghost die. I could always use new ID cards and Equipment cards. PM me if you decide to part with it. Unfortunately for me the copy I picked up was used and it wasn't treated with collector's care. There is dishing on the cover and one side of the box is torn. The cards aren't in the greatest shape but they all seem to be there. Plus I have the GM screen and adventure and Hot Rod of the Gods and the Pumpkin Panic one for GB International. EDIT but I do have the Dice for it, including the Ghost Die.

Tuesday, 24th October, 2017

  • 10:53 PM - Fauchard1520 quoted Nostalgia Ward in post Players of EN World: Tell us about your biggest in-game screw up.
    One of my players remarked, "this sounds an awful lot like The Fifth Element." Other players agreed. I hadn't seen the film at the time. A buddy of mine ran a Firefly game in Savage Worlds. He wound up recreating the riverboat scene from Maverick verbatim, "Turn in your guns" and all. He'd never seen the movie either. Dude still gets red-faced whenever we mention it.

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