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    Yesterday, 12:30 PM
    If getting your whole group together to play during December is a challenge, a holiday one-shot might be a perfect solution, and the official D&D Adventurer's League module Winter's Splendor by Ashley Warren is a great option. Even better, if you're running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, it's a good side adventure any time of the year. Set during a Midwinter gala in Waterdeep's Sea Ward,...
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    Monday, 10th December, 2018, 02:24 PM
    Today’s entry in Mythological Figures is probably my favorite American myth: the steel-driving man known as John Henry! While there’s a lot of contention about where it happened (ranging from West Virginia to Virginia or Alabama, and even Jamaica), there’s not much argument about what happened. An industrialist (or inventor or salesman--it’s another contention in the folk tale) arrives...
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    Monday, 10th December, 2018, 12:30 PM
    It’s your favorite time of the month, Paizo fans – more news from the Golem! The first edition of Pathfinder still has plenty of life in it yet, which means today we’re taking a new look at another hot release coming in January. Bust out your bear skins and sharpen your fangs, it’s time to dive into the latest Pathfinder Player Companion! Pathfinder 1E is still getting new character...
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    Monday, 10th December, 2018, 07:00 AM
    We asked and you answered: Here's the top gifts you recommended for the tabletop role-playing game players in your life. Dice (44%)It's not surprising that dice is at the top of the list, since that's one of the primary tools for tabletop RPG play. We covered what to get your game master, but sometimes the tables are turned too -- especially for DMs who might be tired of players losing...
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    Sunday, 9th December, 2018, 12:30 PM
    Welcome back to the Paizo beat, friendos! We’re going strong with the new format for news from the Golem. Let’s take a look at what’s coming down the road for us – there’s still plenty of releases and reveals for January products! This time we’re putting back on our radio announcer voice for the latest Pathfinder Adventure Path! VARISIA IN RUINS! Stalwart heroes are unsuccessful in...
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    Saturday, 8th December, 2018, 12:30 PM
    Hello again, fellow Paizo fans, and welcome back to your favorite source for Paizo news! We’re trying out a new, breezier format here with your Paizo news, so hold on tight and enjoy the ride. It’s the start of a new month which means there’s a whole new slate of releases and reveals. Up first: the latest Starfinder Adventure Path! The fun never stops in the Pact Worlds, and for your...
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    Friday, 7th December, 2018, 12:30 PM
    December means gift guides. Whether you're shopping for the gamer in your life or want to show some appreciation for your GM, I've got suggestions for you, focusing on the world's greatest role-playing game. If your GM or that certain someone in your life is reading Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica to introduce some Magic the Gathering lore into their Dungeons & Dragons game, a great gift...
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    Thursday, 6th December, 2018, 12:30 PM
    An evil wizard summons two foul beasts to ambush a cautious warrior. Surrounded with magical energy, the warrior shields his eyes and raised his bloody blade! In this issue, we get a review of the Green Planet Trilogy, how to score competitive D & D and another installment of the Monstermark series from issue one! Within the Pages of the Old Tome The first page contains vintage,...
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    Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, 12:30 PM
    Do you want to experience the danger a teenager trapped in a monster haunted town in the 1980s faces? Do you want to fight back against the monsters by break dancing and head banging using old school D&D derived rules? Then Dark Places & Demogorgons might be the RPG you are looking for. Kickstarted in 2017 by Bloat Games, Dark Places & Demogorgons’ 200 pages build on the same rules from...
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    Tuesday, 4th December, 2018, 11:30 AM
    You are a Handler, a GM, for agents, PCs, fighting to keep otherwordly terrors from destroying the world. But the world is doomed. It isn’t about victory, which is impossible, but about the fight, which is all that mankind has left in the Delta Green Handler’s Guide. The Delta Green Handler’s Guide is a full color 370 page hardcover published by Arc Dream Publishing via kickstarter in...
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  • Mike Myler's Avatar
    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 05:22 PM
    In Mythological Figures today we’re headed after a person that is more popular in terms of ancient Western mythologies than probably anyone else: Odysseus/Ulysses! Odysseus is known for two principal things: his role in the Trojan War (recounted in The Illiad) and his long, perilous journey back home collectively known as The Odyssey. If you find yourself saying, “that word looks...
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 12:30 PM
    When I first saw D&D, I was in my Diplomacy playing phase. That’s a game with no dice, no chance mechanisms at all, but with lots of uncertainty owing to 7 players and simultaneous movement (which can involve guessing enemy intentions). I said, “I hate dice games” and that was it. But not long after (mid-1975), I played D&D at a game convention and loved the possibilities despite the dice. ...
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    Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 12:15 PM
    In Mythological Figures today we’re headed after a person that is more popular in terms of ancient Western mythologies than probably anyone else: Odysseus/Ulysses! Odysseus is known for two principal things: his role in the Trojan War (recounted in The Illiad) and his long, perilous journey back home collectively known as The Odyssey. If you find yourself saying, “that word looks...
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  • talien's Avatar
    Friday, 30th November, 2018, 07:30 AM
    My wife recently surprised me with an escape room outing for my birthday. It gave me an appreciation for the basics of how escape rooms work and how they can be applied to tabletop role-play. Still Escaping After All These Years Escape rooms are a recent gaming craze that's been steadily evolving. Inspired by video games and (depending on who you ask) live action role-play, escape rooms...
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    Thursday, 29th November, 2018, 12:30 PM
    I met Travis Legge, one of the most prolific individuals in tabletop gaming today, when I interviewed CJ Hurtt about Glimpse the Beyond 2e (written by CJ, developed by Travis and published through his Aegis Studios). Since then I’ve been friends with Travis and seen the number of games he creates (over 300 entries on DriveThruRPG). Recently, Travis announced that, after crafting community content...
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 12:30 PM
    For my second “RPG Crowdfunding News” article on EN World, I look at games based on webcomics, movie quotes, expansions to gaming lines, and more. RPGs that run on Savage Worlds, Mutant: Year Zero, Shadow of the Demon Lord, Powered by the Apocalypse/Dungeon World, and original engines. That said, it’s difficult to cover all of the games on Kickstarter or Indiegogo, and some of them were omitted...
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    Wednesday, 28th November, 2018, 12:30 PM
    Black Atlantic is an adventure. Black Atlantic is a regional sourcebook. Black Atlantic is the third adventure in a trilogy, ending a long connected story arc in a glossy, full-color pursuit of a powerful weapon. It is not necessary to have played the previous two hardcover adventures. In Thy Blood or The Killing Game. However, Black Atlantic will spoil the overall story if you have not the...
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    Tuesday, 27th November, 2018, 12:30 PM
    Last week Mike Tresca took an American perspective on the best holidays for dropping fireballs on your friends and family, but how do things fare for those of us living beyond the reach of star-spangled banners and thanksgiving turkeys? Well, here’s the resident Brit to fill you in on how we do it in the land of cinematic fog, hot tea and indecipherable regional accents. Photo by Libby...
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    Monday, 26th November, 2018, 03:29 PM
    Guys you don't need to lose your heads over it... 8)
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    Monday, 26th November, 2018, 12:30 PM
    What should you buy your game master this holiday? We asked and you answered. Here's the top gift ideas you recommended and links to buy them. Miniatures (44%)The number one most-voted gift in our poll was miniatures, and it's easy to see why. For games that use miniatures, including Dungeons & Dragons (and OSR/Pathfinder), miniatures are always valuable, as per Terry Herc: I put minis...
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    Sunday, 25th November, 2018, 01:35 PM
    In our entry for Epic Monsters today we’re looking at a common motif in European folklore that didn’t really get its footing until The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I’m talking of course about the Headless Horseman! In the American tale it’s a Hessian soldier (German mercenary) that loses his head when a cannonball decapitates him and, buried without it, he rises to find it. Conversely the...
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    Saturday, 24th November, 2018, 09:43 PM
    Good question! 1) I expect GMs to cut extraneous traits they don't need when using one of these as an NPC (I do). 2) Often times folks want to play ____ but aren't sure how to build them. This is kind of a how-to guide in that respect. 3) It's a fun display of the system's versatility. 4) It is (as closely as possible) RAW. The DMG even has guidelines for class level NPCs (ignore proficiency...
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    Saturday, 24th November, 2018, 03:20 PM
    We heard about what you would buy a game master for the holidays, so now it's the player's turn!
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    Saturday, 24th November, 2018, 03:14 PM
    We heard about what you would buy a game master for the holidays, so now it's the player's turn!
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  • talien's Avatar
    Friday, 23rd November, 2018, 12:30 PM
    Welcome to another edition of Burning Questions. Today’s query What are some great ambience actions I can take that will add excitement and value to my Dungeons and Dragons role-playing get-togethers? Photo by Jonas Zürcher on Unsplash This is an interesting question with multitude of answers. Creating a pleasant and fun ambiance for a D&D game is highly subjective. In the past, I've...
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    Thursday, 22nd November, 2018, 12:30 PM
    The Dragon Issue 17 was published in August 1978. It is 40 pages long, with a cover price of $1.50. In this issue, we have dungeon dressing, tesseracts, and clockwork monsters! The cover is notable not for the improbable bikini but for the armored figure on the left. The batwing style helmet suggests this is a precursor to Warduke, a TSR action figure released a few years later. Warduke...
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    Wednesday, 21st November, 2018, 12:30 PM
    Strap on your tinfoil hats and keep your heavy-duty floodlights handy, Starfinder fans, because the SIGNAL OF SCREAMS is here! We’re taking this opportunity to dive into the latest Starfinder Adventure Path - #10: THE DIASPORA STRAIN! THE DIASPORA STRAIN is an excellent horror adventure flecked with only a few minor and largely inconsequential style or design issues. As with all...
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    Wednesday, 21st November, 2018, 12:00 PM
    After 121 articles, Angus Abranson moved on from this column to focus on other projects, including Boardgame Guru. Taking up the reins, I have a tall order to fill, but Angus offered guidance (we co-admin the RPG Kickstarter News Facebook group) and I’m hopeful I will do his legacy honor. To kick off my first article for this Thanksgiving week (US), I’m reviewing a number of RPGs from Kickstarter...
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    Tuesday, 20th November, 2018, 12:30 PM
    I often compare fiction writing and publishing with game designing and publishing. They’re similar creative efforts in many ways, especially in tabletop and in the lower ends of video games where you can have one person creating the game. Photo sourced from Pixabay To compare with my own book Game Design: How to Create Video and Tabletop Games, Start to Finish (2012 McFarland), I...
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    Tuesday, 20th November, 2018, 12:06 PM
    Mythological Figures once again heads to the far east, this time considering one of the best known figures in all of recorded history, a person with teachings that still have influence today more than a century after their time: Confucius! It might surprise you to learn that while alive Confucius didn’t really get that much recognition other than that people of influence found him to be...
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 07:30 AM
    With the Thanksgiving season upon us in the U.S. and many families getting together around a table, it's not too much of a leap that some of them might play a tabletop game after dinner. Which holidays lend themselves to playing RPGs with your family? Photo by Libby Penner on Unsplash Tabletop role-playing games were always meant to be played around a table. In the earliest games, that...
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 05:00 PM
    The holidays are coming up so it's time to start thinking about what to buy your fellow gamers, especially the critically underappreciated game master in your life. But what to buy? Take this poll and let us know!
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 02:46 PM
    The holidays are coming up so it's time to start thinking about what to buy your fellow gamers, especially the critically underappreciated game master in your life. But what to buy? Take this poll and let us know!
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 12:30 PM
    How much you like Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica will depend upon what you want. If you're a Magic the Gathering player who wants an RPG version of Ravnica, GGtR may or may not satisfy you, depending upon how much setting depth you want from MtG. If you're looking for a full setting like the old Dungeons & Dragons' box sets, then you'll probably be disappointed because this is more of a slice of...
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 12:30 PM
    Invisible Sun, the surrealist RPG by Monte Cook Games is definitely unique in many ways. While premium or high production value board games and LARPs have become increasingly common, the RPG industry version has been tame by comparison. Invisible Sun blows the concept out of the water. I've never seen an RPG that had shelving before. Originally Kickstarted in 2016, Invisible Sun has a...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 12:48 PM
    Wizards of the Coast has worked hard to provide a variety of adventure types for 5th Edition and with Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage they're tackling megadungeons. Mad Mage can be played on its own, if the players begin with 5th characters or better, or it can follow up the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, which is for 1st through 6th level characters. Please note: This review contains...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 12:30 PM
    Is your gaming table ready for Victorian horror using Dungeons & Dragons 5e rules crafted by one of Kobold Press’ designers? Matt Corley takes the time to discuss his first Kickstarter (but not his first game), Lamp’s Light Sanitarium. As well, he shares an exciting exclusive preview to his dark setting and adventure. EGG EMBRY (EGG): Your Kickstarter is not for the normal Dungeons &...
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 11:54 AM
    Today’s Epic Monster is probably my all-time favorite entry in the series because honestly how could it be anything else? I’m talking of course about the deadliest beast in all of Australia, the vicious creature from the brush: DROP BEARS! If you have somehow not yet heard of Thylarctos plummetus you are in for a treat. I first learned about Drop Bears in August of 2013 via the...
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 11:30 AM
    I hope I showed in my last piece that "science vs magic" is not a sufficient way to differentiate fantasy from science fiction. What about other ways? Sourced from Pixabay What about the size (and speed) of typical vehicles as a separator? Science fiction often has vast spaceships that you "never" see in fantasy, yet even fantasy can have small space-traveling ships as in the Spelljammer...
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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.

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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


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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: http://homebrewery.naturalcrit.com/ 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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