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  1. Bring Unspeakable Horrors To Your Pathfinder Games With Sandy Petersen's Cthulhu Mythos

    A few weeks ago, a ponderous volume was plopped onto my doorstep by a no doubt arcane delivery service. It was Sandy Petersen's Cthulhu Mythos for the Pathfinder role-playing game. I've had a couple...
  2. How About That Nutty Star Wars Bar?

    Back in 1977, a couple of weekend after it opened, my mother took my younger brother and I to a movie that changed things for a lot of people. That movie was, of course, Star Wars. A short ten years...
  3. I think that would make for an interesting...

    I think that would make for an interesting campaign. I think that there was a lot of hubris in the decade that you could pick up on and use in a game like that, too.
  4. All you need for that is a game you like and a...

    All you need for that is a game you like and a copy of the movie.
  5. A Mixed Bag Of Horror And Delight In The Fall Of Delta Green

    The Fall of Delta Green is a mixed bag of a role-playing game. A well-developed incarnation of the Gumshoe system is married to a setting that really fails to utilize a time period full of drama and...
  6. Set Your Campaign's Origin Story With A Session Zero

    This past Saturday, I ran a game of Fate Accelerated (like last year) at a local gaming store for Free RPG Day. A couple of the players were unfamiliar with the game, but this isn't unusual since a...
  7. I GMed a Fate Accelerated game to a table full of...

    I GMed a Fate Accelerated game to a table full of people at the local store for Free RPG Day, and there were six other games going on over the course of the day. As a GM, I got a free Free RPG Day...
  8. Ways to Reward Your D&D Players

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  9. 2018 Diana Jones Shortlist Announced

    The Diana Jones committee has announced the nominees for this year's awards. The award itself is given at a private gathering on the Wednesday before Gen Con starts. Here are this year's nominees...
  10. It would have been the Mentzer Expert set that...

    It would have been the Mentzer Expert set that referenced it, not the Moldvay.
  11. There really wasn't a concept of "canon" for...

    There really wasn't a concept of "canon" for things like D&D at this time, outside of some of the things that appeared in Gygax's own campaign. The idea was that you would plop down the locations in...
  12. Perhaps it was placed there retroactively, but...

    Perhaps it was placed there retroactively, but the module wasn't written with that location in mind. The Known World wasn't a part of D&D yet when In Search of the Unknown came out. The Isle of Dread...
  13. There will be further news soon.

    There will be further news soon.
  14. I've never actually seen anything that would link...

    I've never actually seen anything that would link this adventure to the Known World. Carr didn't actually play a lot of D&D previous to his writing of this module (which is why they felt that he was...
  15. Steve Jackson does love a good pun.

    Steve Jackson does love a good pun.
  16. Talking With Steve Jackson About The Fantasy Trip

    Recently, I was able to ask Steve Jackson, of Steve Jackson Games, a couple of questions about the upcoming relaunch of his classic role-playing/combat game The Fantasy Trip. In addition, he gave us...
  17. In Search of the World of Greyhawk

    I've spent a lot of time, money and words on the growing state of the old TSR material that has been slowly rolling out via the OneBookShelf print on demand services. I have talked a lot about the...
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    Skill Feats In Pathfinder 2

    Monday's Pathfinder 2 preview over at the Paizo blog talked about skills, so it only makes sense that the Friday preview would take a look at skill feats in the upcoming game.


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    Yep. That's one of the things that I explicitly...

    Yep. That's one of the things that I explicitly mention.
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    You say this like it is a bad thing.

    You say this like it is a bad thing.
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    Building A Deeper Horror World

    I think that, outside of comic books, the one media that I've glommed onto for the longest part of my life has been horror. But, the longer that I role-play the less interested I become in horror...
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    PF2 Pathfinder 2 Preview: Downtime

    It is time again for a preview of Pathfinder 2 over at the Paizo blog. Today they take a look at downtime for characters.


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    According to the blog post, "[d]owntime mode is measured in...
  23. Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Combat Preview

    Cubicle 7 has released a preview of the combat system for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay on their Facebook page. "The combat system for WFRP Fourth Edition has its roots in earlier editions of the game,...
  24. A Tale Of Two Bestiaries: Looking At The Fiend Folio And Creature Catalog In POD

    I've talked more than once about my love of bestiaries. They're my favorite part of any fantasy role-playing game. A well-done bestiary can do more to set the tone, and explain the setting, of a game...
  25. PF2 Pathfinder 2 Previews Run The Gauntlet

    Paizo released a few more teases about Pathfinder 2 on their Friday blog post about the upcoming game. In previous previews we saw some art and actual mechanics, but in this preview we're seeing more...
  26. Making A Wish Creates New D&D Monster In Mordenkainen's

    The Oblex, one of the new monsters featured in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, is a creation of Make-A-Wish recipient Nolan Whale.


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    Jeremy Crawford describes the Oblex; "While oozes are...
  27. PF2 Looking At The Pathfinder 2 Wizard Class

    Yesterday's Pathfinder 2 playtest update at the Paizo website talked about the Wizard class for the game.


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    It looks like the wizard is going to start out with plenty of options for...
  28. That is a shame, I didn't know any of that....

    That is a shame, I didn't know any of that. Parfey's Apocalypse Culture books have had a huge impact upon my game worlds since the 90s.
  29. Getting A Vision For Creating Your Character

    I am typically a game master when I game. It is the role that I enjoy the most, and I think that the world building part of the GM's "job" is a big part of what I enjoy. But I do sit on the opposite...
  30. Let's Look At Some Monster Stat Blocks For Pathfinder 2

    The Monday update to the Pathfinder 2 development blog took a look at building monsters under the new rules. Today, with the Friday update we're getting a look at a couple of stat blocks. They look...
  31. PAX Unplugged Ticket Sales Announced

    The latest contender in the area of tabletop gaming conventions have announced that tickets have gone on sale for the second PAX Unplugged. The event will be at Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Convention...
  32. Unboxing The Munchkin Starfinder Box

    I came home from running some errands recently, and I was greeted at my doorstep by a door stop of a box, the recently Kickstarted game of Munchkin Starfinder from Steve Jackson Games. There was a...
  33. The Origins Awards aren't voted on by the public....

    The Origins Awards aren't voted on by the public. The jury for each category picks the nominees, and then votes for them.
  34. The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Announces Origins Awards Nominees

    The nominees for this year's Origins Awards have been announced by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design. There are a number of different categories for the awards, but we will focus on the...
  35. Preview of Halflings And Gnomes From Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes Surface Online

    Over at Polygon they have some interesting preview images from the upcoming Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes from Wizards of the Coast. Among the things that we will see in the new book will be some...
  36. Fantasy Grounds Adds Mongoose Traveller (1E) Support

    SmiteWorks announces that Fantasy Grounds will support the first edition of the Traveller role-playing game, published by Mongoose Publishing.


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    Based on the Classic Traveller rules set,...
  37. Find Horror Within The Shivering Circle

    A few months ago I saw a cover for a new role-playing game that was about to hit DriveThruRPG that really grabbed my attention. It was The Shivering Circle, a self-published game by Howard David...
  38. Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done

    The specter of sexual harassment has once again risen up in tabletop gaming circles. Conventions are supposed to be places where gamers and geeks can be themselves and embrace their loves....
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    Just as a note: I don't actually say anything...

    Just as a note: I don't actually say anything about non-violence at any point in my article.
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    Absolutely nothing.

    Absolutely nothing.
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    Powerkill has some interesting things to say. The...

    Powerkill has some interesting things to say. The "New Style" games that James Wallis published don't get the attention that they deserve, because they all have some interesting things to say about...
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    My games lean towards a pretty hard R in content,...

    My games lean towards a pretty hard R in content, so sanitizing is far from what I am talking about. I'll take a Clive Barker-inspired game any day of the week.

    I've also been gaming since 1979,...
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    Killing In The Name Of Advancement

    While I'm not much of a fan of the song (and I didn't care for the movie it came from), I've been hearing a few commercials lately using the Bonnie Tyler song "I Need A Hero," and it has triggered...
  44. White Wolf Announces Vampire The Masquerade 5E Preorder And Distribution Partnership With Modiphius Entertainment

    White Wolf announced that they would be partnering with Modiphius Entertainment to bring Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition (V5) worldwide in English. Modiphius will be White Wolf's distribution...
  45. Unmask Expanded Worlds For Your Cypher System Games

    There has been a lot of releases from Monte Cook Games over the last few months, as books come out and Kickstarter funded projects roll out, as it looks like the company is clearing the decks for the...
  46. It is an OSR game written with retroclones in...

    It is an OSR game written with retroclones in mind, but playable for pretty much any iteration of D&D previous to D&D 3E.
  47. Who Seeks The Black Blade Of The Demon King?

    The Black Blade of the Demon King is an old school adventure/setting supplement from Knight Owl Publishing that attempts to recapture the madcap energy of fantasy role-playing modules from the early...
  48. Build Your Worlds Around Magical Items Great or Small

    One of the people that I game with locally has been running a game over the last few months of Gaslight Call of Cthulhu for the group of us at our monthly get together. As a backer of the...
  49. I backed the KS, oh so many years ago now, but...

    I backed the KS, oh so many years ago now, but I've never had a group that was interested in playing it.
  50. Bring Wonder Back To The Magic Of Your Fantasy Games With Wonder & Wickedness

    Magic can be many things in a fantasy role-playing game, but most often it is a powerful force within a game's world. However, the codification inherent in games also takes much of the awe and...
  51. Not really, no. Which is fine. There's no such...

    Not really, no. Which is fine. There's no such thing as "one size fits all" in gaming.
  52. I don't like card-based resolution systems, and...

    I don't like card-based resolution systems, and particularly hated what it did to Marvel Super-Heroes.
  53. What's In The Cards? Looking At Some Card-Based Tools For Your Game

    Let's talk about using cards in your role-playing game sessions. I don't mean as an alternative to task resolution systems, but as a tool for players and game masters at the table.


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  54. That is easy to enough to fix with the addition...

    That is easy to enough to fix with the addition of a "but with" after "Holmes Basic."
  55. It did not, that is what made it Basic.

    It did not, that is what made it Basic.
  56. Harlem Unbound By Darker Hue Studios To Be In Special Collection Of Museums

    In another step towards the acknowledgement of tabletop role-playing games as a legitimate art form, Chris Spivey of Darker Hue Studios has announced that three museums are making Harlem Unbound, his...
  57. I've had the Rules Cyclopedia PDFs for forever. I...

    I've had the Rules Cyclopedia PDFs for forever. I picked up a bundle of them and Gazeteers on a special a year or so ago.
  58. Or just buy the PDF as well, and print them out...

    Or just buy the PDF as well, and print them out onto some cardstock.
  59. Did you look at the links?

    Did you look at the links?
  60. Po-tay-to, Po-tah-to. :cool:

    Po-tay-to, Po-tah-to. :cool:
  61. Kobold Press' Warlock Gaming Zine

    I love zines. And, really, who doesn't? Zines are the ultimate expression of the DIY (do-it-yourself) aesthetic that has always been central to role-playing games. With crowd funding sites like...
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    Since these articles are easy enough to do, I...

    Since these articles are easy enough to do, I look forward to seeing pitches for new articles from everyone in this thread. You'll find the information you need here.
  63. Not in the copy I have, which is why I made my...

    Not in the copy I have, which is why I made my comment. :)
  64. Taking A Look At The "New" POD Versions of Star Frontiers And The D&D Rules Cyclopedia

    With the rise of PDF and POD (print on demand) publishing powering more role-playing publishers, one thing that I have advocated for a while now is that there is really no longer much of a reason for...
  65. Just What IS The Fudge Roleplaying Game?

    So, what is the Fudge Roleplaying Game? Since the launch of the Princess Bride Roleplaying Game on Kickstarter a few days ago, there have been more than a few people wondering about this system.

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  66. Someone has been accepted for the position, and...

    Someone has been accepted for the position, and will begin this week.
  67. Welcome to the fun world of deadlines. :)

    Welcome to the fun world of deadlines. :)
  68. Friday morning, the earlier the better. In...

    Friday morning, the earlier the better. In theory, I would like to have the article posted mid-day my time (I'm Eastern Daylight BTW).
  69. Gen Con Predicts Badge Sell Out For 2018 And Extends Contract Through 2022

    In a press release sent out today, Gen Con announced that they expect attendee badges for the 2018 show to sell out. If you are looking to get to the convention this summer, be sure to grab your...
  70. Fantasy and Science Fiction Writer Victor Milan Passes Away

    American Fantasy and Science Fiction writer Victor Milan passed away after a battle with cancer. Probably known best for his Cybernetic Samurai science fiction series, Milan also wrote novels set in...
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    I think that conflating page count with influence...

    I think that conflating page count with influence is, at best, disingenuous. Looking at something like the Fantasy Grounds usage figures, 7th Sea doesn't even make the top 20 for the site. Yes, 7th...
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    I don't think that streams should promote...

    I don't think that streams should promote anything except for the way that they want to play.
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    I think that one of the best things that games...

    I think that one of the best things that games streaming does is to show that there are different approaches to playing a game. I've approached games with a "rules are not (that) important" attitude...
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    I haven't seen a LotR movie since they were in...

    I haven't seen a LotR movie since they were in the theaters. I doubt I could quote them if I tried.
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    It does signal a change, it is just one more...

    It does signal a change, it is just one more change in a series of changes over the last 15 years or so. We shouldn't minimize the impact of streaming on RPGs, as this Kickstarter and the sales of...
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    I've said this a few times in reviews across...

    I've said this a few times in reviews across different sites, but role-playing games are really terrible at explaining themselves to new people. The presentation of games assumes that there is going...
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    A Change Is Coming...

    Change is in the air in tabletop role-playing games, and it comes not because of a publisher, or a designer. But because of online streaming.


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    A lot of people have been talking this week...
  78. Asmodee North America Acquires Mayfair Games Assets

    Mayfair Games, once known in role-playing circles for their Role-Aids line of AD&D gaming supplements and Ray Winninger's iconoclastic Underground role-playing game, have announced their acquisition...
  79. I pulled that off of the Chimera FB page for...

    I pulled that off of the Chimera FB page for Benji's piece, because I thought it could stand some pictures of the store.
  80. The writeup neglects to mention Aaron Allston's...

    The writeup neglects to mention Aaron Allston's contribution to the Rules Cyclopedia (which is why the Immortal rules weren't included in it) of cleaning up a lot of the rules and adding material...
  81. Fly Off The Wires With The Tianxia Role-Playing Game

    The campaign that our group will be starting next week (and that I wrote a little bit about here last week) got me to thinking about martial arts role-playing games in general. I am probably by no...
  82. Building The Modern World For Your Campaigns

    This is going to be one of those "let's talk about the game I'm going to run" pieces where I look at a game and work through my processes of getting from here to a ready to run game. Our group is a...
  83. Reviewing isn't a zero-sum game. :) The latest...

    Reviewing isn't a zero-sum game. :) The latest edition of White Star is on my list of things to get to, I'm just waiting for the print version to come out. I was talking with James about it earlier...
  84. Tiny Frontiers Means Big Science Fiction Fun

    One of the things that I talked about as being a developing trend in role-playing games for 2018 has been science fiction as a rising genre. Kicked off by Gen Con's biggest selling game, Paizo's...
  85. Looking Forward To Games In The New Year, Part Two

    Last week I started talking about the new and upcoming games that I was looking forward to in this New Year. I'm not as much of a fan of open-ended campaigning as some, so that gives me the chance to...
  86. Looking Forward To Games In The New Year

    It is a new year. They already did the big lists of what everyone is looking forward to here at the site, and there are some great games on that list, but in this, my first column of the new year,...
  87. New Agenda Publishing To Promote Diverse Voices In RPG Communities

    A group of designers, publishers and editors have come together to form New Agenda Publishing, a publishing cooperative/consortium made up of Misha Bushyager, designer for Chill: Save and...
  88. Scaling The Walls of The Gathox Vertical Slum

    Gathox Vertical Slum is a rules supplement and setting book for old school fantasy role-playing games (in the mode of Dungeons & Dragons) that combines a European weird fantasy sensibility with the...
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    Not really, no. There's a number of differences...

    Not really, no. There's a number of differences between The Fantasy Trip and any version of GURPS.
  90. 2017 And The E.N. World User Generated Content Program

    With the end of the year looming, it is traditionally a time for navel-gazing back at what has been done over the last year. I was proud to see that a number of my articles ended up in the round up...
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    The Fantasy Trip Comes Home

    In a very quiet announcement made via the Steve Jackson Games announcement page, The Daily Illuminator, Steve Jackson announced that he had regained the right to The Fantasy Trip. One of the early...
  92. Media 101: Playing The Expectations Game

    Most of the marketing in role-playing publishing is a play on the expectations game. But because of the long cycle of development, that can mean it can be months (or years!) before that initial...
  93. Create Compelling Deities With The Primal Order

    Recently I picked up the print on demand version of The Primal Order by Wizards of the Coast founder Peter Adkison. I have the original edition of the book, I managed to grab a copy of it back in the...
  94. Chaosium Announces Upcoming Community Creator Program Called Miskatonic Repository

    Chaosium has announced that it will be entering into the realm of digital community generated content, with its Miskatonic Repository program through the OneBookShelf websites. This new program will...
  95. Surviving A Dangerous Night Of Gaming With Original Dungeons & Dragons

    Last night our gaming group started a new game, dipping deep into the history of tabletop role-playing games we had decided to go for a game using the Original Dungeon & Dragons rules. The group has...
  96. Basic Fantasy Role-Playing: An Entertaining Game With One Of The Most Robust Communities You'll Find

    One of my favorite retroclones has long been Chris Gonnerman's work of love, the Basic Fantasy Role-Playing Game. Basic Fantasy (as I'll shorten the title to for the rest of this piece) flies under...
  97. The Paizo Third Party Publisher Roundup With Extra Starfinder

    Welcome back, my most content-famished readers, itís time for the PAIZO NEWS ROUNDUP! Here, we bundle up the latest juicy deets from the Golem. Following last editionís in-depth focus on Paizoís...
  98. Is that a hint?

    Is that a hint?
  99. All Rolled Up With The Cthulhu Hack

    When I went to Gen Con this past summer, there weren't a lot of things that we on my "to get" list. So many new releases at the convention were little more than rewarmed Kickstarter releases, or...
  100. Media 101: The Esoteric Art Of Press Releases

    Game publishers are expected to be Jacks or Jills of All Trades, but a lot of things end up falling through the cracks. The reason why are many, and the primary one is that the bulk of the people...
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