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Worlds of Design: What Defines a RPG?
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It’s a daunting task to try to define and characterize a segment as large and diverse as tabletop role-playing games in just a few words. But here goes.
Dragon Reflections #38
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TSR Periodicals published The Dragon issue 38 in June 1980. It is 74 pages long and has a cover price of $3.00. In this issue, we have the secret history of Top Secret, a guide to the seven...
RPG Print News – Troll Lord Games, Legendary Games, and More
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New adventures and a book of NPCs for D&D and Pathfinder. Pathfinder also gets a player’s guide and D&D a rocket ranger’s handbook. A detailed town for fantasy RPGs is available. A deluxe art and...
RPG Crowdfunding News – Dangerous Destinations, Out of the Ashes, Babes in the Woods, and more
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This week I get into RPG crowdfunding projects that end in early February; however, there are a few late January quickstarters that I slipped in. As has been the case the past few weeks, I’m not...
In Praise of Dice
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I don’t think I need to convince anyone that dice are cool. But for those who feel dice are only useful for looking pretty and making a clattery sound behind a GM’s screen, I disagree.
RPG Print News–Renegade Game Studios, Exalted Funeral, and More
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All the weird stuff this week and that just seems right. Sleeved bodies for transhuman mind swapping, lost teenagers and text based roleplaying, solo magician RPGs, lots of D&D 5E adventures, and...
RPG Crowdfunding News – Limitless Encounters, Rune & Steel, Mythos Monsters, and more
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The holidays cause a glut followed by a famine of RPG crowdfunding projects and quickstarters. With this week’s article, we are past the famine as I look at the last of the January projects, all...
RPG Print News – Goodman Games, Modiphius, and More
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This week save Christmas Town from the Grinch and explore military mysteries onboard the Metamorphosis Alpha. Fill in character sheets for the Black Hack on nice paper. Grab your bat’leth or...
RPG Crowdfunding News – Tome of Mystical Tattoos, Monsters Are Our Heroes, Bespoken RPG, and more
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With 2021 in place, let’s look at a number of RPG crowdfunding projects and quickstarters ending during the last half of January. This week’s article ranges from D&D content, as well as other RPG...
What Are Publishers Doing For New Gamemaster Month?
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What are Monte Cook Games, Chaosium, Evil Hat, Pelgrane, Atlas Games, and Arc Dream doing for New Gamemaster Month? I asked each of the companies how they’re supporting new GMs in the first major...
Worlds of Design: What the Future Holds for RPGS - Part 2
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Even self-proclaimed “Futurists” and science fiction authors have weak track records in forecasting the future, and I’m neither! In this concluding part, I discuss trends in actual play, and in...
Worlds of Design: What the Future Holds for RPGs - Part 1
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This is approximately the 100th “Worlds of Design” column, so a good time to consider the future of role-playing games. In this column I’ll talk about the connection with computers, and in Part 2...
RPG Print News – Kobold Publishing, Osprey Games, and More
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This week play a Little Grey Alien in Dungeons & Dragons, enjoy other PC supplements, as well as adventures some complete with miniatures and game mats. There are character journals for players...
RPG Crowdfunding News – Epic Battlemaps, The Cursed King, Epic Goblin Campaign!!!, and more
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This week, I review a variety of RPG crowdfunding projects and quickstarters that end in the first half of January.
Are You Burned Out?
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Running a game can be hard and quite a responsibility. While players sometimes consider participation optional, without a GM there is no game. Given that, the GM has to do at least some prep work...
2020: The Year That Wasn't
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2020 has been a weird year that has had some unexpected results for tabletop gaming. Here’s a look back.
The Most Dangerous Time of the Year
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The holiday season is upon us again, and you may be wondering how you can add some holiday spirit to your game. However, at the same time you may not want to give your player characters an easy...
RPG Print News – Rowan, Rook, and Decard; Cubicle 7, and More
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This week a new setting and ancestry for Dungeons & Dragons as well as rules for Age of Sigmar: Soulbound and Lex Arcana for mythic Rome. Also a new model for miniatures is available along with...
RPG Crowdfunding News – Monster Description Cards, Olde School Wizardry, and more
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This week, I review a variety of RPG crowdfunding projects and quickstarters that end by January 14th. There are a number of original systems on the list this week as well as some solid 5e...
Your Last Minute RPG Gift Guide
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If time has gotten away from you, 2020's delivery issues are going to make your holiday gift buying more difficult. This list can help! A lot of the options on this list can be purchased digitally...



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