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Review of Kobold Quarterly Issue #19 (Fall 2011) by Open Design

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As the seasons change, and with the year of 2011 nearly done in, it’s time for the final issue of Kobold Quarterly for this calendar year! Open Design’s flagship periodical has been going strong these past couple years, covering a wide range of role-playing material for not only D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder, but also D&D 4E, and the relative newcomer to the FRPG market, the DragonAge RPG. The self-proclaimed “Switzerland of the Edition Wars” role-playing game magazine posts four issues per...

Review of Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Emporium by WotC

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So after gushing about this book for several paragraphs, you gave it 3.75 because of the availability constraints? Really? How about you add that in a post-script, but not have it affect the score? I'm sorry you had to drive and get the book, and maybe WotC will learn from this fiasco, but in a month's time are any of us going to remember or give a crap about this roadblock? Remember, there was a time when this was NEVER going to be available. We're lucky to have it at all.

Pathfinder Review: Tome of Horrors Complete

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I loved the d20 version of this book and am proud to have it on my shelf. I am very interested in a Pathfinder version. My only complaint is that no one has redone the rock and crystal living statues from BECMI. I would love to see them in a Necromancer Games book one day. Again, great work and an accomplishment in which you should be justifiably proud.

Review of Warhammer 40K: Space Marine by THQ

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Having almost completed the singleplayer mission I have to say that what impresses me the most is the visual aspect of the game. While it may not be the most cutting edge graphics (at least according to some reviews I've read), the folks at Relic have managed to catch the very specific atmosphere of the 41st millennium. As I guided Captain Titus through the missions and objectives, I really felt immersed in the setting and the story and I might as well have been reading a Dan Abnett novel...
Retroclones and Older D&D Editions
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Retroclones and Older D&D Editions There are many out there who enjoy the style and feel of older editions of D&D. While it's certainly possible to find these products on eBay and the like, you may not be aware of the concept of a retroclone. A retroclone is a game that is compatible with, and heavily based on, an unsupported game or unsupported edition of a game.

Review of Monster Vault: Threats to the Nentir Vale by WotC

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Thanks for the review! You have made my mind up to purchase the product. Overall, I have liked the D&D Essentials product line. Now if they can just produce a Geyhawk "like" box set for the world... Amazon.com: World of Greyhawk, folio edition (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons) (9780935696233): Gary Gygax: Books P.S. - Wished they had stayed with the Essentials books size instead of the larger book format for this...

A semi-brief history of D&D and some other RPGs: 1980-1989

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Continued from: http://www.enworld.org/forum/general-rpg-discussion/275042-semi-brief-history-d-d-some-other-rpgs-1967-1979-a.html 1980 The Fantasy Trip by Jackson (of Texas) published by MetaGaming. Based on minigames Melee and Wizard, TFT included flexible, non-random, character creation for its two classes, three stats (Strength, Dexterity, and IQ), and combat played out on a hex-grid. MetaGaming founder Howard Thompson and Steve Jackson quickly part ways, with Thompson deriding TFT’s...

4 Hours w/RSD: Who Is Sitting At Your Table

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Who Is Sitting At Your Table? This might seem like a simple question to answer. Usually, you play with a group of friends whom you’ve come to know quite well. Even if you find yourself in a hastily assembled game at a convention or store, you usually have a lot in common with the other folks you play with. But if we consider all the people who may be playing a tabletop RPG at any given time, across all the various places they may be playing them, that question starts to get much more...

Off to see the Wizards: The day that WotC showed me D&D 5th Edition

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This is one of three articles covering this announcement. The other two articles are WotC Seeks Unity with a New Edition and Bet You Wish Your Workplace Looked Like WotC? It was a pretty normal day in early winter last year. I was waiting to see if I could get a few questions answered by Mike Mearls, head of R&D for Wizards of the Coast. I heard the ping of an e-mail and saw that it was from my contact for Wizards. The e-mail said that I could ask Mike a couple of questions personally if...

Review of Good Little Children Never Grow Up by Sneak Attack Press

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Thanks for the review! Just want to let you know that I've fixed the cover so it now reflect the right level.

iPhone / iPod / Android Applications for RPGs

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KMonster | a dnd 4e tool for android | kerpow.net KSheet | dnd 4e character sheet app for android | kerpow.net for driod

Who to follow on Twitter

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You can find Jon Brazer Enterprises at @JonBrazerEnt

A semi-brief history of D&D and some other RPGs: 1967-1979

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Now substantially revised. Thanks to everyone for their input. 1967 Braunstein is developed and refereed by David Wesely. A war game scenario of an assault on a European town in which each player would play a single charecter and some players would not command troops but have other roles; this would inadvertently become what some consider the first RPG. Dave Arneson would participate, including in a Latin America version of the game. 1968 Gary Gygax and the Lake Geneva Tactical Studies...
Mike Breault on Lorraine Williams
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Originally posted by TSR employee Mike Breault on Knights & Knaves Alehouse (link no longer exists; recovered via Wayback Machine and archived here): OK, so here goes. I'm going to add new tidbits as I have time and think of them, but here are a few to start. Keep in mind that except where I say I witnessed things or was told them by Lorraine, these are essentially rumors (but fun nonetheless).
Adventure Game Industry Market Research Summary (RPGs) V1.0
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Wizards of the Coast regularly surveys various aspects of the adventure gaming channel; distributors, retailers and consumers to better understand their preferences, concerns, and needs. That data is regularly reviewed and distributed internally to senior management. The contents of this file are excerpts from those sources; the source materials themselves are confidential internal documents and are not available to the public.

Contact Details

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To contact EN World, please use the following details. Note that Kickstarter news and non-Kickstarter news have different addresses.By email Owner Morrus morrus@hotmail.com Advertising Ed Healy ephealy@gamerati.com EN5ider Editor Mike Myler mike.myler.adventures@gmail.com TRAILseeker Editor Felipe Real farealh@gmail.com Columnists Editor Michael Tresca submissions@enworldnews.com Art Director Michael McCarthy ronarscorruption@gmail.com News Scoops (not Kickstarters) -...

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