When it comes to superhero role-playing games, there are plenty of choices from which your average comic book fan/gamer can pick and choose. Villains & Vigilantes, Champions, DC Heroes, Marvel Super Heroes, and Necessary Evil are just a few of the product lines that offer RPG players a chance to enter vibrant comic book realities and portray either their favorite comic book hero, or a superhero concept of their own design.
Wil Wheaton and guests Felicia Day (Actress, Producer, Writer -- The Guild), Pat Rothfuss (Author -- Name of the Wind, The Wise Man's Fear), and Brandon Laatsch (Filmmaker and Co-creator of the FreddieW channel on YouTube) play Lords of Waterdeep!
Below is an open letter published by a number of UK game stores which have banded together to ban an individual who they say bullies disabled gamers. If that's true - good for them! We don't need or want bullies in our hobby. Note: I removed the name of the guy.
A couple weeks ago I gave a comparison between a 1st-level barbarian and a 20th-level barbarian for D&D Next from the latest playtest packet. I know Wizards of the Coast announced one final playtest packet for this year at Gen Con, so the information from this packet is living on borrowed time, but since some readers wanted another comparison, I thought I’d turn my attention to the rogue.
I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with using random encounters in my role-playing games. All the way back in my early AD&D days, random encounters seemed like just another intrinsic part of the gaming experience, like clerics turning undead or wizards casting fireballs. Later however, I found random encounters to be a little silly, as they were often inappropriate for an adventure. Of course, one could just pick something appropriate off the table in the old DMG - but then is the encounter truly random?
It’s that time of the year. Countdown to Gen Con, Dragoncon right around the corner, and a bunch of other conventions throughout the U.S. (and the world) to let you indulge in gaming goodness. I know what I’d love to do, and I know what I can do. What about you?
Many designers, writers, publishers, artists and more post their Gen Con schedules so that you can catch up with them to get a book signed, say hi, or purchase awesome goodies. Here's a handy-dandy list! Of course, the best place to find them all in the same place at the same time is the ENnies award ceremony on the Friday night!
The classic monster movie is reborn with Pacific Rim, and while we patiently wait for someone to create a decent game based around the licence, why not get involved with a much more comedy based affair filled with dice rolls and devastating overpowered attacks? King of Tokyo is here and it wants to destroy all that stand before it!
I decided that this week I would get back to my column's gadget/tech roots and put together a list of the things to make sure you've got on your smartphone to help enjoy the biggest convention on the gaming calendar. And then, right when I was checking on the first item on the list, I ran into a brick wall.