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  1. MGibster

    Reviewers & Non-Disclosure Agreements

    You may have seen that Games Workshop is under fire for an allegedly leaked non-disclosure form the company wants to have online influencers sign. i.e. These influencers get free merchandise in exchange for agreeing to the terms of the NDA. As far as role playing game companies, I've heard of...
  2. MGibster

    Alien RPG (Game & Adventure Review)

    In the wake of 1977’s box office smash Star Wars, movie studios attempted to cash in on the popularity of science fiction by releasing movies like The Black Hole (1979), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), and even B-Movie king Roger Corman got in on the action with 1980s Battle Beyond the...
  3. MGibster

    Making Adventures/Campaigns About Stuff (Themes in Games)

    On its surface, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) was just about some dude who wanted to exact revenge on Captain Kirk for marooning him on a doomed planet. But if that's all the story had to offer it probably wouldn't be so fondly remembered as one of the better Trek movies out there...
  4. MGibster

    D&D 5E Ability Score Increases (I've changed my mind.)

    It's time for me to eat some crow. I've been against separating ability score increases from race in D&D for some time now. My main opposition to removing it was because I felt as though it made choosing what race to play matter even less than it matters now.* But my character died tonight...
  5. MGibster

    All Characters Should be Good at Talking to NPCs

    You may have read the title and muttered under your breath with indignation, "What about niche protection? What if I want to role play a gruff abrasive type with the personality of a turnip? Who the #%#% are you to tell me what characters should or shouldn't be good at in my games?" First, do...
  6. MGibster

    D&D 5E Do We Really Need a Lot of Gold? (D&D 5th Edition)

    Since as far back as I can remember, acquiring massive amounts of wealth in the form of gold, gems, and magic items has been part and parcel of the D&D experience. In fact, treasure used to be tied to experience points which caused some problems as characters accumulated ridiculous amounts of...
  7. MGibster

    What Can We Learn from Computer RPGS?

    I think it's fairly obvious that table top role playing games have had a profound influence on computerized gaming over the last fifty years. The earliest example I can find dates from 1975, where an unlicensed version of Dungeons & Dragons, creatively titled Dungeon, was was created on a...
  8. MGibster

    Games You Missed Out on When They Were New

    There are more games available now than there were back when I was younger, but even then there were many popular and influential games that I never played or read through at the time of their release. AD&D Planescape: Despite owning a ton of AD&D 2nd edition products and settings, at no...
  9. MGibster

    Miniatures that Inspired Character Creations

    My other gaming related hobby is painting miniatures and I try to incorporate them into my games when possible. What typically happens is that I have an idea in mind and I go out in search of a miniature that comes as close to matching it as possible. But once in a while I come across a weird...
  10. MGibster

    Cyberpunk Red (I didn't know it was out!)

    I went down to my friendly local game store yesterday and saw a shiny new copy of Cyberpunk Red. I always had a great time with the original Cyberpunk games back in the day, 2013 and 2020, and couldn't resist the siren call and happily made my purchase. The first thing I noticed when I opened...
  11. MGibster

    Mundanity for Adventure/Campaign Inspiration

    I was inspired by another thread to look into Boot Hill, a role playing game set in the Old West from TSR with three editions published from 1975-1990, and I ran across an adventure titled Ballots & Bullets. (This is one of those games WotC has a disclaimer on saying that it "may reflect ethnic...
  12. MGibster

    D&D General Have You Actually Read the DM's Guide?

    I've been running D&D 5th edition off an on since it was released a few years ago, and while I've read the Player's Handbook and the Monster Manual cover-to-cover, I've never actually sat down and read through the entirety of the DM's Guide. I've read bits and pieces of it, but there are whole...
  13. MGibster

    Playing Traveller Online (Help Me!)

    I've had a hankering to play some Traveller and I have some players who are interested in a science fiction game. But none of us have played Traveller before and since we're still playing online I've got some serious concerns as to how to run session zero where we all generate our characters...
  14. MGibster

    What Can We Learn from CRPGS?

    Table top role playing games have influenced computer games since the 1970s. University students created games on mainframes similar to D&D and by the 1980s computer users at home enjoyed Wasteland, BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception, Ultima, and of course the Gold Box series of D&D...
  15. MGibster

    Powered by Apocalypse

    My D&D campaign has come to a satisfying end and now I'm in the market for a new game to run. Tell me about your favorite game using the Apocalypse Engine. I'm thinking about giving it a whirl.
  16. MGibster

    Horror Campaign Ideas: Pitch them Here!

    I'm toying with the idea of running a Call of Cthulhu campaign and I'm kicking around a premise. The investigators are cultist (though they likely won't see themselves as cultist), and they are tasked by their, well, let's just say benefactor, with thwarting the machinations of other mythos...
  17. MGibster

    Enhacing the Horror Gaming Experience

    This is truly the most wonderful time of the year! The weather is cooling, the leaves are turning brown, and little boys and girls go to sleep with visions of vampires, ghouls, and ghost dancing in their heads. October is a great time to break out those old horror games like the venerable Call...
  18. MGibster

    Game Masters: Shooting Your Own Campaign in the Foot

    We often hear stories about some of the interesting choices made by PCs which makes the game go in an unexpected direction. But sometimes game masters make choices that end up taking their campaign in unexpected places. For example, giving your D&D group a Deck of Many Things to play with...
  19. MGibster

    Traveller RPG (Looking for Opinions)

    I've got an itch to run a science fiction campaign, and while I'm not looking for something so fantastic as Star Trek or Star Wars I'm okay with FTL and artificial gravity. I've got my sights on Traveller 2nd edition by Mongoose Publishing. For a game that's been around in one form or another...
  20. MGibster

    D&D 5E D&D Inclusivity for People with Disabilities

    In another thread, one of our illustrious posters asked about making D&D more inclusive for differently abled people. i.e. Can someone play a character in D&D like them? Well Sara Thompson released the Combat Wheelchair for 5th edition D&D that some people might like. You can read about it...
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