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  1. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (0403-0406) - Community Content Week!

    The mechanisms (legal, financial, and production-wise) WotC crafted with DriveThruRPG for the Dungeon Masters Guild launched a whole new concept in our hobby and industry. Community created content has always been a part of gaming (see the Perrin Conventions of 1976), but never has the concept...
  2. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (0326-0330) - It's In the Cards Week!

    Possibly one of my strangest theme weeks ever, this one is devoted to games that feature either Tarot or poker decks as the main mechanism for task resolution. Inspired by the release of James Wallis' Alas Vegas, I decided to take a look at other games that feature card-driven gameplay...
  3. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (0319-0323) - Tales of the Five Editions Week!

    The World's Most Popular Roleplaying Game - Dungeons & Dragons - inspires more discourse and controversy over rules decisions than any other game I've ever known (RPG or not). OK, no, Magic the Gathering creates more, but D&D is up there. Every iteration has its diehard fans, and there are...
  4. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (0312-0316) - Mighty Mice Week!

    Perhaps one of my odder choices for a theme week, but I do find it fascinating how many creators and fans are drawn to the idea of mice (and rats, and related critters) as heroes and villains within genre stories. I mean, let's face it, Secret of NIMH remains one of the most fascinating and...
  5. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (0305-0309) - GMs Day Sale Week!

    As of this being published, you have only a couple of days left to take advantage of the amazing 33% off thousands of products on DriveThruRPG as part of the GM's Day Sale. I decided to point out some of the top-selling items that folks are grabbing even as you read this. This is flat out one of...
  6. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (0226-0302) - Bundle of Joy Week!

    Gamers love bundle deals. We discovered this when I was still the Marketing & Communications Director for DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, and we did the Haiti Earthquake Relief Bundle way back when. Sure, it was for charity, which also drove interest... but the unbelievable deal folks got by paying just a...
  7. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (0219-0223) - Special Ops Gaming Week!

    This week I admittedly indulge a bit in some self-promotion for the upcoming Freedom Squadron Kickstarter, but I do so by pointing out a number of other great products oriented around military, paramilitary, and special operations in roleplaying. All who design in this field stand on the...
  8. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (0212-0216) - BAMFsies Week!

    On February 8th, the folks involved with the BAMF Podcast announced the winners of their 2017 BAMFsies Awards. Once again, I was honored to be one of the judges, and there's some great superhero gaming stuff for you to check out from last year. As well, don't miss out on the giant superhero sale...
  9. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (0205-0209) - Steam & Steel Week!

    From the focus on alt-history to the over-the-top gears-and-lightning fantastical, steampunk remains a compelling and entertaining genre that gains much of its life in the tabletop RPG world. As the company named for one of steampunk's greatest inspirations launches a car into space, it seemed...
  10. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (0129-0202) - Tales of the Fairies Week!

    Sometimes I get my themes for the weekly Picks from the most fun and interesting places. In this case, my friend Lana Smith (AKA Alana Smith Brown of King of the Geeks fame) was asking about games in which her group could play fairies and experience fairy-tale style storytelling. Since I delved...
  11. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (0115-0119) - Guiding the Players Week

    Welcome to Guiding the Players Week for the Picks this week, dedicated to books designed specifically (or at least primarily) for players to craft their character and enhance their overall play experience with a game or setting. These may or may not have "all-in-one" characteristics that allow...
  12. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (0108-0112) - Maps Are a Treasure Week!

    This week we went exploring at the SPOD - exploring the world of maps for RPGs. Maps have been a treasured part of the hobby since the very beginning, when Dave Arneson took some basic graph paper, crafted a dungeon, and had his friends explore it in search of the daughter of the Elven King...
  13. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (0101-0105) - New Year, New Game Week!

    I kind of got the jump on DriveThruRPG with my New Year, New Game Week, but I was rushing out the door for our visit with friends and family back east for the holidays, and it just made sense for the very first week of 2018. I hope you all had a grand time with your holidays, and I hope you have...
  14. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (1225-1229) - Best of 2017 Week!

    As we all enjoy this last week of 2017, here's my presentation of some of the best and brightest of the year. Some are chosen for popularity and sales, while others are selected for the awards and accolades they've received. All are, in my opinion, more than worthy of a look at what 2017 brought...
  15. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (1218-1222) - Teach Your Kids to Game Week!

    This week, both DriveThruRPG and I are celebrating Teach Your Kids to Game Week. After all, I helped come up with this idea back when I worked for them, and I remain a huge proponent of bringing newer and younger gamers into our beloved hobby. What follows is a collection of great games and...
  16. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (1211-12-15) - Rules Don't Matter Week!

    This week I decided to go with the theme of Rules Don't Matter Week. Not because I actually believe that, but because there are a lot of good products out there designed to help your game with material outside of actual game mechanics. I think this is a growing space for writers, designers, and...
  17. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (1204-1208) - Cops & Robbers Week!

    We definitely took a crime-and-punishment approach to the Picks this week, inspired by the release of the preview version of Capers. These are products that focus on either the commission of crimes or playing the folks who take up the cause and the badge to deal with criminal intent. Whether...
  18. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (1127-1201) - Around the World Week!

    While a great many tabletop RPG products are created and published in the United States, more and more fantastic and top-quality products are coming from amazingly talented folks from all over the world. With the release of Awaken from Croatia's The Games Collective, I decided to take a look at...
  19. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (1120-1124) - Black Friday Big Picks Week!

    As you read this, it's likely the shopping extravaganza that marks the days after the American holiday, Thanksgiving, has begun. From Black Friday through the following Cyber Monday, those who create, make, and sell things are doing anything they can to get everyone else to buy things, so it's a...
  20. Sean Patrick Fannon

    Sean's Picks of the Week (1113-1117) - Get Your GURPS Week!

    Those in the know spent this week checking the temperature in the Nether Realms and wondering if Beelzebub might not be trying on ice skates. Why? Because that which never seemed possible came to pass - Steve Jackson Games is now on DriveThruRPG, currently selling 4th Edition GURPS products...
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