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  1. Christopher Helton

    Bring Unspeakable Horrors To Your Pathfinder Games With Sandy Petersen's Cthulhu Mythos

    A few weeks ago, a ponderous volume was plopped onto my doorstep by a no doubt arcane delivery service. It was Sandy Petersen's Cthulhu Mythos for the Pathfinder role-playing game. I've had a couple of weeks to go through the book now, and I think that I have my thoughts on it gathered up...
  2. Christopher Helton

    How About That Nutty Star Wars Bar?

    Back in 1977, a couple of weekend after it opened, my mother took my younger brother and I to a movie that changed things for a lot of people. That movie was, of course, Star Wars. A short ten years later, all three of the original Star Wars movies had come out and everyone thought that there...
  3. Christopher Helton

    A Mixed Bag Of Horror And Delight In The Fall Of Delta Green

    I think that would make for an interesting campaign. I think that there was a lot of hubris in the decade that you could pick up on and use in a game like that, too.
  4. Christopher Helton

    A Mixed Bag Of Horror And Delight In The Fall Of Delta Green

    All you need for that is a game you like and a copy of the movie.
  5. Christopher Helton

    A Mixed Bag Of Horror And Delight In The Fall Of Delta Green

    The Fall of Delta Green is a mixed bag of a role-playing game. A well-developed incarnation of the Gumshoe system is married to a setting that really fails to utilize a time period full of drama and story potential as well as it could have. Is the Fall of the title just address the fiction of...
  6. Christopher Helton

    Set Your Campaign's Origin Story With A Session Zero

    This past Saturday, I ran a game of Fate Accelerated (like last year) at a local gaming store for Free RPG Day. A couple of the players were unfamiliar with the game, but this isn't unusual since a lot of people use events like this to play games that they wouldn't normally get to play. But...
  7. Christopher Helton

    It's FREE RPG DAY, So Head To Your Local Game Store Today!

    I GMed a Fate Accelerated game to a table full of people at the local store for Free RPG Day, and there were six other games going on over the course of the day. As a GM, I got a free Free RPG Day shirt and pick of stuff that was reserved for the GMs. I got to see a couple of my friends that I...
  8. Christopher Helton

    2018 Diana Jones Shortlist Announced

    The Diana Jones committee has announced the nominees for this year's awards. The award itself is given at a private gathering on the Wednesday before Gen Con starts. Here are this year's nominees from the Diana Jones committee. The 200 Word RPG Challenge A competition organised by David...
  9. Christopher Helton

    In Search of the World of Greyhawk

    It would have been the Mentzer Expert set that referenced it, not the Moldvay.
  10. Christopher Helton

    In Search of the World of Greyhawk

    There really wasn't a concept of "canon" for things like D&D at this time, outside of some of the things that appeared in Gygax's own campaign. The idea was that you would plop down the locations in modules like this where it would be most convenient for your home game.
  11. Christopher Helton

    In Search of the World of Greyhawk

    Perhaps it was placed there retroactively, but the module wasn't written with that location in mind. The Known World wasn't a part of D&D yet when In Search of the Unknown came out. The Isle of Dread (one of the first mentions of the Known World) didn't come out until 1981, and that map wasn't a...
  12. Christopher Helton

    Talking With Steve Jackson About The Fantasy Trip

    There will be further news soon.
  13. Christopher Helton

    In Search of the World of Greyhawk

    I've never actually seen anything that would link this adventure to the Known World. Carr didn't actually play a lot of D&D previous to his writing of this module (which is why they felt that he was a good choice for writing an introductory module). I'm not saying that it isn't possible, but...
  14. Christopher Helton

    Talking With Steve Jackson About The Fantasy Trip

    Steve Jackson does love a good pun.
  15. Christopher Helton

    Talking With Steve Jackson About The Fantasy Trip

    Recently, I was able to ask Steve Jackson, of Steve Jackson Games, a couple of questions about the upcoming relaunch of his classic role-playing/combat game The Fantasy Trip. In addition, he gave us at EN World an early look at the preliminary art for the cover of The Fantasy Trip: Melee...
  16. Christopher Helton

    In Search of the World of Greyhawk

    I've spent a lot of time, money and words on the growing state of the old TSR material that has been slowly rolling out via the OneBookShelf print on demand services. I have talked a lot about the older materials that are being released in PDF as well. Today I am going to talk about a couple...
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  18. Christopher Helton

    Skill Feats In Pathfinder 2

    Monday's Pathfinder 2 preview over at the Paizo blog talked about skills, so it only makes sense that the Friday preview would take a look at skill feats in the upcoming game. "One that will stand out to risk-averse players is Assurance, which allows you to achieve a result of 10, 15, 20, or...
  19. Christopher Helton

    Building A Deeper Horror World

    Yep. That's one of the things that I explicitly mention.
  20. Christopher Helton

    Building A Deeper Horror World

    You say this like it is a bad thing.
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