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  1. Olaf the Stout

    Worlds of Design: How RPG Tools Have Changed

    Prepainted D&D minis have made it a lot simpler to have fantastic looking combats. Tile battle mats have replaced the traditional battle mats, ensuring we never go off the edge of the mat. Bluetooth speaker and a mobile phone with various soundtracks for music to accompany sessions.
  2. Olaf the Stout

    RPG Crowdfunding News – Heckna!, Creatures, Skullkickers, and more

    Funnily enough, I have zero interest in ICP or Slipknot. The creepy horror really speaks to me though.
  3. Olaf the Stout

    RPG Crowdfunding News – Heckna!, Creatures, Skullkickers, and more

    I haven’t backed it yet as I’ve gotten very selective with the RPG campaigns I back purely due to the amount of adventures I already have. That said, I’m considering backing it as the carnival horror theme really appeals to me, so maybe the theme appeals to a lot of people?
  4. Olaf the Stout

    RPG Crowdfunding News – Old-School Essentials, Mnemonic, GUN&SLINGER, and more

    I checked out their website and they haven’t actually produced a product yet. There’s one game being playtested, but that’s it. I’m honestly surprised they’ve raised over $5k so far. Surely it must be mainly from family and friends as there’s no way I’d buy merch for a game company that doesn’t...
  5. Olaf the Stout

    Owen KC Stephens' Tabletop RPG Truths #4

    A heap actually. Some of them are just narcissists. Others are playing a role to sell tickets (more often in combat sports, but some others). Then for others it’s part of trying to get a mental edge over their opponent.
  6. Olaf the Stout

    Owen KC Stephens' Tabletop RPG Truths #4

    Yep. A lot of it is just perception too. Lots of people think they could write good RPG material if they tried as they know English and can write. Whereas a lot of people feel like they can’t produce an RPG map because they’re not good at art. In reality most people couldn’t write good RPG...
  7. Olaf the Stout

    Owen KC Stephens' Tabletop RPG Truths #4

    It’s also likely that COVID has shifted a lot of play online and many RPGers feel like a map is a must for online play, so demand for VTT maps has likely increased.
  8. Olaf the Stout

    Owen KC Stephens' Tabletop RPG Truths #4

    I’m guessing it’s because the barrier to entry for map making is higher than the barrier to entry for writing RPG material. Many of those map makers are creating their own unique symbols (I.e. beds, tents, houses, hills, chests, etc) for their maps, which you can also get as part of the...
  9. Olaf the Stout

    TSR Ed Greenwood: In Memory Golden

    Thanks for the story Ed. Everything I’ve read and heard about the original TSR workplace suggests it was a crazy, but very fun place to work. It would be rare to get that many writers and artists all in the one workplace.
  10. Olaf the Stout

    Owen KC Stephens' Tabletop RPG Truths #4

    Even then, pretty well is still only earning enough to not have to take a second job on the side. There aren’t many people earning even a middling income in RPGs, let alone a good income.
  11. Olaf the Stout

    Owen KC Stephens' Tabletop RPG Truths #4

    Yeah, I was going to post that this one was more of a universal truth. I’ve found that most people who are the best of the best don’t need to tell others how good they are.
  12. Olaf the Stout

    5E A Dozen Frightening Rumors: Phil Reed's Latest Kickstarter

    Definitely. I think this is the 4th or 5th one I’ve backed.
  13. Olaf the Stout

    5E A Dozen Frightening Rumors: Phil Reed's Latest Kickstarter

    Unlike some Kickstarter projects, you have an extensive portfolio of work to show off. So people know the quality they’re going to get.
  14. Olaf the Stout

    5E A Dozen Frightening Rumors: Phil Reed's Latest Kickstarter

    I’ve backed several of these from Phil. Generating new ideas is where I struggle. So, at $1 for the PDFs, even if I only get a couple of ideas to work off from this, it’s a total win for me.
  15. Olaf the Stout

    Crowdfunding News – Terra Oblivion, Ngolo Diaspora, and more

    Just to be clear, I had no doubt that you had permission or licence to use the image. I was just pointing out that I had no issue with the artwork not being brand new for this book.
  16. Olaf the Stout

    What's the most expensive RPG product you've bought?

    I haven’t bought any prepainted D&D minis in years. There are a few gaps in my collection, but overall I’m pretty happy with what I have now.
  17. Olaf the Stout

    What's the most expensive RPG product you've bought?

    It's probably for the best if I don't think too hard on how much I've spent on pre-painted D&D minis. I've got well over a thousand of the pre-painted minis from the D&D line that ended in 2010. Thankfully they still get used every session (and my youngest has a ball playing with as well), so...
  18. Olaf the Stout

    What's the most expensive RPG product you've bought?

    It depends if you're only counting single items, or multiple-item Kickstarters. For example, I backed the Feng Shui 2, Paranoia and Horror on the Orient Express Kickstarters. All of those cost over $200, but it got you several rulebooks and other additional items, not just a single rulebook...
  19. Olaf the Stout

    Crowdfunding News – Terra Oblivion, Ngolo Diaspora, and more

    Provided the artwork being used is owned by Philip Reed, I'm not bothered by him reusing artwork for a PDF that I'm paying $1 for. It's tremendous value at that price with no artwork at all.
  20. Olaf the Stout

    RIP Jim Holloway

    Paranoia artwork and Jim Holloway artwork will always just be synonymous for me. As soon as someone mentions his name I can't think of anything other than his awesome Paranoia work.
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