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This method for quickly mapping fantasy kingdoms over on Coins & Scrolls is really neat. Start with a blank map, just coastlines. Add dots for major settlements, and color the hexes around them to identify the “core regions” of different counties/duchies. Then roll dice to expand those counties, determine undeveloped regions, and create enclaves. The […]

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The DCC RPG Free RPG Day 2017 Quick Start is brilliant. Apart from featuring one of my all-time favorite covers, by Doug Kovacs​​, it includes everything you need to make peasants for a funnel; a fabulous funnel, The Portal Under the Stars; levels 1-3 for all of the classes; and a slightly stripped-down rule set […]

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Hot damn is Monsterhearts 2 a good book. (It’s also an amazing game in play, but right now I just want to talk about the book itself.) It’s lean, without an ounce of cruft anywhere on its frame. It’s devoid of blather. This is a bullshit-free presentation honed by years of actual play, design chops, […]

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I love solo RPGs and samurai drama, so I was excited to come across Emanuele Galletto‘s Seppuku: Fury of the Samurai. It’s a short solo RPG (5-10 minutes, depending on whether you write anything apart from your death poem), but surprisingly melancholy and impactful. The only peace my bold but headstrong samurai found was with […]

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Wally West in The Flash #82, summing up my approach to GMing.[1] maximum enthusiasm combined with zero prep If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope yours is a good one. I’ll be back in a few days! [1] It doesn’t usually go like the next narration box . . .

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I downloaded Levi Kornelsen’s Skinchangers beta, which is free, and holy crap is the list of inspirations right up my apple cart: Werewolf: The Apocalypse and Neverwhere meet Buffy by way of Fate and Apocalypse World . . . yes, please! At first blush, it’s incredibly clever — and I love the minimalist, yet evocative, […]

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Space pirates! I buy 99% of my RPGs only in PDF these days, but when a product as special as the Pirates of Drinax (PDF)campaign for Mongoose Traveller comes along, my heart goes pitter-patter and I have to make an exception. It’s a sandbox campaign with a fantastic hook: The ruler of once-great Drinax, now […]

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When my Tunnels & Trolls hardcover arrived, I was immediately drawn to the glossy color section. I’d mostly ignored Trollworld when I read the rules in my softcover copy, figuring if I ran it I’d homebrew a setting . . . but this map has me rethinking that. Rrr’lff is Trollworld’s main continent, and it […]

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One more bit of schadenfreude for the toxic bad actors of the RPG world: Grim & Perilous Studios has trademarked #DNDGate for its forthcoming collection of stories about inclusivity in gaming of the same name. And filed at least one DMCA takedown against a DNDGater for trademark infringement. Delicious. Bigotry has no place in gaming. […]

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Stuart Robertson is right the fuck on the money with this one: As the creator of the most widely used OSR logo, he is legally withdrawing the right to use it on any works containing hate speech (as defined by Canadian law). The thread on Google+ where he made this announcement is epic. If you […]

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