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I haven’t used my RPGnet account in about five years, but the principled stand they took by banning posting in support of Trump prompted me to dust it off and give the forums another look. Their ban was carefully considered (including the nuances around it) and clearly and unequivocally presented, and I couldn’t agree more. […]

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Having seen several folks I respect voicing concerns about MeWe, hate speech, and hate groups, and after watching the relevant section of the YouTube interview where they addresses that topic, I found the official line pretty unconvincing. So I emailed MeWe a question about their policy on hate speech and hate groups: “Howdy! I’m a […]

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neuzd offers a dandy Traveller system generator for 1st edition Mongoose Traveller, and it’s free. What makes it so dandy? For starters, it’s dead simple: click link, get system. The abbreviations for bases and trade codes appear on every output screen (you’ll have to reference the rules, or the web, for the UWP and other […]

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I’ve added a couple new books to my list of my favorite free & PWYW RPG products on DriveThruRPG (covering about 3% of the 7,500+ products available) that are both so good that I want to talk about them here. The first is Dead Friend: A Game of Necromancy, by Lucian Kahn, which is a […]

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The Strongholds & Streaming Kickstarter, which will surely crack a million dollars and more likely wind up passing 2-3 million,[1] has convinced me that I no longer understand the RPG industry, am an old fuddy-duddy, and should immediately walk up the nearest mountain and become a hermit. For the past decade, my wife has been […]

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Thanks to Bryan Shipp over on G+, I just checked out this Gary Gygax interview from 1979 on Jon Peterson’s site — and it blew my mind. Here’s Gary on game prep: “Two to three hours per hour of play is generally what the dungeon master has to prepare with. He sits down and draws […]

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My online group just wrapped up our second playtesting session of Brad J. Murray‘s upcoming space-fantasy RPG Elysium Flare, and I wanted to talk a little bit about it. The current public playtest draft is v4, available for free on Brad’s Patreon. Background For context: Our sessions are short, and we’re talkative; so far, we’ve […]

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As of this writing, there are 7,597 free and pay-what-you-want (PWYW) PDFs on DriveThruRPG, and depending on when you’re reading this there are probably many more than that. That’s a daunting number, and there’s a lot of free stuff that frankly looks like pretty weak sauce. It’s hard to know where to start.[1] I thought […]

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Recently I’ve been thinking about this Paul Bowles quote, which I first saw on Brandon Lee‘s gravestone, in relation to gaming: “Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How […]

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Reading Rappan Athuk renewed my interest in checking out Swords & Wizardry, and it also made me curious about the differences between S&W Core and S&W Complete.[1] I searched for a simple summary of those differences and kept seeing variations on this: “Core is the 3 LBBs + Supplement I (Greyhawk); Complete is 3 LBBs […]

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