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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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Like a lot of tabletop gamers, I’ve gotten tons of great mileage out of Google+. I started using it in 2012, and for the past six years it’s been my first stop for all things gaming-related. I met my Seattle gaming group through G+. I’ve made friends via the site. I’ve learned about oodles and […]

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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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