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Monday, 21 August 2017

#RPGaDAY: Which RPG Does The Most With The Least Words?


Another easy answer: the 1977 blue book edition of the original Dungeons & Dragons (pictured above), by John Eric Holmes.

This is the book that introduced me to Dungeons & Dragons, and gave me all the rules I needed in a few pages.

Brevity was the order of the day, allowing players and Dungeon Masters to get to actual gaming as soon as possible.

The book wasn't bogged down in overwritten legalese or painful fan-fiction masquerading as 'essential mood-setting'.

[ #RPG ] Random Thought On Ghosts...


This is a repost from 2011; I don't know if the issue has been addressed in more current games but I'm interested in hearing your take on this and how you would model it at your table...

A random thought I had about 'ghosts' in roleplaying games the other day while watching Ghost Whisperer (which I'm really getting into at the moment): ghosts get stronger, more powerful, the angrier they get.

Is there a way to translate this into game terms? Is this old news anyway? Does this happen in games already and I just don't know about it?

Not thinking system specific, although clearly this is in the field of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Unisystem etc but I guess it's just as valid a thought for old school Dungeons & Dragons-style gaming or even superhero shenanigans in Villains & Vigilantes.

Thoughts welcome...

#RPGaDAY: Adventurers Wanted! (Special Game Of Thrones Edition)


With the current season of Game Of Thrones racing towards its climax, it's time to bring back my Adventurers Wanted! feature from 2013, but with a definite Westerosi vibe to it.

Previous posts, depicting sundry adventuring parties from film and TV, can be found here, here, here, and here.

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Torn From The Headlines: Putting Other Monsters In The Shade...

Sköll and Hati

It's total solar eclipse day, so let's mark the occasion by examining a handful of mythical creatures believed to have been responsible for such events in the past.

From plague gods and sun-devouring wolves to fairy folk and monstrous snakes, this list on Atlas Obscura is full of meaty inspiration for gamesmasters looking to run a themed adventure today.

#RPGaDAY Musical Monday: Keraptis (Bards Of Greyhawk)


"Bards of Greyhawk is ground breaking Medieval Fantasy Folklore Rock with songs about classic Dungeons and Dragons adventures in the campaign setting of Greyhawk.

Each song, tells a tale about an adventure in order to convey the fun, magic and creativity behind classic D&D adventures for a new generation."

Sunday, 20 August 2017

#RPGaDAY: What Is The Best Source For Out-Of-Print RPGs?


Before international postage costs went completely insane, I was a regular(ish) costumer of Noble Knight Games, but generally the best source for old games has always been eBay... aided by a well-worded search alert and a lot of patience.

If you wait long enough, everything eventually pops up on eBay.


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