Web of Ly’s

Hi. I wanted to take an out of cycle moment to send out a hearty congratulations to my friend Lawdon (check out his website here) for the self-publishing of his first science fiction novel, Web of Ly’s (check it out at Amazon here). It is the first book of the series. The series looks like . . . → Read More: Web of Ly’s

Book Review: The Gazetteer Writer’s Manual by Deborah Teramis Christian and Bruce A. Heard

There are two aspects to RPGs… rules and settings. I have never been great at rules, but have always loved setting design. Building worlds, from creation myths and racial histories to area and dungeon maps and everything in-between, makes me a very happy writer when I get to dive in. But presenting those ideas to . . . → Read More: Book Review: The Gazetteer Writer’s Manual by Deborah Teramis Christian and Bruce A. Heard

Supplement Review: Midgard Campaign Setting by Wolfgang Baur and the Open Design team, Part 1

Welcome to the first part of the review for the Midgard Campaign Setting book from Wolfgang Baur, Jeff Grub, Brandon Hodge, Christina Stiles, and Dan Voyce from Open Design. That’s right… This will be another multi-part review. There are simply too many parts to this book to handle it in one go without glossing over . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: Midgard Campaign Setting by Wolfgang Baur and the Open Design team, Part 1

Game Review: School Daze Roleplaying Game by Tracy Barnett from Sand & Steam Productions

High school. The very words raise hackles in some folks. Personally I had a great time in high school, but I know many who weren’t so lucky. And yet, many of us never seem to leave those hallowed halls… No, I’m not talking about being held back year after year. No, I’m not talking about . . . → Read More: Game Review: School Daze Roleplaying Game by Tracy Barnett from Sand & Steam Productions

Supplement Review: Divine Favor: The Oracle (PFRPG) by Stefen Styrsky for Open Design

Like many other geeks, I have two main sources of inspiration for oracles. One is simply known as “the Oracle of Delphi,” though there are infinite variations on this theme from the Pythia – the priestess at the Temple of Apollo responsible for the various visions accounted to the oracle. The other comes from a . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: Divine Favor: The Oracle (PFRPG) by Stefen Styrsky for Open Design

Book Review: The Kobold Guide to Board Game Design by Mike Selinker and Others from Open Design

Games. We all play them. It’s what makes us “gamers,” right? Whether you enjoy the occasional card, board, or roleplaying game, the one constant for me has been the “fun factor.” If I’m not having fun playing a game, it’s probably not worth playing. But until I started writing my own game materials more than . . . → Read More: Book Review: The Kobold Guide to Board Game Design by Mike Selinker and Others from Open Design

Game Review: Fantasy Craft by Alex Flagg, Scott Gearin, and Patrick Kapera from Crafty Games – Chapter 1

Yesterday with The One Ring, I started my new approach of breaking down some huge books in my review queue into smaller, bite-sized chunks. I’m going to do the same today with Fantasy Craft from Crafty Games. Though I’ve talked with Patrick Kapera a few times in recent months, I’ve had a (virtual) stack of . . . → Read More: Game Review: Fantasy Craft by Alex Flagg, Scott Gearin, and Patrick Kapera from Crafty Games – Chapter 1

The Gassy Gnoll: Bits of Paper

This Gassy Gnoll is an old fashioned kind of gnoll combined chimera-style with a technologist. It’s an odd combination, let me tell you. (Gnoll hair is greasy and it smudges up my phone and iPad screens like you wouldn’t believe…)

In an age when PDFs enter the field of published resources daily, I find myself . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Bits of Paper

Book Review: The Adventure Creation Handbook by Cherie “Jade” Arbuckle from rpgGM.com

Dungeon masters and game masters know that there are really only two ways to ready an adventure for a gaming group. You can buy it or you can make it. And most of the time, even if you buy it, you still have to do some preparation for how to get your party into the . . . → Read More: Book Review: The Adventure Creation Handbook by Cherie “Jade” Arbuckle from rpgGM.com

Setting Review: Caladon Falls from Savage Mojo

What would you do to save your your way of life? How about your home? Your neighbor’s home? Your country? I always find that sort of story easy to get into – from films like Red Dawn and Battle: Los Angeles to Krull and The Black Cauldron. It’s the little guys with their back to . . . → Read More: Setting Review: Caladon Falls from Savage Mojo

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