Exploding Dice!

I’ve been play-testing adding Exploding Dice as a house-rule to my game. Exploding dice are when a player or GM rolls the maximum on a die for damage, they then can roll that die again and the new die roll result is added to the original. This can be done once as I discuss in this article, or sometimes this is repeated for every time that a maximum is rolled (chain reaction). The reason to do this is because:

Watch the Acquisitions Inc. PAX Prime 2015 Game

On Friday night at Pax Prime, Acquisitions Incorporated played out their latest chapter live to a audience and viewers on Twitch. Watch the video to see two-plus hours of live game play from PAX Prime with DM Chris Perkins running the Rage of Demons adventure for Mike Krahulik (Jim Darkmagic), Jerry Holkins (Omin Dran), Scott Kurtz (Binwin Bronzebottom), and Patrick Rothfuss (Viari).

New D&D Trailer Shows Drizzt and Demons

Dare to Descend! Demon Lords have invaded the Underdark.

Get a glimpse of what’s in store for the Forgotten Realms with a suite of Rage of Demons products, including: Sword Coast Legends (http://j.mp/swordcoast), Neverwinter: Underdark (http://j.mp/dndneverwinter), a D&D tabletop roleplaying game adventure (http://j.mp/rodtrpg), miniatures and accessories (http://j.mp/rodminiatures)

Anima: Beyond Fantasy: a Primer for D&D Players

Today’s Guest Article is brought to us by Aaron der Schaedel

Learning how to play a new game can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve only ever played one game. For this reason, I’m putting together a guide for the basic rules of the game Anima: Beyond Fantasy with Dungeons and Dragons as a point of reference, since D&D is currently the most popular role playing game published in the English language. So with all that said, let’s learn a new game today, shall we?

Try Pathfinder’s Golarion for Your Next Campaign Setting

From the crumbling spires of the ancient Runelords in distant Varisia to the bustling merchant kingdoms of the Inner Sea, Golarion is the name of default world of the Pathfinder Campaign Setting and related supplements, modules, and Adventure Paths. There are some really great D&D worlds such as Krynn (Dragonlance), Greyhawk, Eberron and Toril (Forgotten Realms), and I think that Paizo’s Golarion has more than earned an unofficial spot on the list. This week on the Campaign Trail I’m providing some notes on using Golarion for the setting of an adventure or even an entire campaign. If your D&D group has been playing for years in the Realms, take a look at Golarion – it might be a perfect fit.

Numenera Goes “Into the Deep”

It’s rare that an aquatic supplement for an established game blows me away, especially when it’s still being written! There is a long list of reasons to love the team at Monte Cook Games, but my Top 2 are 1) they are a kind and generous group of people, and 2) they make incredible products.

I love the Cypher System. It’s a fast and relatively easy game to teach, focusing as much on narrative storytelling as mechanics. Numenera and The Strange are both written with a sense of familiarity to their settings while embracing bizarre twists that allow you to tweak your players’ expectations. It’s an easy system to sell to players because Monte Cook, Shanna Germain, Bruce Cordell, and the team at MCG know how to create fun themes and unique mechanics. So when you tell me they’re doing a supplement entirely devoted to gaming deep beneath the seas, you better believe I’m going to tell everyone about it.

Shadow of the Demon Lord RPG – PDF Available

The long awaited Shadow of the Demon Lord RPG is now available for the Kickstarter supporters through the DriveThruRPG website. I am very glad to have it in my digitized hands, so I can start perusing over it. Here are my initial impressions with an intro about the game first;

LARPing: an Intro for Tabletop Gamers

In addition to being a twenty-two-year veteran of tabletop gaming, I’ve also been involved in live-action roleplaying for… hmm, looks like nineteen years next month. Like roleplaying games of every kind, LARPing is getting ever greater coverage in the media, and every year the tone shifts a little more away from “look at these freaks” to “this looks like fun,” (for God’s sake, gaming has gone theatrical – never mind that the playwright is an old friend of mine) so the purpose of this article is to present several different styles of live-action roleplaying, specifically to experienced tabletop gamers. It’s (probably) the first article in a series.

Oceans, The Final Frontier: Aquatic Inspiration for Science Fiction, Part 2

Since the start of the 21st Century, I’ve come across numerous articles, photos, forum posts, and websites offering glimpses into actual or imagined futures. From the Blue Planet RPG Yahoo Group, to Facebook and other social media, it’s relatively easy these days to see cool new images to inspire your imagination. But rarely is it collected in one place. In the Final Frontier series, you will find a wide range of links and images, including RPG supplements, videos, articles on marine science, maps, real-world builds and concept sketches for sea-worthy vehicles, buildings, research stations, and even cities. Anything and everything I can find that has inspired me in my science fiction games will end up here.

So sit back and enjoy a glimpse into our own planet’s Final Frontier.

This week’s Final Frontier focuses on scientific discoveries, theoretical research projects, and inspiringly bizarre phenomena.

Trapdoor Technologies – Free Pathfinder App for iOS (iPad only)

They’re back.

After not reaching a hefty $425k goal on Kickstarter, Trapdoor Technologies as they promised this past January, went forward and produced a free App for use with Pathfinder RPG.

It has been over a year after I first saw Morningstar being demo’ed at Gen Con 2014 in the D&D gaming area, and being used in Adventurers League Games, then afterwards Wizards of the Coast pulled support for it. 🙁

But DungeonScape/Morningstar has been reborn, and now we have Playbook (for PRD) on iTunes. It is currently a free App with two free in-app purchases: PRD Monsters & PRD Rulebook. It touts that “Playbook integrates all the components of a complex tabletop roleplaying game into a single application that can be run on your iPad” 🙂