Origins Game Fair 2016

It’s almost June, and I am back from vacationing. A lot of exciting things are happening in June, and one of those is the upcoming Origins Game Fair*. I will be traveling a few hours up to Columbus, and spending a lot of time there with my two youngest kids. I will be running some Wizards of the Coast Board Games tournaments on Thursday and Friday for Baldman Games, and playing in The Dungeons & Dragons Open. We also all have Are you a Werewolf? ribbon for night time gaming.

Tribality Publishing – Mysteries of the Gods


We have a new publication on DriveThruRPG today. This is the sixth product we’ve released: Mysteries of the Gods written by Brandes Stoddard. In the worlds of fantasy, the gods are mighty, their works are evident to all. The clergy stand between the gods and mortals, receiving the commands of the gods and guiding the prayers of the faithful.

Getting Started With Mobile Frame Zero – Part 2

Please welcome our newest columnist Samara Duncan!

Last time we talked a bit about getting started with a great new game, Mobile Frame Zero. With two major elements– a tabletop game and creating custom LEGO® models. you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. If you are feeling like giving up before you even start, please don’t. Just apply the principle of KISS (Keep it Simple Sweetheart) to make it manageable. There is plenty of time to add in all the amazing details that make this game something special.

Death Is Not The End

This week I’m taking a break from the Campaign Trail, but the good news is that guest author Rabbit Stoddard is taking my place (and I think she did a great job). Rabbit provides a ton of ideas to avoid having the death of your party be the end of your campaign.

Back in the early days of the internet, there used to be these websites for collaborative writing. It was basically a text box, where you typed in the next piece of the story based on what was already displayed on the page. Aside from not having update detection, formatting, or anything like that, these long, rambling tales most often devolved into porn and dickery. Eventually, there would always be some joker who would add something like, “…And then the whole universe exploded! (write your way out of that, lol.)”

Domain Rulership, Part Six

Two weeks ago, I talked about the Stronghold Builder’s Guidebook, the “main” 3.x-based book for stronghold construction and domains. I also mentioned a third-party product, A Magical Medieval Society: Western Europe, by Expeditious Retreat Press. In the comments, alert reader Charles Geringer brought up Power of Faerûn. Because irony is the only cosmic balance to entropy, I have a copy of that very incunabulum on the shelf behind me. This is me, in my customary writing chair, looking as dashing as ever.

Adventure Creation Lessons from Technoir

One of the best tabletop games I have ever played is Technoir, by Jeremy Keller. Technoir is a small tabletop RPG released back in 2011-2012 (Kickstarter and actual release, respectively) centered around games of, surprises, the tech noir genre. What exactly is the genre of tech noir? It’s a combination of science fiction and film noir. The most classic example is Bladerunner, but other examples include 12 Monkeys, Brazil, The City of Lost Children, and Dark City. The term was actually coined by James Cameron, who used it as the name of a nightclub in The Terminator. Is Terminator a tech noir film? You definitely see some of it in the first one, for sure. Anyway, it’s sometimes conflated with cyberpunk, though it’s not quite the same thing.

Interview from the Shed – Adventures from the Shed Podcast

At Tribality, we’ve been interviewing some of the people who are behind all the awesome stuff that is being created for tabletop gamers – such as podcasts. I started listening to the Adventures From the Shed podcast last year. I am really excited to bring you an interview with Joe and the rest of the crew from “the Shed”. I was lucky enough to ask Joe and the rest of the cast a ton of questions. I hope you enjoy this interview and please check out their podcast if you like D&D, Dungeon World and rich storytelling.