I think I’ll try to stick with Theme Weeks every week, and see how it goes. This is an It’s a Kind of Magic Week, with a decided arcane theme. The rollout of all-things-Rifts continues from Palladium, with one of their most important and popular books finally in PDF. Many hundreds of spells, magic items, and everything to do […]


Ultimate GMing Toolkit: Improv, Campaigns, Prep, Tools – Sean’s Pick, 062317

Fri 23 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

Of course, I must end GM Toolkit Week with the eponymous bundle that shares the name. The folks at Engine Publishing are friends, I won’t lie, and I highly respect their contributions to the state-of-the-art when it comes to discussions and guides for making gaming better. Mike Lythgoe, if ...

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KOBOLD Guide to Plots & Campaigns – Sean’s Pick, 062217

Thu 22 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

The KOBOLD folks provide an entire excellent series of advice and tools for GMs to use in improving their craft and enhancing their games. Alongside the fantastic KOBOLD Guide to Worldbuilding, I highly recommend this useful tome to aid Game Masters seeking step-by-step guidance in putting together a campaign. Just ...

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Ennead Games – Sean’s Pick, 062017

Wed 21 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

It’s rare I pick an entire company’s catalog of products, but with it being GM Toolkit Week, how can I not point out the entire collection of amazing game aids that Ennead Games provides? A randomized list for just about every single thing I might imagine needing a ...

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Ultimate Toolbox – Sean’s Pick, 062117

Wed 21 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

No GM Toolkit Week would be right without bringing out AEG‘s Ultimate Toolbox. This one really is system-agnostic, meant to help GMs running any game with a fantasy motif. Based on the award-winning RPG book Toolbox, the Ultimate Toolbox starts off where the original stopped. Focusing on inspiration, the ...

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Albert Deschesne’s Finale – Happiness, Peace, and Dreams 061017

Mon 19 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

A truly good and noble man – Albert Deschesne – died unexpectedly, and we all are left with grief, sadness.  We now have the duty to take care of his final expenses and ensure that we gather for a memorial and ensure his sendoff the best we can make it. Gathering Heroes ...

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Empire City Adventures – Sean’s Pick, 061217

Mon 19 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

For those who follow me elsewhere, it’s probably no surprise that I am on a serious superhero kick. I’ve started buying comics again, I am all about all the supers movies out or coming, and I am very keen on supers gaming right now as well. Fainting Goat ...

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CROM – Kickstarter Pick, 061317

Mon 19 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

Pre-painted, awesome minis! Fantastic, fast-play rules! And it’s freaking CONAN! Seriously, this is a package of pure badassery. King Conan and the Circle of Iron stand against Thoth-Amon’s rising Legion of Set! Conan: Rise of Monsters is an epic fantasy battle game with high-quality painted, 34mm plastic figures ...

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The Long Walk: Life on the Grand Stair – Sean’s Pick, 061317

Mon 19 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

Looks like we’ve got a particularly eclectic week underway, with this diceless game supplement grabbing my eye today. Fans of Erick Wujcik‘s Amber Diceless RPG got a huge treat when Rite Publishing brought the system back with Lords of Gossamer & Shadow. Now we get a full companion work ...

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Templar Handbook – Sean’s Pick, 061417

Mon 19 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

Sticking to my Eclectic Week, here’s the latest release for one of Triple Ace Games’ most venerable lines, Necropolis 2350. Think Warhammer 40k meets Mutant Chronicles, all for Savage Worlds fans. This book gets into the Templars, which any fan of zealots in heavy armor fighting against hopeless odds ...

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Dance `Til Dawn – Sean’s Pick, 061517

Mon 19 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

Eclectic Week takes a turn to the seriously weird and intriguingly different with today’s Pick. Barak Blackburn – primarily known for a ton of work for Spectrum Games – decided to push the envelope of story gaming in an oddly wonderful way. By combining randomizing music services (like Pandora and Spotify ...

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Nobilis – Sean’s Pick, 061617

Mon 19 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

Jenna K. Moran has experienced her own Hero’s Journey through the gaming industry, so I’m closing out Eclectic Week with this icon of oddly wonderful, Nobilis. This version is diceless and intended for both tabletop and LARP play, and it stands as the latest version of a game ...

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Premise: Plot Ideas – Sean’s Pick, 061917

Mon 19 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

Welcome to GM Toolkit Week here at SPOD. Thanks to my friend, Mike Anthony Lythgoe, you get a week’s worth of Picks specifically oriented on products that any Game Master should consider putting into their “box of tools and useful bits.” These are things a GM can call upon ...

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Astonishing Worlds! – Sean’s Pick, 060817

Thu 08 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

More and more, I am becoming convinced that – when done right – creating and publishing system-agnostic support materials for RPGs is a great idea that can help lots of Game Masters, regardless of what system they’re using. It seems to me that Tricky Troll Games is doing it right. Astonishing ...

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Mortal Fantasy – Sean’s Pick, 060717

Wed 07 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

Gonna let the creator tell his own tale here; Christopher is one of the top (and most prolific) makers involved in the Cypher System Community: Dear Sean Patrick Fannon, I was thrilled to see that you’ve included Cypher System Community Creator PDFs  in your great Pick of the Week ...

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Robotech Invid Invasion – Sean’s Pick, 060617

Tue 06 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

Some would say Robotech represents the original “giant robot/mecha invasion” into Western pop culture, and with good reason. Although purists rail against how much the original source was adapted by Harmony Gold, the truth is they did a pretty good job of mixing the three separate Japanese series in ...

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Monarchies of Mau – Kickstarter Pick, 060617

Tue 06 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

Fans of Eddy Webb‘s Pugmire have been hoping the cats would get some love, too. They most certainly are. Contribute to help us create a beautiful traditionally printed fantasy game book featuring cat monarchies – and get it into stores. “I can destroy you with but a thought!” The rat ...

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Index Card RPG – Sean’s Pick, 060517

Mon 05 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

OK, first things first. Apologies to all for an entire week missed. At first, it was due to a delayed return from MantiCon; it devolved quickly into a serious bout of extreme grief and depression, triggered by the loss of one of my very nearest and dearest friends in this ...

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Torg Eternity – Kickstarter Pick 060517

Mon 05 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

In 1990, two major multi-genre releases came out to shake up the RPG world. While Rifts gave us the over-the-top gonzo and extreme approach to “mashup gaming,” Torg brought an intensely compelling story of survival and heroism in the face of war and disaster. That sense of something huge that ...

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