A couple of years ago, Modiphius released an ENnie-award winning posthuman sci-fi RPG called Mindjammer. Using the Fate Core rules, it blew people away with its depth and its excellent treatment of the concepts. For those wanting a more classic, crunchy RPG system in which to play with this fascinating setting, now they’ve released it using the Traveller rules. […]

ASHES03 Happy Jacks RPG Actual Play – Ashes of Exodus – Mongoose Traveller 2nd Ed

Wed 11 January 2017 by Stu from Happy Jacks RPG Podcast

ASHES03 GM: Stu Venable System: Mongoose Traveller 2.0 Players: Jason, Stork, Elspeth, HosierRob, Kimi      

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Ultimatum games and shared narrative control

Mon 09 January 2017 by Brendan from Necropraxis

Narrative control is the degree to which fictional authority is shared between referee and non-referee players in a tabletop roleplaying game. This is one of many properties useful for categorizing and understanding games. Traditionally, narrative control is centralized in the person of the referee but can also be shared either ...

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Personalized D&D

Sun 08 January 2017 by Venger Satanis from Venger's old school gaming blog

I shouldn't have to mention this; it should be common knowledge... the foundation upon which all traditional RPGs are built, but these are strange times. Rulings over rules. The GM is a benevolent king who may do as he pleases. Whatever the book says is merely a guideline for ...

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ConTessa: Games by Underrepresented Voices for Everyone

Sun 08 January 2017 by Katrina Ostrander from Triple Crit

The organization dedicated to building diversity in tabletop games by increasing the visibility and number of women-led events at gaming conventions is expanding its umbrella to include all marginalized people. Founded in 2012 by Stacy Dellorfano, ConTessa has been running tabletop games online and off, hosting panels on the creative ...

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What is a Campaign?

Sat 07 January 2017 by admin from Follow Me And Die!

I saw a question on Twitter today asking how long a campaign lasts. That got me to thinking and depending one your RPG experience and preferences, the term campaign has multiple meanings. Campaign comes to RPGs from tabletop miniature wargaming, which in turn gets the term from military parlance. The ...

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One week has passed...

Sat 07 January 2017 by Tobie Abad from TAGSESSIONS

...and I have not played any table top games, be it board games or role-playing games.  The first week of January is always a tricky period, with some groups still focused on family events, while others tied up with other activities.  Admittedly, I'm not the kind of guy who ...

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HJRP1812 Romance in RPGs, SciFi Advice, and More

Sat 07 January 2017 by Stu from Happy Jacks RPG Podcast

HJRP1812 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Jason, Bill, Kimi Show Notes! Zac in Chicago writes in about Romance in RPGs. A Southern Gent from Texas has some Sci-Fi advice. Alervant has some GMing advice and a question. Kindros from the Forum writes in about Magic Items and Identification. Steve from So ...

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Murders & Acquisitions – Sean’s Pick, 010617

Fri 06 January 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

Is it “The Office” as an RPG? I am betting you could definitely go that route if you wanted to. Or someone could try Peter’s approach from “Office Space,” which could be a hoot all its own. Regardless, trade your sword for a stapler and your spells for a ...

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Iron Crown Enterprises is back

Fri 06 January 2017 by colinice from IronCrown

If you’ve been on RPGNow recently, you may have noticed something a little different. Guild Companion Publications is no longer in the list of publishers. Now before the wailing and gnashing of teeth starts, there is no need to panic. …

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VAST08 Happy Jacks RPG Actual Play – Vast Dominions – Moment of Truth

Wed 04 January 2017 by Stu from Happy Jacks RPG Podcast

VAST08 GM: Stu Venable System: Moment of Truth Players: JiB, Gina, Samantha, Kimi Vast Dominions is a setting being developed for Stu Venable’s Moment of Truth RPG.    

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HJPR1811 PC Mind Control, Missing Players, Group Building

Sun 01 January 2017 by Stu from Happy Jacks RPG Podcast

HJRP1811 Your hosts: Stu, Tim, Gina, Kimi, Stork Show Notes!! Griever writes in about subtle mind control of PCs. SteveSW writes in with a Apocalypse-World inspired system for dealing with missing players. John asks about building a group (of players, not characters). Walt from Rhode Island asks about diversity at ...

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Campfire Mechanics

Sun 01 January 2017 by Nick Wright from Lawful Indifferent

Darkest Dungeon has a really cool feature that I think is under-utilized in tabletop games: The Campfire Mechanic. If you've never played it, here's a quick rundown:

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2016: A Year in Review for RPGs

Sat 31 December 2016 by Ray Chapel from Quasar Knight's Fantasy Blog

2016 has been an interesting year; it's also not been a great one for many reasons. All the same, it's been a bumpy and wild ride. But what of table-top games? What new and interesting innovations have we seen so far, if any?

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The Top Five Crits of 2016

Sat 31 December 2016 by Katrina Ostrander from Triple Crit

2016 is almost over! (I think we all have some opinions about that.) I struggled, I rumbled, I grew, and I celebrated various successes. I was extremely thankful to be invited to write for the Geek & Sundry blog and to speak at NerdCon: Stories in Minneapolis. I got to hear ...

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Corrupt next year: War in Christmas Village

Thu 29 December 2016 by Andrew Girdwood from Geek Native

War in Christmas Village is a successful Kickstarter with, at the time of writing, 16 days left go. Pick up a set of unpainted 28mm twisted holiday miniatures with a Christmas theme. Check out the campaign page here. [Back this Campaign] It takes a $25 pledge to get into the ...

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Adventures in Middle-earth Player’s Guide (5e) – Sean’s Pick, 122916

Thu 29 December 2016 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

One of my new adventures in the coming year will be as a professional GM for the great folks at Total Escape Games here in the Denver area. Seriously, I never thought that was a possible, real thing, but here I am, studying up on a new game product and ...

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VAST07 Happy Jacks RPG Actual Play – Vast Dominions! – Moment of Truth

Wed 28 December 2016 by Stu from Happy Jacks RPG Podcast

VAST07 GM: Stu Players: Kimi, Gina, Samantha, JiB, CADave Vast Dominions is a setting being developed by Stu Venable for his RPG system, Moment of Truth.  

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