Well, I waste no time in announcing the latest release in the Grinning Skull Design Studios schedule, our growing range of RPG & wargaming PDF publications. Grinning Skull Design Studios presents: 100 Fatal Blows (Bladed Edition) for all fantasy RPGs. The latest in the “Grim’s Amazing D100 Tables” range of publications, this product is designed to […]


Dylan Sprouse on PUG Crawl

Thu 23 March 2017 by Aaron Penfold from Wizards of the Coast - Dungeons & Dragons

Dylan Sprouse (@dylansprouse) has been playing D&D since he was on set as a child actor and he’s jumped into it full force with his Pug Crawl streams on Twitch. Hosts Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo) and Greg Tito (@gregtito) talk about snow again, before Greg gets the date of ...

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History of Role Playing Games and Early Fantasy Author Recommendations

Wed 22 March 2017 by jeffro from Jeffro's Space Gaming Blog

This latest review from Avery Abernethy is just plain astonishing. Wow! Interesting book with multiple goals. Mr. Johnson read the references in appendix N of the original D&D Dungeon Master’s Guide. He then ties each of these references into how it influenced the game design decisions in D ...

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Urban Shadows: Dark Streets

Wed 22 March 2017 by Unknown from DriveThruRP.com Hottest Titles

The hum of the city is an ever-present friend, a reminder that no place is safe from the politics of the concrete jungle. Will you rise to meet the wolves at the door? Or try to find some place safe to ride out the coming storm? Dark Streets is the ...

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UbiquiCity – A Sourcebook for Sci-Fi RPGs – Now on Patreon

Wed 22 March 2017 by modoc31 from Rolling Boxcars

I’d like to plug As If Productions newest project. Tod and his company has consistently put out solid games in the past and UbiquiCity seems to be falling in line with his past products. Tod as partnered with some very creative folks to bring you UbuiCity. Tod’s own ...

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Kickstarter - Satanic Panic - Buy it - for the Children

Tue 21 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

What's the pitch for

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A WTF!?! Kickstarter - Dungeons and dragons: the whispering ring

Tue 21 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

There is SO much wrong with the Dungeons and dragons: the whispering ring Kickstsarter (and yes, that is the exact title of it.) Let's see, where shall we start? 1 - Maybe the damn title itself? You can't call it Dungeons & Dragons (or Dungeons and dragons - its the same ...

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FORTY. YEARS. and a sale. And a prize

Wed 15 March 2017 by Rick Stump from Don't Split the Party

40 years ago today I sat down with a small group of college freshmen and rolled up an Elf. I was only 9 years old. The DM's girlfriend insisted that he let me play [thanks, Kim!].

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Kickstarter Roundup – 031417

Tue 14 March 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

I’ve a lot of great Kickstarters I want to make sure you know about, so here we go! Michael Surbrook’s Ghosts, Ghouls, and Golems Ghosts, Ghouls, and Golems is a guide to the darkness-dwelling creatures of folklore and myth for roleplaying games. Until the invention of reliable and ...

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Opaque Industries – Song of Swords RPG Kickstarter

Tue 14 March 2017 by Michael Long from Tribality

Song of Swords is a tabletop roleplaying game focused on taking combat to the next level. Perfect for historical and fantasy campaigns! Song of Swords is a dark low-fantasy tabletop roleplaying game that focuses on lethal, tactical combat, with a library of arms and armor inspired by real history. It ...

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Third Act Publishing – Satanic Panic RPG Kickstarter

Tue 14 March 2017 by Michael Long from Tribality

Third Act Publishing brings its next RPG to the hobby with a crowdfunding campaign for Satanic Panic, a game about fighting against the evils of tabletop. Third Act Publishing, the company that published Reflections: The Game of Dueling Samurai via Kickstarter last year, has launched a new crowd funding project ...

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2017 Update: 12 New Games

Tue 14 March 2017 by Tobie Abad from TAGSESSIONS

For this year, I've played the following: Given it is currently March, this is definitely a much slower development than previous years. But hey, at least we're still moving forward in many ways despite the current political and gaming climate in the Philippines. At the international level, things ...

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OSR Picks for the GM's Day Sale, Part V - White Star Edition

Mon 13 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

OSR Picks for the GM's Day Sale, Part V - White Star Edition Yep, its time to make some  OSR Picks for the current  GM's Sale at RPGNow . This post is  Part V.  Part I  ,   Part II  , Part III and Part IV are linked. Remember, 5% of your purchase ...

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OSR Picks for the GM's Day Sale, Part VI - Last Four Days Countdown

Mon 13 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, there's less than four days left to the RPGNow GM's Day Sale. And yes, there's more OSR picks to be had :) This post is  Part VI. Part I  ,   Part II  , Part III, Part IV and Part V are linked. Remember, 5% of your purchase goes to ...

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OSR Picks for the GM's Day Sale, Part VII - Last Three Days Countdown

Mon 13 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, there's less than three days left to the 

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OSR Picks for the GM's Day Sale, Part VIII - Last Two Days Countdown

Mon 13 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, there's less than three days left to the  RPGNow GM's Day Sale. And yes, there's more OSR picks to be had :) Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes - Every adventure published by +Jeff Talanian  / North Wind Adventures is excellent or better. Grab one or grab them all ...

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OSR Picks for the GM's Day Sale, Part IX - Last 24 Hours and Counting! Last post in the Series!

Mon 13 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, we are under the 24 hour mark for time remaining i the RPGNow GM's Sale. These will be my last picks. That doesn't mean if something didn't make my pick list that it wasn't good - it probably means I ran out of space.

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RPG Review – 7th Sea Second Edition

Mon 13 March 2017 by Dan from CarpeGM Digital Entertainment

RPG Review – 7th Sea Second Edition   At A Glance - For those of you who don’t know, 7th Sea 2nd Edition is a tabletop RPG set in “Theah”, a world very similar to 17th century Europe. Pirates, heroes, political intrigue and secret societies in a world peppered with legends and ...

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The BAMFSIES and Aaron Allston’s Strike Force

Wed 08 March 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

Overconfident and even shameless in my public persona, I assure you I am never unaware of how fortunate I am. I spend every day doing things that countless fellow gamers would dearly love to pursue, and I am permitted to call this my vocation (and my avocation). Today is one ...

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Katanas & Trenchcoats: Episode 1 – Sean’s Pick, 030817

Wed 08 March 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day, my Pick is one that features a number of top-notch women designers and writers within the RPG business – Tiara Lynn Agresta, Rose Bailey, Jennifer Brozek, Lillian Cohen-Moore, Crystal Frasier, Jess Hartley, Anna Kreider, Lauren Stone, and Filamena Young! It’s also one of ...

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O5R Virtual Tabletop RPG Platform

Wed 08 March 2017 by Venger Satanis from Venger's old school gaming blog

Off and on, I've been using Roll20 to run brief one-shot games for Alpha Blue and write post-game session reports for them... like this. I limp along with Roll20, mildly dissatisfied with the format/platform because of the counter-intuitive stuff that bothers me and their refusal to expand the ...

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OSR Picks for the GM's Day Sale - Part II

Wed 08 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, its time to make some OSR Picks for the current GM's Sale at RPGNow. Lost City of the Dwarves Part 1:Discovery - an OSRIC solo adventure, it is really well done - "The refined OSRIC-compatible adventure system (old school d20 RPG) has a minimal learning time but covers the ...

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OSR Picks for the GM's Day Sale, Part III

Wed 08 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, its time to make some OSR Picks for the current GM's Sale at RPGNow. This post is Part III. Part I and Part II are linked. Remember, 5% of your purchase goes to support The Tavern and associated costs for projects like Swords & Wizardry Light and the upcoming ...

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The Essense of D&D and Skills

Tue 07 March 2017 by Pat Bellavance from Under Siege

Lately, when I've been talking about the essence of D&D it's really about what is part of that D&D experience we all share when playing. Given that the game is essentially the granddaddy of tabletop role playing games, many things inherent with the system can be ...

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So There's This Trailer For A World Of Darkness Documentary...

Tue 07 March 2017 by Christopher Helton from Dorkland!

I will admit that I didn't play World of Darkness stuff until fairly recently. I could have been playing it in the 90s, and 90s me was certainly a part of the target demographic, but many of the people who were local to me at the time and who ...

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Chris' Picks For GM's Day

Tue 07 March 2017 by Christopher Helton from Dorkland!

RPGNow/DriveThruRPG often has sales, and I don't usually put lists like this today, but I had a couple of people ask for recommendations on what to pick out from the mass of available games. These are my recommendations, in no particular order. There are a lot of games ...

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The Return of Alternity - at Least in Name

Tue 07 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Sasquatch Game Studio is pleased to announce the return of Alternity (TM), a modular science fiction roleplaying game where you create your own future! The game system will launch in 2017 with a 256+ page hardbound book. The game, which shares a name and heritage with a popular RPG from ...

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Save or Die Makes the Geek & Sundry Top Five Expert Level RPG Podcasts

Tue 07 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Geek and Sundry

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S13E08 – Storytelling

Mon 06 March 2017 by Savage Daddy from Sin City Savages

Flashbacks. In Media Res. Foreshadowing. Plot. Theme. How do you incorporate these elements in a roleplaying game? Is it possible, or should you pour some Scotch and write your novel? Hosts: Jerrod ‘Savage Daddy’ Gunning, David Scott, Chris Fuchs, Dustin Smith, and JIB Links: Savage Worlds Deluxe, G+Savage Worlds ...

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Judge James Joins Glowburn

Mon 06 March 2017 by James Walls from Living for Crits

I know, I know, the Living 4 Crits blog has been a bit quiet lately, but I promise that I have a really good reason.  

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Judge Evie's All Grown Up

Mon 06 March 2017 by James Walls from Living for Crits

Yesterday was International GM's Day, a celebration of game-masters (role-playing game referees and judges) that occurs on the anniversary of D&D creator Gary Gygax's passing. While every player at the table is important in a tabletop role-playing game, it is the game master, dungeon master, or judge ...

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[WOIN] Universal Upgrades – Sean’s Pick, 022417

Mon 06 March 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

The What’s Old Is New (WOIN) system from EN Publishing gains more and more momentum, and this sci-fi oriented release helps that along as fans gain new races, new Exploits, and more for their science-fiction gaming. Upgrade your sci-fi game! This essential manual for sci-fi themed What’s OLD ...

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New to Numenera?

Mon 06 March 2017 by Charles Ryan from Monte Cook Games

The Ninth World is a vast and strange place. When you enter it, you explore a weird and wondrous landscape, meet creatures unlike anything seen in our world, and experience adventures that stretch your imagination. No wonder, then, that if you’re new to Numenera, it can be hard to ...

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RPG Players’ worst habits

Mon 06 March 2017 by colinice from IronCrown

Roleplay gaming is fun. I think we can all agree on that. However, there are some things that people do whilst at the table that are less fun… Some things that drive us mad. So we decided to run a …

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History of Universal RPGs (Part Six: 2010-2011)

Mon 06 March 2017 by Lowell Francis from Age of Ravens

On one end of the Universal RPG spectrum we have games with a high density of rules, some dare call it crunch. These game intend to model every element and make those elements feel correct within the mechanics. That means a large number of rules which aren’t necessarily symmetrical ...

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Gamma World: GW3 - The Cleansing War of Garik Blackhand

Mon 06 March 2017 by Wymarc from Quag Keep

From the back cover:

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Frame of Reference

Mon 06 March 2017 by Venger Satanis from Venger's old school gaming blog

This blog post was prompted by a prospective reviewer of Alpha Blue. He declined to review it because of his millennial-based reasons - he didn't feel like it or wasn't feeling it or that it might upset the feelings of his precious tumblr readers. Side-rant: I know I'm ...

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Kobold Press – Midgard Campaign Setting: Dark Roads & Deep Magic Kickstater

Mon 06 March 2017 by Michael Long from Tribality

Have you seen the Midgard Campaign Setting Kickstater from Kobold Press? There are only 10 days left to become a backer. The kickstater campaign brings us an updated version of the original Midgard Setting. Midgard is a dark fantasy roleplaying setting that has been inspired by the myths and folklore ...

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RPG background music various sources

Mon 06 March 2017 by Mordom OneEye from Earthdawn Blog

If you're a gamemaster who wants to add atmosphere to the game by using music, be it background music or effects, you might be searching your media library or the web without finding the 'right one'....

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