Fiasco To Teach Gaming To New Players

Mon 13 February 2017 by John Arcadian from Gnome Stew

A month or so back, my friend Nicole wanted me to help her get into Dungeons and Dragons and tabletop roleplaying in general. She had already been seeding the idea among some friends of ours, and I had a group of interested people who were all new, or practically new to tabletop roleplaying. They were eager to learn, but their experiences were all pretty tangential to what D&D was. Some of us had played some Fiasco before, and in talking with the players about what they were unsure of in the upcoming game, I struck upon an idea — Fiasco is the perfect thing to introduce the new players to Dungeons and Dragons. While it may seem an unlikely lead in to a pretty standard D&D game, a slightly modified game of Fiasco set in a standard fantasy gaming trope universe might be the perfect thing to get the new players used to the roleplaying aspects of the game and the fantasy/adventuring themes. There are some problems using straight out of the book Fiasco for this exercise, the first of which is that Fiasco’s outcome table and play style usually mean that things end poorly with multiple of the players having betrayed, killed, or otherwise done another player wrong. That doesn’t bode well for the party unity style of most traditional role-playing games.


Joe Manganiello on Acting D&D

Sun 12 February 2017 by Aaron Penfold from Wizards of the Coast - Dungeons & Dragons

You may know Joe Manganiello (@JoeManganiello) from True Blood and the Magic Mike films, and that he’ll be playing Deathstroke in the next Batman movie. In talking to Greg Tito (@gregtito) and Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo), Joe geeks out about all things D&D, fantasy, and comics. Plus, in Sage ...

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InfinitasDM App – Daniel Sandberg Interview

Sun 12 February 2017 by Guest Author from Tribality

Daniel Sandberg is the producer of InfinitasDM, a mobile app for tabletop RPG players. This app is made to be used in person for live roleplaying sessions. InfinitasDM makes it easy to create and change maps by just drawing on a smart device screen. The following is an interview that ...

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Mystrael Shawk -- An Effect Based Lightning Wizard for D&D

Sun 12 February 2017 by Christian Lindke from Advanced Dungeons and Parenting

Last week, I discussed how useful it can be to approach D&D magic from an effects based or special effect design philosophy as both a player and a DM. Using this approach allows for gamers to add a little of narrative magic without the need to have a deep ...

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Free RPG - Mazes & Minotaurs 2017 Anniversary Edition - Now on RPGNow

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

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Adventures in Middle-earth Loremaster’s Guide (5e) – Sean’s Pick, 020917

Sun 12 February 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

Cubicle 7 continues their most excellent efforts in bringing Middle-earth to the D&D 5e fan base. The Player’s Guide has been out for a while now, and people are loving it, and now a more complete set of tools for the DM (called Loremaster here) are in hand ...

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Coriolis – Sean’s Pick, 021017

Sun 12 February 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

Science-fiction is huge again in gaming, folks, and Modiphius is coming fast-and-furious with the releases on all fronts. The house that will bring you a new Star Trek RPG is showing you their sci-fi chops with this decidedly Traveller-esque game of action and exploration. “I’m getting a signal.” Dalil ...

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Improvisation and Rory’s Story Cubes

Sun 12 February 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

Improvisation is an essential skill for both gamemasters and players in any tabletop roleplaying game. A little improvising at your table can be the difference between a good gaming session and a great one that you’ll all remember and talk about forever.This week on the Campaign Trail, I ...

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Using a Special Effects Approach to Spell Casting in D&D Games

Sun 12 February 2017 by Christian Lindke from Advanced Dungeons and Parenting

There are too many spells in Dungeons & Dragons and it reduces the sense of wonder in the game. Magic systems are one of the most difficult design challenges that face prospective game designers, players, and game masters. Magic in fiction, and in our imagination, often defies quantification. In fact, one ...

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OPC Log, 6 Calistril, 4717

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Paizo

Making my way back from the Las Vegas Open to spend some time in the office before heading out to DundraCon in a few weeks. The Open is a small con with large growth potential. Currently focused on war gaming, they are looking to expand into tabletop RPGs. I look ...

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Dusk City Outlaws – Kickstarter Pick, 020117

Wed 01 February 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

I had the distinct pleasure of sitting in on a conversation with Rodney Thompson at OrcaCon earlier this year, discussing this innovative game idea. I am excited to see it come to Kickstarter, and you should trust me when I tell you – you will be, too. Some very interesting gameplay ...

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Infinite Modular Dungeons

Wed 01 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

This is a set of 4 thematic modular dungeons to be printed and used in any Sword and Sorcery RPG system. It includes 24 boards of hight quality art, desgined to build countless customized dungeons. Each dungeon theme features 6 boards. Each one of the 4 board sides are unique ...

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Ornamentation: Polishing Gems by the Numbers

Wed 01 February 2017 by kjdavies from Keith Davies -- In My Campaign

Back in June I wrote some ideas of new rules for gems. I started with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules for gems, which provide standard values and some variation. I wanted a little more detail, though, so I drafted a table that separated ‘size’ and ‘quality’ so they could each ...

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Adventures in Middle-earth Loremaster's Guide

Tue 31 January 2017 by Unknown from DriveThruRP.com Hottest Titles

In Adventures in Middle-earth™ the greatest fantasy setting of all time comes to the world's favourite roleplaying game rules! Take your gaming group to Middle-earth with this thematic and atmospheric, OGL-compatible setting guide. “It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and ...

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Cold Shadows on Kickstarter has just launched! Whooo hoo!

Tue 31 January 2017 by Tobie Abad from TAGSESSIONS

Cold Shadows 

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Response to Monstrous Tactics: Bullywugs by MikeThepiper

Mon 30 January 2017 by Jeffrey McArthur from World of Tiglath

Welcome to my channel. I focus on tabletop role-playing games, video games, and science fiction. MikeThepiper's introduction is reminiscent of the croaking refrain from Aristophanes' play, The Frogs. That fits well with this entire topic. TSR released The Fiend Folio In 1981 for first edition of Dungeons and Dragons ...

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Due 2017: The Princess Bride RPG

Mon 30 January 2017 by Andrew Girdwood from Geek Native

Designed by Steffan O’Sullivan The Princess Bride RPG will be published by Toy Vault this year. The game will huge FUDGE. O’Sullivan designed the FUDGE roleplaying game system and worked on projects like GURPS Swashbucklers and GURPS Bunnies & Burrows. This is an area he knows well. Toy Vault ...

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Why Are Stories So Important In Video Games? A lesson for RPG Campaigns

Mon 30 January 2017 by Mike Bourke from Campaign Mastery

Modern video games are becoming more dynamic when looking at console capabilities, online functions and graphics. The diversity in game types is also increasing. It is never enough these days to have wonderful graphics; so many games with outstanding graphics end up failing, as they lack the story element. When ...

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Free GM Resource: Lester Smith's D6 x D6

Mon 30 January 2017 by Christopher Stogdill from Frugal GM

It's always a fun week when I can post a "new" RPG as the week's Free GM Resource. D6xD6 is a role-playing game from Lester Smith....yes, that Lester Smith.

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005 – Making Money in the RPG Business

Mon 30 January 2017 by jamesintrocaso from World Builder Blog

A new episode  of Table Top Babble is now up! James Introcaso sits down with game designers Rob Schwalb of Schwalb Entertainment and Teos Abadia of Alphastream to discuss what it’s like to try to make a living in the tabletop RPG industry. Subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, or ...

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Only Twenty Eight Hours Adventurer,Conqueror, Kings Rpg System's Bundle of Holding!

Mon 30 January 2017 by Needles from Swords & Stitchery - Old Time Sewing & Table Top Rpg Blog

Old school adventure, dungeon crawling, warfare, & even the conquest of entire countries is the province of The Adventurer, Conqueror, King rpg system. You can get in on the action of grabbing the entire OSR system in one bundle while helping out a great charity!

I haven't written much lately ...

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