Now, maps are hardly unheard of in fantasy role-playing games. They are a classic trope as well as an essential dungeoneering tool. Treasure maps in particular are a staple of both fantasy fiction and adventures. What I want to talk about for a bit is the random treasure result under the Scrolls section. When I found my way to BX many years ago, I was tickled that scrolls could be more than just extra or new spells. The two main twists were the protection scrolls and the maps. The idea that the rules included a mechanism for randomly dropping a plot hook into the party's collective lap was quite remarkable (to me).


We're Still Not Convinced That RPG's Were Originally Converted Wargames (Braunstein Edition)...

Tue 29 August 2017 by Olde House Rules from Pits Perilous

Several months ago, we posted our assertion that modern role-playing games weren't really converted wargames after all, and it met with pushback given that  D&D billed itself as rules for fantastic medieval wargames, and that the hobby's pioneers were all wargamers and simulationist of some stripe. And ...

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The Braunstein Experiment: Wesely Weighs In...

Tue 29 August 2017 by Olde House Rules from Pits Perilous

Last week we talked about how

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When Gaming Went to War...

Tue 29 August 2017 by Olde House Rules from Pits Perilous

OK, so I was ambushed. Only it wasn't my first time... In April, 2003, I was deployed to Iraq as OIC of a small combat weather team embedded in the 159th AVN BDE of the 101st ABN DIV (sorry, the contractions stick with you). We were part of a ...

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Xenobiology

Sun 27 August 2017 by perdustin from Thoul's Paradise

Eighteen years from now, in the world of the CYB✪RG C✪MMAND✪™ science fiction role-playing game, aliens will invade the Earth.

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Random Sexual PreferenceTable (for any RPG System)

Sat 26 August 2017 by Steve Miller from NUELOW Games

Continuing our quest to become a respectable game company and to forever be patting ourselves on the back over how inclusively diverse their products are, NUELOW Games brings the world yet another element that can be added to to the character generation process of any table-top roleplaying game where the ...

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Gygaxian

Fri 25 August 2017 by Chris Jones from Classic RPG Realms

Gygaxian The term Gygaxian probably rests most strongly in three different qualities:      4. The use of DM fiat, and contesting the skills of the players instead of characters What I wanted to visit today is how the two qualities of Gygaxian Naturalism and Unnaturalism intermingle to form what I think ...

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Spartan Games closes shop

Fri 25 August 2017 by Geek Ken from Geek Ken

It appears that Spartan Games is no more. I enjoyed their space fleet game, Firestorm Armada. But it looks like they couldn’t keep the company viable. A short snippet of their official statement: “Rebel Publishing Ltd was formed in July 2002 and traded successfully for a number of years ...

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Fleamarket Friday: All The Fun Of The Fair...

Fri 25 August 2017 by Tim Knight from HeroPress

Another week, another wonderful miniatures Kickstarter with only hours to run!

The crowdfunding campaign for Bruegelburg – A Day At The Fair (a new range of 28mm fantasy miniatures sculpted by Igor Karpov, for use in RPGs and other tabletop games) - closes its doors to investors on Sunday.

There's a ...

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Mythic Hero’s Handbook – Sean’s Pick, 082417

Thu 24 August 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

As we’ve been rolling through Owen K.C. Stephens Week here at the Pick, I’ve noticed a lot of folks comment that they own more books featuring his work than that of any other writer or designer in RPGs. It’s impressive as hell, but not hard to ...

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Skyrim: 5th edition handbook

Thu 24 August 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons and Dragons Classics Newest Items

The Elder Scrolls universe is an amazing source of adventure ideas and inspiration. When Skyrim came out in 2011, it was no different; it captured the imagination andhearts of many players, including me. Inside this short handbook, you will find rules for adapting Skyrim races and shouts (Thu'um) to ...

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How do you say "Hello" to a grizzly bear?

Wed 23 August 2017 by Chris Creel from The Polyhedral Dicebag

Do you quietly say hello, and anticipate his response? Do you quietly say hello and run screaming?    Well, how do ya and "How do you do?"   Hello to you grizzly bears tabletop rpg die hards!

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GoFundMe - Braille Printer for Visually Impaired Gamers

Tue 22 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I don't know why this hasn't been thought up by the RPG community in the past. The GoFundMe is to buy a braille printer to be able to supply converted RPG material AT COST to visually impaired gamers. I am attempting to raise $1,800 ($1,500 for ...

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#RPGaDay 2017: Which RPGs Are Easiest for You to Run?

Tue 22 August 2017 by blackcampbell from The Black Campbell

This question could be taken two ways —  mechanics end of things (I run X system because I get it), and what kind of setting you run well. Let’s start with the second: Back in the midst of time, when MTV was still doing music and everyone was worried that ...

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What Made D&D a Genre-Defining Classic?

Mon 21 August 2017 by Chance Phillips from STUFFER SHACK

Ever since the creation of such board games as Mice and Mystics and Gloom that utilize aspects of tabletop roleplaying games, the line between roleplaying game and board game has become murkier and murkier. However, where the line should be drawn can be found in the distinction between the original ...

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Dealing With Difficult Topics in RPGs

Mon 21 August 2017 by Jesse Cohoon from Tribality

(Author’s note: this article will be a bit different than the ones that I have written in the past because it is explicitly aimed at the group dynamic, not the ones running the game per se. Also, please pardon the use of block quotes; I didn’t want to ...

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Tom Moldvay Basic: Why It's Great and Where to Find it. #RPGaDay 2017

Sun 20 August 2017 by Christian Lindke from Advanced Dungeons and Parenting

It's time to catch up on my #RPGaDay writing again. This time the questions seemed initially unrelated, but once I found my answer to the first question it became clear that they should be combined into one post. The role playing game that I believe features the best writing ...

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#RPGaDAY: Which RPG Features The Best Writing?

Sat 19 August 2017 by Tim Knight from HeroPress

I have a confession to make: I'm not that big a fan of the TV show Buffy The Vampire Slayer. There was lots about the series I really enjoyed, but there was also a lot that annoyed me. Ultimately, I was more taken with the 'idea' of the show ...

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The Game I've Longed to Play and the Game I've Played the Most #RPGaDAY

Fri 18 August 2017 by Christian Lindke from Advanced Dungeons and Parenting

So far, I've been able to keep up with all the necessary #RPGaDAY posts without getting so far behind that I quit due to the dread of having to write 10 or more posts at once. One of the reasons for that is that this year's set of ...

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#RPGaDay 2017 Day 19

Fri 18 August 2017 by Runeslinger from Casting Shadows

Today’s question for the 19th day of 2017’s #RPGaDay is: Which RPG has the Best Writing. The question can be looked at from several angles, and in the video below, I do just that, offering up suggestions for inspiring writing, explanatory writing, blue-blazes great writing, technical writing, and ...

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A Fault In Our Stars: Starfinder, ADnD 2E, and Repeating History

Fri 18 August 2017 by James Spahn from Halfling's Luck

So I wanted to talk a bit about Starfinder and how I see it. Not as a game or in comparison to White Star, but as a business move and why I think Paizo chose to release a sci-fi adaptation of their juggernaut fantasy roleplaying game. But to do that ...

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Forest of Fiends: Simple Jungle Weather Tables

Wed 16 August 2017 by Edward Wilson from The DM from Outremer

A blog about roleplaying games (RPGs), including reviews of products, philosophical musings, and the occasional rant. I did an earlier post with simple weather tables for a generally temperate climate. Now, for the new sandbox campaign idea I'm developing, I need jungle weather.

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Iron Sky: The Roleplaying Game in the works

Wed 16 August 2017 by Andrew Girdwood from Geek Native

Have you seen the indie film Iron Sky? It’s a quirky adventure that deals with Nazis secretly living on the dark side of the moon. In 2018 there will be a sequel and, perhaps, an Iron Sky RPG. There’s a Kickstarter campaign live today. [Back this Campaign] At ...

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#RPGaDay 2017: Day 13

Mon 14 August 2017 by Runeslinger from Casting Shadows

The thirteenth question for this year’s #RPGaDay is another tough one, I will wager. This time there was a little mercy though, as it falls on a Sunday. The question asks us to describe an experience with an RPG which changed how you played. Over the years writing this ...

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#RPGaDAY: I Heartily Endorse RPG Campaign Infographics...

Mon 14 August 2017 by Tim Knight from HeroPress

Some Infographic Books From My Personal Library...

Geeky infographics are popular at the moment, so much so that many branches of geekdom have books dedicated to them (for instance, I own at least one for Star Wars, one for Doctor Who, and one for superheroes - all pictured above).

But they ...

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Champions 4th Edition – Sean’s Pick, 081417

Mon 14 August 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

Bear with me, this will make sense in a minute… It’s Gen Con, many, many years ago. It’s in Milwaukee still, which should tell you something. It’s early 90s, though I just can’t remember the specific year (I am terrible with that kind of thing, always ...

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RPGaDAY #14 - Favorite system for campaigns

Mon 14 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

Which RPG do you prefer for open-ended campaign play? 

I feel that the majority of RPG systems lend themselves to open-ended campaign play (Toon and Paranoia come to mind as systems/settings that would prove difficult for a sustained campaign). However, generic systems or those decoupled from a setting tend ...

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Four #RPGaDAY Questions in One Blow! #RPGaDay -- Days 8 to 11

Mon 14 August 2017 by Christian Lindke from Advanced Dungeons and Parenting

Sorry I missed a couple of days, but the prospectus for my dissertation took priority. Writing everyday, either here or on something else, keeps my brain working in a way that helps my prospectus, but I still have to write the prospectus too. As a reward for completing a draft ...

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Four #RPGaDAY Questions in One Blow! #RPGaDay -- Days 8 to 11

Mon 14 August 2017 by Christian Lindke from Advanced Dungeons and Parenting

Sorry I missed a couple of days, but the prospectus for my dissertation took priority. Writing everyday, either here or on something else, keeps my brain working in a way that helps my prospectus, but I still have to write the prospectus too. As a reward for completing a draft ...

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Castle Falkenstein is Among the Most Inspiring RPGs Ever. #RPGaDay2017 Day 12

Mon 14 August 2017 by Christian Lindke from Advanced Dungeons and Parenting

Day 12: Which RPG has the most inspiring interior art?

During the early 90s and 00s, there was no game designer who constantly managed to be on the cutting edge of gaming ideas more than Michael Pondsmith. He pioneered several role playing game genres. His Cyberpunk role playing game captured ...

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Castle Falkenstein is Among the Most Inspiring RPGs Ever. #RPGaDay2017 Day 12

Mon 14 August 2017 by Christian Lindke from Advanced Dungeons and Parenting

Day 12: Which RPG has the most inspiring interior art?

During the early 90s and 00s, there was no game designer who constantly managed to be on the cutting edge of gaming ideas more than Michael Pondsmith. He pioneered several role playing game genres. His Cyberpunk role playing game captured ...

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#RPGaDay 2017: Day 13

Mon 14 August 2017 by Runeslinger from Casting Shadows

The thirteenth question for this year’s #RPGaDay is another tough one, I will wager. This time there was a little mercy though, as it falls on a Sunday. The question asks us to describe an experience with an RPG which changed how you played. Over the years writing this ...

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Press Release - Marauder Task Force RPG (Action Figure Powered RPG)

Mon 14 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Heh! I'm becoming a "press release" site it seems - not! But it does just so happen that there is a lot of cool stuff being announced jut before Gen Con and folks are nice enough to send me the announcements. I may need to steal back my NYPD Police ...

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Sandra's Simple Sheet (Fillable)

Mon 14 August 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

This is a Character Sheet made to introduce new players to D&D's 5e system. The sheet was made for 1st level players who have no prior experience of tabletop RPG. Skill List: Another thing I did to simplify the rules was to merge many of the skills, as ...

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Dungeons – The Logistical Nightmare!

Mon 14 August 2017 by davejoria from Tangent Artists Tabletop

The kickstarter for the Dungeon Tours Limited is soon approaching. In the meantime, we’ll explore some of the origins behind the game. But first, what is Dungeon Tours Limited? Dungeon Tours Limited is an upcoming tabletop RPG from Tangent Artists. In it, players take on the roles of semi-retired ...

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RPGaDAY 2017 #12

Sun 13 August 2017 by JB from B/X BLACKRAZOR

From the #RPGaDAY2017 challenge (info here):[as I'm starting this thing a little late, I shall be doubling up on my daily posts until I catch up. Early posts will be post-dated to the date they were originally supposed to appear]Which RPG has the most inspiring interior art ...

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Which Game Changed the Way You Play?

Sun 13 August 2017 by Angela Murray from Gnome Stew

If you’re out and about on social media with a preponderance of RPG loving friends, you may have seen the #RPGaDay thing that’s been going around for the month of August. I’ve been putting them up each day on my Facebook and it’s been sparking some ...

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#RPGaDay 2017: Day 5

Wed 09 August 2017 by Runeslinger from Casting Shadows

Question Five asks us to examine the covers of our roleplaying games and choose from among them the one which in this moment they feel best encapsulates the spirit of the game. This is not about favorites per se, although the covers chosen might be favorites. This is about the ...

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Hyperlanes – Sean’s Pick, 080917

Wed 09 August 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

Today’s Fun With 5th Edition Pick takes the latest version of the “World’s Most Popular Roleplaying Game” into the stars in action-cinema style. It’s one of the most popular 5e-driven products on DriveThruRPG, so well worth a look for anyone who wants to see what the game ...

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RPGaDAY Nine

Wed 09 August 2017 by Renaissance Gamer from Renaissance Gamer

What is a good RPG to play for about 10 sessions? Assuming we’re playing every week, 10 sessions works out to 2-1/2 months, which I would consider a short campaign. For short campaigns I tend to steer away from D&D or Pathfinder, and I look at some ...

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August 9, 2017: The Discworld Roleplaying Game: Moving Along

Wed 09 August 2017 by Unknown from Steve Jackson Games - Daily Illuminator
The Discworld Roleplaying Game has been out for half a year now, and the recent release of the PDF version offers an excuse to add a few notes about the book. To start with, anyone still wondering what's inside might like to read some of the (at least) four ...
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1 Week 'Til GenCon

Tue 08 August 2017 by A.L. from Reality Refracted

It's 1 week until GenCon. The show is sold out too. I'm not even sure what that means, aside from it's probably going to be croweded. There are literally thousands of games being run and everything from table top RPGs, to LARPs, to board games, to card ...

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