Friday, August 1, 2014

#RPGaDay Day 1: First RPG I Played


Around 20 years ago, or so, I got into RPGs when I started high school and found people with actual common interests and not just me pretending to care what other people liked so I could fit in. My friends Jeremiah and Steve had both played versions of Dungeons & Dragons in the past, but everyone was a lapsed gamer now, but I was so intrigued that I bugged Jeremiah into letting me borrow his AD&D2e books and dove right in, eagerly devouring everything. Soon we had a revolving group with multiple GMs and characters switching in and out like crazy...but my first actual RPG experience with something resembling coherent rules was a one on one game DMed for me, before I took over the reigns as DM and scarcely ever relinquished them.

AD&D2e still holds a special place in my heart. I loved the support material (still own select chunks of it), and it is still my favorite version of D&D...I just no longer have a passion for Dungeons & Dragons.

Still, this blog probably would not be here, right now, without that book posted up there.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Little Behind

I know, I was doing so well, too.

I'm running behind on blog stuff, because of stuff with my newborn, and crazy work-related junk.

I even had a review calendar set up and everything. I'm going to try to beef up my schedule until I get caught up, just bear with me, please.

Up next are:
Sertorius by Bedrock Games
Sovereign Stone by Timeout Diversions
Cold Steel Wardens by Blackfall Press
Rapture by Storyweaver
Lowell Was Right! by Flying Mice
Spooks! by Nightingale Publishing

Hope you're still reading and as eager for these reviews as I am!

T.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ICONS Character Roster

Some of you may have noticed over the weekend that I added a new page to the blog: My ICONS character roster. This is because ICONS character creation is fun, and I recently picked up ICONS Assembled Edition, and have started making characters using it and Great Power.

All heroes are created using the optional rules for Determination based off of power level, and all villains are created starting with the Villain Role chart (originally from Villainomicon, now in Assembled Edition). Images (so far) are all created with Hero Machine.

For those of you that follow my comic book work, some of these folks may well wind up appearing in a comic book someday, who knows?

Anyway, enjoy!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Tommy's Take on 13th Age

So, I've been reading 13th Age a lot lately, and have even signed up for the Organized Play program, so I decided to go ahead and take the time to review it...because why not?


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tommy's Take on Camp Myth

Just in time for summer vacation...Camp Myth, an RPG about young mythic creatures at camp! It's also the second RPG based off of the Pip system that powers Mermaid Adventures.
These guys  would eat Jason Vorhees' lunch.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Tommy's Take on Karthador

Ya'll know Reality Blurs, right? They've had products named to my Top Six in the past, specifically Realms of Cthulhu and tremulus, and have been around the Savage Worlds community for quite a while...now, they are launching a new setting, sci-fi/swashbuckling setting called Karthador, available for preorder now!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tommy's Take on Fighting Fire: Ernie Gygax Benefit Adventure

Gamers can be an infuriating group of people. Go to the message board of any major RPG and chances are good that you will see someone overreacting, freaking out and generally losing their crap because a game company killed their dog and maybe tinkered with their favorite part of an RPG. On the other hand, I am constantly amazed at the generosity the larger gaming community shows when folks need help, be it during an international crisis...or when the son of the most influential individual in gaming loses his home in a fire.



Friday, June 20, 2014

Tommy's Take on EPOCH: War Stories

Earlier this week, I tackled the Frontier of Fear scenario book for EPOCH...so today, let's take a look at War Stories, which aims to make war even more horrific.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tommy's Take on EPOCH: Frontier of Fear

At the beginning of the year, I reviewed EPOCH: Experimental Paradigm Of Cinematic Horror, an RPG that attempts to replicate, well, cinematic horror. This week, I'm tackling the first two scenario books for EPOCH: Frontier of Fear (sci-fi horror) and War Stories (er, war stories).

Friday, June 13, 2014

Tommy's Take on 30 Things Can Happen

I have been asked to review a few products in my day, but - until last month - I had never had anyone ask me to review a whole book full of random tables. Whoa.