Month: September 2017

The Known, Hollow World – Mystara

Mystara is one of the oldest D&D settings. It appeared first in the module Isle of Dread, which probably many players remember and was published in 1981. Originally Mystara was called The Known World and is probably of all the D&D settings out there that has most things in common with Middle-Earth.  Mystara, developed by Lawrence Schick and Tom Moldvay, was a diverse and interesting setting. There were three different continents, Brun, Skothar and Davania, and a large archipelago called Alphatia. You had all the standard D&D races; elves lived in Alfheim, dwarves in Rockhome and halflings in the...

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Part II: Tales from the Loop – System

Swedish Roleplaying Games are getting much attention these days and no wonder, many of these games are great. Tales from the Loop, published by Fria Ligan, is one of these games. It has received a lot of credit and many awards, among them 5 ENnie awards.  Tales from the Loop is a great roleplaying game, based on the setting in Simon Stalenhag’s art and vision. The game takes place in an alternate version of our world, in the 80’s that never was, where technology is more advanced. Still, the PCs, which are all children, face the same problems as...

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Part IV: Trudvang Chronicles – Exploration, equipment and monsters

Trudvang Chronicles is a Swedish roleplaying game, one that is highly anticipated. We have been digging through the rulebooks and now it’s time to dive into campaign play, environment, exploration and monsters.  One of the key elements to fantasy roleplaying, and perhaps the most overlooked one, is the journey. If you look to older fantasy novels like Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Dragonlance Chronicles etc. you see that a huge part of the narrative evolves around a journey or a quest that the main characters have to undertake. Even modern fantasies stay fairly true to this theme, e.g. Daenerys’...

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Roleplaying Games in the Classroom

As a teacher you’re constantly seeking new methods to grab your students’ attention. And in the fast moving world of smartphones, streaming and high-speed internet that is a constant struggle. Using roleplaying games can be both fun and informative, not to mention a great way to empower students.  I’ve been a tabletop roleplayer longer than I care to say. I like to think that by taking part in my weekly game I’m simply meeting some friends, but my wife says that I do it so I can feel 15 again. And since she’s usually right about everything, I see...

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GURPS – the Fallout of missed opportunities

Us old timers ‘member how in the early to mid 90’s, good ol’ D&D really fell out of fashion amongst the hardcore gamers. In fact, some downright looked down on D&D players for a while. I remember going to a con, signing up to DM a D&D table and getting all kinds of remarks, ranging from good natured ribbing to some downright mean comments about taking care of the kids table. But that’s a subject for a later time… While this was going on, there were a lot of other games and systems out there. In a lot of...

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