Month: October 2017

The Aranea Queen Campaign comes to an end

The third and final chapter in the Aranea Queen Campaign is now available on dmsguild.com. The first two parts have been well received. The Aranea Queen Campaign has been well received in the dmsguild and comes in three parts. Each part is over 30 pages long, so in all the campaign is over 100 pages and comes with many maps and encounters that can easily be adjusted or relocated. The campaign takes place in and around the Nether Mountains, in the Silver Marches region of the Western Heartlands in Faerun, using the Forgotten Realms setting. Trouble in Ironboot Mine When...

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Keep an eye out for these new and up-coming roleplaying games

What a time to be alive! The genre of roleplaying games is constantly being expanded and new games are published now, more than ever or so it seems. Here are a few games that I’m keeping an eye out for, games that I find interesting or are expanding the hobby in one way or another.  With the advent of Kickstarter and other crowd-sourcing platforms new and interesting roleplaying games are getting published all year long. What’s even better, it’s no longer solely in the hands of editors and publishers to choose what gets published, now it is in many...

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How can we lose track of ourselves

Multiclassing gone wrong. You have met Felix the Fighter, Paul the Paladin and Barry the Barbarian. You have even fought side by side with Sicero the Sorcerer, battled countless monsters with Cory the Cleric. Perhaps you have all done this together. The team, consisting of several characters played by their respective players trudge along in their quest for greatness and recognition as heroes or maybe notoriety as villains. Who knows, the campaign can go either way. Now, somewhere along the line Felix is tired of swapping out his shield and fixing up his full plate. Maybe Barry is not...

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From one encounter to another – stories and narratives

A roleplaying game is so much more than a strategic game, so much more than the models and the battle map. It entails stories, which are created by all the players at the table. All are equally responsible for the narrative.  Few days ago this article by John Wick popped up in my social media news feed. I remember I read it shortly after it was written and shook my head for I didn’t agree with him. Still, I decided to read it again. As I grow older my perception of roleplaying games has changed. I, as many roleplayers...

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Starfinder: First Glance – Ready for Action

Alright, you’ve made your character, with all of his or her abilities, skills and a feat or two. It’s time to get some stuff and get into the action. Until now, the process has been very familiar. Here is where you start to really feel and see the differences. The first two things you’ll notice is that good ol’ Armour Class (AC) now comes in two categories and items have levels. Instead of the traditional manner of having an AC value that determines the difficulty of getting hit, there now two values – Energy Armour Class (EAC) and Kinetic...

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The unfathomable horror – The worlds of Lovecraft

The American author H.P. Lovecraft is still, almost 80 years after his death, an influential figure, not only in literature but also in roleplaying games. The number of roleplaying games that refer to his Cthulhu Mythos have exploded in the last few years.  For years Chaosium was almost the sole publisher that created games which were based on H.P. Lovecraft’s fiction. Call of Cthulhu RPG, which is based on Basic Roleplaying (a system created for the Rune-Quest Fantasy roleplaying games) is one of the most known roleplaying games. Call of Cthulhu RPG was first released in 1981 and designed...

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Dragonlance Classics

Dragonlance Classics, or the DL module series, is among the most successful modules ever published for D&D, still not many lists of the best modules ever published for D&D include any of them. Written by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis, the series were epic in scale and nature.  Many years ago I created one of my most treasured characters. I remember spending days going through the AD&D Player’s Handbook, writing and re-writing the character over and over till it was ready, just hours before I waded through wet snow to my friends house. There I introduced Roy the Victorious...

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Starfinder: First Glance – Character Creation

I am a Pathfinder GM. It is my system of choice and I have been intricately involved with the system since the first day it was announced, pretty much at the same time as the highly controversial 4th edition D&D. In case you are not familiar with Pathfinder, it effectively kept most of D&D 3.5 but made some changes. Many of them are good, such as beefing up the base classes, simplifying but also sort of expanding the skill system at the same time (possibly my favourite element of Pathfinder) and adding a combat maneuver mechanic for grapples, disarms etc....

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Part V: Trudvang Chronicles – Wildheart

Wildheart is a module published for Trudvang Chronicles, the Swedish roleplaying game that was chosen the most anticipated RPG of 2017. The module and the game itself is due to be published in a few weeks.  The module Wildheart was first released in Sweden shortly after Riotminds got publishing rights for Trudvang Chronicles predecessor, Drakar och Demoner. In it you will find the story of an enchanted forest that was once good, but after tasting a dragon’s blood, it hungers ever for more. Anyone can enter the forest, but no one leaves without paying a price. It’s an adventure about...

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Campaign Post Mortem: Sleep of Innocence Part III

Retreating from the dreary fog of real life I return to tell you the tale of how the Phillips siblings lost their innocence. We had a slight collapse of the local government and I have been busy organizing for a snap election for which I apologize. But enough about that, lets journey back to 1944 and see how the children are doing.   The Temple of Hypnos   When we last left the children they were going through a test of spirit in the hidden Temple of Hypnos on the mountain of Hatheg-Kla. Most of the children had passed...

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