Month: February 2018

The Hard Life of Privilege

I’m a straight, white male between the ages of 18-49. In the West, there simply hasn’t been invented a prejudice for us and what’s more, we’re considered the most valuable and sought after demographic in a high proportion of marketing etc. – because the averages make it clear that we are in position of privilege, have disposable income and are quite willing to spend frivolously. If you belong to almost any other group, I’m pretty sure you’ve experienced how great we have it. If you haven’t, then I’m happy for you and hope you never will. If you’re a...

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Kickstarter Watch – Strongholds, Princesses and Sensibility. Oh My…

Kickstarter has been a big boon for both players and developers alike – but it is a double-edged sword. This is the first of our monthly Kickstarter watches, where we will look at some RPG and board game products that interest us. Update: Idiot that I am, I foolishly forgot to credit fellow writer and board game editor Magnús for contributing to this article. Sorry about that. It still surprises us how much misunderstanding there is about how Kickstarter actually works and why it is a risk. The fact is that in today’s environment, whether you are developing an...

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For all you newer readers

Since the start of 2018, there has been a massive increase in traffic at Yawning Portal. With all the new eyeballs on our work, we decided to gather together in one place some of our best, some of our most popular and even some of our most controversial articles out of the first 100. If this all seems familiar then we love you. If it isn’t, then you might be one of our new readers and who knows, this might be just what you’ve been looking for. So her’s a sampling of some our best, most popular and most...

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Our 100th article – looking back on the last six months

This is our 100th article and our first editorial. Our first saw the light of day on August 3rd, so we’re slightly over the six month mark. In that half year we’ve seen quite a lot of developments.  On our tenth day, we published what is so far our most read article – on the truly incredible RPG scene in Sweden. It exploded almost immediately and perhaps gave us unrealistic hopes for our growth at the start. But it also started something of a theme with us. We are based in Iceland and understandably are very impressed by our...

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New on Kickstarter! A sourcebook and a campaign for Trudvang Chronicles

Trudvang Chronicles is a great fantasy roleplaying game by the Swedish publisher Riotminds. Following a very successful Kickstarter campaign the game was released late last year. Now you can partake in their follow-up Kickstarter campaign, a sourcebook for the Stormlands and the Snowsaga Campaign. Trudvang Chronicles roleplaying game has been well received and gained much attention. The game is based on an old Swedish roleplaying game, Drachar och Demoner, which has been played in Sweden since the early 80’s. Following a very successful initial Kickstarter Campaign Riotminds, the game publishers, have now a new Kickstarter campaign for two new...

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Forbidden Lands First Impressions: Character Creation

It is a late summer evening in 1988 and I’m seven. I’m lying on a sofa at my grandparents’ house in a small town in northern Iceland and I’ve been reading non-stop for hours in a book I just received. I can’t stop. Every page is more and more exciting and fills my mind with ideas, even though it’s not in my native language and I have trouble with a lot of the new and complicated terms in the book. What exciting thriller is this? It’s a battered and heavily used copy of the AD&D 1e player’s handbook and...

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Metagaming and meta-gaming

Metagaming is something that is frowned upon by almost all groups, but the definition of what counts as metagaming differs from group to group. Some systems are more vulnerable to the practice while other systems are almost reliant on it. Almost all roleplayers I know dislike and frown upon metagaming. Or, should I say, they frown upon any kind of metagaming that they don’t partake in. Speaking to them one quickly discovers that there’s a difference between metagaming and metagaming, almost as if there is a difference in how vile the metagaming is. But you won’t get a clear...

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Mind over map: Is theatre of the mind better than models?

I think a majority of us have had an experience similar to this… DM: “You enter a chamber littered with crystal spires glowing harshly in the dark. The Necromoss you encountered back in town is growing in patches around the spires, no doubt originating here, creating a deadly miasma of spores hanging in the air, dancing around in the eerie glow, obstructing your vision. As you advance to pass the spires you are beset by a group of gaunt villagers carrying rusty but sharp farming tools. They seem grim and as you prepare to defend yourself a man you...

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Review: Lords of Waterdeep – “perfect for those yet to play worker placement games”

Lords of Waterdeep is one of the most played games in my game library. Since we write a lot about roleplaying games here on Yawning Portal and Lords of Waterdeep is set in the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons and Dragons, I thought it would be a perfect fit. Waterdeep, the City of Splendors – the most resplendent jewel in the Forgotten Realms, and a den of political intrigue and shady back-alley dealings. In this game, the players are powerful lords vying for control of this great city. Its treasures and resources are ripe for the taking, and that...

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Why Dragon Age II matters

This one will be a little different. What we here at Yawning Portal do is look at roleplaying games – past, present and future. We have also recently started following board games. What we have so far left alone and don’t intend to pursue are computer and video games. Sure, there has been the occasional dip of the toe into that pool but from an RPG perspective. I am an avid and lifelong video gamer, but that’s for others to write on. However… There is something about a noted and very popular video game series that has really stuck...

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