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Make A Wish!

Thoughts on the game’s thorniest spell.   So your player has found a scroll, or a sword, or a ring, drawn a card, or finally gotten a magic-user to high enough level to cast it. WISH. Of all the treasures and rewards in the pantheon of the World’s Oldest Roleplaying Game, this one is the biggest. And for the novice …

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Book Retort of ‘Vampire of the Mists’

This review is of the reviewer’s own copy of the trade paperback printed in 1991 by TSR. Reprints and e-books are available. Are you thinking of running a campaign featuring vampires, but you aren’t sure how to go about it? Maybe you already know that you don’t want to make them too arch like Bela Lugosi, too silly like Leslie …

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The Glorious Handiwork of Seanan McGuire’s Middlegame

In a strange series of coincidences, Middlegame was the third time that something I read in a two week period had the infamous Hand of Glory featured. Hands of Glory are a refreshing mysterious and magical (and morbid, but that’s too many M’s) item to be used, especially in connection with alchemy. The obvious magical item to be used in …

DIE Volume 1 by Gillen and Hans is Wonderfully Dark

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Stephanie Hans There is something to be said for reading a comic in a collected trade form. Issues are great, but some comics, like DIE are just more epic when you get to indulge in a solid block of reading all at once. This is especially true for DIE as its source material; fantasy and RPGs …

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Spotlight on Bad Squiddo Games

Bad Squiddo Games is a small miniatures company operating out of the UK and run entirely by Annie Norman. The theme of the company and the miniatures is “Believable female miniatures.” And it’s very true, the miniatures all have practical clothing for whatever they are specifically doing. There are female miniatures types that have previously not existed or had very …

Skorpio by Mike Baron: A Sunstroke of Brilliance

Vaughan Beadles is not the nicest guy in the world. He has a sleazy side to him, he rationalizes things, he’s a bit too comfortable and a bit too sure of his own worth in the scheme of things. Like Indiana Jones, he’s a professor of archaeology. Unlike Jones, he’s likely to put things in his pocket that he isn’t …

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Book Retort of ‘Spine of the Dragon’

Guestwriter: John Enfield This review was made possible by the gift of a review copy, QWERTY and rolling natural 20s. If you like to glean inspiration and ideas for your campaigns from fantasy novels, you’ll be in for a feast when you explore ‘Spine of the Dragon’ by Kevin J. Anderson.  It’s filled with all the trappings of an epic …

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Act now and get this Headband of Continual Light wherever fine artificers are found

Brion Bearclaw Woods has illustrated a concept for a mundane magical item (can that be a thing?) that any dungeon delver or dwarven miner can take advantage of. The Headband of Continual Light is a cheeky exploitation of that fine 1st edition AD&D spell, continual light. As far as I know, there’s no officially sanctioned 5th edition spell that will achieve …