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Games Within Games

Appendix F of the 1e AD&D DMG deserves another look. EGG wrote on page 215, “You may, of course, make up any games for wagering purposes you wish.” Having seen our fair share of the entries included in Appendix F, here follows three new dice games to satiate your players’ needs for the rush that only gambling can provide. As a bonus, these new dice games …

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Q&A with Tom Fonss

It’s not every day that we get to enjoy seeing tabletop RPG legend Tom Fonss chime in on CRIT JUICE and all things geek, so let’s do this,  with relish. Q:  CRIT JUICE is a blast.  How did it all begin? TF:  Thanks, man! Gary Soldati, or “Handsome Gary” as I hope the entire world knows him, sent out a Facebook message …

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Q&A with Alex Barranco

It’s not every day that we get to enjoy seeing Alex Barranco chime in on WUNDERFOLK and all things indie comics, so let’s do this, with relish. Q:  WUNDERFOLK looks extraordinary.  What can you tell us about it, without giving too much away? AB:  Many years ago over 80% of the human population was infected with AIDS. Scientists discovered that …

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Looking at the Beautiful Hacklopedia of Beasts

I fully admit that this article is several years late. I don’t actually play Hackmaster, so I had no reason to get any of the books. Yet, when the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons’ Monster Manual was set to come out, forums and blog posts were filled with people asking it to be like the Hacklopedia of Beasts. I …

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Bloodshot Island wraps up in October!

First Look: BLOODSHOT REBORN #18 – Jeff Lemire & Tomas Giorello Swim with Sharks in October!  With BLOODSHOT U.S.A. just over the horizon, the most nominated series of the 2016 Harvey Awards is about to dive into the deep end! Valiant is proud to present your first look inside BLOODSHOT REBORN #18 – a blood-stained epilogue to “BLOODSHOT ISLAND” from …

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Monsters As Playable Race

Your old-school DM suddenly announces “We’re starting a new campaign, in which everything from the classic monster books is allowable as a playable race. As for maximum height and width, we’ll draw the line at umber hulk, but otherwise anything goes.” You might spend hours leafing through the 1st edition AD&D Monster Manual, Monster Manual 2, Fiend Folio, Creature Catalogue, and more! In an …

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Maintaining Momentum

Momentum isn’t everything, but it’s certainly something, and today we’ll enjoy a look at ten fun ways that DMs can keep it going during those days (or nights) when enough players are unable to attend a scheduled tabletop RPG session. Minifigs Whether you’re gluing, filing, priming, painting, washing, adding hobby rocks to the bases, glazing, varnishing, or just doing a …

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Celebrity ChariD20 – Next Sunday

I had the honor to interview my friend and fellow Multiverse writer, Satine Phoenix, about her upcoming event – Celebrity ChariD20 (CCD20). What is CCD20?: CelebrityChariD20.com celebrates Storytellers by Fundraising for the Childrens literacty charity: Reach out and Read!  How did all this start?: I started Celebrity ChariD20 back in 2010 at Meltdown Comics. I was running the Hollywood Table-top …

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Rules Light RPGs

There has been a recent proliferation of rules light RPG’s. Initially, the OSR was partly about getting back to the original role playing game and the less complex rules. Many clones focused on a more organized or easy to follow presentation of rules. Some RPG’s are more focused on role playing and strive for minimal and flexible rules that are basically …

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Dark Souls: Winter’s Spite drops in November

Dark Souls: Winter’s Spite #1 is a brand new four-part mini-series from the creative team of the sell-out Dark Souls comic series – writer George Mann and artist Alan Quah. The first issue is out on November 9. Beyond this tenuous fabric lies a place of banishment; a world within a world where the frigid nights endure and even the Old Lords …