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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 …

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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Welcome To Epsilon City

The original Science Fiction RPG adds an instant classic expansion.   When James Ward designed Metamorphosis Alpha, the only RPG to look to for inspiration was Dungeons&Dragons. Ward’s suggestion to Gary Gygax that there should be a “D&D” in space met with an historic retort. “You should do that.” And Ward did. When I look at Metamorphosis Alpha, what strikes …

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Dhavon: Avremier Supplement 1 from Mothshade Concepts

David A. Hill’s follow-up to Avremier offers a grand expansion to a uniquely fetching OSR world. Fans of the Original Edition and the many excellent retro-games that spring from it, take heed.   This is the second in a series of reviews focusing in on Mothshade Concepts “Original Fantasy RPG” supplements series. These supplements offer both a glimpse into a …

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The Great American Christmas Fable

Christmas Eve, and Buck was dreaming. Turkey on the table, steam rising from the perfectly browned skin, surrounded by a bed of oyster dressing. A boat of gravy and a huge bowl of mashed potatoes within easy reach, along with the yeast rolls and a platter of sliced ham. His mouth watered as the odors of Yuletide feast filled the …

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Yi Soon Shin: Warrior and Defender

No sorcery, but plenty of sword in a tale to thrill fans of both S&S and action films. http://www.yisoonshin.com/the-series/ An enemy that cannot be resisted meets a man who cannot be defeated in battle. This is the kind of simple, irresistible premise that pulls the money out of my wallet every time. On the surface, the plot of Yi Soon Shin …

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Bob Walkenhorst and Jeff Porter: Buried American Treasure

Two of the best most never heard of. By the time I finish this piece, Jeff Porter will be finishing his packing. He’s bound for Norway, to do solo gigs and a few songwriting clinics. In a few weeks, Bob Walkenhorst and the rest of The Rainmakers will join him for a tour. In one of life’s little ironies, two …

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Me And The Box: A Classic At 23

  Please don’t misuse this information now…. Back in 1995, two very significant events happened in my life. My best friend and then roommate decided he wanted to dissolve our partnership and have a place to himself, and Scat Records announced that the first four Guided By Voices albums would be issued in a single boxed set (or five, if …

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Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Eric Bloat’s Zombie Hack RPG

Sometimes, a little At is all you need.  Back in the 80s, I ran the first zombie horror game I’d ever attempted. The genre wasn’t omnipresent at the time, the Romero films were mostly what we had available. I used the Chill RPG from Pacesetter as my base rules. We had fun. I never once imagined a day when there …