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You Like RPGs, So What Now?

I admit it, there are always more games than I can play. The imaginations of game designers far exceeds the amount of time and money I have to spend on games. This became even more apparent when I started introducing the next generation to RPGs. It’s inevitable that once you hook someone on the concept, they immediately want to see …

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Music Character Motivation

MUSIC CHARACTER MOTIVATION Creating characters for role-playing games can be daunting at times. Players can spend up to two hours crawling through character generation and by the time they hit the sections on ‘about your character’ their creativity is either fried or they just want to play. Companies like R. Talsorian and Kenzer & Company, for example offer tables to …

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30 Ways to Celebrate Gary Gygax Day

Roll a d30 Read an adventure module. Paint a minifig. Wear a Hawaiian shirt. Draw a map on graph paper. Create a magic item. Roll each and every one of your dice, just because. Introduce a younger player to the older ways of the hobby. Hug a DM. Mend your battle-tested and time-worn Trampier DM screen, with Scotch tape or …

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Gaming: The Quiet Side of San Diego Comic-Con

Among the extremely long lines, celebrities, merchandise and studio announcements there is a quiet, almost overlooked aspect of San Diego Comic-Con: the gaming rooms. When I first went to SDCC some years ago, I didn’t even know where this area was. While the Mezzanine is on the map, it’s a bit tucked away and not very obvious. It attracts not …

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Q&A with John Bingham

It’s not every day that we get to catch up with illustrator John Bingham, so let’s do this, with relish.   Q:  How did you get involved with the old school gaming scene? JB:  I had been an avid gamer through the 1980’s but left it in the AD&D 2nd edition era. When 3rd edition was announced, I was intrigued …

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Dying Fantasy Quotes Volume 1

Fantasy Edition: Dying Quotes Volume 1 Sometimes you just need to add something fun to that last moment before a fantasy character bites the dust. Presented here are 20 options, all randomized by that d20 that probably didn’t roll the right number to keep your character alive. Roll 1d20 if your character gets killed. These are their last words: 1: …

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Character Sheets Galore

Eventually an RPG is developed for pretty much every licensed property with any popularity that a player could want. The games and how the license is treated varies. Some are very good systems on their own and some are just there to be tie-ins. Sometimes, though, you just want to play your favorite characters in a system you already have …

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Let The Good Times Role

Characters with character are what makes the engine run. Smacks Rockatansky:  “Wot do ye suppose is inside of those three barrels in the cellar?” Goose Bronze:  “They seem heavy, Smacks. Might need oxen to hoist ’em out.” Smacks Rockatansky:  “About three days ago, I saw an ox-and-cart that’ll hoist those barrels. So if ye wanna get those barrels outta there, …

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Q&A with Kieron Gillen

Achievement unlocked.  You are now enjoying a MULTIVERSE Q&A with Kieron Gillen.   MULTIVERSE:  What has allowed creator-owned graphic literature to thrive as much as it has? KIERON GILLEN:  In terms of comics, we’re in a fascinating boom period for creator-owned work. I came into comics late, circa 2000, via the Warren Ellis Forum; a hotbed of thinking about comics. …