That Old Book Smell…

As gamers, I think most of us appreciate the heft of a good book in our hands. The feel of the paper. An appreciation for a well-made binding or spine… And that smell of an old book. That sometimes musty, always amazing smell of aged paper that for me evokes images of my youth and…

Review on GKR: Brother Ptolemy and the Hidden Kingdom from Nevermet Press

Hi all… In case you missed it on my reviews blog, I wrote about Brother Ptolemy and the Hidden Kingdom over at Game Knight Reviews. Nevermet Press has put together a heck of a setting and adventure that would fit nicely into most of the D&D-based campaigns (4e or 3.5e really, though the book is…

Book Review: Martial Flavor – Chaotic Shiny Productions

When you look up the word “martial” in the dictionary, most definitions tend towards the use of a few key adjectives – warrior, warlike, or military. So I’d be lying if I said that the Martial Flavors book from Chaotic Shiny Productions focuses on mostly peaceful people. Most of these cultures could be described as mercenaries, . . . → Read More: Book Review: Martial Flavor – Chaotic Shiny Productions

Book Review: Open Game Table: The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs, Volume 2

When I reviewed Open Game Table: The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs, Volume 1 back in October 2009, I felt it was a monumental and worthwhile compilation of game material from around the blogosphere. Jonathan Jacobs somehow managed to do everything from curating the articles to having the book printed and available. The result was…

RPG Review: Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots To Inspire Game Masters

Have you ever found a sandwich that’s so big, juicy, messy, and full of sandwichy goodness that you can’t figure out where to start eating it? That’s kind of what happened when I grabbed a copy of Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots To Inspire Game Masters by the authors of GnomeStew.com. This book should be like…

Inspiration from a book plate?

Hi there! Sure, we all love books and maps for inspiration… (BTW, check here and here for some great maps!) But did you ever think of book plates as inspirational for a game? I sure as heck didn’t. And yet, there’s this great post that does just that – covering bookplates from late 1400s to…

RPG Review: The Kobold Guide to Game Design – Volume III: Tools & Techniques by Wolfgang Baur, Monte Cook, Ed Greenwood, Rob Heinsoo, and Colin McComb

Hi there! The kobolds are back with another amazing collection of twelve thought-provoking and informative essays from some of the best designers and writers creating roleplaying game material today. The essays cover everything from the simple question of “What is Design?” and work through contentious topics of creativity, craft, and how to recover when things…

What do you look for in a game setting?

Hi all… I’ve been pondering putting aside my dreams of an independent roleplaying game in favor of doing what I love to do most, which is world and adventure design. So as I ponder such thoughts, I wonder… Image by Daniele Muscetta via Flickr What are the top three things you look for in a…

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