The Six Unique Characters in our Aliens & Asteroids Campaign, Part 1

For several months now, we’ve been playing in a regular Aliens & Asteroids game at my FLGS, and each character is very unique despite their chosen professions. That’s one of the nice things about this system. Character creation is not locked down once you select a career path. Sure, you can follow the path and only…

Personality Traits, Part 1 – The Lightside

Welcome again fellow adventurers! Let’s take on Personality Traits this time. In the last series of articles we discussed alignments and attitudes – views that characters have of their world. Now we get to add a few constants of character. We are working towards roleplaying in not only your first adventure with an interesting character,…

Accessibility as an ideal is more than readability

Continuing on the cool RPG blog carnival topic from Jacob Wood at Accessible Games, I want to talk a bit about an ideal of accessibility I don’t think we focus on enough in our roleplaying. And that’s encouraging the appearance of differently-abled characters in roleplaying worlds. Accessibility is more than just making sure a product…

EncounteRX – NPC Makeover, SyFy Face Off-style

Some of you may be addicted to Syfy’s Face Off competition series where they pit aspiring makeup and effects artists against different solo and team challenges in insane time frames. If not and you’re interested in some of the movie magic that goes into creating some of the creatures you find on television and the…

Starting a Lost Age Campaign…

Of late, beyond working on The Purple Lotus (the third Lost Age Adventure), I’ve been pondering how to start a campaign in this world. I’m hoping you can offer some suggestions to improve it, but here’s what I have so far… (It’s long, sorry!) Introducing the World of the Lost Age The World of the…

Favorite character – #RPGaDay, Day 8

Now on day 8, we’re diving into murky waters for the #RPGaDay effort this month. Favorite character is a tough decision and I’ll narrow it down to three. First, there was my Palladium Fantasy character… a wizard named Rilamus. He was a smartass who once called a god “Squid Face” and that may in fact…

Ten People You Might Run Into In Front of The Painted Man

Whether you go drinking at noon, evening, or just before the sun comes up, odds are you won’t be drinking alone at The Painted Man. But who might you run into coming or going on the way in? Roll a d10 on the table below and then roll a d4. Even means walking in and…

RPG Blog Carnival: Life and Death in RPGs… – Pt. 1 – Life

This month’s RPG Blog Carnival topic is Life and Death in RPGs (see here for the kickoff article) and shockingly enough in the insanity of my last few weeks, I have some ideas to share… Let’s start with Life, and then we’ll work on Death in the next post. For me, “life” in RPGs is…

Magazine Review: Kobold Quarterly Summer 2010 Issue 14

Yahoo! The Summer 2010 issue of Kobold Quarterly is overflowing with chewy gaming goodness. And if you’re just in the mood for some amazing art, cover to cover is full of spectacular full color and black and white art, starting with “The Paladin’s Treasure” on the front cover. We all knew Paladins were adventuring for something . . . → Read More: Magazine Review: Kobold Quarterly Summer 2010 Issue 14

PC Therapy?

A concept came up in discussion a couple of weeks ago about how to resolve inter-party issues. We’re not going to try it ourselves, but I wanted to write about it a bit to share it and ponder the idea a bit. It’s simple really… For each other character in the group, a player will…

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