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Write the Damn Ending First!

Some say the journey is more important that the destination. I disagree. No matter the journey’s quality, the destination needs meaning, a reward for the long road travelled. This applies equally to novels, television shows and role-playing campaigns. That said, many writers tend to focus on the concept and the journey while ignoring the closing […]

Book Report: Life in a Medieval Castle  by Joseph and Francis Gies

Book Report: Life in a Medieval Castle by Joseph and Francis Gies

Life in a Medieval Castle by Joseph and Francis Gies is a must-have book for any medieval fantasy game. Period. I do not use terms like “must have” very often because it implies that the lack of this book somehow makes you a lesser game master than those that do own it. In this case, […]

Palladium Books v. Trion Worlds Lawsuit Documents

Palladium Games, publishers of the “Rifts” role-playing game filed suit against Trion Worlds, publishers of the “Rift: Planes of Telara” MMORPG on May 7, 2010. Palladium argues that Trion is treading upon their “Rifts” trademark with the “Rift: Planes of Telara” name. As usual, here are the court filings and I will be posting updates […]

GM Misery Index: PC Abilities that Cause Headaches

GM Misery Index: PC Abilities that Cause Headaches

As I GM I welcome the challenge of creating an entertaining, challenging campaign for my players. That said, there are some player abilities that make my GM Misery Index climb like Greece’s unemployment rate. For those that are not familiar with the “GM Misery Index” is the numerical measure of pain one must endure while […]

Outrider Hobbies Responds to Battle Foam Motion to Dismiss Change of Venue Motion

Outrider Hobbies notified me today that they have filed a response to Battle Foam’s motion to keep the court case in New Hampshire. Outrider lays out the reasons why Arizona is the proper venue for this case, witness convenience, both parties in Arizona, Battle Foam has no significant operations in New Hampshire, among other assertions. […]

Review: Western Miniatures from Dixon Miniatures UK

Review: Western Miniatures from Dixon Miniatures UK

“Aces & Eights” is the next campaign for my regular gaming group and I am running a 24-person shootout at Gen Con 2010 (more on this in another post). In preparation for both the campaign and the shootout, Haaldaar¬† started a hunt for western miniatures. He wanted the usual stuff, cowboys, indians, US cavalry and […]

Monsterpocalypse: The Movie

Monsterpocalypse has Tim Burton’s eye as a possible movie project.¬† Privateer Press’ miniature game based on large monsters destroying cities a la Godzilla does not strike me as a great movie property. That said, Tim Burton just might be able to pull it off as long as no one takes the project too seriously. As […]

Patronage Publishing: I Have Reservations

Patronage Publishing: I Have Reservations

Patronage projects are the latest rage in game publishing, especially role-playing games. Publishers list a project with a monetary target and once fans’ pledges reach the target, project development begins. Sometimes big contributors receive added benefits, such as direct input into the product development or an upgraded product. Initially I thought patronage publishing a good […]

Bite-Sized History Lesson: The Indenture

Bite-Sized History Lesson: The Indenture

Whether you mine the ancient world for new RPG adventures or re-fight famous clashes of arms with miniatures, history is a great resource. Sadly, I have this horrible feeling that many younger gamers overlook history as a source of inspiration. Rather than force all gamers under the age of twenty to pass a basic “how […]

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