• Posts Tagged ‘world building’

    13 True Ways: Tools for players and GMs in 13th Age

    by  • December 5, 2014 • Reviews • Comments Off on 13 True Ways: Tools for players and GMs in 13th Age

    13 True Ways is the first supplement for 13th Age that is aimed at both GMs and players. It is filled with new classes, monsters, descriptions of places with story ideas for all of them, and if that’s all I said it’d be completely true. But the reality of the book goes much deeper...

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    Interview with Anna Kreider – The Ruined Empire

    by  • November 1, 2014 • Design & Art, News • Comments Off on Interview with Anna Kreider – The Ruined Empire

    With only 4 days to go to the Ruined Empire Kickstarter, we interviewed the author, Anna Kreider. As of this writing, the campaign needs barely over 700 $ CAD to reach its goal and publish this setting-neutral, Final Fantasy-esque campaign  – so if you are on the fence, we hope this interview will give you the motivation you...

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    Arduin III: On Fantasy Races, Being the GM’s Girlfriend, and Seeing Your Love Interest Speared in the Head

    by  • September 2, 2014 • Essays • Comments Off on Arduin III: On Fantasy Races, Being the GM’s Girlfriend, and Seeing Your Love Interest Speared in the Head

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    (Confused?  See parts I and II here!) The boy’s story confirmed Kyllikki’s fears.  The men in Mawfox masks broke into his family’s home and took them all, he said.  He escaped by hiding in the root cellar.  He’d been hiding here for days, he said, afraid to leave for fear that he would be...

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    Arduin II: Female Attributes, Giant Snakes, and Seithr Without Argr

    by  • August 18, 2014 • Essays • Comments Off on Arduin II: Female Attributes, Giant Snakes, and Seithr Without Argr

    Shardra the Castrator, from "Runes of Doom." Found via http://apaladinincitadel.blogspot.ca/2010/04/arduin-grimoire-runes-of-doom.html>A  Paladin in Citadel.

    (See here the first part of this series.) “I was wondering if you needed any work done.  Running messages.  Looking after animals. Anything, really,” said the Rothling boy.  He was a peasant, thirteen or so years old. My character, Kyllikki, wasn’t sure why the boy came to her.  Kylikki is the court mage of the jarles,...

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    Life, Death, and Arduin I: Critical Hits, Vietnam, and an Unlikely Player

    by  • August 8, 2014 • Essays • Comments Off on Life, Death, and Arduin I: Critical Hits, Vietnam, and an Unlikely Player

    It was the year 1997, and I was ten years old. My parents had gotten my brother and I an Ayyám-i-Há gift — a Dungeons and Dragons book. (My parents were open-minded people who didn’t know much about D&D but generally encouraged my nerdy habits. I had, after all, just finished reading Lord of...

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    Collision of indie and OSR ideals: 13th Age

    by  • June 11, 2014 • Reviews • Comments Off on Collision of indie and OSR ideals: 13th Age

    I am a big fan of 13th Age, and this isn’t a new game. But for a while now, we’ve had only the core book, unless you had preordered the Bestiary or backed 13 True Ways. But with the world book for Dragon Kings out in the wild and the Primal Thule traveler’s book,...

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    Shadowrun 5e Book Review

    by  • August 9, 2013 • Reviews • 1 Comment

    Disclaimer: This review may be most useful to people who have played the game before. I tried to make it more n00b friendly, so hopefully it is. This is only a review of the book, not actual play.   It’s the Year of Shadowrun! I’m a big fan of Shadowrun, a cyberpunk fantasy RPG...

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    Interview with Jenna Katerin Moran – Part 2

    by and  • July 12, 2013 • Design & Art, People & Events • Comments Off on Interview with Jenna Katerin Moran – Part 2

    This is the second part of our interview with Jenna Katerin Moran.  The first part can be found here.  We’re continuing in our discussion of her current Kickstarter, Chuubo’s Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine.   Haren: Have there been any particularly surprising examples that show off what you are going for from playtesting? Something that is...

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    Interview with Jenna Katerin Moran – Part 1

    by and  • July 8, 2013 • Design & Art, People & Events • 1 Comment

    Jenna Katerin Moran (formerly known as Rebecca Sean Borgstrom) has contributed to dozens of RPG books, including series such as Exalted, In Nomine, Ex Machina, and is the author and creator of the Nobilis and Weapons of the Gods RPGs. Haren and Dymphna recently spoke to Moran about her new kickstarter, Chuubo’s Marvelous Wish-Granting...

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    An Interview with Gillian Fraser

    by  • March 14, 2013 • Design & Art, People & Events • 1 Comment

    Gillian Fraser is the lead designer for Wicked Fantasy. Wicked Fantasy, currently KSing here, is a project where she and veteran designer John Wick are re-imagining fantasy races from scratch. As soon as I saw this Pathfinder supplemental had a woman as lead, I knew I had to talk to Gillian, and I was not disappointed! Here’s her fantastic...

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