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Middle School History RPG

Tweet It is a constant challenge to keep students engaged in middle school. You know the age, spring has sprung and suddenly girls no longer have cooties. In fact, they are darn attractive. Suddenly, school is the last thing on your mind when you are sitting in class. It’s Mother Nature herself that I am fighting against each day when I try to keep my 7th graders interested. What weapon can a teacher use in this battle against hormones? Dice of course! Don’t tell me you are surprised… I’ve designed a class RPG/Risk inspired simulation to bring Medieval Japan to life in my classroom. Each group of students is responsible for maintaining their feudal state, including the earning of food and money to upkeep their armies. They can declare war and battle against … Read entire article »

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OrcCon 2012 – Twisted Laser Ponies Game

Tweet I didn’t know what to expect when I ran my adult-theme Laser Ponies convention game at OrcCon 2012. Convention games are an unpredictable beast. You never know who will show up at your table, or if they will buy the concept that you have spent endless hours prepping. This concept was especially risky with Laser Ponies, but I hoped that anyone who signed up for a twisted game of alien ponies would show up ready for anything. I love having an amazing setup for my players when they arrive. I also like the players to be surprised by the characters that they get. Usually, my players have little clues when the arrive at the table, but nobody gets to see their character sheets until everyone is seated and we get started. … Read entire article »

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Game Debrief: Savage Worlds: Ghostbusters LA Part 3

Tweet At Orccon 2012, I ran the third installment of my Savage Worlds: Ghostbusters LA game. I had serious writer’s block when trying to come up with Part 3, with at least three false starts at the adventure. Finally, out of desperation, I resorted to the random horror adventure tables in the back of Reality Blurs’ Realms of Cthulhu source book for Savage Worlds. The tables did give me several elements which helped me put a story together. There was some mystery, some gore, a little spookiness. If you’re interested, here are my game notes going in to the session:  SW-GBLA-3-Game Notes Here are a few things that went right and wrong during the game. Props At every GB:LA game the players get an issue of the Pasadena Paranormal Press. The Pasadena Paranormal Press is the local … Read entire article »

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Laser Ponies RPG Review – Gateway Game for Girls?

Tweet “Feel the Pony Power! On a faraway magical world, in the heart of Glitter Valley, there lives a tribe of beautiful creatures known as the Laser Ponies.” – Hex Games Website Hex games created this very simple RPG in 2009. Laser Ponies is aimed at very young players, but it is still a pen and paper RPG that requires basic math skills and reading ability. I’d suggest it for ages 7 and up. I happen to be running an X-rated convention game for adults, but that is just because I’m very broken. Using the NORMAL setting for Laser Ponies makes for a fun, family-friendly, imaginative gaming experience. Cost – 10/5 Yes, Laser Ponies gets a 10 out of 5 for cost. How is that possible? The PDF costs $1.99… YES, ONE DOLLAR AND … Read entire article »

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