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Making Failure Interesting – Part 1

Making Failure Interesting – Part 1

Tweet In a recent post on the Happy Jack’s forums, savagedaddy mentioned that the Bennies in Savage Worlds are rather one dimensional. He notes (and I agree) that they really only exist to turn a failure into a success, and in doing so kind of steer the plot down a specific path; one of character success. For those of you unfamiliar with Bennies (which is impossible if you’re a Happy Jacks RPG podcast listener) players can spend … Read entire article »

Filed under: General Gaming, Inspiration, Reviews

Do-It-Yourself Superhero Masks

Tweet I realize this has nothing to do with gaming, but I figured it might come in handy for geek-minded Halloween lovers out there. I promise to go back to only posting gaming stuff here after Halloween! – Kimi A good superhero mask can make or break a costume, whether it’s for a kid’s party, Halloween, or a convention. I use a very simple method to create my superhero masks, and with a few craft supplies and household items, you can create your own mask that will look great and be easy on your wallet! Materials: – Craft Foam – Packs run about $7 and individual sheets around $1. – Styrofoam Wig Head – Found online or at wig shops for about $2 – $4. – Scissors/ Xacto Knife/ razor blade – Heat Gun / Hot … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Misc, Resources

Why I Don’t Believe in Wizards Anymore

Tweet I’ll admit that I didn’t really care all that much when Wizards of the Coast announced  the 5th edition of the Dungeons & Dragons game back in January of this year. I’d already fallen in love with other systems (especially the new World of Darkness), and D&D just didn’t really do it for me anymore. I don’t dislike the game (except for 4th edition which felt like a glorified tabletop miniatures wargame to me) and I understand that Dungeons & Dragons is the “face” of role playing, both for the business side of things as well as those outside the hobby. Dungeons & Dragons is also considered by many, including myself, to be the “gateway” to role playing games, thanks to the organized play programs Wizards runs. However, if D&D Next turns out to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Reviews

Herding Dragons: My Wild Talents Con Game

Tweet I love adding a unique twist to my convention games, and my Wild Talents game for Gateway 2012 was no exception. Months earlier I had been inspired to set my game in the world of Skyrim (mostly because I was playing it every waking moment), but I wanted to give my players a completely unique experience. A major role reversal was in order. When my players arrived, they were greeted by my trademark gaming table. I’ve had other GMs scoff at my admittedly overdone layouts, but I find that players really appreciate the amount of preparation and it starts everything on a very positive note. Folders were laid out on the table, each one labeled with a symbol that represented the character that lay within. I never let players see the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adventure Design, General Gaming

Comprehending Cross-Gender Characters

Tweet Cross-gender role-playing can be a controversial topic at the gaming table. Opinions are as varied as one could imagine and while some gaming groups are very open to cross-gender characters, other groups are flat out against it. So why is something that has been around since role-playing began such a big deal? Women are partially to blame. The number of female tabletop gamers has been growing for many years and co-ed games can make people uncomfortable with portraying the opposite sex. After I posed the question on Twitter, one man likened it to faking a British accent with a British person at the table. The pressure to “do it right” can take a lot of the fun out of role-playing, even if the other players at the table aren’t judging you. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Table Politics