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Traveller 5: Second Impressions

Tweet I’m done. My frustration and disappointment with the organizational nightmare that is Traveller 5 has turned to anger. No, I haven’t read the full book. I won’t. I have other games that don’t require so many man-hours to learn. I want to play games, not sit around studying while having tennis elbow flareups. I resent the fact that no one stopped to suggest that this book should have a quick start section, an index, a incremental introduction to the game mechanics, a less random presentation of the rules. We get none of this. There are dozens of people listed in the credits. What were they doing? Didn’t anyone take a moment and look at the drafts as a new player might? Or did everyone learn the game at the table and just use the book … Read entire article »

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Two Great RPG Titles on Sale at RPGNow

Tweet Two great titles are now on sale at drivethrurpg/rpgnow. These sales end on June 2nd, so don’t wait to long if you’ve been looking to pick them up on the cheap. The first is the 4th Edition of Legends of the Five Rings for $8.75. The second is Mongoose Publishing’s Traveller Core Book for $4.80. Legends of the Five Rings (or L5R), is a fantasy RPG based on the feudal samurai era of Japan (though the actual setting is fictitious). L5R from the ground up is a new look at a fantasy adventure game without the medieval-European/.Tolkien-based setting. It is refreshing for those who want to run a fantasy game, but are tired of all the common Western tropes. Mongoose’s Traveller is quite possibly the best re-imagining of Marc Miller’s original 1977 classic Traveller RPG. … Read entire article »

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Traveller 5 First Impressions

Traveller 5 First Impressions

Tweet I have a lot of great things to say about Traveller in general. It was the second role-playing game I ever played (the first being DnD). It was a trail-blazing game in many ways. It boasted an innovative character creation system, which providing players with a randomly generated character history of sorts. The game mechanics were fairly simple (for games from that era), and the eventual setting was rich in history and adventure possibilities. In fact, from … Read entire article »

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Review: Drinking Quest RPG

Tweet I take my gaming and my drinking very seriously. You have to when you’re on a podcast with the tagline, “Pursuing the RPG Hobby with Reckless Abandon… and beer.” Perhaps because of this, I was recently sent a review copy of Drinking Quest, an RPG card game designed to be played while drinking. In fact, the mechanics require you to be drinking. BEST CONCEPT EVER. Drinking Quest is a very simple RPG by design, after all, they are expecting you to play while inebriated. The game is designed for two to four players. Everyone starts by choosing one of the four pre-generated character cards. These are all about equal power-wise, and have funny names and powers. I was a little disappointed that only one of the four characters is a very female … Read entire article »

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Review: Dwellers In Dream

Tweet This time I’m reviewing Dwellers in Dream by TPK Games. It contains five new Fey player races and is Pathfinder compatible. I’m not gonna give too much detail on the five races as I dislike giving away too much in a review, but I’ll mention some highlights. In their respective section, each race has a physical description, a picture, a brief overview of their society, their relations to other races, alignments & religion, examples of male and female names, abilities (racial, defense, etc…), traits and much more. There is A LOT of good, quality information here. Briarborn A race of plant-like humanoids. Described as “nature’s protectors,” they grow up from the ground itself and can have many wild looks as expected. I wasn’t expecting much out of the Briarborn, “plant people” creatures … Read entire article »

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