Category Tabletop Games

Indy Spotlight: The Witch is Dead

“The Witch is Dead” is a free one-page free RPG by Grant Howitt.  Designed to be played in a single session, “The Witch is Dead” gives its players control over one of the late witches familiars and a single goal: revenge.  You see, the witch was not the wicked kind.  She was wise and benevolent […]

Heroes in the Darkness: A Look at Roleplaying Horror Adventures

Horror is a genre that’s very easy to do poorly.  Whether we’re talking literature, cinema, or games it’s really easy to screw up being scary because fear is a difficult emotion to effectively manipulate, particularly in an observer.  It can be really difficult, for example, to take advantage of certain primal fears in the mind […]

My Problem with Planes

(This article is about extraplanar adventures in roleplaying games, not flying machines.) “We’re about to hit the next story arc of our campaign,” I said to my players, visibly very excited, “Does anyone want to suggest a theme?” Now, for those of you who don’t know, this is a dangerous proposition.  This is how you end up […]

Kickstarter Spotlight: Copper Dreams

Copper Dreams is an upcoming cyberpunk RPG by Whalenought Studios, creators of the strategy RPG Serpent in the Staglands.  Stepping into the far future, Copper Dreams looks to offer all of the best and most iconic parts of dystopian sci-fi: corrupt agencies, digital espionage and hardened mercenaries trying to make ends meet in a dirty […]

Campaign Idea: Your Shining Armor Won’t Save You

My “Campaign Ideas” section is an idea I’m trying where I talk about concepts for a game.  Not full-fledged adventure paths, but rather a theme that you can build your game around.  This is a sort of practice for me getting back into writing, and hopefully will build toward me writing full-fledged adventure modules.  For now, […]

Turning the Gears: Non-magical Healing in Pathfinder

In many d20 systems, including 3.x D&D and the Pathfinder RPG, healing is almost entirely the realm of the magically gifted. Sure, there’s the Heal skill, but that can only heal a creature of 1 hit point per hit die of the target once per day, so you still need a holy person around if […]