Showing posts from August, 2011

New Fanzine for Stars Without Number

Golan2072 over on the Dragonsfoot Forums has announced a new fanzine for Stars Without Number & Classic Traveller. Here's a link to the first issue . I've created an archive on my Google Sites section for it, and as soon as I find a link to the primary website, I'll add it to the list of zines on the zine page . Download Infinite Stars #1 here.

A Somewhat Awkward Attempt at Explaining My Take on the Old School Approach to Tabletop RPGs

What follows is part of an emailed response to an inquiry about whether old school player would actually use the Dungeon Funk Table in actual play. Of course, I said we would, and here is my attempt to explain why. After I emailed it, I thought it might make for good comment fodder. So, here it is: Old school gameplay works only if all involved understand that we are in a session/campaign that will pose challenges that require non-mathematical thinking and problem solving, not just min/maxing numbers on a character sheet to try to "win" combats/encounters. That is "new school" playing—playing which attempts to defend the character sheet against DM-inflicted change at all costs. Very simply, First Person Shooters and Computer Role Playing Games have changed what players expect from pen-and-paper RPGs. In a CRPG or FPS, the focus of the game is the Character—we are asked to assume a role of a Character, to take on an avatar, and become immersed in the game wor


Is it me, or is this guy the same guy as this guy? Because that would explain a lot. EDIT: Yup. Same guy. Here's a long, profilish article which seems rather dismissive of what Zak has achieved in his industry, but also sheds some interesting insight on Zak's work. For what it's worth, the article is a bit longwinded and academic in tone and style, and comes off a bit dismissive of Zak and what led him into what provides his livelihood. Quite frankly, Zak's work in the RPG blogosphere has been nothing short of mind-blowing (no pun intended). EDIT 2: Oh, and for what it's worth, you can buy Vornheim here and Zak's non-rpg books at Amazon .

Dungeon Funk PDF

Waaaaaaay back in February of this year, Greg over at Gorgonmilk hosted a community project, which became known as the Dungeon Funk Table . I finally got around to finishing the conversion of that table to a PDF document, as I said I would. And here it is: Gorgonmilk's Dungeon Funk Table May your dungeon be full of funk evermore.

Coming Soon: A Hamsterish Hoard of Monsters!

And by coming soon, I mean sometime before the end of the year! I have been given tiachara's blessing to move ahead with a compilation of all the monsters she's posted at A Hamsterish Hoard of Dungeons & Dragons . I need to comb through her website to make sure I have included all the monsters, but I have already assembled a 163-page tome of her creations, arranged in alphabetical order, one monster per page. I still need to edit and proofread the document, as right now it is in a raw copy-and-paste state. My plan is to assemble easy reference tables of monsters by level, terrain type, and XP. Then I'll add a table of contents and release it as a FREE PDF for easy reference. The compilation will be stated for use with BEMCI/RC rules, but any DM worth his or her salt will find it easy to convert to other systems. Bear in mind that I'm starting a new semester this week and that work on this little beastie take place around my teaching and paper grading. I