Monday, March 31, 2014

Bookface Show-and-Tell

Look what Bookface picked up:

Picked this up for 25¢ at a local thrift store. Useful somehow for something (cough cough Freeport cough cough).



Oooha! $2, but worth it. Now if only I can find a decent copy of The Monsters of Star Trek . . .



Dungeon Roll is a fairly fun push-your-luck dice game. Excellent for solitaire play, too. I didn't back the Kickstarter and picked this up at my LFGS. Oh, and get yourself a playmat printed on a mousepad, too!




I know, I know — d20. But it was new in box with the shrink still on it, and there are a handful of web enhancements that were written just for this beginner's box (link to my Dropbox).

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Chitin: I Redesigned!

Hey, microgamers! Do you remember Chitin:I? You know, Metagaming Microgame #2?

Check out this redesign by Scott Everts:


Great googly-moogly! This is a thing of beauty!

And don't worry—I've got you covered with the downloads! I've grabbed all the files from Scott's redesign that are posted on Boardgamegeek.com and thrown them in this folder on my Dropbox account. All told, there are about 100MB of files here, including a HUGE high-resolution map.

Be sure to read Scott's thread on how he built this; he includes details about how he mounted the chits on wooden blocks for durability, and even provides links to places online to order them.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Get Your Irradiated Freak On!

Radioactive Ape Designs has two post-apocalyptic RPG supplements available for FREE on RPGNow.com!

First is Atomic Highway: Post-Apocalyptic Roleplaying, a 137-page rulebook that is normally priced at $29.99.

The other is Irradiated Freaks: Atomic Highways Mutants and Monsters, a 58-page monster supplement that is normally priced at $19.99.

Go grab while you can! And then grab the free web supplements!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The First Bookface of Spring!

Bookface is back, this time with stuff you can download for your game:


Arnold K's Book of Mice and Book of Tigers. Definitely check these out.




This here is the first issue of Suspense & Decision, a new zine dedicated to play-by-mail gaming. There are four issues out now; go grab and read 'em!




These are the three Cloak & Dagger Compendiums available over on Yggdrasil Distro. Each issue deals with a different aspect of thief skills. Not necessarily an RPG-related, but damn are they a great resource. These three plus the next four and so much more can be found here.


A Goblin Manifesto!


Your Druid needs this.


Your Ranger needs this.


Your dwarf needs this. Trust me.




Bad Mrymidon, by Rafael Chandler, et al. One of the best hexcrawls I've read in a long time.




Two interesting micro RPGs from Experimental Playground: Mutants and Machine Guns v2 and Savage Flower Kingdom v2. M&MG is a post-apocalyptic blend of RPG and wargame which includes tokens and a battleboard. SFK is traditional dungeon crawling & brawling. Both games have support on the the ExP blog, so I linked to the tags rather than to specific posts. Be sure to check these out!



And finally, something you have to search high & low for:


Paul Jaquays' "Night of the Walking Wet" from The Dungeoneer #5 & #6, 1977, reformatted by some dude on the interwebs named Kent.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Gammarauders (Extremely Tiny) Roleplaying System

In February 2013 I mentioned I had a Gammarauder game box on my shelf.

This one:


I played this back in high school and I bought the game purely out of nostalgia.

This morning I finally sorted through the box contents and verified that I do indeed have a complete set of the game (counting punched chits is a pain in the butt!). I had a $5 off coupon for my neighborhood hardware store, so I grabbed two Plano 3448-60 Utility Boxes to store the chits and game pieces. It's a tight squeeze to get the boxes, the card deck, and the hex boards in the box, but they do fit.

I was also reading up on Boardgamegeek.com and Wikipedia that DC Comics had produced a 10-issue run of comics based on the game. Wikipedia revealed that in issues 1, 3, & 4 of the comic there was a d6-based mini-RPG called Gammarauders (Extremely Tiny) Roleplaying System! I had never heard of this before so I turned to The Google and tracked down (ahem) fan-scanned issues to take a look at the game system. It turns out it was written by Zeb Cook! There's a thread over at The Piazza which discusses the comics & the RPG a bit, too.

As far as I can tell, there weren't any settings or scenarios for this micro system, and there aren't any examples of play, either. The other (ahem) fan-scanned issues I found were missing ads and backmatter, so I can't tell conclusively if Zeb wrote any more than what was in issues 1, 3, & 4. In fact, some of Zeb's comments in the rules don't make sense if you haven't read the comics or at least read the setting book included with the Gammarauders board game.

So, without further ado, presented here for your reading pleasure are 1) the original "World Book" setting book from the Gammarauder game, scanned as images by yours truly (via my DropBox) and 2) the game system extracted from the above-mentioned comic issues. Click to embiggen the images below!







It would be really great if someone could do the magic of re-formating this text to make it useable. I'm not volunteering, as I have too many things on my plate right now.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Melee! Redesigned

Last year I pointed out that some dude had re-themed Barbarian Prince.

I've discovered another classic micro-game that has been re-themed. Lads & lasses, check out Kwanchai Moriya's Melee re-design:


Check out more pictures here.

I've gathered all the files from the Boardgamegeek.com Melee file section and threw them together in a zip file so you can download, print, and assemble a version of the game for your own pleasure. Click here to download the zip file.

Kwanchai has also redesigned several other games. Steve Jackson Games forced him to remove his OGRE redesign from circulation, but if you really want it, hit me up via email and I can forward you the files.