I've been playing Dungeons & Dragons and other pen-and-paper role-playing games since I was in grade school, and I've been using Apple's Macintosh computers at least as long. Thirty years later, both RPGs and Apple computers are still a part of my life, only now I'm use Macs in every aspect of my game, from writing the adventure to tracking combat to maintaining my web site.
My Second Darkness Pathfinder campaign is rapidly approaching its climax. The heroes recently started Book 4: Eternal Night but, as is often the case with my group, they quickly went off the proscribed path. Far off the proscribed path.
It illustrates one of the big lessons I learned while running an adventure path.
My group's been playing Second Darkness for over a year now, and if there's one weakness we've found in the Golarion campaign setting, it's religion.
The setting is geopolitically diverse, with the same sort of kitchen-sink-of-cultures approach that made Greyhawk our go-to setting for so long. But what it lacks are gods.
Starbase Orion is a turned-based galactic exploration, colonization, and conquest game inspired the classic Masters of Orion series. It's available for iPhone and iPad, though the developer hopes to expand it to Andorid, Mac, and Windows as well.
I love Delta Green. I rarely get to run it, but Delta Green and its sequel, Countdown have more than earned their place on my game bookshelf. This is thanks to its modern horror take on the Chtulhu mythos and compelling scenarios like "The Night Floors", in which a certain play dooms an entire apartment building.
A few years ago I picked up Weird War II by Pinnacle Entertainment Group to supplement my The Day After Ragnarok book with World War II Savage Worlds rules. The rules were fine -- it helped with the demolitions skill and gave me access to an armory of guns and vehicles -- but just wasn't weird enough for my taste. The history of the weird war was pretty much the same as the history of our war; the weirdness was at the edges and never infected the larger narrative in the way that, say, Delta Green did.