RPG a Day 2023 – Favorite RPG of All Time

A spine view of a bunch of Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition books ... which is not my favorite RPG of all time.

Rather than just go with my gut instinct for “favorite RPG of all time”, I decided to run the numbers. The numbers are, admittedly, a bit skewed. D&D 3rd Edition includes a bunch of d20 supplements (at least, those who survived my 3e purge) including hardcovers and splat books. I don’t have nearly as many … Read more

RPG a Day 2023 – Obscure Game You’ve Played

A tentacled-headed mutant fires a blaster rifle in Nuketown's pick for an obscure game we've played: Gamma World 7th Edition

The most obscure game I’ve played is Gamma World 7th Edition (2010). It was designed by Richard Baker and Bruce R. Cordell based on the D&D 4th Edition rules and saw a core box set plus two boxed-set-based expansions. That level of support by a major publisher might lead you to believe the game isn’t that obscure, … Read more

RPG a Day 2023 – Scariest Game You’ve Played

Cover art for Call of Cthulhu and Delta Green: Eyes Only

In college, way back in 1992, a friend of mine ran the scariest session of Call of Cthulhu I’ve ever played in. Heck, the scariest session of any game. My friend – his name is Adam — is the best Call of Cthulhu game master I ever had. With candles burning low, and a mix … Read more

RPG a Day 2023 – Game You’d Like a New Edition Of … Star Frontiers

An octopus-like alien riding a bipedal dinosaur.

The game I’d love to see a new edition of is Star Frontiers … but as they say, be careful what you wish for. Star Frontiers was the second role-playing game I ever owned. It was a space opera RPG set in a “frontier” region of space with a mix of settled and unexplored star systems. There … Read more

RPG a Day 2023 – Favorite Character Sheet

A 1st Edition Dungeons & Dragons character sheet. It features a stylized border, lines to enter stats, and a gold background. It's one of my favorite character sheets.

My favorite character sheets are easily the AD&D Player Character Record Sheets, also known as the “goldenrod” character sheets because they were printed on heavy, goldenrod paper. This is purely a nostalgic pick; some of my first “real” characters for Dungeons & Dragons were written up using these sheets, which came pre-printed in sheets within a folio … Read more

RPG a Day 2023: Unplayed RPG You Enjoy

Cover art for the Star Trek Adventures Game Master Screen

My favorite unplayed RPG that I enjoy (aside from ALIEN) is Modiphius’ Star Trek Adventures. I bought the core rulebook years ago, then invested further when Humble Bundle offered a 25-tome strong bundle of sourcebooks. How could I say no to that? OK, sure, I still hadn’t played it … but consider all the books! Alpha Quadrant and Beta … Read more

RPG a Day 2023 – Complex/Simple RPG You Like To Play

Cover art for the game Fiasco, my favorite simple RPG

I struggled with this prompt because I couldn’t think of a “simple” game I own, and it seems like most of my RPGs are pretty complex. And then I thought of Fiasco. Described as a game about “powerful ambitions and power impulse control”, Fiasco is inspired by all of those movies whose characters start with great ideas and … Read more

RPG a Day – Coolest Looking RPG product/book

A collection of source books for Mork Borg with bright yellows, reflective reds, and stunning blacks.

When it comes to the coolest-looking, most innovative RPG design I’ve seen in the last decade or so, it’s gotta be MÖRK BORG. The books and folios are riots of color, unconventional fonts, unexpected use of metallic inks, and brain-hurting layouts. They basically go against everything they teach you when it comes to conventional print … Read more