RPG a Day 2023 – Favorite Dice

A set of green glow-in-the-dark dice.

Usually, my favorite dice are whichever ones I purchased most recently. Right now that’s the glow-in-the-dark sets I got at GenCon 2023. One set is grey, the other green; both have motes that glow from within when the lights are low/out. I figure they’ll be great for those Delta Green one-shots the Blackrazors were contemplating, … Read more

RPG a Day 2023 – Favorite Character

Logo text for Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil, the campaign which spawned my favorite character

Out of all the many PCs I’ve played, Merywn the Spellsword is my favorite character. He was my second character for the Blackrazors’ Return to Temple of Elemental Evil campaign (aka the Redshirts campaign, featuring no-name, low-level minions of the Blackrazor Guild getting in WAY over their heads. My first character, Zilanderin, died at the … Read more

RPG a Day 2023 – Smartest Game You’ve Ever Played

The giant eye of a beholder looks at a gold fish.

From a marketing and design perspective, Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. After 4e split the fan base, 5e reunited it by streamlining the game, resurrecting elements that people loved, and bounding the math so that bonus stacking (and the GM/player arms race it forced) was no longer a thing. It runs fast at low, mid, … Read more

RPG a Day 2023 – Favorite Game You Never Get to Play

A space suited human with a head lamp pointed toward the viewer. An Alien appears ominously in the background.

Favorite game you never get to play?  Easy: the ALIEN RPG by Free League. I bought the books and boxed sets during the pandemic, slowly accumulating a collection I never got to play. I love ALIEN and ALIENS, but even I admit that getting killed by alien monsters was a bit too much during the … Read more

RPG a Day 2023 – Most Recent RPG Bought

Cover art for the Marvel Multiverse RPG, featuring heroes battling villains.

Thanks to GenCon, the answer to the question “Most Recent RPG Bought?” is a two-way tie between the Marvel Multiverse RPG (which I played at the con as well) and the Captain’s Log Solo RPG for Star Trek Adventures. The Marvel Multiverse RPG captures the feel of superhero play very, very well … and does … Read more

RPG a Day 2023 – First RPG Bought This Year

A humanoid riding a bipedal lizard mount.

Forbidden Lands is the first RPG I bought this year and I ended up with two copies: one in English … and one in Swedish. The Swedish one arrived first due to a shipping mishap. Now granted, my family is Swedish – my grandfather and grandmother came to America as teenagers – so I’ve always … Read more

RPG a Day 2023 – First RPG Game Master

Three rulebooks for Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition, which powered my first game master's college campaign.

Vince Hendricks was my first RPG game master. There were other game masters before him, but Vince ran the first real, ongoing, sustained campaign I played in. Vince was my first college roommate – a senior when I was a sophomore (I transferred in that year) and he introduced me to a ton of gamers … Read more