RPG A Day 2022 – How long do your games last?

Several overlapping rolepllaying game books (D&D, Mutants & Masterminds, GURPS, Scum & Villainy, Fate)

My main gaming group, the Blackrazor Guild, are serial campaigners. We almost can’t help ourselves; if a campaign gets past the first few sessions, it’s very likely to run for for a year or two. Our biggest, most memorable campaigns were all multi-year affairs: Our namesake Blackrazor Guild campaign The Redshirts (aka Return to the Temple … Read more

RPG a Day 2022 – [System Sunday] – Describe a cool part of a system you love

A view of two dozen role-playing game books.

I love Bennies in Savage Worlds. Bennies, usually represented by a poker chip or some other token, allow players (and game masters) to re-roll skill checks and attacks. Players begin with a set number of bennies per session – usually 3 – and spend them throughout that session. Critically, they can earn more bennies for … Read more

@NuketownSF: Masters of Umdaar, Agents of BAMF, Zeneography, Project Terminus, More ZineQuest

A recap of NuketownSF’s tweets for the week of February 21, 2021. GAMES | MASTERS OF UMDAAR is a Fate Accelerated setting inspired by John Carter of Mars, Flash Gordon, He-Man, and Thundercats. Sounds like great fodder for a one-shot or double-shot game night. #FATE #RPG Masters of Umdaar on DriveThruRPG. ZINEQUEST | AGENTS OF BAMF – … Read more

#RPGaDay2018 – Which game do you think deserves greater recognition?

A close up view of the spines of numerous role-playing game books.

If we’re talking about recognition in terms of awards, I can’t say. I haven’t been keeping up the Ennies and such, and I’m not so immersed in the larger RPG community that I have a sense for the overlooked gems when it comes to award season. If we’re talking recognition in terms of people knowing … Read more

#RPGaDay2018 – Which game do you hope to play again?

A close up view of the spines of numerous role-playing game books.

Star Wars. I’d love to run the legacy follow-up to our Shadows of the Force campaign. Set in the Dark Times following the Mandalorian Wars, it would feature the descendants of our earlier campaign struggling to survive after the collapse of the Jedi Order. It would take place 30 or so years after the end of the previous … Read more

#RPGaDay2018 – Which dice mechanic appeals to you?

A close up view of the spines of numerous role-playing game books.

Exploding dice (a.k.a. “acing dice”) in Savage Worlds is my favorite dice mechanic among the games that I regularly play. It’s led to some of the most epic moments I’ve had at the table and is in keeping with Savage Worlds “Fast! Furious! Fun!” motto. The best part of it is it that it leads to such unexpected results. Even … Read more

#RPGaDay2018 – Which game mechanic inspires your play the most?

A close up view of the spines of numerous role-playing game books.

Bennies in Savage Worlds, without a doubt. Players typically start with three bennies, which they can spend to re-roll checks and soak damage. Having three bennies at any given time means that players are comfortable with spending them and still having a reserve. I don’t have a problem with people hoarding bennies because I’m liberal … Read more

#RPGaDay2018 – What do you love about RPGs?

A close up view of the spines of numerous role-playing game books.

The thing I love most about role-playing games is how they force my brain into creative, collaborative, and improvisational modes. RPGs in all of their forms are dynamic. The constantly changing circumstances forces players to think on their feet. While this is true for everyone at the table, it’s particularly true for game masters. As … Read more

My GenCon 2014 Shopping List

The word "GenCon" over a

One of the big reasons I come to GenCon is to play games, but it’s not the only reason: shopping is another. In 2000 I bought my first Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition Player’s Handbook there, in 2014 I’ll by my first 5th Edition PHB. This is where I got my Battlestar Galactica and Serenity RPG books, as well as more d20 sourcebooks than I care to mention.

Game Day: Anticipating GenCon 2014

An slim-suited astronaut flies through an asteroid field. A blue-white sun shines in deep space.

After seven years away, I’m going back to GenCon. It’s been far too long since I was last there, and even longer since the late 1990s when GenCon was an annual pilgrimage for my gaming group. I’m looking forward to going back.