Tales from the Gazebo – When to Win With a “Loss”, Part 2

When to Win With a “Loss”, Part 2 By Cape Rust So now we get to the heart of the matter, and what better way to drive this point home than to share yet another gaming story. So there we were; we had done all of the things you do when going through an adventure. Almost died a few times, killed kobolds, orcs, skeletons, and even tangled with some drow. We had reached the “final” battle....

Tales from the Gazebo – When to Win With a “Loss”, Part 1

When to Win With a “Loss”, Part 1 By Cape Rust When you are running a game, you should never view your game as “me versus the players”. Stop right here if that is how you approach your games. Rethink your life and ask yourself if you really should be running games if you think that way. Sure some of you have run games with just that attitude and things have turned out just fine. Sometimes...

Tales from the Gazebo – Are you Really Friends with the People in your Gaming Group?

Are you Really Friends with the People in your Gaming Group? By Cape Rust This article/rant/whatever you want to call it was inspired by something that recently happened to my gaming group. As you read this, please remember there are no absolutes and if you disagree with my statements or opinions, I recommend you comment on this article, and while you’re at it visit the RPC Facebook page and...

Review: Catalyst Game Labs – Shadowrun: Anarchy (Cue System) [Part 2]

Shadowrun: Anarchy Shadowrun: Anarchy is a Cue System-based version of the fantasy cyberpunk Shadowrun RPG, written by Randall N. Bills, Patrick Goodman, Jason M. Hardy, Philip A. Lee, Aaron Pavao, O.C. Presley, and Russell Zimmerman and published by Catalyst Game Labs. By Cape Rust Learn more about Shadowrun: Anarchy here Purchase Shadowrun: Anarchy here Find other Cue System posts here and here We’re...

Review: Catalyst Game Labs – Court of Shadows (Shadowrun)

Court of Shadows Court of Shadows is a sourcebook for the fantasy cyberpunk Shadowrun RPG, written by Jason M. Hardy, Cassandra Khaw, R.L. King, Aaron Pavao, Grant Robinson, Scott Schletz, Monica Valentinelli, Pete Woodworth, CZ Wright, and Russell Zimmerman and published by Catalyst Game Labs. By Cape Rust Learn more about Court of Shadows here Purchase Court of Shadows here Find other Shadowrun...

Review: Catalyst Game Labs – Seattle Sprawl (Shadowrun)

Seattle Sprawl Seattle Sprawl is a fantasy cyberpunk sourcebook for Shadowrun, published by Catalyst Game Labs. By Cape Rust Learn more about Seattle Sprawl here Purchase Seattle Sprawl here Find other Shadowrun posts here This box set contains 7 products, a novel excerpt and an old school Catalyst catalog to give you lots of great information on the Shadows of the Emerald City, Seattle. The products...

Review: Catalyst Game Labs – Market Panic (Shadowrun)

Market Panic Market Panic is a sourcebook for the fantasy cyberpunk RPG Shadowrun, written by Mark Dynna, Jason M. Hardy, Philip A. Lee, Chris Lites, Sascha Morlok, Scott Schletz, Michael Wich, and Thomas Willoughby and published by Catalyst Game Labs. By Cape Rust Learn more about Market Panic here Purchase Market Panic here Find other Shadowrun posts here In the Sixth World, the Big Ten isn’t...

Review: Catalyst Game Labs – Rigger 5.0 (Shadowrun)

Rigger 5.0 Rigger 5.0 is a fantasy cyberpunk supplement for Shadowrun, written by Mark Dynna, Jeff Halket, Jason M. Hardy, Adam Large, Aaron Pavao, Scott Schletz, R.J. Thomas, Malik Toms, and Thomas Willoughby and published by Catalyst Game Labs. By Cape Rust Learn more about Rigger 5.0 here Purchase Rigger 5.0 here Find other Shadowrun posts here Welcome back to the sprawl chummer; I’m your ride...

Book Review: Harry Turtledove – Bombs Away: The Hot War

Bombs Away: The Hot War Bombs Away: The Hot War is an alternate history novel written by Harry Turtledove and published by Random House Publishing Group. By Cape Rust Purchase Bombs Away: The Hot War here This alternate history of the Korean Conflict starts with a bang. As Gen Douglas McArthur is losing control of the ground war in Korea, he comes to the stark realization that he must convince President...

Novel Review: Lucas Books – Lords of the Sith (Star Wars)

Lords of the Sith Lords of the Sith is a Star Wars novel written by Paul S. Kemp and published by Lucas Books. By Cape Rust Purchase Lords of the Sith here Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor, travel to Ryloth to evaluate an underperforming Moff and to inspect imperial operations on the home world of the Twi’leks. Ryloth is a growing source of slaves and the narcotic known as spice. There...

Review: Osprey Publishing – Orc Warfare

Orc Warfare Orc Warfare is a fantasy reference book, written by Chris Pramas and published by Osprey Publishing. By Cape Rust Learn more about Orc Warfare here Find other Osprey Publishing posts here Sun Tzu said know yourself and know your enemy and you will be the victor in 1,000 Battles. Orc Warfare (Open Book Adventures) give us an insight into one of the most prolific and iconic fantasy “bad...

Comic Review: Paizo Publishing – Pathfinder City of Secrets #3

Pathfinder City of Secrets #3 Pathfinder City of Secrets #3 is an epic fantasy comic book, written by Jim Zub, illustrated by Leandro Oliveira, and published by Paizo Publishing By Cape Rust Learn more about Pathfinder City of Secrets #3 here Find other Pathfinder Comics posts here The iconic Pathfinder adventurers head to the city of Magnimar. Each has a different goal: the wizard Ezren wants to...

Novel Review: Wizards of the Coast – Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf

Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf is an epic fantasy novel, published by Wizards of the Coast and written by R. A. Salvatore. By Cape Rust Learn more about Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf here Find other Wizards of the Coast posts here The sky above the Sliver Marches has been magically darkened with cloud covered for months. The dwarves are besieged in their underground citadels....

Book Review: Osprey Publishing – The Knights of the Round Table (Myths and Legends)

The Knights of the Round Table The Knights of the Round Table is a historical mythology book, written by Daniel Mersey and published by Osprey Publishing. By Cape Rust Learn more about The Knights of the Round Table here Find other Osprey Publishing posts here When I think back to my first impression or memories of knights, they always sat at a round table, actually they sat at The Round Table....

War Game Review: Warlord Games – Tank War (Bolt Action)

Tank War Tank War is a supplement for the World War II game Bolt Action, published by Warlord Games and Osprey Publishing. By Cape Rust Learn more about Tank War here. Find other World War II posts here. Bolt Action has been very popular with war gamers for several years and now Warlord Games and Osprey Publishing have teamed up to bring you the rules for adding armor to your battles. This supplement...

Tales From the Gazebo – The Clothes Don’t Make the Man and the Weapons Don’t Make the Woman, Part 2

The Clothes Don’t Make the Man and the Weapons Don’t Make the Woman, Part 2 By Cape Rust (C) V Shane In the last installment I left off talking about some easy ways to get rid of mundane items that might be overcoming player characters in your game. In this round I want to talk about those magical iconic items that are much more insidious. Those powerful or intelligent magic items that become...

Tales From the Gazebo – The Clothes Don’t Make the Man and the Weapons Don’t Make the Woman, Part 1

The Clothes Don’t Make the Man and the Weapons Don’t Make the Woman, Part 1 By Cape Rust (C) Joe Calkins Signature weapons, iconic items and trademark clothing items are a part of any RPG and many fantasy stories. These weapons, items and articles of clothing add flavor to a character. Your Bard wears a jaunty beret, with an exotic bird feather in it, your fighter wears a very lacy and feminine...

War Game Review: Osprey Publishing – Sleeping Dragon, Rising Sun (In Her Majesty’s Name)

Sleeping Dragon, Rising Sun Sleeping Dragon, Rising Sun is a companion book to the Victorian steampunk war game In Her Majesty’s Name, written by Craig Cartmell and Charles Murton and published by Osprey Publishing By Cape Rust Learn more about Sleeping Dragon, Rising Sun here Find other Osprey Publishing posts here Sleeping Dragon, Rising Sun is a companion to the steampunk skirmish game...

Review: Raging Swan Press – Fulhurst Moors (Pathfinder)

Village Backdrop: Fulhurst Moors Fulhurst Moors is an epic fantasy supplement for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, written by Jacob Trier and published by Raging Swan Press. By Cape Rust Learn more about Fulhurst Moors here Purchase Fulhurst Moors here Find other Raging Swan Press posts here In this supplement for the Pathfinder RPG, there is a little village named Fulhurst Moors. Yes, staying true...

Tales From the Gazebo – Star Wars Rebels: A Spark of Rebellion

Star Wars Rebels: A Spark of Rebellion By Cape Rust Last night I got a real treat and it isn’t even Halloween yet. Last night I got to watch the premier of the new animated series Rebels. I have been excited about this series from the first moment I heard about it. Like many other fans of Star Wars, I was worried about what the mouse and his minions might do with the beloved movies that helped...