Convention Report – Gen Con 50

Gen Con 50 By Martin Tideswell As I sit here in the lobby of my hotel the day after the chaos has concluded, overlooking the forlorn-looking Gen Con 50 sign at The Claddagh Irish Pub, I can confirm I have a bad case of the post-Gen Con blues. A real bad case. In fact, approach with caution for the foreseeable… Yes, I am that guy you saw walking the convention center earlier, wistfully recalling...

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...

Convention Report – Gen Con 2016

Gen Con 2016 By Martin Tideswell ‘Often imitated, never bettered’ is a phrase that could easily be applied to The Best Four Days In Gaming. There are so many conventions these days as gaming enjoys a renaissance aided by geek culture going mainstream, but Gen Con remains the original and still the best. For the avoidance of doubt, I use the word ‘geek’ as a compliment, having...

Guest Article: Daring Entertainment – Apocalypse Campaign Guide (Savage Worlds)

Apocalypse Campaign Guide By Lee F. Szczepanik, Jr. There’s a new book on the horizon, and it’s currently doing well at Kickstarter. It’s called the Apocalypse Campaign Guide, for Savage Worlds. And it’s going to allow you to create your own apocalypse and destroy the world. Roughly two years ago, I had some Savage Worlds fans asking me to continue my popular War of the Dead, zombie apocalypse...

Designer’s Diary: Broken Ruler Games – ScreenPlay

ScreenPlay ScreenPlay is a generic universal role-playing game written by Todd Crapper, developed by Broken Ruler Games, and published by Mystical Throne Entertainment. By Todd Crapper Welcome to the latest Designer’s Diary, a column where designers are given the opportunity to take readers on an in-depth ride through the design and development process of their system, setting, or product. If...

Designer’s Diary: Hermit Skull – Star Bastards

Star Bastards Star Bastards is an adventure gamebook, being funded via Kickstarter, by Hermit Skull. Sam Iacob Back the Star Bastards Kickstarter here Welcome to the latest Designer’s Diary, a column where designers are given the opportunity to take readers on an in-depth ride through the design and development process of their system, setting, or product. If you’d like to share your product...

Guest Article: Blackfall Press – Rogues Gallery (Cold Steel Wardens)

Cold Steel Wardens: Rogues Gallery By: A.P. Klosky I’m an unabashed comic book fan. Even as I was in grade school, I spent my free time reading through my uncle’s collection of Worlds’ Finest, Justice League of America, Spider-Man, and Fantastic-Four. In a strange twist of fate, though, the first comic I ever read was Justice League of America, Vol. 1, #65…the issue in which time-travelling...

Guest Article: Zombie Sky Press – The Faerie Ring (Pathfinder)

The Faerie Ring By Scott Gable One of the most important parts of The Faerie Ring are the new fey playable races. You can play as fir bolg, bitterclaws, darklings, goodfellows, wyrd, putti, twilight children, black hats, far darrig, kitsune, matabiri… maybe sidhe! We wanted players and GMs to be able to truly immerse themselves in our faeries worlds, to actively partake in courtly politics, to deal...

Guest Article: Black Banner Media and Games – Gunmetal Grey

Gunmetal Grey By Thomas Hedges Hello all, and thank you very much for taking the time to read my article. My name is Thomas Hedges and I’m going to talk about my upcoming RPG called Gunmetal Grey. It’s a Sci-Fi RPG set in a post-apocalyptic future, in which the earth has been nearly destroyed following the catastrophic events of World War Three. After the war, what was left of the population...

A Word in Edgewise… with Chris Birch of Modiphius Entertainment

with Chris Birch of Modiphius Entertainment By Aaron T. Huss The following interview took place at Gen Con Indy 2015. Editor-in-chief Aaron T. Huss is speaking with Chris Birch of Modiphius Entertainment about Acthung! Cthulhu, Mutant Chronicles, Conan, Mutant: Year Zero, and a whole lot more. This interview is also presented through our podcast channel Critical Ramblings of a Gamer. You can either...

Designer’s Diary: Mystical Throne Entertainment – Entropic Gaming System

Entropic Gaming System Entropic Gaming System is a complete RPG published by Mystical Throne Entertainment. By Aaron T. Huss Learn more about the Entropic Gaming System here Purchase the Entropic Gaming System here Welcome to the latest Designer’s Diary, a column where designers are given the opportunity to take readers on an in-depth ride through the design and development process of their system,...

Closed for Gen Con

Roleplayers Chronicle is heading to Gen Con and will be essentially closed during that time. All current posts will be readable as always, but no new ones will be posted. For those looking to get their releases posted, it will have to wait until Monday. If you’re at Gen Con, watch for me doing interviews, talking to various people, and checking out the new stuff.

Under the Hood – The Complete Picture

The Complete Picture By The Warden When I learned to drive oh those many years ago (24 years ago, to be exact), my dad taught me. He took me out to an unused country road, pulled over, and spoke the words that every teenager longs to hear. “OK, hop into the driver’s seat.” After fifteen minutes of seat and mirror adjusting, along with a lengthy lecture on responsibilities while driving...

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...

Designer’s Diary: Triple Ace Games – Rocket Race

Rocket Race Rocket Race is a complete Victorian steampunk card game being funded through Kickstarter by Triple Ace Games. By Robin Elliott Back the Kickstarter here. Welcome to the latest Designer’s Diary, a column where designers are given the opportunity to take readers on an in-depth ride through the design and development process of their system, setting, or product. If you’d like to share...

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...

Games and More – Adapting Other Works to Your Games

Adapting Other Works to Your Games By Tyler Omichinski In a recent gaming session I was playing in, we came upon a pretty major hint that what we were dealing with was something otherworldly. For the readers reference, we were playing World of Darkness with some decidedly Call of Cthulhu flavor. The reveal of the hint, however, was enough for me to figure out what the big bad for our campaign was....