Designer’s Diary: Accessible Games – Survival of the Able

Survival of the Able Survival of the Able is a survival horror RPG being published by Accessible Games and funded via Kickstarter. By Jacob Woods Learn more about Survival of the Able at http://www.accessiblegames.biz. Back the game on Kickstarter at http://www.bit.ly/SotACampaign. Welcome to the latest Designer’s Diary, a column where designers are given the opportunity to take readers on an...

Guest Article: Campaign Games – Forts & Frontiers The Feast of the Dead: Influences and Inspirations

Forts & Frontiers The Feast of the Dead: Influences and Inspirations By Jameson Proctor Our primary goal in creating Forts & Frontiers The Feast of the Dead was to bring our love of 17th and 18th century North America to the gaming table in a manner that allows game masters and players to tell deep, engaging stories about this critical period of history. We considered a number of systems as...

Guest Article: Attention Span Games – Creating the World of Big Eyes, Small Brains

Building a World of Adventure: Creating the World of Big Eyes, Small Brains By Samantha Ferreira If you had told me, five years ago that I’d co-create an RPG with one of my best friends, I probably would have given you a side-eyed glance. While I’ve always enjoyed tabletop gaming, both as an adventurer and a dungeon master, the thought of actually crafting a world, of building an actual...

Guest Article: Attention Span Games – “For the Class Idol”

“For the Class Idol” By LB Bryant Big Eyes, Small Brains was originally supposed to be an easy six-month project when we first signed on back in 2017. What our project leader didn’t realize at the time though is that Samantha and I share the mutual writing philosophy of “Go big, or go home.” Past My first introduction to tabletop roleplaying games was in late elementary school. The...

Guest Article: Attention Span Games – “The Journey of Big Eyes Small Brains”

“The Journey of Big Eyes Small Brains”By Will Carson – Owner of Attention Span Games Big Eyes Small Brains is the 3rd pocket RPG that Attention Span Games has had the joy to publish. It all got started a few years ago. Ron, the writer of the first two Pocket RPGs (DnDizzle: Dragons in the Hood, and Laser Metal) chose to opt out of writing our third game, as he enjoys anime,...

Guest Article: Signal Fire Studios – “In With The Old, In With The New”

“In With The Old, In With The New” By Jamie Chambers The following article discusses the 5th Edition adventure A Delve In The Cave (written for 1st level characters) that has less than a week left on a Kickstarter campaign as of this posting. Here you’ll get a peek inside my creative process when writing adventures. If you’re a Game Master interested running this adventure you will find some...

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.