3rd Annual Great Indie RPG Giveaway

3rd Annual Great Indie RPG Giveaway By Aaron T. Huss It’s that time of the year again and Roleplayers Chronicle is gearing up for the 3rd Annual Great Indie RPG Giveaway. At this point, we’re looking for publishers that wish to participate in the giveaway. The Great Indie RPG Giveaway is a special giveaway designed to highlight independent tabletop role-playing publishers. This is done...

Under the Hood – What You Don’t Expect

What You Don’t Expect By The Warden PREVIOUSLY: It’s starting to get crowded in this flashback paragraph, but let’s stick to the immediate updates. First of all, you can check out all the previous Phoenix Project posts using the tag. Last week, I defined the exact terminology for two of most pressing and challenging elements in the game: Minor and Major Complications. With a clear...

Convention Report – UK Games Expo

UK Games Expo By Martin Tideswell I’m going to stick my neck out and say that this was the year that UKGamesExpo went from being that skinny lad who everyone either ignored or pushed around at school and became a man. With a swagger and a Charisma of 17. And tattoos. Measuring it in terms of attendees, the eighth UKGE was a huge success. Initial estimates say 6,000 unique visitors and an overall...

Under the Hood – Establishing Terminology

Establishing Terminology By The Warden PREVIOUSLY: An internal debate between static target numbers and opposed rolls for Phoenix consumed me and I weighed the options between using one or the other and instead felt comfortable going with a healthy combination of the two. Whenever a character wants to change the outcome against a generic event, such as hot wiring a car, they roll against a Difficulty...

Letters from the Editor – The New Roleplayers Chronicle

The New Roleplayers Chronicle By Aaron T. Huss Open the door to reveal the New Roleplayers Chronicle! It’s that time of the year again where I step back and re-evaluate the website to see how I can increase traffic and provide more value to our readers. The last time I did this, we moved to a mostly-submission only format where I would search for news-worthy items and supplement that with release...

Under the Hood – Stay on Target

Stay on Target By The Warden PREVIOUSLY: In my quest to build a new system from scratch (and meticulously document it right here), I’ve devised a plan for a fast-paced, easy-to-learn system currently titled “Phoenix Project” where odd numbers on the dice can spell trouble. Last week, I decided to allow players to active defend/oppose any actions taken against their characters and maintain...

Under the Hood – Active vs. Passive Defence

Active vs. Passive Defence By The Warden PREVIOUSLY: One of the key signatures of this game is the use of a bonus action whenever you successfully roll a previous action, though there is a cost. If you roll an even number, the bonus action is yours. No strings attached. If you roll an odd number, you can take that bonus action with a Minor Consequence to complicate matters. With the parameters of...

Letters from the Editor – April Traffic Report

April Traffic Report By Aaron T. Huss Greetings everyone! It’s been a good, solid April. Numbers dipped a bit but we posted some pretty good reviews near the end of the month. So, here’s a look at how things went: Visitors: 6,400+ Pageviews: 46,600+ RSS Feed: 30,400+ Top 25 Most Popular Posts Tabletop Connect 3D Virtual Tabletop Kickstarter Fleabitten Solo Adventure for Tunnels &...

Under the Hood – To Roll or Not to Roll

To Roll or Not to Roll By The Warden PREVIOUSLY: After establishing a signature mechanic for the Phoenix Project (yeah, I’m still playing around with the codename for this game) where characters receive Complications when rolling an odd number, the issue of Complication frequency – particularly with Minor Complications intended on a successful roll – and the need to provide a form of control...

Under the Hood – Frequency & the Illusion of Control

Frequency & the Illusion of Control By The Warden PREVIOUSLY: With core mechanics in place, one of the signatures of this game (still known as Phoenix to the rest of the world at this point in space and time) is the use of even and odd numbers when players roll their dice to perform an action. Even numbers mean you’re in the free and clear (though it still depends on rolling against a target...

Under the Hood – Complicating Matters

Complicating Matters By The Warden PREVIOUSLY: Here we go! After a couple of weeks of speculation and theorizing, last week’s post saw the first rough preliminary early concept draft for the core mechanics of what is currently known as Phoenix. If you haven’t seen it yet and are about to get started on this week’s latest update, I’d highly suggest clicking on this here blue...

Under the Hood – Creating the Signature

Creating the Signature By The Warden PREVIOUSLY: In my quest to design a new game, currently entitled “Phoenix,” I have decided to make quick turn management a top priority and ran over some hindrances caused by rules-heavy mechanics and certain player habits. With a few concepts in mind (shown in last week’s post), I think it’s time to draft up a rough idea for the task resolution. Every...

Letters from the Editor – March Traffic Report

March Traffic Report By Aaron T. Huss Dropped the ball a bit last month, but I’m picking things back up now! Without further adieu, here it is: Visitors: ~6,600Pageviews: ~50,000 RSS Feed: ~47,000 Top 25 Most Popular Posts Fleabitten Solo Adventure for Tunnels & Trolls Review: Warning Label – Cast of Cards (Savage Worlds) Jon Brazer Enterprises Releases for September Review: Rite...

Under the Hood – Time Warp

Time Warp By The Warden PREVIOUSLY: If you missed out on last week’s post, you’ll definitely want to check that out. Over the next few months, I’m using this column to document the complete design process for a new system currently underway in my Lab. So far, I’ve established five objectives needed to fulfill my goals with this design: super-fast gameplay, rules-lite, easy...

Under the Hood – From the Ground Up

From the Ground Up By The Warden Artwork by Genzoman (DeviantArt) Back in late January, I reached critical mass. Without going into too much detail on this forum (those of you who may be curious can read about it on my personal blog), things in my life became more than I could handle and I needed some time to get them sorted out for mine and my family’s sake. The reason why I mention this is because...

A Word in Edgewise… with Alex Flagg of Crafty Games

with Alex Flagg of Crafty Games By Aaron T. Huss Welcome everyone to the latest Word in Edgewise with Roleplayers Chronicle. Today Editor-in-Chief Aaron T. Huss, depicted by the prefix RPC, is talking with Alex Flagg of Crafty Games, depicted by the prefix AF. The interview took place over Skype Messenger. RPC: Alex, why don’t you go ahead and introduce yourself, giving us a look at your RPG...

Under the Hood – Accepted Use

Accepted Use By The Warden I have to admit something before we get started this week, though I’m not entirely sure if it’s shocking, dramatic, or unnecessarily overblown: I suck at following the rules in any game. Not because I don’t care or can’t understand them, but because I’m an eternal dabbler. I may have read the rules and played them at a con before, but it doesn’t take long for...

Under the Hood – Fear the Mechanics

Fear the Mechanics By The Warden We are a fearful people. We are afraid of what waits outside our door, be it real or imagined. Some of us are afraid of the people walking past our house, other are afraid of Santa’s skin changing colour. Our fear defines our bravery for we choose what we confront and what we surrender to. Like it or lump it, there’s no escaping it. I know it’s been...

Letters from the Editor – Happy New Year

Happy New Year By Aaron T. Huss Another year has gone by and many things have changed here at Roleplayers Chronicle. For starters, we had many reviewers go AWOL. I don’t mean they stated they would no longer be writing reviews; they simply stopped responding to inquiries. Because of this, our daily posts have been thin. Additionally, we’ve had a couple format changes, and have now settled...

Under the Hood – Mechanical Morals?

Mechanical Morals? By The Warden Regardless of what you celebrate this time of year, the final month of our calendar is a time to reflect on the accomplishments and sins of the past eleven months. Whether you’re a child eager to convince Santa how good you’ve been all year or a full-grown adult setting down New Year’s resolutions with the goal of becoming a better person in the...