Wizards of the Coast starts a new video game studio for a new original IP and James Ohlen, Ex-Bioware designer, is leading it. He also had a very successful Kickstarter with Odyssey of the Dragonlords, a 5E setting. Chris has almost finished the character for Ironsworn. Judges Guild loses business over controversial online comments, including Bat in the Attic, Frog God Games and DriveThruRPG. Onyx Path will release the second edition of Hunter:The Vigil. CMON takes preorders, I mean, pledges for a chibi Marvel superhero game. Freddie Prinze Jr. will be playing the DC Heroes RPG in the unscripted DC Universe All-Star Games tv series. The Gauntlet is holding an incursion-writing contest for Trophy Gold. Will Chris enter in time?
In this episode, we pick the five RPGs every role player should have on his or her shelf, including which edition to have. These aren’t our five favourite games or the five most popular games of all time. Nope. These are five games whose mere possession will contribute to your overall gaming experience.
These are the criteria we used. Play along at home.
Representative of a specific type of a game
Paid us to mention them (Kidding. No company took us up on our offer.)
“Fighting a dragon is always a challenge. They are the kind of problem that calls for an A-10 Thunderbolt II and lots of rockets. Unfortunately, these things won’t be invented for another thousand years or so. In a pinch, you can get by with some household cleansers, rope, and magic, the duct tape of the fantasy world.”
-Michael West(en), Burned Rogue/Illusionist
In Part 1 of our latest Campaign Confessions, we give our thoughts on the Pathfinder system.
Chris: “Lyal, Can I play Batman in your DC game. Batman with a Scottish accent. ‘Ach. Ay’m the heerooo this city deserves, ya wee lass.'”
Lyal: “Wow. I’m not looking forward to that, but sure. Wayne?”
Wayne: “Hmm, maybe Sen … Sensible … Sensual … Sen … tence. Centennial. The Centennial.”
Lyal: “The Sentry. Wrong universe. How about Superman?”
Wayne: “No thanks. I do like Spee … Speeder … Speederma … Spice. Spicer … Spicerman …”
Lyal: “Spider-Man. Wrong universe, again.”
In this episode, we discuss the advantages of playing iconic characters as well as retelling classic or not so classic stories. Also, listen to find out what all the fuss about Sparks Nevada is.
In this episode, we look at the morality and motivation systems in Dungeons and Dragons, Palladium, World of Darkness and DC Heroes. We discuss whether they work for their games, whether they’d work for other games, and whether we need systems like these at all. There’s also a great tip on how your lawful good character can be a cold-blooded torturer and still stay true to their alignment. No kidding.
For those of you that thought that episodes 0 and 1 were okay but could have used more Wayne, this episode is for you.
The topic for episode 3 is alluded to at the end. Unfortunately, we lost the episode. The “experiment” is a series of mini-campaigns we have planned to explore different genres and systems. We’ll discuss these in future episodes.