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RPG Quickstarts

Introduction One of the best ways to get into a roleplaying game, especially if you’ve never played and/or run one before, is a quickstart. Now, to be pedantic I’m only talking about these specific kinds of documents, and excluding beginner box sets (although those are a possible addition or alternative to a full rulebook) as […]

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Art & Arcana

From Empire of Imagination author Michael Witwer, joined by Kyle Newman, Playing at the World‘s Jon Peterson, and Michael’s brother Sam, Art & Arcana is a very comprehensive look at the visual history of Dungeons and Dragons. Starting from the beginnings of the original game and going up through the current 5th edition, this book […]

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Apes Victorious

Introduction One of Goblinoid Games’ recent releases, Apes Victorious, arrived with very little if any hinting or fanfare. As a one-man operation (although now often with additional writing by Tim Snider and even material from original Starships and Spacemen author Leonard H. Kanterman) Dan Proctor rarely promotes/updates his work on the now-bare GG website, let […]

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Blueholme Journeymanne Rules

Introduction Three years ago I (briefly) reviewed the Blueholme Prentice Rules, a retroclone of the Holmes D&D Basic game. Since that time Michael Thomas worked on expanding his game to cover additional levels, and now the Journeymanne rules have been released. While I did help proof-read this game, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve looked […]

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Stars Without Number

Introduction After reviewing Silent Legions, I figured it was due time to review Kevin’s first game (now out in a revised edition)┬áStars Without Number (hereafter referred to as SWN). Hailed for its simple OSR-based rules and plentiful tables for sector and adventure creation, SWN paved the way for Kevin’s future works, and he brings that […]