, by Victor Gijsbers, is a game combining Vladimir Propp's folktale archetypes
with totalitarian manipulation. One player assumes the role of Stalin, and with it the power to dictate the rules and order executions; other players are either actors trying to beguile him with a traditional rustic tale or courtiers trying to twist the tale's elements to their rivals' discredit. [more inside]
Old School FRP
is a tumblr blog with a ton of illustrations and art from the golden age of Dungeons and Dragons and games that were totally not Dungeons and Dragons.
If you enjoy playing Dungeons & Dragons or similar fantasy RPGs, or if you just like reading in-depth analysis of fictional worlds, then the Tome of Awesome
[pdf] is for you. [more inside]
Tabletop roleplaying has always had a long history of self publishing
. The internet has certainly made it easy for people to share their games for free
, though admittedly presentation is improving
. Beyond the free models, a number of publishers have started coming up with alternative for-profit business models - The Shadow of Yesterday
followed the Cory Doctorow model, releasing the whole game for free online, while charging for hardcopies. John Wick's Houses of the Blooded
sells very cheap PDFs and full price books. Greg Stolze has led the charge in Ransom Model rpg sales
. Following the "Whatever Price You Like" model of World of Goo and other videogames, Bliss Stage & Polaris are doing the same with PDFs
. Shock: Human Contact
has already pulled in over $7,000 on Kickstarter, before the game has even been published.
Got a question about old-school Dungeons and Dragons? Perhaps you should consult this database of questions and answers from Dragon Magazine's "Sage Advice" column
In 1974, a pair of wargame enthusiasts from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin transformed the nascent hobby gaming world by publishing three little brown booklets
. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson's Dungeons & Dragons
has become an important part of the lives of generations of young gamers. Along the way, D&D went through numerous editions
, each with increasingly complex
rules. [more inside]
If geeks talked about cookbooks the way they talk about RPG books, the results would not be pretty
Fear of Girls
... a film about elite tabletop role-players, by Ryan Wood.
A Brief History of Game:
A nine-part review of the major highlights in rpg history. Other interesting if generally unrelated pieces on the history of gaming, pen & paper or otherwise: "Where Have All the Demons Gone?"
, discussing the history of Magic the Gathering; A somewhat flippant piece by GameSpy
; and some obligatory RPG theory
regarding the historical popularity of various styles of RPG.
Oh my god, i'm so addicted.
it's like a chat. but it's like the sims. and it looks swedish. and i can't stop hanging out there. i'm in the room 'shacknews'.
Steve Jackson Games
, the makers of such fine pen-and-paper RPGs as Gurps
, has been running a blog
since 1994. I've been reading it since 1996, and I just now realized: it was the first blog I've ever read. In addition to release information, they also post game industry news, personal stories, and even the Illuminated Site of the Week
, all with intimacy and personality we've come to expect from blogs.