Pokémon Zeta & Omicron
are not ROM hacks
. They are standalone fan-made Pokémon clones created with RPG Maker XP
, featuring around 80 hours of gameplay
, 2 regions with 12 gyms, a coherent storyline
, "tons" of endgame content, Shadow Pokémon
, Delta Pokémon
, all 649 Pokémon
through gen V, secret bases
, mega evolutions
, challenge modes
), and sometimes quirky dialogue
. Though still in beta, it's a playable game
[YT], patches to which have slowed. Each new version is posted to the sub-Reddit /r/pokemonzetaomicron
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.
Back in 2000, R. Talsorian Games released on their website a series of overviews of what they considered to be classic Cyberpunk movies
, along with notes on incorporating their characters and ideas into games. [more inside]
Courtesy of that saint of old school gaming and dark god of the underworld Jason Sholtis, who runs the awesome, previously-posted
blog The Dungeon Dozen
, it's a new adventure to run using the game system of your choice:
THE SECRET PARTY-HOUSE OF THE HILL GIANT PLAYBOY (PDF viewer w/ available download)
. Looting, slaying, and party crashing beckon to the bold!
Also from Sholtis: the one-page dungeon FLESH FOR THE WITCH QUEEN
. (PDF viewer with download) [more inside]
"Rumours have been swirling for years about a possible sequel to Black Isle’s legendary and powerful roleplaying game Planescape: Torment, but the closure of the original studio and the jealous guarding of the Planescape rights by owners Wizards of the Coast seemed to have put paid to any comeback. But with original Interplay boss Brian Fargo very much back in the RPG business with current studio inXile’s wildly successful Wasteland 2 crowdfunding, everything changes. He and his team have come up with a way to make a new Torment game: this is really happening.
" [more inside]
Gaming made me
- RPS writer Patricia Hernandez on how Fallout 2 shaped her world view, her politics and her sexuality.
Shards of Equestria is a set of 270 fan-made Magic: The Gathering cards based off of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. (made by MeFi's own XQUZYPHYR, via Projects)
Savage Worlds of My Little Pony (PDF version recommended, requires Savage Worlds game system books) is a roleplaying game based on the show, using Pinnacle Games' Savage Worlds system. Notable for its tenent against violence, which punishes characters who pursue violent solutions to problems.
MLP: Roleplaying is Magic (PDF) is another roleplaying game using a custom system.
MLP: Clash of Realities is a miniatures combat game played on computer. Game system plugin for Lackeyccg. Setup instructions
MLP: Fighting is Magic is a slick-looking, upcoming fan-made fighting game. Demo videos: Applejack test, general demonstration, Fluttershy is not OP
Ponykart is an upcoming, fan-made Mario Kart-style driving game. Demo video.
My Little Investigations is an upcoming, fan-made Phoenix Wright-style investigation adventure game. Playable demo.
Cutie Mark Crusade is also a work in progress, and a more traditional adventure game. Playable demo. Demo video. [more inside]
has become a certainty due to the massive outpouring of fan support. At this moment on Reddit, two of the big names in the project - Brian Fargo
and Chris Avellone
- are having a live QA session
about the upcoming project, as well as the state of the game publishing industry in the Kickstarter era and similar subjects.
How to Host a Dungeon
is a solitaire pen-and-paper game in which you create an underground complex of rooms, populate them with various fantasy races and monsters, and simulate its history. At almost any time you can stop and have the basis for a D&D campaign. Here's a YouTube playthrough of a game: Part 1
- Part 2 [more inside]
It's On The Ceiling!
1. d100 Swords of Damocles
2. City of the Intellectual Bats
3. Manhole-like trap door to maintenance level
4. Tapestry of webs depicting events in spider history
5. Stalactite pueblo dwellers: evil dungeon fairies
6. Adventurers impaled on barbed spikes
7. The furniture: nailed up by prankster
8. Alarming amount of dripping water and muddy seepage
9. Pulsating illumination from strange glass tubes in metal fixtures
11. Eyes (d1000)
12. Hand-chiseled diagram of dungeon level
This and many other useful tables for DM improvisation at The Dungeon Dozen
. New table every day!
: "You do anything long enough to escape the habit of living until the escape becomes the habit." A short film by a recovering WoW addict.
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]
You've finally gotten over your geek self
, and you've decided to jump back into playing tabletop
, pen-and-paper RPGs
. But where to begin? [more inside]
Here is Dungeon Squad!
A simple, free role-playing game intended for younger players (but enjoyable by older ones), with lots of dice rolling and action. Here's a couple of adventures for it, here's an expansion
, and here's a more complex version
. Here's the expansion Adventure Squad, in three PDFs: Core
- D&D 3E Classes
. Here's yet another expansion. [more inside]
Friday Flash Fun
: Realm of the Mad God
is a co-op MMORPG shooter with cute 8-bit graphics
. Death is permanent, play addictive. [more inside]
How Rogue Ended Up On The Sofa
- a look at the descendants of the classic game, including MeFi's own 100 Rogues
Yes I like playing Dungeons and Dragons with you...
"This Fantasy World" by the Doubleclicks, with animation by Brad Jonas. [SLYT]
You are in a warm, dark, comfortable place. This has been your place since you became aware that you are alive. It's almost time to enter a different world now.
In 1986, Activision published a roleplaying computer game called Alter Ego
. Unlike the action and fantasy titles that ruled the day, this game simulated the course of a single ordinary life. Beginning at birth, players navigated a series of vignettes: learning to crawl, reacting to strangers, getting a first haircut. The outcome of each scenario subtly influenced one's path, and with every choice players slowly progressed through infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. Graphically minimalist
-- one's lifestream is represented by simple icons, and the scenarios are all text -- the game was nevertheless engaging, describing the world in a playful, good-natured tone tinged by darkness and melancholy. And it had quite a pedigree; developer and psychology PhD Peter Favaro
interviewed hundreds of people on their most memorable life experiences to generate the game's 1,200 pages of material. Unfortunately for Dr. Favaro, the game didn't sell very well. But it lives on through the web -- PlayAlterEgo.com
offers a full copy of the game free to play in your browser, and the same port is available as a $5 app for iPhone
. More: Port discussion group
- Vintage review
- Original game manual (text
An Illustrated History of Games Workshop and Fighting Fantasy - Jackson and Livingstone
- audio, sans illustrations. The story of how Steve Jackson (not that Steve Jackson
) and Ian Livingstone kickstarted tabletop roleplaying in the UK and founded a gaming behemoth
that is very different today.
is a fully-playable ruleset for BLARPing (Business Live-Action Role-Playing).
One of the better online random dungeon generators out there.
Scroll down a bit to see it. You can change the size and learn more about it from the home page
. [more inside]
I have been working on and off for about 2 years building our "D&D ROOM" to hold most of our collection and give us a cool place to play...
Wisconsin inmate loses battle to play Dungeons and Dragons in jail. News article
and 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion
Although it's commonplace nowadays to assume that J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings was the primary source of inspiration for Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax when they created the world's first tabletop roleplaying game, Dungeons & Dragons, a careful examination of the game suggests otherwise... James Maliszewski
on The Books That Founded D&D
. Some disagreement
The Play-Generated Map and Document Archive
: finally providing a place to put all those odd doodles, detailed maps, and character sketches that come out of your weekly gaming sessions. [more inside]
The New York Times profiles Jack Vance
(but fails to mention Vancian Magic
. (Curse you Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition!)
Interview with Jon Schindehette
, senior art director at Wizards of the Coast for Dungeons and Dragons
. See more fantasy art at his blog, ArtOrder
Most gamers have never heard of Braunstein. Sad but true. In the hierarchy of self-awareness you’ll find the circle of gamers who know what D&D is (a very, very large circle), then inside of that is the circle of gamers who know what Greyhawk is (large but smaller), and inside that the circle who knows what Blackmoor is (smaller still). And then in the very center, vanishingly small, are the people who’ve heard of Braunstein. Which is a pity, because Braunstein is the granddaddy of them all.Braunstein: the Roots of Roleplaying Games
by Ben Robbins. The first role-playing game was run by soldier David Wesely
in 1967, his group including none other than D&D co-creator Dave Arneson
. This past GenCon Braunstein was revived
! Here's what the players had to say
. Handouts from an earlier Braunstein revival
. David Wesely's post-game comments
. [via Rob McDougall] [more inside]
- be part of the conspiracy
. The latest sourcebook for Delta Green, the cult modern day Call of Cthulhu
setting, is being financed via fundable
. If the target for funding is not met it’s release will be delayed... if it is released at all. A niche setting within a niche system in a hobby in decline, Delta Green is still intensely well loved by those who know about it, making them a good target for the ransom model
. Will thinking outside the usual publishing business models
save pen and paper RPGs?
Looking for something unique to bring to your next gaming session?
Star-spawn will cringe in fear when they see you have shown up to battle bearing these long-lost relics of R'lyeh
. The dwarves have toiled long in the mines
of Khaz Modan, and even crafted the bones and teeth of great ancient beasts
to create deadly weapons for your gaming arsenal. Perhaps most impressive and prized of all these unique equipages is this rare trophy
of the cold and frozen north. [more inside]
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.
I am Mr. Roarke, your host. Welcome to Fantasy Island!
The virtual economy gets more interesting. (More inside)
In these difficult times
it's a relief to know that Nethack is still being updated.
For the RPG player on the go. Its satire and a game (minus gameplay) at the same time.
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.