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
Following the success of The Haunter of The Dark
, the HP Lovecraft Literary Podcasts presents two new readings, From Beyond
and The Picture in The House
, by Andrew Leman and Bruce Green. Both recordings are available "In 3D". Alternatively if you like your Lovecraft with both pictures AND sound, the HP Lovecraft Historical Society version of The Whisperer in Darkness
is complete and being shown at worldwide film festivals - it's a talkie! (The HPLHS are now also offering a rather handsome "official membership"
pack.) Want something more interactive? Cthulhu Dark
offers a complete Lovecraftian tabletop RPG system that fits on two sides of a sheet of paper. Please note: "If you fight any creature you meet, you will die. Thus, in these core rules, there are no combat rules or health levels. Instead, roll to hide or escape."
Yes I like playing Dungeons and Dragons with you...
"This Fantasy World" by the Doubleclicks, with animation by Brad Jonas. [SLYT]
Courtesy of the indiegames.com weblog
, the top 10 indie games of 2010 in a variety of categories:
In 1989, Milton Bradley debuted HeroQuest
, a board game in the style of Dungeons and Dragons. Not to be bested at their own game, D&D's parent company TSR
released Dragon Strike
by Angry Video Game Nerd
's James Rolfe.) Packaged with the board game was a low-budget fantasy short film
meant to simultaneously set the mood, demonstrate a potential adventure and explain the rules.
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
Speak With Monsters
-- A comic about the most interesting parts of D&D. [more inside]
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).
Wanna Play D&D? Nobody to play with?
Got a computer? Wanna experience The Temple of Elemental Evil
, Castle Amber
, The Palace of the Silver Princess
, and Danger at Dunwater
in your pajamas? Start with Circle of Eight Modpack
forThe Temple of Elemental Evil
and play the most complete Dungeons and Dragon game ever made. Think 3rd edition is for chumps? Show your true Moxie and revisit the modules of yore
with the Classic Adventures Mod
for Baldur's Gate II
. [more inside]
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
is atotal conversion of the Oblivion engine by the German amateur team at SureAI
. Four years in the making and one of the largest mod projects ever completed, it features a massive new hand-crafted world, an elaborate and compelling main quest, dozens of side-quests, over 50 professional voice actors, a reworked leveling and crafting system, new spells, new items, new enemies and an original score of over 50 songs. Those who persevere through the prologue into this open world will be rewarded with a truly brilliant classical RPG
. [more inside]
is an indie rpg featuring voiceover from Christopher Walken. Yes, really. (windows only) [more inside]
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]
Flash Friday: Mardek 3
is an rpg similar in style and length to the Final Fantasy or Earthbound games from the SNES days. But that's not all! [more inside]
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]
(SLYT) World of Warcraft in real life.
"The impression that Ars Magica requires a Ph.d in medieval history to play was not helped by several supplements for the fourth edition that were in fact written by Ph.d’s in medieval history." Don't let that stop you, though; you can download the fourth edition
for free. [more inside]
Impressions of D&D Monsters:
Laughing Squid helps you penetrate the pencils/dice barrier in order to fully experience the horror of the Gelatinous Cube. (SLYT)
LARP - what is it?
- a comprehensive guide in comicbook form.
is a flash collection of retro RPG-themed minigames. An amusing way to kill a half hour or so.
I'm on a mission - not to praise Jesus or ensure that every child in Namibia has a netbook, but to kill every single living vaguely human-like character in Fallout 3. ... everyone ... no matter how friendly, helpful, or beneficial to my completion of the game, must be put into the ground.
"Natural Born Killer", an experiment in virtual genocide, parts One
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...
will offer a plethora of engaging side-quests, including bike messenger assignments, competitive coffee-brand disparagement, horrible-dancing competitions, and an interactive café-posturing minigame that involves using motion controls to keep the cover of your barely-skimmed copy of Dostoevsky's "The Idiot" within eyeshot of as many cute girls as possible.
Wisconsin inmate loses battle to play Dungeons and Dragons in jail. News article
and 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion
Maybe D&D has disappointed you. Too complicated*, too slow, too restrictive? Spirit of the Century (free version
) is a Fate game designed for fast-paced, pulpy adventures. And we should thank Fudge
, too. [more inside]
A sweet and oddly deep little RPG/platformer flash game that's all about grinding, stats, and broken fences. [more inside]
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
- a fantastic castle-defence-shooter-RPG in Flash. Warning: insanely hard.
Lovecraft 101: Get To Know The Master of Scifi-Horror
. For more detailed insights into each of Lovecraft's tales
in publication order you might want to follow the H.P.Lovecraft Literary Podcast
. For another story-by-story guide to Lovecraft you might want to check out Kenneth Hite's Tour De Lovecraft
(also available in expanded form as a book
). China Mieville on Lovecraft and racism
and a lecture at Treadwells
by Archaeologist James Holloway which delves deep into Lovecraft and identity
. The making of the Call of Cthulhu RPG
. The making of Cthulhu
(Hipsters! Ego! Madness!). Happy Halloween with H.P. Lovecraft!
Friday Flash Fun: Frontier
is an adventure RPG with an economic bent, very similar to Caravaneer
. You travel from town to town dealing in the goods available in each town. [more inside]
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]
In a similar vein to Progress Quest
, but (slightly) more interactive, is... Linear RPG
. [more inside]
The New York Times profiles Jack Vance
(but fails to mention Vancian Magic
. (Curse you Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition!)
from an epic Russian Fallout LARP. English translation via Google.
Editor Marty Halpern looks back at the career of George Alec Effinger (part 1
, part 2
, part 3
), a prolific author best known for his work set in the Budayeen
, a walled city in a future Islamic state, teeming with gangsters, hustlers and transsexual prostitutes, many of them habitual users of plug in personality modules. The noirish tone and exotic technology of the Marîd Audran
books (When Gravity Fails, A Fire In The Sun, The Exile Kiss) made Effinger one of the leading lights in the cyberpunk movie, and spawned a videogame
- a rare attempt at a graphical adventure from Infocom - and an RPG setting
. Sadly Effinger faded from prominence
after that, and he suffered from a number of health and financial setbacks before passing away
in 2002. His work has had somewhat of a resurgence in popularity of late, with the Marîd Audran books coming back into print in 2007, a long with a collection
containing The Wolves of Memory, Effinger's personal favourite amongst his novels.
“I can't make anyone Jewish with a called shot.” “I cannot start the game pregnant.” “My medical supply bag will contain more than just a bone-saw and a bottle of whiskey.” “My halfling cannot take the flaw, 'Obsession: Ring of Invisibility.'” “Even if he was a paragon of humanity in his alternate dimension, Good Hitler is not an appropriate superhero concept.” “No more Crazy Ivans while I'm driving the AT-AT.” “I do not have to check before each adventure that my fellow adventurers are not doppelgangers, Cylons or pod people.” “'Everybody Wang Chung tonight' is not an acceptable use of the Mass Suggestion spell.” 1250 things Mr. Welch can no longer do during an RPG
is the awesomest Fantasy/Sci-Fi RPG to come out of an alternate 1979. Full list of game-related resources here
(Yahoo group, reg req'd).
A man whose bravery and fame is matched only by his commitment to truth, the great Baron Münchhausen
has permeated all artistic mediums of any worth: books (on
), cartoons (french
), an animated short film
, an online graphic novel
, even a game
-- if you are so despicable a person as to, for no other reason than the amusement of yourself and your fellows, slander the Baron's name with lies of your own invention. Though a similarly-named syndrome
would falsely imply otherwise, he is an entirely honest man who exaggerates as little as he boasts, and as to the latter I have assurances from no less a personage than the Baron himself that his humility is without equal in the 7 earth continents, and 2 out of 3 of the moon's.
Flash Friday RPG Fun: Hands of War.
Set in a kingdom in the midst of a civil war, choose the factions you support while re-assembling the Heartstone.