Category: RPGs

  • The Hexed Gamer is back!

    After a couple of years working shifts I am now able to put some effort into my blog…rising like the Phoenix from the ashes. What am I playing at the moment? I have just started playing in a FFG Star Wars game, where I play a Bothan spy. We are currently caught in the middle […]

  • GMing the Pathfinder Starter Set

    On Monday I ran the Pathfinder Starter Set with 4 players new to RPGs, and I had a blast (and it seems they did too!). We were using the adventure in the box, and the four ‘iconic’ characters (Fighter (Mark), Wizard (Bruce), Rogue (Adam H) and Cleric(Adam N)). It didn’t start well – two Goblins got the […]

  • Dungeons and Dragons is 40 years old today (we think)

    On 26th January 1974 at 1.40pm EST (7.40pm GMT), E Gary Gygax invited some friends around his house to play a new game. Based on his Chainmail minatures rules, the game used the Man to Man variant of those rules to run adventures in fantasy dungeons, based on the works of Tolkien, Vance, Leiber etc (although […]

  • 2nd Edition, here we come!

    I will hopefully soon be running AD&D 2nd Edition for my Monday night group, which is currently making its way through the Serpent’s Skull Pathfinder AP. After running 3.x and Pathfinder since 2000, it will really make a nice change :-). We will be playing with the class/race splat books, and a lot of the […]

  • Kill the monsters and take their stuff

    I have been developing a new RPG over the last year or so: it is intended to allow quick and dirty dungeon based adventures, at least initially. It is called Kill the monsters and take their stuff, which I think sums up the ‘old-school’ philosophy. This is shortened to Kill the monsters… or KTM. I […]

  • D&DNext first public playtest kit

    Well, its here – the first glimpse at D&DNext, via the first public playtest documents. It consists of 5 characters (Fighter, Wizard, Rogue and 2 Clerics), basic rules, DM guidelines, a bestiary, and an adventure (based on the caves of chaos from Keep on the Borderlands). Characters The clerics and wizard seem pretty solid. Turning […]

  • Red Stars sci-fi setting riff

    [also posted to] The year is 250 SE (socialist era) (or AD 2167 in the old, bourgeois dating).The Federation of Socialist Friendship (FSF) dominates the earth and space, following the collapse of the imperialist west in the 70s SE (1990s), and is itself dominated by the Soviet Union, reformed by Mikhail Gorbachev in the […]

  • Traveller Starports Review

    [Archived from]  Publisher: Mongoose PublishingAuthor: Carl Walmsley Traveller Starports is a supplement for Mongoose Traveller, about, well, Starports. It is tagged as a Third Imperium product, but could be used in any campaign.The book is softback, and has 118 pages, divided into 6 chapters: Introduction, Starport Encounters, Designing Starports, Sample Starports, New Ships and […]

  • Return to Second Edition

    [Archived from] Recently, my gaming group have started a 2nd Edition AD&D campaign – and it’s been interesting. Travel back with me to D&D, 90’s style… My group currently has 3 players and a DM, but another player is about to (re)join us. We were previously playing a long-term 3.5 campaign, from 1st-20th level. […]

  • 10 Things I learnt from RPGs

    Ten things I learnt from reading and playing RPGs: What a diety is (AD&D) How the Numbers game works (Gangbusters) How to fix the Numbers game (Gangbusters) French Roulette uses 0 instead of 00 (James Bond 007) Differences between various pole-arms (AD&D) How to pronounce ‘Scenario’ The format of medieval jousts (King Arthur Pendragon) Various […]