RPG First Look: Mournblade

Categories: Reviews, Roleplaying Games

I got my copy of Mournblade at Librarie la Licorne in Aix. Last visit they’d moved all the jeux de roles to the cellar and kept the bandes desinees on the ground floor. They had lots of sexy French editions of L’Appel de Cthulhu and even translations of Monsterhearts and Polaris. Service is great! Recommended … Read More

RPG First Look: Starvation Cheap

Categories: Reviews, Roleplaying Games

I finally sat down to Starvation Cheap — Sine Nomine’s military campaign supplement for Stars Without Number — after re-reading Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War. That in turn reminded me of the first war RPG we played, Revised RECON. Back in the 80s we’d play that during breaks under the stairwell in the college’s creepy … Read More

RPG First Look: Black Hack, Malandros and Blades in the Dark

Categories: Reviews, Roleplaying Games

I backed the Kickstarters for the three games below. In no particular order: The Black Hack The thing I admire most about OSR games is how they’ve taken the moving parts and tuned them for a particular kind of experience. The Black Hack is a stripped-back second-gen OSR title, extremely short in presentation and focused … Read More

RPG First Look: Fugue

Categories: Reviews, Roleplaying Games, Theory and Design

James Wallis’ Alas Vegas kickstarter was fantastically successful with a backing of 8 times its initial goal. It was also fantastically optimistic with delivery dates with an estimate of June 2013 for hard copies and December 2013 for the Alas Vegas novel. Some people are reasonably irked about the delays, and some have found creative … Read More

RPG First Look: Whitehack

Categories: Reviews, Roleplaying Games

I’ve said before that the OSR is like Linux: OSR games are like Linux distributions: they reflect the operability ideals of the designers, they’re essentially a diffuse package of commands that the distribution maintainer curates and forces to operate together These little differences between distros (package managers, system tools, desktop environment) form the basis of … Read More