Saturday, October 20, 2007

The RPGNow Review of the Week

From the review on the ever-useful, underground runaway hit Hot Chicks 3.1, Naked Distress:
This product is exactly what it says it is, a bunch of naked women in various poses of distress. These are just right for those times when you need dozens of naked women in vulnerable situations. But the usefulness will depend on your taste and the maturity of your gaming group.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]

I don't think I can add anything to that.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Gleemax Alpha..., of course, up, so, I registered.

And that's about all I did. Alpha indeed! Right now, there just isn't really much there. None of my favorite games have been added yet where I can choose them on the profile, and aside from that, we've got some linkys to the forums, D&D Insider and the like, and, well, not much else for now.

But they seem to know Gleemax is clunky as hell right now (not to mention seriously aesthetically displeasing), so I'll sit, edit my profile pic (I always liked the Harpers insignia), and wait for now.

What's really going to be interesting to certain groups is how "independent" they mean when they say the following:

Is that "small press" indie, or, as I'm guessing, "Everything Not WotC" indie?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

That's Fine, But Could They Do Hamlet?

When I've the time, one of my favorite stops online to spend some happy gaming-related time is 1KM1KT (aka 1000 Monkeys, 1000 Typewriters). To be sure, there's a mixed bag to be found there, but at its best, it's a place where you can download and garner inspiration from a ton of free RPGs.

I really liked A+ Fantasy, which I found over there (and its 2d6 goodness), and recently I found a couple more I thought I'd mention:

Dictatus Papae: I'm not sure how it'd play out, but it gave me some interesting thoughts about running a power struggle set in or centered around the Medieval Church. Definitely not going to be everyone's cup of Sanka, but well worth the free download.

Roguelike: A game inspired by many of the early-80s "roguelike" games out that were (and still are) out there. Very interesting to compare it to the RPG Pundit's Adventure!, which has similar influences, but came out quite a bit differently.

I love sites like 1KM1KT--in a way, it's like combing over someone's webpage for their homebrew campaign. You might find some things that'll make you groan, but a lot of time it's worth it for not only finding the gems that are out there, but for seeing things from a new angle.

Friday, October 5, 2007

My $5 Shopping Spree

I definitely don't have the gaming budget I once did, but I did manage to pick up a couple of items yesterday at Your Games Now and still keep it under a fiver.

Here's the rundown:

0one Games' The Great City Blueprints: Actually had this, but can't find it. Fantastic work which lays out an entire fantasy city in blueprint form. Love it, and plan to use it.

0one Games' The Great City: Marketplace: Another cool set of blueprints for a fantasy city setting. I'll eventually get this whole series, I think.

Ronin Arts' Fantasy Handouts: Pardons: Because I always seem to have a convict as a character in our gaming groups--or at least one in the making.

Not a bad day's haul!