Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Let's Make A List: Cool Things People Are Doing In The RPG Hobby

I thought it’d be nice to take a minute today and make a list via the comments section about the cool things people are doing in the RPG hobby we find cool. It can be a new idea for a game, a free product or site someone maintains, or even someone just taking the time really review or explain a setting or ruleset.

I’ll go first: have you checked out 6d6 Fireball and Chris’ ideas for the 6d6 RPG? I definitely have some questions, but I'm curious to see more, and thingk the basic concept is pretty neat.

Really looking forward to seeing what people come up with. Don’t be afraid to be optimistic or enthusiastic. I know that’s sometimes presented as anathema to the seasoned vets of our hobby, but it shouldn’t be!


Marcelo Paschoalin said...

Well, I'm writing about three dozen adventures to be used with Dark Fate but also easily adapted to any other retroclone. The idea is to come with some nice hooks that blend together and allow for a large campaign without hindering the Referee if he want to use them out of the main context.
FYI, I'm telling you this before I post it on my blog, so you have this news before everyone else. ;-)

A.L. said...

How about free characters?

Kinda like what Jason Richards has been doing at Jason Richards Can Not Be Trusted. The free characters are cool and work for a variety of different games. Great resource if you need character or campaign ideas really.

rologutwein said...

I'm revamping the Star Wars D6 system—making a rules compendium and universe sourcebook. Yeah, I know I can't publish it for money or anything, but Star Wars has always been my 'true love' when it comes to gaming. And even if you don't like the system, the sourcebook part of it could be of interest to folks—I'm trying to make it more 'information' than 'game stats'. Anyway, completion is still a while off, but I am posting about it on my blog.

Ben said...

I'm running a website which is focused on RPGs with laser like intensity.

I also write and publish a whole bunch of Pathfinder (and with some tweeking d20) expansions ranging from new magic items to a high fantasy zombie apocalypse source book. Those are here:

With some info on our wiki at


David said...

Hate to toot my own horn, but I started a blog not too long ago for the three games i'm regularly playing dnd 4.0, dnd 3.5/pathfinder, and classic battletech. I've been a player, and as a game master/dungeon master for the better part of the past 30 years of various role playing games in various genres. The blog focus's on creating cheap terrain for my gaming needs as well as game accessories/aids to hand out to players. I hope a few of you check it out, thanks!

A.L. said...

Well, if horn tooting is cool too, may as well plug Reality Refracted. Perhaps not as good as some blogs, it has a bunch of advice for GMs, and also have used it for some design journals for a system I am designing that is almost done.

Nundahl said...

I actually write for, my articles can be found at

Not sure how to link here, but you can click my name and it'll take you to the site.

clash bowley said...

What Marco Chacon and Rob Lang are doing - making their superb games JAGS and Icar completely free when both are of high commercial quality always has and will continue to blow me away!


Joe said...

How about a tip of the hat to RPGmapshare?

If you've made up some map items, feel free to contribute.

Hypersmurf said...

Ninjas, pirates, and dinosaurs. A fantasy Asia, filled with warring island nations. Samurai mounted on domesticated raptors. Bigger dinosaurs hunted by quasi-Polynesian tribesmen. Dueling factions of shadow warriors. Privateers and buccaneers battling the servants of the Imperial Navy. Fallen kingdoms deep in forgotten jungles. And we call it...


DPoNI is a free ruleset based on True20, streamlined and tweaked to encourage the sort of fast-paced Awesome that the setting expects.

The setting itself is evolving - because Corey Reid has used a Creative Commons license, anyone can add islands and NPCs to the archipelago, and it's all hosted in a Wiki on the DPoNI site.

It's sort of like a blender with a Not-Awesome-Enough filter on it - throw in some pirates, ninjas, and dinosaurs, hit Pulse a few times, and you end up with a Smoothie of Cool.

DNAphil said...

We Gnomes have completed our first book: Eureka
This is a book of plots for GM's to pick up and use in their games.

Hypersmurf said...



Zachary The First said...

Great work so far, guys!

Johnn Four said...

Off the top of my head, stuff I think is cool, though not breaking news :)
We need more sites dedicated to completely fleshing out single locations likes worlds and dungeons. I don't think we're near the potential of what the Internet can do for online dungeons.
A whole world online.
Random nirvana.
Campaign management with the beginnings of structure.
Quick DM Tips
Both sites offer a database of organized community-created content.
Designers' haven

Grendelwulf said...

I'm recreating my Castle Greyhawk campaign, and have started work on mapping a full-size Greyhawk City. I call it my Grey City, and I am marking its progress on my blog, Axe & Hammer.


Stargazer said...

This list would not be complete without mentioning Christian Kennig's Dungeonslayers. If you haven't checked out this fine game, you should definitely do so. It's free, released under a CC BY-NC-SA license and Christian is currently working on a 4th edition which will even be released in print in Germany later this year.

And since tooting one own's horn is obviously ok, I would like to point you towards Stargazer Games, my site for all the free stuff I've created. You definitely have to check out Warrior, Rogue & Mage, a rules-light fantasy game which will be released in a revised edition soon (I hope). :)

Rob Lang said...

I'd like to plug The Cyberpunk Revival Competition over on
The entries will be in at the end of the month and I'll do a few reviews. Some of the ideas of near-future worlds are superb. There's nothing wrong with Cyberpunk but it feels 80s, these feel more like the naughties with climate catastrophe on the cards too.

Zenfar said...

I am working on an old-school style RPG for the iPhone, I already finished an "weird-ass" cyberpunk RPG for the X-Box.

Doug Wall said...

It's been 3 years in the making, but I've finally gotten my RPG, Adventures in Oz: Fantasy Roleplaying Beyond The Yellow Brick Road, out the door.

Eric Wilde said...

Someone's publishing Pendragon again. Now that's cool!

Brian said...

I make a scalable dry erase gaming surface. You can use it like a scrolling map surface for your table top.

We call them Battlegraph Dry Erase Boards. ( or just Battleboards for short)

I use them in my weekly games, and feel that no GM should be without a set.


I have a couple of other projects in the works, so keep your eyes on us for useful Role Playing accessories.

The Halfling said...

I like the games that Marque Press put out in the 1990's and just started running another Legendary Lives campaign. I even have a section of my blog that is recording the parties crazy antics. So far the group consists of a Ratling Necromancer, a Wolfling Duelist, a Goblin Assassin, a Draconian Demonologist and a Nomad Necromancer. Should be one wild ride.
I also started a website for all of us that used to game as a way of life (like my 9 games I played in 7 days a week back in college) but who now find that they have a gamer family they are busy raising. Check it out at The Halfling
Perhaps the most exciting new game I have found is Horror Rules, which I have played at Portland, Oregon's GameStorm convention for the last several years. I plan to run it at Con again this next March.

seema said...

The setting itself is evolving - because Corey Reid has used a Creative Commons license, anyone can add islands and NPCs to the archipelago, and it's all hosted in a Wiki on the DPoNI site.