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8 04, 2008

Oddly Shaped Dice: Swashbucklers

By |2017-03-17T01:04:05-04:00April 8th, 2008|Categories: Article|Tags: |4 Comments

Another RPG one-shot I'd like to try is a historical swashbuckler. Too many RPG sessions turn into exercises in accounting --- players worry about their limited resources, play it safe, and end up forming the traditional semicircle around the bad guy and keep hitting him until he's dead. I prefer characters who take risks and [...]

20 03, 2008

The Nerd Store: Unique Gifts and Games

By |2017-03-17T02:56:30-04:00March 20th, 2008|Categories: Article|Tags: , |4 Comments

For several years my cousin, Peeg, has used the phrase "The Nerd Store" to refer to any shop specializing in role playing games and related paraphernalia (miniatures, dice, boards games, etc.). Recently I had the chance to visit The Nerd Store in my area, Unique Gifts and Games. The owners, Ken and Kathleen, are a [...]

14 03, 2008

Oddly Shaped Dice: Task Force Xan

By |2017-03-17T01:04:06-04:00March 14th, 2008|Categories: Article|Tags: , |2 Comments

Some years ago, I ran a one-shot we called "Steampunch," a Victorian Era "Yellow Menace" pulp game that pitted the heroes against Hanoi Xan (a Fu Manchu analogue referenced in some cut scenes from "Buckaroo Banzai"). I always thought that a nifty followup would be a John Woo - meets - Alias modern Hong Kong [...]

7 03, 2008

Oddly Shaped Dice: I’m the Best There Is

By |2017-03-17T01:04:06-04:00March 7th, 2008|Categories: Article|Tags: |5 Comments

This idea for an RPG one-shot is more of a “meta” hook than a specific idea. This is playing off the idea that RPGs are generally about multiple protagonists with specialized skills working together (a la Mission: Impossible) while many examples of genre fiction revolve around a solo hero who can do it all (a [...]

5 03, 2008

Farewell, Action Ranger

By |2017-03-17T02:56:30-04:00March 5th, 2008|Categories: Article|Tags: , |4 Comments

Around midday the news broke that Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons, passed away at the age of 69. Despite leaving TSR before many gaming nerds ever laid eyes on a d20, Gygax holds a special place in the hearts of nerds everywhere. In many ways he remained a representative of DnD and gamers, [...]

15 01, 2008

Oddly Shaped Dice: Men of Action!

By |2017-03-17T01:04:48-04:00January 15th, 2008|Categories: Article|Tags: , |4 Comments

Being a fan of all things pulp, I know that the pulp didn't completely die out after WWII. Through the 1960s, there were a bunch of "men's adventure" pulps featuring manly men fighting Communists, Nazis, large snakes, etc, and eating steaks, and smoking cigars. I'd like to do a one-shot along those lines, with a [...]

17 12, 2007

Oddly Shaped Dice: Cowboys and Aliens

By |2017-03-17T01:04:49-04:00December 17th, 2007|Categories: Article|Tags: , |3 Comments

PLee has been heading up the Oddly Shaped Dice posts, but I figured I'd jump in and talk about one of the one-shots I ran a few years ago. I got into a Western kick after watching Firefly. Once Firefly was canceled, I wanted more of the frontier justice and began watching a genre that [...]

29 11, 2007

Oddly Shaped Dice: Re-Enter the Dragon

By |2017-03-17T01:04:49-04:00November 29th, 2007|Categories: Article|Tags: , |8 Comments

Y'know, another fine one-shot RPG would just be a sequel to "Enter the Dragon". A year after he takes out Mr. Han, British Intelligence calls Bruce again with a mission, and this time he brings along some quasi-allies from the first film --- John Saxon and Jim Freaking Kelly.Now, Kelly's character appeared rather dead in [...]

28 11, 2007

Oddly Shaped Dice: Infinite

By |2017-03-17T01:04:49-04:00November 28th, 2007|Categories: Article|Tags: |7 Comments

“Infinite: Epic Modern” was a d20 minigame / supplement I wrote for EnPublishing a couple of years back. It was my first and only venture into professional RPG design. Rather ironically, since I finished it just before my daughter was born, I’ve never really had a chance to play it (although I ran a couple [...]