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  •   There was a point in the history of the RPG industry where games were strictly handled with a pencil, a handful of dice, and some paper.  Fortunately this industry is nothing if not fluid and flexible, adapting and growing with the technologies of the times.  I remember when PDFs became a common thing as an RPG standard allowing smaller publishers to enter the market.  For me that was truly the first step toward the evolution of role-playing games.  Following the curve of today’s gamers, and embracing the technologies at our fingertips, are Jonathan G. Nelson and Todd Gamble.  Two friends who saw a void in the market, and decided to pool their talent and experience to open a subscription […]

    AaW: the Evolution of Tabletop RPGs

      There was a point in the history of the RPG industry where games were strictly handled with a pencil, a handful of dice, and some paper.  Fortunately this industry is nothing if not fluid and flexible, adapting and growing with the technologies of the times.  I remember when PDFs became a common thing as an RPG standard allowing smaller publishers to enter the market.  For me that was truly the first step toward the evolution of role-playing games.  Following the curve of today’s gamers, and embracing the technologies at our fingertips, are Jonathan G. Nelson and Todd Gamble.  Two friends who saw a void in the market, and decided to pool their talent and experience to open a subscription […]

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  • The Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design is an intimidating and healthy 244 pages of collected musings, thoughts, insights and essays from a collection of industry names that should prove familiar to most gamers or would be designers looking to sit down and read through this book. At first glance, and yes by the assumption made from the books title, it would appear this book is strictly for the designers out there, a how to guide if you will, on how to make a successful game and thereby put your name on the map when it comes to the gaming industry. But looking through the chapters and essays contained within one discovers very quickly there is so much more to […]

    Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design

    The Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design is an intimidating and healthy 244 pages of collected musings, thoughts, insights and essays from a collection of industry names that should prove familiar to most gamers or would be designers looking to sit down and read through this book. At first glance, and yes by the assumption made from the books title, it would appear this book is strictly for the designers out there, a how to guide if you will, on how to make a successful game and thereby put your name on the map when it comes to the gaming industry. But looking through the chapters and essays contained within one discovers very quickly there is so much more to […]

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  • A Deeper Look into the Pathfinder MMO By Andrew Greenberg www.hauntedhousetycoon.com   Paizo’s announcement that Goblinworks is developing a Pathfinder MMO has been tearing through the Gamingverse like a Red Mantis Assassin going through a room of Lastwall guardsmen. Innumerable posts have popped up on all manner of forums, boards and mailing lists, usually revolving around the question, “How the heck is it going to work?”   Pathfinder MMO at SIEGE   So far Paizo has not released many details beyond this week’s press release, but at the Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo’s Investor Conference in Atlanta (www.siegecon.net) this October, Goblinwork’s CEO Ryan Dancey offered a unique sneak peek into their plans.   https://goblinworks.com/   Dancey went to great lengths […]

    A Deeper Look into the Pathfinder MMO

    A Deeper Look into the Pathfinder MMO By Andrew Greenberg www.hauntedhousetycoon.com   Paizo’s announcement that Goblinworks is developing a Pathfinder MMO has been tearing through the Gamingverse like a Red Mantis Assassin going through a room of Lastwall guardsmen. Innumerable posts have popped up on all manner of forums, boards and mailing lists, usually revolving around the question, “How the heck is it going to work?”   Pathfinder MMO at SIEGE   So far Paizo has not released many details beyond this week’s press release, but at the Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo’s Investor Conference in Atlanta (www.siegecon.net) this October, Goblinwork’s CEO Ryan Dancey offered a unique sneak peek into their plans.   https://goblinworks.com/   Dancey went to great lengths […]

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  • PATHFINDER ROLE-PLAYING GAME NOW A DYNAMITE COMIC BOOK! Fantasy Comics Based on Best-Selling RPG Coming in 2012  January 4, 2012 (Runnemede, NJ) – Paizo Publishing has licensed its award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game to Dynamite Entertainment, who will publish comics based on Pathfinder’s exciting fantasy world in 2012! Launched in 2009, Pathfinder has taken the tabletop gaming world by storm, and is now tied with Dungeons & Dragons as the best-selling hobby roleplaying game in the world, spawning rulebooks, adventures, collectible figurines, and novels, as well as the forthcoming Pathfinder Online massively multiplayer computer game.   “We are thrilled to be working with Dynamite on a new Pathfinder comic!” said Paizo Publisher Erik Mona. “Dynamite’s proven record with licensed properties and […]

    Pathfinder RPG Comic Book!

    PATHFINDER ROLE-PLAYING GAME NOW A DYNAMITE COMIC BOOK! Fantasy Comics Based on Best-Selling RPG Coming in 2012  January 4, 2012 (Runnemede, NJ) – Paizo Publishing has licensed its award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game to Dynamite Entertainment, who will publish comics based on Pathfinder’s exciting fantasy world in 2012! Launched in 2009, Pathfinder has taken the tabletop gaming world by storm, and is now tied with Dungeons & Dragons as the best-selling hobby roleplaying game in the world, spawning rulebooks, adventures, collectible figurines, and novels, as well as the forthcoming Pathfinder Online massively multiplayer computer game.   “We are thrilled to be working with Dynamite on a new Pathfinder comic!” said Paizo Publisher Erik Mona. “Dynamite’s proven record with licensed properties and […]

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  • Have you heard about this new website Adventureaweek.com?  If you’re a RPG fanatic and miss Wizards “Map-a-Week” or Dungeon Magazine you’re in for a treat!  World famous cartographer and illustrator Todd Gamble (D&D 3.5, Forgotten Realms, 3x ENnie Award, Origin Award) and Lead Game Developer Jonathan Nelson have started a new website featuring a new original adventure module every week! The best part is that you can run the adventures right off their website and everything is hyperlinked to the SRD for both 3.5 OGL game systems and the Pathfinder RPG.  Yes, that picture to the right is me running a Pathfinder sesssion entirely off my iPad!  I didn’t even need a GM screen!!!  😛  It doesn’t get much better […]

    WANT THIS LOOT? RPG Contest!

    Have you heard about this new website Adventureaweek.com?  If you’re a RPG fanatic and miss Wizards “Map-a-Week” or Dungeon Magazine you’re in for a treat!  World famous cartographer and illustrator Todd Gamble (D&D 3.5, Forgotten Realms, 3x ENnie Award, Origin Award) and Lead Game Developer Jonathan Nelson have started a new website featuring a new original adventure module every week! The best part is that you can run the adventures right off their website and everything is hyperlinked to the SRD for both 3.5 OGL game systems and the Pathfinder RPG.  Yes, that picture to the right is me running a Pathfinder sesssion entirely off my iPad!  I didn’t even need a GM screen!!!  😛  It doesn’t get much better […]

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  • RPTools is an open source tool set for PC designed to enhance pen and paper role-playing games.  If you’re a RPG fanatic you are probably already aware of these tools or at least heard of them from your fellow gamers.  After experimenting with the tools in my own Pathfinder and D&D games I decided to dig a little deeper and obtain an interview with the folks who have made these tools openly available to the general public! NERD TREK interview with Frank Edwards & Keith Athey of RPTools.   Jonathan Nerdtrek:  Hello Keith!  Please tell our readers a bit about your RPTools programs and your role within the company. Keith Athey:  RPTools is a community devoted to producing open source […]

    RPTools: Open Source Tools for Pen & Paper RPGs

    RPTools is an open source tool set for PC designed to enhance pen and paper role-playing games.  If you’re a RPG fanatic you are probably already aware of these tools or at least heard of them from your fellow gamers.  After experimenting with the tools in my own Pathfinder and D&D games I decided to dig a little deeper and obtain an interview with the folks who have made these tools openly available to the general public! NERD TREK interview with Frank Edwards & Keith Athey of RPTools.   Jonathan Nerdtrek:  Hello Keith!  Please tell our readers a bit about your RPTools programs and your role within the company. Keith Athey:  RPTools is a community devoted to producing open source […]

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  • PAIZO LAUNCHES RPG SUPERSTAR 2012 Open Call RPG Design Challenge Seeks New Talent  December 5, 2011 (REDMOND, Wash.) – Paizo Publishing is proud to announce RPG Superstar 2012, the fifth season of its popular RPG design contest. The search for the newest talent in RPG design begins December 6, 2011 on paizo.com. “Over the last five years, RPG Superstar has discovered some of the best new RPG designers in the business,” said Lisa Stevens, CEO of Paizo Publishing. “We’re excited to see the great new talent out there, and look forward to working with the winners for years to come!” RPG Superstar consists of five RPG design challenges spanning several weeks. After a team of celebrity judges winnows down all open call […]

    PAIZO LAUNCHES RPG SUPERSTAR 2012

    PAIZO LAUNCHES RPG SUPERSTAR 2012 Open Call RPG Design Challenge Seeks New Talent  December 5, 2011 (REDMOND, Wash.) – Paizo Publishing is proud to announce RPG Superstar 2012, the fifth season of its popular RPG design contest. The search for the newest talent in RPG design begins December 6, 2011 on paizo.com. “Over the last five years, RPG Superstar has discovered some of the best new RPG designers in the business,” said Lisa Stevens, CEO of Paizo Publishing. “We’re excited to see the great new talent out there, and look forward to working with the winners for years to come!” RPG Superstar consists of five RPG design challenges spanning several weeks. After a team of celebrity judges winnows down all open call […]

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  • Last week I spoke with Erik Mona over at Paizo Publishing about getting a crack at the new Pathfinder Beginner Box set.  After watching the Youtube video of Erik slamming down that heavy box of goodies and pulling out stuff like rabbits from a hat, I could not resist.  I am a hard core RPG Dungeon Master hailing from the old school days of Greyhawk, Dragonlance, and the Forgotten Realms.  Why would I be interested in a beginner box set?  My son is 9 years old and try as he might, he has yet to master the complexities of D&D 3.5 or the Pathfinder Role-Playing game. We bought him the Pathfinder Core Rules book for his birthday.  He was so […]

    Pathfinder Beginner Box

    Last week I spoke with Erik Mona over at Paizo Publishing about getting a crack at the new Pathfinder Beginner Box set.  After watching the Youtube video of Erik slamming down that heavy box of goodies and pulling out stuff like rabbits from a hat, I could not resist.  I am a hard core RPG Dungeon Master hailing from the old school days of Greyhawk, Dragonlance, and the Forgotten Realms.  Why would I be interested in a beginner box set?  My son is 9 years old and try as he might, he has yet to master the complexities of D&D 3.5 or the Pathfinder Role-Playing game. We bought him the Pathfinder Core Rules book for his birthday.  He was so […]

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