Kings of War: Vanguard

Mantic are releasing a skirmish game called Vanguard that focuses on small warbands. In a nice touch, Vanguard ties in with their big battle game Kings of War. It’s currently available on pre-order for half price (that’s £12.49 folks) until October 27th. See the following link for more info:

http://www.manticgames.com/mantic-shop/kings-of-war-vanguard/product/kings-of-war-vanguard-rulebook.html

Pax Pamir: The Great Game?

Thanks to The Men Who Would Be Kings I’ve developed an insatiable fascination for the North-West Frontier. Recently I’ve been compulsively reading Khyber by Charles Miller and have been thoroughly captivated by the farce, tragedy and international intrigue of the Great Game. Khyber’s sub-title in the front pages of the book is “The Story of an Imperial Migraine”… says it all really! I got my copy of Khyber for £2.78 and I would happily have paid ten times that for the riveting read. If you’re looking for an entertaining traverse through the NWF then do pick it up.

Anyhoo as luck would have it, I stumbled across Pax Pamir on Kickstarter. It’s a boardgame I’d never heard of before, but it looks like it captures the spirit of the shenanigans of the Great Game in Afghanistan. If this sounds like your bag, you can find out more about it here:

Epées & Sorcellerie character sheet update

During the last session of Epées & Sorcellerie, one of the PCs stripped off his armour to try and rid himself of an infestation of bugs. It struck me that it’d be useful to have a place on the character sheet for unarmoured Armour Class and Movement. So I’ve altered those areas and uploaded a new version of the E&S character sheet to the Downloads page.

Downloads

#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 11

11. Which ‘dead game’ would you like to see reborn?

Fireland RPG

I remember seeing this ad for Fireland in RPG magazines back in the ’80s. It was such a garishly gonzo image I filed it away in the back of my brain in a futile attempt to save my sanity. Nazis and dragons can’t coexist in a fantasy world can they? According to the blurb (see below) those weren’t any old Nazis. They were “hordes of mutated creatures, demons and ghosts armed with rifles and grenades by their master, the insane sorceror Black Wolf”. Oh ok, seems legit!

Years later, the image was still haunting me… I’d never actually seen the game anywhere, no-one spoke of it. Did it actually exist? I found a thread on RPG.net that suggested the firm went bust after splurging on ads and crazy capital investment. And there was talk that it was possibly a more complex game than it needed to be. So maybe we all dodged a bullet there?

But it does seem a shame to waste such a gloriously gonzo cover. Maybe one to add to the neo-retro RPG pile of games that never were…
Anywhen blurb

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 10

10. Where do you go for RPG reviews?

Although I do enjoy watching RPG stuff on Youtube, if I’m looking for a review on a particular game I’m more likely to hunt for a written review. It’s so much easier to find relevant bits of info! Video reviews do have their place though, as visuals can be handy and the tone of the review is easier to pick up on.

But whether it’s a text or video review, one of the most important things to know is what are the reviewer’s preferences. In the past I’ve made the mistake of buying games based on reviewers’ recommendations only to find we have quite different tastes when it comes to game mechanisms.

Know thyself and know thy scribe, and thou shalt play many games that pleaseth thee!

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 9

9. What is a good RPG to play for about 10 sessions?

Barbarians of Lemuria: Mythic Edition

I’m pretty sure everyone will have proffered wildly different RPGs for this, as 10 sessions is quite a chunk of time to be playing something unless you’re into a game’s theme and mechanisms. As it’s so subjective, all I can say is what I would play in these circumstances.

There can only be one! BARBARIANS OF LEMURIA!

Well ok two, if you count the Legendary Edition 🙂

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 8

8. What is a good RPG to play for sessions of 2hrs or less?

Maze RatsI reckon a rules-light game like Maze Rats would be great for a short session. The whole game is only 24 pages and largely full of random tables (magic, monsters, NPCs, treasure, cities, wilderness, dungeons). So you could read it and put together a short adventure with very little prep time. All the info for character generation fits on 2 pages and you could rattle off a PC in minutes. There’s only 3 stats in the game (Strength, Dexterity and Will) so there aren’t a lot of mechanisms to get bogged down in. Attack rolls and damage are dealt with the same roll so even combat is lean and mean! All in all, it’s a fantastic, tiny tome of RPG magic!

Maze Rats is available on DriveThruRPG for Pay What You Want so what are you waiting for?

ps it could quite easily be one of the best RPG toolkits I’ve ever picked up.

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 7

7. What was your most impactful RPG session?

D&D Mentzer BasicAfter much deliberation the answer can only be my very first RPG session just over 30 years ago. My big brother had played Mentzer Basic D&D with a friend of his, and soon after he ran an adventure for me and my chums. I have a feeling it was The Village of Hommlet. I remember enjoying the experience of bumbling around this fantasy land harassing the inhabitants. One of us charmed a hermit who became trap fodder not long after. Poor fellow! But the bit that I remember the clearest was the description of the lashing rain and mud just before our wagon was ambushed by orcs. Those guys… always causing trouble!

If it’s not totally obvious why I chose this particular session, it’s because here I am, over 30 years later, still captivated by games that you really only need a pencil, paper and some dice to play.

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