There are role-playing games (RPGs) designed to take horror as the main theme, similar to horror novels. These games are designed around the concept that there are events and things making people jump, or squirm, or go mad. Elements of horror are important in storytelling because they help in creating the mood for the people experiencing the story as it unravels to them. A problem with many RPGs is the elements of horror aren’t used, are skimmed over, or are even more commonly just missed by the players.
Deadly Trappings By Kenzer & Company 82 pages (PDF) This review starts with a gamer admission as well as a disclosure, and the gawds of the many faced dice, demand my confession. First, I have a long-standing and serious love/hate relationship in regards to dungeon trap manuals and RPG trap rules/guidelines. This is the first section of any new dungeon fantasy RPG I go to. [Read the article]
I was watching Luc Besson’s new movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets… “In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian and Laureline work together to maintain order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the minister of defense, the duo embarks on a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where diverse species gather to share knowledge and culture. When a dark force threatens [Read the article]
In the vast expanse of the interwebs, a roleplaying game titled Alpha Blue was successfully funded October 2015 via Kickstarter for $4.5K internet bucks. The book was up for general sale in the adult section with Onebookshelf (OBS: drivethrurpg & rpgnow) in December the same year. In March 2016, the title was pulled from OBS for “potentially offensive” content (customer complaint), but after an in-house [Read the article]
The Stuffer Shack Press book Truly Terrifying Vampires is full of a lot of really interesting ways of creating horrific monsters – completely unlike the overused tropes of today. One refreshing way it achieves this is be making their behaviour, their origin story, and even their appearance and mannerisms unsettling, disturbing, and creepy, NOT by simply giving them cool new abilities or super-destructive powers.
During DrivethruRPG’s Christmas in July sale, you can select up to 40,000 titles at a 25% discount. 40,000 titles would be cool to have, but I’m letting you know about just one… I’m not gonna lie; Truly Terrifying Vampires is a cool supplement. It’s our first official product, and we’re very proud of it. There’s also a damn good mini-adventure to go along with it [Read the article]
Guess what? I’m a professional writer. Yup, I finally dove into writing material for roleplaying games, and I’m getting paid for it. “But that’s easy! Everyone’s doing it.” Well, sure, anyone can probably write something and put it up on DrivethruRPG, so I guess in that respect I’m a little fish in a pond full of little fishes. But, publishing RPG material is a goal [Read the article]
Check it out – Stuffer Shack has just released its first official product to our patrons… Truly Terrifying Vampires If you are tired of love-torn, angsty, immortal models with fangs, or cliched Bela Lugosi clones, you need to go back to the original sources of the Vampire legends. Rediscover how creepy, monstrous, and terrifying they can really be. This 26 page book has all kinds [Read the article]
Avid role-playing gamers are known to learn about the monsters they expect to encounter, especially players who also are game masters (GMs). This has made for a steady market of expansions for new monsters. But, then the race is on once again as the players get a hold of the expansion and soon know about the new monsters. However, there are some tricks a GM [Read the article]
Elves are often depicted as guardians of the wilderness, be it forests, plains, mountains, desert, swamps or tundra in RPG games. In the case of the Drow/ dark elves, they would be living in the Underdark, or other such underground areas in your gaming world. Although these stereotypes as to what elves are may be a starting point, in and of themselves they are, quite [Read the article]