Sep 082017
 
$420 Bundle for just $25...

Isn’t the RPG community awesome?  You can always count on them to step up when needed.  Check out this bundle… It’s the “Hurricane Harvey Relief Charity Bundle.” “Hurricane Harvey, the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental US in a decade, has devastated the Texas Gulf Coast. In Houston alone, it has dropped over 2 feet of rain (and counting). FEMA estimates that 30,000 people may [Read the article]

Layout in RPG Design… making it GREAT

 Posted by on September 5, 2017  Filed as: Editorial  1 Response »  Topic(s): ,
Sep 052017
 
Layout in RPG Design... making it GREAT

Editor’s Note: This article by Brad Murray was originally posted here.  I loved it so much that I asked to repost it on Stuffer Shack.  Thanks, Brad! +Cam Banks got me thinking about layout and thinking about it from my usual location, 10,000 meters above looking down. So I think there are three things layout serves and hitting any one of them is probably enough [Read the article]

Sep 042017
 
Holy Crap!  Fat Dragon Games Bundle Sale is 80% off

I love terrain, and Fat Dragon Games has continuously been my favorite.  They just announced a few sales, but the one that I love is 80% off their bundle of paper-printable terrain.  I have purchased several of their terrain downloads, and my players love seeing them at the table. If you didn’t know about these, let me tell you:  You download the file, print, cut, [Read the article]

Aug 282017
 
Foreshadowing through Nightmares...

You’ve got a big boss fight lined up. You want it to be scary as hell, with the players fearing for their character’s lives, while still invested enough to take on the beast. Any player who has glanced at the Bestiary or Monster Manual probably isn’t going to be amazed when you drop a description and tell them to roll initiative. That all changes when [Read the article]

Aug 212017
 
What Made D&D a Genre-Defining Classic?

Ever since the creation of such board games as Mice and Mystics and Gloom that utilize aspects of tabletop roleplaying games, the line between roleplaying game and board game has become murkier and murkier. However, where the line should be drawn can be found in the distinction between the original roleplaying game, Dungeons and Dragons, and its predecessor, Chainmail. For some background, Chainmail was a [Read the article]

A Horror Mechanic for Non-Horror RPGs

 Posted by on August 14, 2017  Filed as: Better Gameplay?  No Responses »  Topic(s):
Aug 142017
 
A Horror Mechanic for Non-Horror RPGs

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 [Read the article]

Aug 072017
 
Review - Deadly Trappings (77 system-neutral traps for you)

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]

Aug 032017
 
Valerian, and how to make the same mistakes in your RPG

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]

Review: Alpha Blue

 Posted by on July 28, 2017  Filed as: Reviews  2 Responses »  Topic(s):
Jul 282017
 
Review:  Alpha Blue

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]

Truly Terrifying Vampire LAIRS

 Posted by on July 25, 2017  Filed as: Editorial  No Responses »
Jul 252017
 
Truly Terrifying Vampire LAIRS

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.