Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Free Spellcraft & Swordplay!

Just a Reminder to the few of you listening to pick up a free copy of Spellcraft & Swordplay Deluxe Ed pdf some time between now and Friday. Spellcraft & Swordplay is an excellent Old School style game that really stands out from it's competition. The game features an equipment based combat and my favorite Spell system on the market. I strongly suggest picking it up. I'm expecting some really great things from Elf lair games in the future.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

G-fan #88

I got my issue of G-fan number #88 yesterday, but haven't had the time to sit down and read it with holiday and game prep activities, so I thought I'd post a link to a article summery from the good folk at Monster Island News

For those of you not aware G-fan is the premeir Kaiju magazine on the market brought to you by Daikaiju Enterprises, the people who bring you G-fest (North America's biggest Kaiju con.) The website is here. At $5 an issue it's the most Kaiju bang you can get for your buck.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Retro-space Race has Begun

You may not be aware, b ut there are several groups working on retro-scifi RPGs. Well, The today the first volley of the Old School Renaissance's space race has been fired. David Bezio (the author of one of my favorite fantasy settings, the Phoenix Barony)has released the play-test edition of "X-Plorers" for free at Lulu. X-plorer's is bills itself as a retro rpg that tries to capture the feel of 70's scifi. Hopefully this news will lead Elf Lair Games and DorkswithDice's to step up their efforts to get "Twelve Parsecs" and "Frontier Space" into the war for the stars.

Until than I'll give my impressions on the Playtest version of "X-Plorers"

X-Plorers is set in the year 2000 AD, when the United Corprate Nations rules the massive city wide planet of earth as well as terraformed Venus and Mars. The characters take the rolls of explorers of the frontiers of space.

The system is very simple, and easy to learn by anyone familiar with OD&D, BD&D or their clones. Each character rolls four attributes (Agility, Intelligence, Physique, and Presence,) chooses a class (scientists, soldier, scout, and technician,) copies their save throw, Base-to-hit, and their class skills. Now I know those last two are going scare some people away, but there is no reason for anxiety. Some of you are annoyed by single saves, and ascending to-hits, but I imagine the thing many grognards are already turning their noses up at the word "Skills," however I think they'll be pleasantly surprised if they give it a chance.

Skills are handled similar to the way saves are in most OSR systems in that they are dependent on class and level and are rolled in a similar fashion. Each class has four unique skills that are distinguish the class from the each other(There is an optional rule that allows for the learning of another class's skill but it cost additional XP to advance.)

"X-Plorers" really shines in the ship based combat. Each ship is placed on a linear chart that represents the relative distance between one and another, if a ship moves off the chart they may escape combat. Each round is broken into phases in which a crew member effect combat in a significant way depending on their roll in the ship. I really like this system, and consider it the highlight of the game. My only complaint may be that unlike the other classes the Navigator does not get any options on their phase other than to make a Computer save to give strategic bonuses to the other crew members. Personally I would have preferred if they could choose to add to initiative, or help with a free escape on the following round.

The creature section was a tad small for my tastes, but it does feature a rather extensive alien creation system. Still I hope the final version does have a few more premade critters.

All in all after my first read thru I am quite happy with X-Plorers.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Here I go...

After following over a hundred blogs on gaming, movies, comics and pretty much anything else that catches my fancy I've decided it's my turn to dip my toe in the blogo-sphere. I've decided to make this blog about two of the three topics I'm passionate about. Kaiju, and Role playing (the third passion of course being my finance, who might on occasionally say a word or two about.)

So who is this blog for? Everyone who has ever attempted to figure out how many attacks Rodan would get per round. it's for everyone who has ever complained about a Dragon Turtle's steam attack (Everyone Knows Gamera breaths FIRE, not steam!.) This is a blog for everyone who has ever used the "Terror of Mechagodzilla" as the basisfor a Mechwarrior campaign. So in short this blog is for me and one guy in Korea who is working a a True20 "Dragon Wars" homebrew.