Posts Tagged ‘RPGs’

New Release: Harphogayth Campaign tool for 5th Edition Fantasy.

Posted on November 7th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I’m back with yet more Grinning Skull Studios publications news for November! Kicking off this month’s first release is the Harphogayth campaign tool, our very first real foray into material published for 5th Edition Fantasy. Written by Davide Quatrini, this supplement is a heavily inspired Manga/Anime style take on magical possessed power suits. The Harphogayth […]

Grinning Skull Studios October Release Round-Up

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Well, as the saying goes, better late than never, indeed we are a few days late in posting the mammoth load of Grinning Skull studios publications that were released last month. I actually think that it’s a new record here, which also leaves us only 31 releases left before we hit 200 Grinning Skull publications in […]

September New Releases End of the Month Round-Up!

Posted on September 28th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Nearly the end of the month, and this month’s releases too. Here’s a quick round-up of the releases this September so far… http://www.rpgnow.com/product/222254/SingularityAdventure-Module-GSAM02?src=newest&coverSizeTest=true http://www.rpgnow.com/product/222319/SRVC-Clausius-Ship-Plans-Poster?src=newest&coverSizeTest=true http://www.rpgnow.com/product/222315/Ferrous-Sun-Ship-Plans-Poster?src=newest&coverSizeTest=true http://www.rpgnow.com/product/222364/Singularity-Adventure-Bundle-BUNDLE?src=newest&coverSizeTest=true http://www.rpgnow.com/product/222006/100-Dusty-Paperbacks-on-an-Abandoned-Bookshelf-for-all-Modern-RPGs?src=newest&coverSizeTest=true http://www.rpgnow.com/product/221314/20-Sides-of-Karma-Evil-Toys-from-the-Toymasters-Workshop?src=newest&coverSizeTest=true http://www.rpgnow.com/product/220550/SciFi-Bundle-Collection-Vol-1-BUNDLE?src=newest&coverSizeTest=true http://www.rpgnow.com/product/220429/100-Things-Killer-Toys-do-when-your-back-is-turned-for-all-Modern-Horror-RPGs?src=newest&coverSizeTest=true http://www.rpgnow.com/product/222655/Grims-Fantastic-Dungeon-Collection-Bundle-BUNDLE Also don’t forget to check out our publisher pages at: RPGNow: http://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/8807/Grinning-Skull-Studios DriveThruRPG: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/8807/Grinning-Skull-Studios Wargame Vault: http://www.wargamevault.com/browse/pub/8807/Grinning-Skull-Studios For more titles in our ranges!!   

Grinning Skull Studios: Singularity Adventure Module GSAM02 Out Now!

Posted on September 23rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Back again with a new release, Grinning Skull Studios present SINGULARITY Adventure Module GSAM02, our latest System-free Sci-fi module. http://www.rpgnow.com/product/222254/SingularityAdventure-Module-GSAM02 Have you ever woken up dead, but just never realized it? Well, that’s exactly what happens to the crew of the Scientific Research Vessel, Clausius. When the player characters awake from cryostasis, their brains, addled […]

Free (ish!) 100 Dusty Paperbacks on an Abandoned Bookshelf for Modern RPGs Download Now!

Posted on September 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello again, just a post to let you know about this month’s Pointless Classics title is 100 Dusty Paperbacks on an Abandoned Bookshelf for all Modern RPGs. This PDF is ideal for those moments during your game when players are searching and scavenging on shelves and so on. Not every search will come up with anything […]

20 Sides of Karma: Evil Toys from the Toymaster’s Workshop, New title from Grinning Skull Studios!

Posted on September 10th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I’d like to take a minute to tell you about our new title series, 20 Sides of Karma, in a departure from the usual Grim’s Amazing D100 Tables and other title lines, 20 Sides of Karma will address a collection of 20 items, NPCs, adventure ideas, creatures, events & encounters, and more in each supplement. […]

100 Cavern features & Dungeon dressings for all fantasy RPGs.

Posted on September 9th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello again, shameless plug for our latest release, 100 Cavern features & Dungeon dressings for all fantasy RPGs.  This great publication will help any GM flesh out details for dungeon room interiors where none might have been before. Inside there are 100 detailed descriptions you can easily add to these blank spaces, either roll randomly, […]

New Release: Sci-Fi Bundle Collection Vol. 1

Posted on September 5th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Almost forgot to tell you about yet one more Grinning Skull Studios release, this time it’s the SCI-FI Bundle Collection Vol 1, a discounted bundle of all our Sci-fi themed titles thus far! http://www.rpgnow.com/product/220550/SciFi-Bundle-Collection-Vol-1-BUNDLE?src=newest You can get this deal by clicking the link above or by visiting our publisher pages on the links below!   

New Release: 100 Things Killer Toys do, when your back is turned for all Modern Horror RPGs.

Posted on September 5th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Just a quick post to let you know about the next release from Grinning Skull Studios, Following on from the previous release, we still have some killer toy flavour, penned by Allen Farr, 100 Things Killer Toys do when your back is turned, forall Modern Horror RPGs. This pdf details 100 solid ideas for sinister […]

A Few More RPGaDay Questions

Posted on August 30th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Question #28

WHAT FILM/SERIES IS THE BIGGEST SOURCE OF QUOTES IN YOUR GROUP?

I’d say it depends a bit on what group and what game we’re playing… Monty Python has always been a big one over the years (in particular the Holy Grail and maybe Life of Brian). I’d guess that was the single most-quoted source… perhaps ALIENS being the second…

Once a group has been together long enough and they have some good role-players, though, there tends to be a shift from movie quotes to in jokes and self-referential quotes. In my current alternating-fridays group we often joke about “excessive role-playing” because our GM Bruce told us one night that we’d be finishing up the campaign he’d been running for the previous year and a half. It took us three more months to finish it off. He later claimed it was due to our “excessive role-playing” and now we joke about that any time he says anything to do with how long something will take us or if someone really gets into the role-playing of a certain situation – someone will say “knock it off with all the ‘excessive role-playing'”.

In our current D&D campaign one of the Rogues traffics a product he calls “Sorcerers Squash” – a hallucinogenic that grows in the nearby jungles. He often misses sessions in the spring and fall due to farming (like the player actually farms and can’t make it to games) so we started saying his character was hitting the squash or the “product”. Now anytime someone misses a game – their character’s been “on the squash”… I’m sure when we wrap up the campaign it will continue to be the excuse for missing characters!

Question #29

WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST-RUN KICKSTARTER YOU HAVE BACKED?

I can’t say I’ve ever backed a role-playing game through kickstarter. I’ve backed board games and miniatures and graphic novels. Of those I think the ones that were the best so far have been the Lead Adventure ones (Dwarven Gold Fever and Astropolis II), and Ramshackle Games Jet Bike Construction Kits – which I guess could be used with RPGs – the Astropolis miniatures are going to be perfect for Rogue Trader!

Question #30

WHAT IS AN RPG GENRE-MASH-UP YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO SEE?

I need to see LESS mash-ups. Sometimes I feel like everything “new” is just a mash-up of tired old settings – it’s like developers just say let’s take [this] and add [zombies and/or battlemechs and/or magic and/or aliens or alien technology] and that will be AWESOME!!!! (It’s not really awesome).

Question #31 (a day early, but whatever…)

WHAT DO YOU ANTICIPATE MOST FOR GAMING IN 2018?

Gaming…? just gaming… and getting back to more role-playing. It’s been too damned long since I’ve really run any role-playing games. I’d really like to do more role-playing with my kids – while they’re still actually interested in playing games with ME!? This week I actually have arranged to play a game of Only War with the kids and one of their friends tomorrow and I’m going to be trying out Tales from the Loop with some other friends on Friday evening (both of which I hope might turn into a campaign that I’ll continue to run through the fall and winter). I’d also like to try out Rogue Trader and have another game I’d like to run with some home-brew rules (largely based on Song of Blades and Heroes)!

I’d also like to get playing some actual MINIATURE GAMES over the next year! I feel like I’ve hardly played any over the last year and a half since the Quest for the Skull Sword campaign last February. Sure, I’ve got in a game or two of The Pikeman’s Lament… but it’s not like previously where I was playing as many miniature games in a month as I’ve played all year! And there are a LOT of games I’d like to play – I’d like to get back to playing Song of Blades and Heroes or Song of Shadows and Dust – or any of the other Ganesha Games, I’d like to try out the new edition of Warhammer 40K and Dracula’s America (which I just picked up!), and definitely get in some MORE game of The Pikeman’s Lament (and Dragon Rampant and Lion Rampant and try out Men Who Would Be Kings).

In Other News… 

Tomorrow I’ll hopefully get to posting my monthly Boardgame Round-up of all the games we played through the month of August. Hopefully, in the not-too-distant future I’ll get to posting some new minis I’ve painted. Production has slowed in the mini painting department as we’re finally getting moving on our kitchen/dining room renovation.
Yesterday I started wrecking the dining room. That wall is coming out (no, it’s not load-bearing!) and a peninsula of cabinetry is going in there – to open up the area a bit. Plumber and Electrician are coming today to start 
Immortal Tim – Destructor of Kitchens. 

A Few More RPGaDay Questions

Posted on August 30th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Question #28

WHAT FILM/SERIES IS THE BIGGEST SOURCE OF QUOTES IN YOUR GROUP?

I’d say it depends a bit on what group and what game we’re playing… Monty Python has always been a big one over the years (in particular the Holy Grail and maybe Life of Brian). I’d guess that was the single most-quoted source… perhaps ALIENS being the second…

Once a group has been together long enough and they have some good role-players, though, there tends to be a shift from movie quotes to in jokes and self-referential quotes. In my current alternating-fridays group we often joke about “excessive role-playing” because our GM Bruce told us one night that we’d be finishing up the campaign he’d been running for the previous year and a half. It took us three more months to finish it off. He later claimed it was due to our “excessive role-playing” and now we joke about that any time he says anything to do with how long something will take us or if someone really gets into the role-playing of a certain situation – someone will say “knock it off with all the ‘excessive role-playing'”.

In our current D&D campaign one of the Rogues traffics a product he calls “Sorcerers Squash” – a hallucinogenic that grows in the nearby jungles. He often misses sessions in the spring and fall due to farming (like the player actually farms and can’t make it to games) so we started saying his character was hitting the squash or the “product”. Now anytime someone misses a game – their character’s been “on the squash”… I’m sure when we wrap up the campaign it will continue to be the excuse for missing characters!

Question #29

WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST-RUN KICKSTARTER YOU HAVE BACKED?

I can’t say I’ve ever backed a role-playing game through kickstarter. I’ve backed board games and miniatures and graphic novels. Of those I think the ones that were the best so far have been the Lead Adventure ones (Dwarven Gold Fever and Astropolis II), and Ramshackle Games Jet Bike Construction Kits – which I guess could be used with RPGs – the Astropolis miniatures are going to be perfect for Rogue Trader!

Question #30

WHAT IS AN RPG GENRE-MASH-UP YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO SEE?

I need to see LESS mash-ups. Sometimes I feel like everything “new” is just a mash-up of tired old settings – it’s like developers just say let’s take [this] and add [zombies and/or battlemechs and/or magic and/or aliens or alien technology] and that will be AWESOME!!!! (It’s not really awesome).

Question #31 (a day early, but whatever…)

WHAT DO YOU ANTICIPATE MOST FOR GAMING IN 2018?

Gaming…? just gaming… and getting back to more role-playing. It’s been too damned long since I’ve really run any role-playing games. I’d really like to do more role-playing with my kids – while they’re still actually interested in playing games with ME!? This week I actually have arranged to play a game of Only War with the kids and one of their friends tomorrow and I’m going to be trying out Tales from the Loop with some other friends on Friday evening (both of which I hope might turn into a campaign that I’ll continue to run through the fall and winter). I’d also like to try out Rogue Trader and have another game I’d like to run with some home-brew rules (largely based on Song of Blades and Heroes)!

I’d also like to get playing some actual MINIATURE GAMES over the next year! I feel like I’ve hardly played any over the last year and a half since the Quest for the Skull Sword campaign last February. Sure, I’ve got in a game or two of The Pikeman’s Lament… but it’s not like previously where I was playing as many miniature games in a month as I’ve played all year! And there are a LOT of games I’d like to play – I’d like to get back to playing Song of Blades and Heroes or Song of Shadows and Dust – or any of the other Ganesha Games, I’d like to try out the new edition of Warhammer 40K and Dracula’s America (which I just picked up!), and definitely get in some MORE game of The Pikeman’s Lament (and Dragon Rampant and Lion Rampant and try out Men Who Would Be Kings).

In Other News… 

Tomorrow I’ll hopefully get to posting my monthly Boardgame Round-up of all the games we played through the month of August. Hopefully, in the not-too-distant future I’ll get to posting some new minis I’ve painted. Production has slowed in the mini painting department as we’re finally getting moving on our kitchen/dining room renovation.
Yesterday I started wrecking the dining room. That wall is coming out (no, it’s not load-bearing!) and a peninsula of cabinetry is going in there – to open up the area a bit. Plumber and Electrician are coming today to start 
Immortal Tim – Destructor of Kitchens. 

Last of this month’s Grinning Skull Studios Titles!

Posted on August 30th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello again everyone, just a quick message to let you know about the last two of this month’s releases, starting with 100 Things Killer Toys do, when your back is turned for all fantasy RPGs. This is the first in a series of Killer toy themed titles coming up from us, so if creepy murder […]

Oddball Outlet: More stuff for sale…

Posted on August 29th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Well, more stuff is up for sale, quite a bit of 3rd Edition 40K in this batch, so I’ll waste no more time, and get on with the show! Let’s let the pictures do the talking!! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310977680?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310970470?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310985479?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310982393?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310958421?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311027938?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311032634?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311057284?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311004656?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310992804?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 So, if any of those interest you, please check […]

RPGaDay 2017 #25

Posted on August 25th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Okay, I missed the 24th, but the question didn’t really apply to me (it was: Share a PWYW publisher who should be charging more? and I don’t think I’ve ever BOUGHT any PWYW items, so….)

RPGaDay 2017 Question #25

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO THANK YOUR GM?

Root Beer? (Or other BRIBES!) Actually not root beer – I used to offer bonus bennies to anyone that brought me a good bottle of Root Beer back when we were playing Savage Worlds regularly. Stuff like Real Brew or Santa Cruz or Virgils… I drank so much root beer that I’m totally sick of it and don’t really drink it at all anymore. 
Actually, I think the best way to show your appreciation for your GM is SHOWING UP!! Nothing is more disheartening for me, as a GM, to spend a week (or weekS) crafting a fantastic epic adventure for a group that is challenging and fun and makes use of all the special talents of each member of the group… and then have more than half of the party not even show up… 
(and maybe bring some dice and your own damned PENCIL AND ERASER!?) 
But gifts and bribes are perfectly acceptable as well…. 
In Other News….
Most of the Astoropolis minis got based over the last day or so… not to get painting them! Or… not… perhaps I should really get working on the JET BIKES! ToonCon is just over a month away! (I could paint some of the Astropolis figures to use as spectators – which occasionally spill out onto the field!

RPGaDay 2017 #25

Posted on August 25th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Okay, I missed the 24th, but the question didn’t really apply to me (it was: Share a PWYW publisher who should be charging more? and I don’t think I’ve ever BOUGHT any PWYW items, so….)

RPGaDay 2017 Question #25

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO THANK YOUR GM?

Root Beer? (Or other BRIBES!) Actually not root beer – I used to offer bonus bennies to anyone that brought me a good bottle of Root Beer back when we were playing Savage Worlds regularly. Stuff like Real Brew or Santa Cruz or Virgils… I drank so much root beer that I’m totally sick of it and don’t really drink it at all anymore. 
Actually, I think the best way to show your appreciation for your GM is SHOWING UP!! Nothing is more disheartening for me, as a GM, to spend a week (or weekS) crafting a fantastic epic adventure for a group that is challenging and fun and makes use of all the special talents of each member of the group… and then have more than half of the party not even show up… 
(and maybe bring some dice and your own damned PENCIL AND ERASER!?) 
But gifts and bribes are perfectly acceptable as well…. 
In Other News….
Most of the Astoropolis minis got based over the last day or so… not to get painting them! Or… not… perhaps I should really get working on the JET BIKES! ToonCon is just over a month away! (I could paint some of the Astropolis figures to use as spectators – which occasionally spill out onto the field!

Jet Bikes! Astropolis II! RPGaDay!

Posted on August 23rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I have no pictures of the Astropolis II stuff – it just arrived yesterday and I’m pretty excited and so I just had to mention that…

I did finally finish up another Jet Bike!

This bike was assembled from parts I acquired from the Ramshackle Games Jet Bike Construction Kit Kickstarter.

Back end.

I’d actually been trying to paint from memory – having looked at the source material a few days before and was horrified when I went to double check… something… and realized I’d done the striping  all wrong!? GAH!?I’d spent so much time painting all that red and white checking I had to take a picture of it before I painted it all over with black…

I’ve been slacking off on posting my RPGaDay answers on the blog here (they do go up daily on a Facebook gaming group I run)…


RPGaDay 2017 Question #21
WHICH RPG DOES THE MOST WITH THE LEAST WORDS?
I don’t know… Savage Worlds? Maybe?


RPGaDay 2017 Question #22. 
WHICH RPGs ARE THE EASIEST FOR YOU TO RUN?
I have found simple games that are light on rules the easiest for me to run. Savage Worlds was great for this. I’m trying to move to even simpler rules.


RPGaDay 2017 Question #23
WHICH RPG HAS THE MOST JAW-DROPPING LAYOUT?
Meh. 
I don’t actually care for all the full colour, hard cover books the industry is cranking out these days. I’m not really concerned if the layout looks nice – I’m more concerned about being able to find things I want to look up quickly!


Jet Bikes! Astropolis II! RPGaDay!

Posted on August 23rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I have no pictures of the Astropolis II stuff – it just arrived yesterday and I’m pretty excited and so I just had to mention that…

I did finally finish up another Jet Bike!

This bike was assembled from parts I acquired from the Ramshackle Games Jet Bike Construction Kit Kickstarter.

Back end.

I’d actually been trying to paint from memory – having looked at the source material a few days before and was horrified when I went to double check… something… and realized I’d done the striping  all wrong!? GAH!?I’d spent so much time painting all that red and white checking I had to take a picture of it before I painted it all over with black…

I’ve been slacking off on posting my RPGaDay answers on the blog here (they do go up daily on a Facebook gaming group I run)…


RPGaDay 2017 Question #21
WHICH RPG DOES THE MOST WITH THE LEAST WORDS?
I don’t know… Savage Worlds? Maybe?


RPGaDay 2017 Question #22. 
WHICH RPGs ARE THE EASIEST FOR YOU TO RUN?
I have found simple games that are light on rules the easiest for me to run. Savage Worlds was great for this. I’m trying to move to even simpler rules.


RPGaDay 2017 Question #23
WHICH RPG HAS THE MOST JAW-DROPPING LAYOUT?
Meh. 
I don’t actually care for all the full colour, hard cover books the industry is cranking out these days. I’m not really concerned if the layout looks nice – I’m more concerned about being able to find things I want to look up quickly!


More RPGaDay, More Vacation Pics

Posted on August 20th, 2017 under , . Posted by

The vacation pics are actually over on my other blog:

What I Did for my Summer Vacation – the 2017 Edition – Part Two

I think there are over 100 pics in the post. Here’s a couple pictures so you have an idea…
The Girl going wicked fast. 
Me… adjusting my rear hub… AGAIN!
And here are the weekend’s RPGaDay questions 
Question #19 

WHICH RPG FEATURES THE BEST WRITING?

Again I’m not entirely clear on what is the “best writing”? Do they mean the most lyrical and literary with the most flavourful flavour text? Or do they meant the rules with the the most clear and concise technical rule writing?

I’m a painfully slow reader. So, I’ve never really read game rules just to read them for the sake of reading and enjoying the writing. I read as much as I can to understand the rules or the setting or the adventure I’m going to run and skip the rest. I’m more concerned with whether the rules are laid out in an order that makes sense and if I’ll be able to find the rules I need to refer to in the future!

That being said, the miniature game rules by Daniel Mersey – Lion Rampant, Dragon Rampant, etc – have been really fun to read. (Not actually RPGs…. buuuut… fun to read – and PLAY!) 


Question #20

WHAT IS THE BEST SOURCE FOR OUT-OF-PRINT RPGs?
I find that FLGS that don’t have an online catalogue are the best for finding old treasures – I’ve found a few gems squirrelled away on the bottom shelf in the back corner or in their bargain bins… 
Other than that… the Sentry Box? (at least back when Sean worked there and staff could actually LOCATE stuff that was in their catalogue) 
I’ve picked up the occasional item of eBay or ABE books…
I know of others who’ve gotten amazing deals at conventions…
I suppose a lot are available as PDFs at RPGNow or Drive-ThruRPG. Does it even count as “out of print” if it’s still available as a PDF? 
In Other News…
I really need to get cracking on some Jet Bikes! 
Amanda’s off to Seattle, but not before leaving me with this cold she came down with on the last day of our vacation! Boooo! 

More RPGaDay, More Vacation Pics

Posted on August 20th, 2017 under , . Posted by

The vacation pics are actually over on my other blog:

What I Did for my Summer Vacation – the 2017 Edition – Part Two

I think there are over 100 pics in the post. Here’s a couple pictures so you have an idea…
The Girl going wicked fast. 
Me… adjusting my rear hub… AGAIN!
And here are the weekend’s RPGaDay questions 
Question #19 

WHICH RPG FEATURES THE BEST WRITING?

Again I’m not entirely clear on what is the “best writing”? Do they mean the most lyrical and literary with the most flavourful flavour text? Or do they meant the rules with the the most clear and concise technical rule writing?

I’m a painfully slow reader. So, I’ve never really read game rules just to read them for the sake of reading and enjoying the writing. I read as much as I can to understand the rules or the setting or the adventure I’m going to run and skip the rest. I’m more concerned with whether the rules are laid out in an order that makes sense and if I’ll be able to find the rules I need to refer to in the future!

That being said, the miniature game rules by Daniel Mersey – Lion Rampant, Dragon Rampant, etc – have been really fun to read. (Not actually RPGs…. buuuut… fun to read – and PLAY!) 


Question #20

WHAT IS THE BEST SOURCE FOR OUT-OF-PRINT RPGs?
I find that FLGS that don’t have an online catalogue are the best for finding old treasures – I’ve found a few gems squirrelled away on the bottom shelf in the back corner or in their bargain bins… 
Other than that… the Sentry Box? (at least back when Sean worked there and staff could actually LOCATE stuff that was in their catalogue) 
I’ve picked up the occasional item of eBay or ABE books…
I know of others who’ve gotten amazing deals at conventions…
I suppose a lot are available as PDFs at RPGNow or Drive-ThruRPG. Does it even count as “out of print” if it’s still available as a PDF? 
In Other News…
I really need to get cracking on some Jet Bikes! 
Amanda’s off to Seattle, but not before leaving me with this cold she came down with on the last day of our vacation! Boooo! 

Not Dead – Just on Vacation

Posted on August 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In case you were wondering why I haven’t kept up with the RPGaDay questions – but were afraid to ask – I’ve been on vacation. Since it mostly involved trees and bicycles, you can read about the over on my bike blog:

What I Did for my Summer Vacation – the 2017 Edition – Part One

There was some gaming involved… but I’ll post about that at the end of the month with my monthly boardgame round-up.

I was hoping to find the Astropolis II Kickstarter rewards had arrived when I got home, but alas, they have not…

In the meantime… RPGaDay Questions…

Question #13
Describe a game experience that changed how you play.

Yeah… I kind of drew a blank on this one. 

Changes in the way I play have been small, subtle, and gradual over the years. 
I think things that have changed how I game probably occurred OUTSIDE of actual play. Encountering a game system that gave experience for stuff OTHER THAN killing things and taking treasure was a bit thing… 
I guess one thing could be when I tried to kill Runkha… The first person I ever played with was my Dad. Because for the first bit it was just the two of us, he had two characters he played; Zadoc (a priest) and Runka (a thief). Once I encountered actual kids my age that played and had more than one player I kind of got it in my head that ONE MUST ONLY PLAY WITH ONE CHARACTER – but my dad insisted on playing with the two – even when playing with my other friend(s). I got annoyed by this and decided to kill off Rukha by having him attacked by a Ninja – hired by the baddies whose dungeon they were planning to attack… He looked so forlorn, I ended up saying he didn’t DIE, but was so gravely wounded he’d have to stay at the inn while the rest of the party went and bashed the Dungeon. I realized right away it was a bit of a dick move and decided not to ever be a dick again… But I don’t think he ever played a game again with me after that. 

Question #14 
Which RPG do you prefer for open-ended campaign play.

I think Traveller has worked really well for that… it is such a vast sandbox of a galaxy all laid out – but with lots of room for customization and tinkering. 

Mind you, I’ve used GURPS Traveller and I could just as easily use Savage Worlds or something else. I think the SETTING has as much (or MORE) to do with the ability for open-ended play than any particular role-playing game. 
Question #15
Which RPG do you enjoy adapting the most?

I had a lot of fun adapting SavageWorlds to all sorts of different settings – and I definitely have the most experience adapting it. Most recently I’ve been tinkering with the idea of minimizing rules to focus on actual ROLE-PLAYING and have been thinking a LOT about ways I could use something like Song of Blades and Heroes (or any of the games using the same basic game engine) as the basis for an extremely simple role-playing game. We shall see… 

Question #16. 
Which RPG do you enjoy using as is?

I think most RPGs I start out using as is – believing “Surely this will work out…” and then I always end up unsatisfied withe something and tinkering some how. I do like to at least TRY to play any new rule set – whether RPG, Miniatures, or boardgames – with the rules as is, to try and understand what the author(s) intended.

I’m reading through Tales from the Loop and the 40K RPGs right now (Rogue Trader and Only War) – and I can’t see any issues with Tales fem the Loop and so I could possibly run it “as is”, but after a few sessions who knows. The 40K RPGs…? Well, I can already imagine them bogging down in combat – so I’m already planning to use a streamlined combat system that uses elements of the 40K skirmish game to speed things up.
Question #17
Which RPG have you owned the longest by not played?

Actual role-playing games not individual adventures or supplements…

ALIENS? Bunnies and Burrows? High Colonies? All three I picked up in the late 80s when I worked at the Wizard’s Corner and never actually played… ALIENS and High Colonies I picked up when they first came out, Burrows and Bunnies I bought used off a guy…

I was a HUGE fan of Aliens back in the late 80s. I’ve probably seen that movie more than any other movie. So needless to say I was SUPER STOKED when I heard there was going to be an ALIENS role-playing game and I bought it the moment I set eyes upon it…. I remember reading the rules and being utterly underwhelmed by the whole thing… I don’t recall exactly what it was, but just overall disappointed. I may have made characters, but I’m pretty sure I never got so far as to PLAY the game. 

It looks like 

High Colonies came out in 1988 and ALIENS in 1991, so I’ve obviously had High Colonies longer. I have a feeling I may have bought Bunnies and Burrows before 1987… 

Question #18
Which RPG have you played the most in your life?

Hard to say…. In terms of number of gaming session or actual hours spent playing? Or the number of years spent using it as your go-to game?  Probably Savage Worlds… or maybe GURPS…?

I played a LOT of Role Master in high school and a lot of Palladium games (TMNT, Robotech, Heroes Unlimited, Beyond the Supernatural, etc – though I never really played Rifts…), Twilight:2000, Top Secret, Star Frontiers, Battletech/Mechwarrior…. who could possibly tally all those hours at lunch time or after school?!

After high school I played a LOT of GURPS and ran various GURPS games for years.

Eventually I abandoned GURPS in favour of Savage Worlds and ran games every Saturday evening for years… I played it enough that I set up an entire separate BLOG for it!

I have played a lot of D&D(Basic, AD&D, and more recently 5E) – This was the first RPG I ever played, and played it exclusively for some time before moving on to other games (though for a while I still played it as my go-to fantasy game) – and more recently I’ve been playing 5E…

Stay tuned for RPGaDay2017 Question #19 – coming tomorrow! 

Not Dead – Just on Vacation

Posted on August 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In case you were wondering why I haven’t kept up with the RPGaDay questions – but were afraid to ask – I’ve been on vacation. Since it mostly involved trees and bicycles, you can read about the over on my bike blog:

What I Did for my Summer Vacation – the 2017 Edition – Part One

There was some gaming involved… but I’ll post about that at the end of the month with my monthly boardgame round-up.

I was hoping to find the Astropolis II Kickstarter rewards had arrived when I got home, but alas, they have not…

In the meantime… RPGaDay Questions…

Question #13
Describe a game experience that changed how you play.

Yeah… I kind of drew a blank on this one. 

Changes in the way I play have been small, subtle, and gradual over the years. 
I think things that have changed how I game probably occurred OUTSIDE of actual play. Encountering a game system that gave experience for stuff OTHER THAN killing things and taking treasure was a bit thing… 
I guess one thing could be when I tried to kill Runkha… The first person I ever played with was my Dad. Because for the first bit it was just the two of us, he had two characters he played; Zadoc (a priest) and Runka (a thief). Once I encountered actual kids my age that played and had more than one player I kind of got it in my head that ONE MUST ONLY PLAY WITH ONE CHARACTER – but my dad insisted on playing with the two – even when playing with my other friend(s). I got annoyed by this and decided to kill off Rukha by having him attacked by a Ninja – hired by the baddies whose dungeon they were planning to attack… He looked so forlorn, I ended up saying he didn’t DIE, but was so gravely wounded he’d have to stay at the inn while the rest of the party went and bashed the Dungeon. I realized right away it was a bit of a dick move and decided not to ever be a dick again… But I don’t think he ever played a game again with me after that. 

Question #14 
Which RPG do you prefer for open-ended campaign play.

I think Traveller has worked really well for that… it is such a vast sandbox of a galaxy all laid out – but with lots of room for customization and tinkering. 

Mind you, I’ve used GURPS Traveller and I could just as easily use Savage Worlds or something else. I think the SETTING has as much (or MORE) to do with the ability for open-ended play than any particular role-playing game. 
Question #15
Which RPG do you enjoy adapting the most?

I had a lot of fun adapting SavageWorlds to all sorts of different settings – and I definitely have the most experience adapting it. Most recently I’ve been tinkering with the idea of minimizing rules to focus on actual ROLE-PLAYING and have been thinking a LOT about ways I could use something like Song of Blades and Heroes (or any of the games using the same basic game engine) as the basis for an extremely simple role-playing game. We shall see… 

Question #16. 
Which RPG do you enjoy using as is?

I think most RPGs I start out using as is – believing “Surely this will work out…” and then I always end up unsatisfied withe something and tinkering some how. I do like to at least TRY to play any new rule set – whether RPG, Miniatures, or boardgames – with the rules as is, to try and understand what the author(s) intended.

I’m reading through Tales from the Loop and the 40K RPGs right now (Rogue Trader and Only War) – and I can’t see any issues with Tales fem the Loop and so I could possibly run it “as is”, but after a few sessions who knows. The 40K RPGs…? Well, I can already imagine them bogging down in combat – so I’m already planning to use a streamlined combat system that uses elements of the 40K skirmish game to speed things up.
Question #17
Which RPG have you owned the longest by not played?

Actual role-playing games not individual adventures or supplements…

ALIENS? Bunnies and Burrows? High Colonies? All three I picked up in the late 80s when I worked at the Wizard’s Corner and never actually played… ALIENS and High Colonies I picked up when they first came out, Burrows and Bunnies I bought used off a guy…

I was a HUGE fan of Aliens back in the late 80s. I’ve probably seen that movie more than any other movie. So needless to say I was SUPER STOKED when I heard there was going to be an ALIENS role-playing game and I bought it the moment I set eyes upon it…. I remember reading the rules and being utterly underwhelmed by the whole thing… I don’t recall exactly what it was, but just overall disappointed. I may have made characters, but I’m pretty sure I never got so far as to PLAY the game. 

It looks like 

High Colonies came out in 1988 and ALIENS in 1991, so I’ve obviously had High Colonies longer. I have a feeling I may have bought Bunnies and Burrows before 1987… 

Question #18
Which RPG have you played the most in your life?

Hard to say…. In terms of number of gaming session or actual hours spent playing? Or the number of years spent using it as your go-to game?  Probably Savage Worlds… or maybe GURPS…?

I played a LOT of Role Master in high school and a lot of Palladium games (TMNT, Robotech, Heroes Unlimited, Beyond the Supernatural, etc – though I never really played Rifts…), Twilight:2000, Top Secret, Star Frontiers, Battletech/Mechwarrior…. who could possibly tally all those hours at lunch time or after school?!

After high school I played a LOT of GURPS and ran various GURPS games for years.

Eventually I abandoned GURPS in favour of Savage Worlds and ran games every Saturday evening for years… I played it enough that I set up an entire separate BLOG for it!

I have played a lot of D&D(Basic, AD&D, and more recently 5E) – This was the first RPG I ever played, and played it exclusively for some time before moving on to other games (though for a while I still played it as my go-to fantasy game) – and more recently I’ve been playing 5E…

Stay tuned for RPGaDay2017 Question #19 – coming tomorrow! 

Grinning Skull Studios August New Releases!

Posted on August 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Well, it’s that time again, here I am to let you know of the latest 5 releases from us here, please have a look yourselves, or share the links to help this small press hobby publisher out!! For you fantasy RPGers out there, we have 100 Desert Encounters

How to Go On a Successful Crowdfunding Quest – by Todd Medema

Posted on August 17th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

How to Go On a Successful Crowdfunding Quest - by Todd Medema
Todd Medema from Expedition: The Roleplaying Card Game here. Polyhedron Collider was generous enough to review our first game’s Kickstarter launch, which doubled its goal. We wanted to return the favour by sharing some of the tips and techniques we learned from our campaign to make your next launch more successful!

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How to Go On a Successful Crowdfunding Quest – by Todd Medema

Posted on August 17th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

How to Go On a Successful Crowdfunding Quest - by Todd Medema
Todd Medema from Expedition: The Roleplaying Card Game here. Polyhedron Collider was generous enough to review our first game’s Kickstarter launch, which doubled its goal. We wanted to return the favour by sharing some of the tips and techniques we learned from our campaign to make your next launch more successful!

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