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Unknown person in a space suit holding a rifle. Behind him is a person with a ruptured helmet sneaking up on them (I think).
Unknown person in a space suit holding a rifle. Behind him is a person with a ruptured helmet sneaking up on them (I think).

Roleplaying Games

“Final report, the commercial star-ship Nostromo. Third officer reporting. The other members of the crew — Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash, and Captain Dallas — are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier within six weeks. With a little luck the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.”

— Ellen Ripley, “Alien”

To the first-time or newly-minted gamer, D&D is considered the default RPG. That shit needs to stop. As I’ve said many times, Dungeons & Dragons is the conservative oligarch of roleplaying games.

Mothership is one of a…


A meme poster that reads, Disguise. You neva see dem comin. Shows models of six obvious orcs. One  is holding a big drawing of a space marine in front of him. One is in a dumpster with a rocket launcher sticking out. One is covered in leaves, but you can see his face, hands, feet, and guns clearly. One is wearing three tires. One has an oil drum over him, his legs sticking out the bottom. One is hiding in an oil drum, peaking out the top.
A meme poster that reads, Disguise. You neva see dem comin. Shows models of six obvious orcs. One  is holding a big drawing of a space marine in front of him. One is in a dumpster with a rocket launcher sticking out. One is covered in leaves, but you can see his face, hands, feet, and guns clearly. One is wearing three tires. One has an oil drum over him, his legs sticking out the bottom. One is hiding in an oil drum, peaking out the top.
A 40K meme borrowed from 1d4chan.

Wargaming

A while back Wargamer Fritz suggested abandoning the official Warhammer 40,000 rules. It’s apparent Games Workshop doesn’t care about game balance. They’ve made it clear they’re primarily a model manufacturer now. Here are some options to consider when you admit to yourself that their rules are shite.


An off-white five point star in a circle with four points. The symbol is on a pitch black field. The image is actually sideways from a filler page in the book. Otherwise the image wouldn’t center on all the various platforms.
An off-white five point star in a circle with four points. The symbol is on a pitch black field. The image is actually sideways from a filler page in the book. Otherwise the image wouldn’t center on all the various platforms.
Page 12 form Days of Fire. I put it sideways so it would center correctly on other platforms. Because the internet sucks!

Roleplaying Games

A few days ago Paradox Interactive announced it would give Hollywood another shot at the World of Darkness. The previous attempt to bring WoD to the masses was Kindred: The Embraced in the 90s. It wasn’t great, and the star of the show died in a motorcycle accident so a revival wasn’t likely.

Vampire: The Masquerade will probably be the focus on any new TV show or movie, but vampires have been done to death! Starting with Demon: The Fallen would be WAY more interesting, if only because watching Conservatives shit themselves is fun.

In Hollywood terms Demon: The Fallen


Even Ultimate Cap never decapitated a downed enemy.

Superheroes

“What’s with all the knives!?” — John Walker, aka ‘Captain America’

I felt the need to stat up John Walker, the new-then-former Captain America from ‘The Falcon and the Winter Solider’.

I got into comic books through roleplaying games. And since the Marvel games were better than the DC games, I glomed on to Marvel more. But they’re all out of print, so my go-to Marvel system is Risus: The Anything RPG. Its works for emulating movies and books and such because characters are built purely with Cliches. And TVtropes the a great source for Cliches. …


Exterior map of The Deep from Gradient Descent.

Roleplaying Games


Winning the Uncertainty Game. Turning Strategic Intent into Results with Wargaming by Daniel F. Oriesek and Jan Oliver Schwarz. The cover features a close-up image of what looks like a blue-on-black radar screen.
Winning the Uncertainty Game. Turning Strategic Intent into Results with Wargaming by Daniel F. Oriesek and Jan Oliver Schwarz. The cover features a close-up image of what looks like a blue-on-black radar screen.
Cover of Winning the Uncertainty Game.

Wargaming

“Tabletop games are exposed engineering: they don’t just let us see their nuts and bolts, they let us touch them; rearrange them. Change them.” — Brett J. Gilbert

Absolute certainty is unknowable. People can be 70% or 90% certain of a thing, but anyone that’s 100% certain of anything other than physical phenomena, like gravity, is either lying or just wrong. That said, the want for complete certainty is what sustains business book publishers. So here we are.

Winning the Uncertainty Game is written in dry-as-toast business-y language. The book is meant for execs, or at least middle managers. Gamers…


The box art for D&D Gamma World. Features a red-ish octopus woman in black pants, boots, and jacket. He holds a pistol in one tentacle while using two more to fire an energy weapon at a three-eyed rat-like creature. Her back-up is a muscular rabbit-man with a sword and armor made of street signs. They appear to be fighting in a junk yard.
The box art for D&D Gamma World. Features a red-ish octopus woman in black pants, boots, and jacket. He holds a pistol in one tentacle while using two more to fire an energy weapon at a three-eyed rat-like creature. Her back-up is a muscular rabbit-man with a sword and armor made of street signs. They appear to be fighting in a junk yard.
D&D Gamma World boxed set

Roleplaying Games

“You are playing a male Demon AI. He has curving black horns and seams where the parts all connect. He owns a cellphone earpiece, a package of fruity gum, and jumper cables. He dresses in a naval officer hat and pool noodle armour and wields a pistol.” — Gamma World Bot

This game has gone by a few names. Officially it’s D&D Gamma World, but it’s also been called “Gamma World 4e”, and “Gamma World 4th edition” because it shares D&D 4e’s rules. It’s also been called “Gamma World 7TH edition” because it’s the 7th incarnation of the game.

Gamma…


Promotional poster for Legends of Grayskull: The Masters of the Universe Roleplaying Game. The logo fills the left side of the image. The right shows a castle with a skull-shaped front in the background. Several dice are scattered in front of the castle. The sky is covered with purple spooky looking clouds.
Promotional poster for Legends of Grayskull: The Masters of the Universe Roleplaying Game. The logo fills the left side of the image. The right shows a castle with a skull-shaped front in the background. Several dice are scattered in front of the castle. The sky is covered with purple spooky looking clouds.
Promotional poster for Legends of Grayskull.

Cardboard Hollywood

A few years back Fandom acquired the Cortex Prime roleplaying game system. On the off chance you’re unaware of what Fandom is, they used to be called Wikia. They host wikis for every fandom on Earth, hence the name. Tron, Barbie, Law & Order, etc.

Cortex’s system was the foundation for several RPGs based on licensed properties. Battlestar Galactica, Serentiy and Firefly, Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, Smallville, and Supernatural all used Cortex. Buying Cortex was a fairly obvious next step in Fandom’s bid to have a stake in every IP ever. …


A death metal inspired characters sheet. The Hit Points space is a skull. Otherwise it is a simple, typical role playing game character sheet.
A death metal inspired characters sheet. The Hit Points space is a skull. Otherwise it is a simple, typical role playing game character sheet.
The metal-as-Hell character sheet for Mörk Borg.

Roleplaying Games

“the osr is a movement that exists mostly on reddit at this point and tbh they can have it”

@infinite_mao

For those of you that just joined us, OSR stands for Old School Roleplaying. It basically means anything that’s like Dungeon & Dragons. Old school is fine, but OSR-ians that think the “R” means Renaissance are insufferable. And if they pronounce it “ri - NAY - suhns” like in the UK but aren’t from the UK, doubly so.

But, for as much as I shit on OSR, I have to admit that some designers are doing interesting things with…


Large poster featuring the cast of Pacific Rim: The Black. A giant robot, Atlas Destroyer is in the background, along with two unnamed giant monsters.
Large poster featuring the cast of Pacific Rim: The Black. A giant robot, Atlas Destroyer is in the background, along with two unnamed giant monsters.
Promotional asset for Pacific Rim: The Black

Roleplaying Games

“The world is coming to an end. So where would you rather die? Here? Or in a Jaeger?”

— Stacker Pentecost, ‘Pacific Rim’

Pacific Rim is about giant robots punching monsters in the face. The main theme song, with it’s badass rock guitar opening, starts up in my head every time I see Jaegar fan art or hear rumors about a Tranzor Z reboot. It is dumb badwrongfun sci-fi at its best. I fucking love Pacific Rim.

It’s kinda bullshit that there isn’t an official Pacific Rim RPG. With Pacific Rim: The Black around the corner, there are bound to…

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