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I’m an Evil King in the Vow of Honor RPG

I’m way behind on posting a link to this (because again, I keep forgetting that I even have this site these days). A while back I backed the creation of a wonderful role-playing game from Sigil Stone, called Vow of Honor. It intrigued me as it really focused on the core of what I felt being a “good” character should play like in a tabletop game. In a sea of mostly-amoral gray-shaded games, it read like a breath of fresh air. As a firm believer that Lawful Good is the best of all alignments, I was hooked, and I ended up backing at a high enough level to get my own character portrait right there in the book.

And of course, being me, I had to have a villainous portrayal. Hey, I love me some LG, but I also equally love a well-done villain! Read More »

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HAMMERCRAWL! is now a full game!

It’s been a long while coming, but I’m pleased to finally announce that after much tooling around and growing dissatisfaction with games that I’ve played this process with, HAMMERCRAWL! is now being developed as a complete new game from the ground up. If you aren’t familiar with the concept, HAMMERCRAWL! started as my own home-brew method of running “classic” style D&D-based tournament pick-up games with 100% randomly-generated components. I originally meant for it to be a “method” applied to existing games, but none of the games I played quite satisfied my needs for this experiment. I got tired of shoe-horning the current popular games of the “scene” into the process, and just decided to approach the whole thing from a fresh perspective. Read More »

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Ride the SAVAGE Motorcycle-Samurai Highway!

Hello fellow Savages! A number of you have been routed this way from the Pinnacle Website, and I want to introduce myself and the new game. I’m N. Phillip Cole, creator of Motobushido, the Motorcycle-Samurai Roleplaying game. Back in 2014 I had the pleasure of sitting with Shane Hensley on a design panel at a local convention here in Portland, OR, where he was attending as one of our guests of honor. I managed to fanboyishly slip a copy of my original Motobushido game book into his hands, and shortly after he approached me about the possibility of writing a brand new Savage Worlds version of that game. Cue my head exploding of awesome! Read More »

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Savage Worlds Motobushido is Officially Seeking Playtesters!

(I posted this earlier today directly to the original Kickstarter page, but with an official announcement pending I am putting this post up as an official rally point.)

Hello folks! So a while back, I got contracted to write a Savage Worlds version of Motobushido for Pinnacle. To make a long story short, that version (three books!) is now completely written, back under my domain and direction as a licensed Savage Worlds release, and is being geared up for an actual public release. Read More »

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HAMMERCRAWL! RPG Method version 2.2 is now live

After a bit of work over the past weekend, I finally assembled a newer, crisper version of the HAMMERCRAWL! gaming method outline document. This current version is a refinement of the last blog post I wrote on the matter, taking a lot of those pieces and reorganizing them into a usable-at-the-table reference text. Like all my current and planned future work, this new document can be found on GitHub: https://github.com/nonplayer/hammercrawl

I’ll be running this again in two nights at this weekend’s upcoming Gamestorm convention here in Portland. I’d love to hear from anyone else who has read this and given it a shot, too!

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Homerules: Something Unexpected Happened Along the Way

In this post I want to share the “Random Encounters and Vistas” house rules that we use in my ongoing D&D campaign. This set of rules has crossed game editions from OD&D (using the Rules Cyclopedia) through 2nd Edition AD&D and into today’s 5th Edition D&D incarnation of this campaign. Before you say it, yes, I know, every D&D blog under the Sun has their own random encounter rules. While some groups out there find the very concept of random encounters completely anathema to their style of play, there are still dozens of approaches to the rules for groups that find them useful. That’s one of my favorite parts about this grand new digital age for my most beloved hobby: there’s any number of ways to do any one thing in your games, something for everyone and then some. So here are mine.

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Lately we’ve been playing a lot of exploration-heavy games in our main group. Be it exploring a newly-discovered southern continent in our Forthalome campaign (which I swear I will get back to some day), or traveling cross-country back in the northernmost reaches of the homeland in our Northwarde campaign, the process of The Journey has become a core focus in many of our sessions. The flow we use is in many ways similar to the “Hex Crawl” approach to gaming, albeit with a few personal twists and less of a main stage focus. For us, we always have a starting point and a destination in mind, and everything in between is largely undefined. Random encounters mixed with direct requests for improvisational player input help us flesh out all of that intervening space while also making it an active play event at the table. Read More »

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