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Quick & Dirty Tabletop Role-Playing

Rambling On: NEUROCITY

2020-08-13 Rambling R.E. Davis
Gavriel Quiroga was really cool to send me a review copy of his game Neurocity,a dystopian nightmare RPG that has recently released following a successful Kickstarter. It’s clocking in at 126 pages for the PDF, although that includes covers, a couple pages of backer names, and a few blanks that I believe are just there for layout purposes. NEUROCITY was pitched to me as PARANOIA meets Clive Barker, and I feel that is accurate and an understatement. Continue reading

NEON CITY OVERDRIVE

2020-05-12 Rambling R.E. Davis
Cut To The Chase Neon City Overdrive is a new cyberpunk rpg put out by Nathan Russell/Peril Planet (creator of Freeform Unlimited), and is available in PDF for $8. From the sales pitch from their DTRPG Listing: NEON CITY OVERDRIVE is a fast-playing RPG of cyberpunk action. With a focus on story and action, character creation is fast and the rules are intuitive. Create any kind of cyberpunk character you want and throw them into the action within minutes. Continue reading

RAMBLING ON: TRICUBE TALES

2020-01-27 Rambling R.E. Davis
I need to talk about this game, Tricube Tales by Richard Woolcock of Zadmar’s Games. There’s a lot I want to say about it, which is crazy because it’s also pretty lite and simple. Also, the damn game is free (full thing in the preview) so you can easily check it for yourself. Yeah, it’s 49 pages, but it’s using that fancy Phone PDF format so it’s really a quick read. Continue reading

Revisiting Anarchy

2019-05-13 Rambling R.E. Davis
Shadowrun: Anarchy is a title that I often call a “flawed gem” — a great game marred by poor execution. Rushed edits, a somewhat schizophrenic design (is it a core rulebook? Is it a supplement?), stretching itself thin trying to please both traditional SR veterans and newcomer storygamers. But despite all of that, underneath the rubble you can find the chassis of a slick, streamlined and adaptable dicepool system. While I’m excited to see where the Sixth World Edition is heading, I find myself slinking back into my copy of Anarchy (goblinized warts and all). Continue reading

Pamphlets, Zines, and Other Fun Things

2019-05-02 Rambling R.E. Davis
Another spotlight post of cool indie/DIY RPG stuff and other fun things from around the geek webs. The RPG Pamphlet Craze! Nate Treme (Highland Paranormal Society/ In The Light of a Ghost Star) has made some awesome pamphlet dungeons, and hosted an Pamphlet Dungeon Jam that has resulted in some incredible creations! I had received hard copies of his Temple of the Bat Serpent and The Mephitic Laboratory of the Pescamancerand was impressed with how much you could put on a standard tri-fold adventure module! Continue reading

Rambling on: In The Light of a Ghost Star

2019-01-29 Rambling R.E. Davis
Short, sweet, and to the point: **In The Light of a Ghost Star **by Nate Treme of Highland Paranormal Society is a wonderful zine-rpg that is easy to pick up and run after a quick read through. Players take on the role of martian explorers being dropped off on a dead Earth to explore its treacherous ruins filled with strange inhabitants. That’s literally all the story we have, and it’s all that’s really needed. Continue reading

Rambling on: Vieja Escuela

2019-01-20 Rambling R.E. Davis
I’m mad at myself for not blogging about this until now. In the past year or so we’ve seen a lot of cool minimalist and “OSR-Adjacent” D&D clones come out. Black Hack 2e, Untold Adventures, and Knave are a few of the ones I enjoy. But the one that stole the show is a little booklet named Vieja Escuela, a Spanish RPG that had been translated to several languages (including English). Continue reading

Review: IRONSWORN

2018-11-07 Rambling R.E. Davis

“In the Ironsworn tabletop roleplaying game, you are a hero sworn to undertake perilous quests in the dark fantasy setting of the Ironlands. You will explore untracked wilds, fight desperate battles, forge bonds with isolated communities, and reveal the secrets of this harsh land. Most importantly, you will swear iron vows and see them fulfilled—no matter the cost.

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Keep an Eye On: Against the Darkmaster

2018-07-23 Rambling R.E. Davis
I am shocked that I’m not seeing any buzz over this awesome upcoming title. Let’s remedy that. Against the Darkmaster is a game that started out as a clone/house-ruled version of Middle Earth Role-Playing and Rolemaster but has evolved into its own game. The authors list various inspirations from books by Tolkien, Brooks and Goodkind to movies from 70’s and 80’s like Dragonslayer and Krull. They even have an extensive Spotify playlist of heavy metal music and really you should just go look at their God-damned awesome looking website. Continue reading
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