The ChaosGrenade

Quick & Dirty Tabletop Role-Playing

Reflections on High Valor

2016-11-18 Rambling R.E. Davis
Six years ago, I had my view on gaming flipped on its head. I was at the end of a two-year 4e D&D campaign; one that saw decks of power cards, miniatures, three different desktop applications, and combat encounters that lasted entire evenings. It was clear that, while we had a blast, that the days of such bloated systems were in need of ending. We needed something lighter, more elegant, and easier to run in the fewer hours we had. Continue reading

[WHITE STAR]: 5 Quick & Dirty Supplement Reviews

2015-06-16 Rambling R.E. Davis
Today’s post is looking at five different supplements available from RPGNow, each of them no more than a few bucks. I’ve been enjoying the hell out of **White Star. **And one of the solid strengths of it is the amazing community and third-party support that is running with it. Psionics **Author: **Matthew Skail **Cost: **$1.99 **Page Count: **11 (including cover and license) _Psionics _is what it says on the tin: a psionicist class for White Star. Continue reading

WHITE STAR: A Rambling Review

2015-05-29 Rambling R.E. Davis
I have a curse where every time I say “I don’t need another OSR game!” I open up my wallet and acquire another one. **White Star **is written by James M. Spahn and released by Barrel Rider Games. The gist of it is they took the rules from Swords & Wizardry Whitebox and hacked it into their own super slick science fiction game. Now, I’m already a rabid fan of Kevin Crawford’s _Stars Without Number, _and I was hesitant to toss $10 at a lighter, simpler game. Continue reading

Sneak Peek: COVERT OPS from DwD Studios

2013-10-29 Rambling R.E. Davis
Today’s post falls on the anniversary of the BareBones Fantasy release. For those who missed out, BBF was a solid percentile based role-playing game that captured the joys and feels of traditional dungeon crawlers and fantasy games, but with very quick-playing rules and fast-paced charts that allowed you to stock your campaign world in a jiffy. (Feel free to recap with my full review.) After a very successful launch, BBF continued to be supported with a line of equal quality products that included a brush stroked campaign setting, a book of optional races, a few adventures and even a free e-zine with content provided from the community. Continue reading

Hands On Review – BareBones Fantasy

2013-05-22 Rambling R.E. Davis
A few weeks ago, I put out a request on G+ to seek out some more Creative Commons licensed tabletop games. From that post, I learned about the upcoming game BareBones Fantasy and was given an opportunity to hop in over G+ Hangouts and try out the system. I have about 3 play sessions under my belt already, have lurked for a few character generation gatherings, have spent time gabbing with Larry Moore (one of BBF’s authors)…and now I have a review copy loaded up on my phone and Nook Color that I’ve been reading over the last couple days. Continue reading
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