Oct 282007


Following my local gamers chat group I learned of a short one-shot RPG that is more than a little different called “Everyone is John”, so I tracked down more information.


Everyone is John is a humorous, competitive roleplaying game (3 or more people) about playing the various personalities of John, an insane man from Minneapolis. One participant is the GM, or, in Everyone is John lingo, “Everyone Else.” All of the other players are Voices in John’s head.

Here’s a high level summary of the rules:

He is controlled by the Voices in his head — one at a time, of course.

John is not terribly competent; he has difficulty with a lot of things that you and I might take for granted. Whenever John attempts anything that an ordinary person might have any chance of failure at, he needs to roll for success.

The Voice who is currently in control of John does the rolling. If that Voice has a skill that covers the challenge, the Voice needs to roll a 3 or higher on the single d6. If it doesn’t have a skill, it needs to roll a 6. However, before the roll, the Voice can spend any number of Willpower points to get a +1 per point spent on the die roll. This can make success automatic.

Becoming the active Voice is a bit of a challenge, though. Whenever John wakes up or gets hurt, a test for control of John happens. Also, whenever the currently active Voice fails a roll or completes its obsession, a test for control of John happens.

Link to the complete rules, enjoy. It’s a free game from Sandor at the Zoo where you can find much more.

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Oct 192007

Found this little beauty below from Musings of the chatty DM (now subscribed!) via Chatty’s My tools of the trade post.

Spell Templates

That thing you’re looking at above is a steel wire “Spell Template Radius”. On your RPG battlemap, simply place the appropriate sized wire template around your miniature to define the boundaries of a spell’s effects. They’re designed for the 1″=5 foot scale and the package comes with 3 different sized templates (10′, 20′, 40′ templates).

How geeky is that? :)

Get ‘em at Paizos.

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Sep 302007

D20 Soap

Paizo.com is offering scented soap with an actual d20 embedded in it, click the pic for a better view.

These are handcrafted soaps so each one is slightly different, not that factory made crap you’re using today. :-D

Come on now, don’t you agree that this needs to be on your holiday shopping list?

It looks like they’re on backorder now, and when you can get them you have various scents to choose from. What gamer wouldn’t want to show up for his RPG night smelling like Cucumber Melon or Sandalwood?

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Jun 182007

Pocket heroes1

iO UPG announced recently the release of Pocket Heroes, a step-by-step strategy game with RPG elements inspired by the King?s Bounty and Heroes of Might and Magic. Visit Pocketheroes.org for all the details. You can install a demo version for free but has limited maps and you can’t Save or Load a game. The full version costs just US$19.95.

Pocket Heroes is a fantasy turn-based strategy (TBS) with role-playing game (RPG) elements. It has just about everything you could need from a strategy game: a complex fantasy realm with lots of castles, monsters and heroes that can equip artifacts and fight for domination of the world.

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  • 6 races, each with its own particularities, advantages and disadvantages: Knights, Barbarians, Wizards, Warlocks, Sorceress and Necromancers.
  • 36 heroes (6 for each faction) with 4 different attributes (attack, defense, spell power and knowledge) and a total of 22 secondary skills to chose from.
  • 7 types of resources (wood, ore, crystal, fur, gems, mercury, and gold).
  • 36 creatures (and 9 neutral), each one with its special skills and abilities.
  • 4 schools of magic (earth, air, water, and fire) that include over 40 spells.
  • 73 unique Artifacts.
  • More than 68 map locations
  • 35 maps and 5 difficulty levels to measure your playing skills.

    Minimal System Requirements:

    • Windows Mobile 2003 or later
    • 5 MB free space
    • 6MB free memory
    • 240×320 touchscreen

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    Resolutions supported:

    • 240×320
    • 480×640

    Interested in other mobile strategy games? Here’s several dozen from ClickGamer.

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    Jun 172007

    Wizards of the Coast is in the process of creating its own social networking site dedicated to gamers of all kings. It’s called Gleemax and while it isn’t open yet, they’re answering some basic questions about the direction and scope of the portal.

    Appears it’ll be geared towards gamers ranging from RPGs, TCGs, board games, turn-based, miniature war games, just about any type of tabletop game you can imagine.

    Below I’ve summarized most of what’s up there to be gleaned, but if you want to check for yourself here’s direct reference links:


    About the Community:

    We want to give all gamers their own personal pages with tons of features that make it convenient to talk about games, find people to play games with, and get more out of the games they choose to play. We’re not just talking about Wizards of the Coast games either. We see this project as an investment in growing the entire strategy gamer culture.

    About the Content:

    …You can expect a ton of blogs from Wizards insiders and a real dialog between us and our fans (that would be you). And like I said before, this isn’t just about our games. It’s about all games, so you’ll be able to talk about anything you want.

    About Games:

    I don’t want to give too much away yet, but imagine an Indie Strategy Games Portal filled with the coolest independent games, vetted by us, and given the Wizards Seal-of-Approval for fun, strategic game-play. Then think about a Board Game Portal featuring classics from our Avalon Hill catalog, as well as new games we don’t even know about yet! Plus Magic Online and our original computer game Uncivilized: The Goblin Game (take a peek: www.wizards.com/goblinz). And that’s just a start.


    [Found via Treasure Tables]

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