Welcome to our second full session of Actual Play Old School RPG! Join our team of intrepid adventurers as they take on Orcs and Ogres using Palladium's Fantasy RPG, 1st Edition. In this episode - we begin to record just as a nasty thunder and lightning storm moves through! We rescue the salty mouthed innkeep,... Continue Reading →
There’s something powerful about writing by hand. It resonates with an intimacy barren from a computer. It evokes imagery of declaratory signatures, illuminating manuscripts, and wax seals. Handwriting is so primal. Much can be told from one’s handwriting. When the message is fed to a machine, the life is sucked out. The machine acts like... Continue Reading →
This is part of my ongoing series that dissects early D&D and builds a simplified system out of it. Original D&D has three classes: Fighting-Man, Magic-User, and Cleric. Basic D&D has seven: Clerics, Dwarves, Elves, Fighters, Halflings, Magic-Users, and Thieves. The division in OD&D is simple: fighting-men bash things, magic-users are physically weak but use... Continue Reading →
This past week I downloaded Red Dead Redemption for my Xbox 360. Each hour spent tapping X, Y, A, and B taught lessons, which great wargames should emulate. In my brief time with riding through the wild west gathering flowers, killing outlaws, and playing poker I glimpsed behind the game design curtain. Some of the... Continue Reading →
When I first read Ben’s article, “Thinking in the old school – a philosophy of role playing” my initial reaction was “who wants to play games where the rules can change without notice?” Then I spent time digesting his words and I came to a realization. It is possible to blend new and old school... Continue Reading →
Not too long ago TC’s tech visionary Scott turned me on to this wonderful document - A Quick Primer for Old School Gaming by Matthew J. Finch. I’d highly recommend you read this, whether you gamed in the golden age of RPGs or picked up your first d20 yesterday. It goes a very long way... Continue Reading →
Thanks to the diligent and hard work of Scott, our technical vizier and GM, we'll have three new episodes of the OSAP podcast coming to you in the somewhat near future. Scott is diligently editing Episode 6 at the moment, with Ep 7 and Ep 8 not that far behind. As always, this podcast will... Continue Reading →
Over the past few days I was able to sit down with my two daughters, Izzie (aged 8) and Luca (aged 5) to talk about their gaming experiences, and what our semi-weekly gaming nights looked like through their eyes.
In this episode, we encounter more orcs than you can shake a pointed stick at. We uncover a potential enemy in a human who appears to be scheming with those same orcs. We also uncover a lot of beds, finding only dirty linens. Our GM is viciously attacked by an 8 lb. house cat. Lastly, we meet our match in a human/orc mixed group who manage to kill one of our own. And we get rich.