Casual Magic: Brawl

Magic the Gathering BRAWL

Fun VS Function I am struggling to think about what this series is and could be and what use it would be for others. I certainly have a lot to say about Magic the Gathering yet I still feel woefully inadequate in my knowledge and analysis over certain topics. Okay, most topics. Over these past couple of years, I have found myself locked in a purgatory between the domains of casual and competitive play for the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Perhaps this is where everyone resides just with…

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Worlds Apart: 1d4 Con

1d4 Con

I believe the final numbers, in terms of attendance for 1d4 Con was 297. This tabletop convention held at a Holiday Inn in Martinsburg West Virginia broke their previous attendance by about 20 or so people and the organizers were ecstatic at the numbers. This sort of enthusiasm for growth is the type of thing I enjoy in conventions and even something I seek out when looking for local events that may not be so local. We drove around 2 hours to attend 1d4 Con and while the 3 day…

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Pathfinder Log (5th Entry): Temple of Disease

Temple of Urgathoa

Godslayers Okay, so the temple isn’t called The Temple of Disease. It is actually the Temple of Urgathoa who is a Varsian goddess called the Pallid Princess and represents excess and rot mostly worshiped by necromancers and evil characters. It should be noted that the Curse of the Crimson Throne campaign does not have a showdown with the diety as Pathfinder does not have characters fighting gods. Despite being superhuman killing machines, there is little in the way of characters confronting deities as the gods which preside over the world…

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Pathfinder Log (4th Entry): Seven Days to the Grave

Rules vs Fun This Pathfinder Log is my attempt to document my gaming group’s first run through the classic campaign Curse of the Crimson Throne. This is the first time my group has done a prewritten adventure and because of that everything goes hilarious. Coming from the world of homebrews and GMs that like to play loose with the rules, Pathfinder, for us, has become a great storytelling mechanism which has enough depth to keep players immersed in devices for their character. While 5E sounds like it would be perfect…

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Pathfinder Log (3rd Entry): The Dead Warrens

Pathfinder Log 3

The Curse of the Crimson Throne is a long campaign. With six chapters, the entire story begs the players to not only maximize their characters but also be engaged for an in depth narrative. The Dead Warrens is the climatic ending for the Edge of Anarchy chapter which and sends the party down into a labyrinth of tombed tunnels in search of a body of a Shoanti native. Yes, hold on, let us back up a bit. If you remember last time, the party was rounding across the rooftops of…

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The Dragon Magazine [Issues 1-5] (1976-1977)

My fascination with tabletop has always been an immersion into fantasy with the least amount of props and tools. A lapse into fantastic places with the use of dice, books, and pens which provide hours and days of entertainment over years has always been intriguing to the point of obsession. Tabletop RPGs offer the creativity, social, and introspective escapism to make it one of my premiere hobbies. As I travel further into the history of RPGS, some of my interests also lie in how this type of game emerged and…

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The Pledges of Happenstance [Playtest]

You are tasked to find the [OBJECT] of [NOUN] which is located in the [PLACE] guarded by [MONSTERS] under the rule of [BOSS] The Pledges of Happenstance was created out of both want and necessity. I wanted to play games at different places and my friends who I eventually convinced they needed to have it wherever we went. If you are like me, there is a desire to combine gaming with various social activities. While sitting at home playing at a proper table is always enjoyable, pick up games at…

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The Lost City (1982)

The Lost City

This article represents my continuation into the world of old school roleplaying games. The adventure for me has been to try to replicate, piece together, and imagine the experience of roleplaying in the 1980’s. This has been done by introducing my current play group to clones of older systems and even the preserved systems themselves. I took them last time through haunted halls with Labyrinth Lord and Stonehell Dungeon. Because most of them threatened me with bodily harm if we were to ever dive into a massive megadungeon again, I…

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INTO THE DUNGEON: Delving into Old School Tabletop RPGs

This article acts as my inauguration into the world of tabletop articles and reviews. For the past few years, I have been into playing, running, and modifying systems for a variety of tabletop play. Our editor, Brendan, asked if I wanted to start writing about my experiences. I did not know where to start, so I chose the beginning…sort of. I am sure you have heard the letters D&D and perhaps even AD&D. These stand for Dungeons and Dragons and Advanced Dungeon and Dragons. What about S&W, C&C, DCC, LL,…

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