What’s Old is New Again – A Review of Call of Cthulhu Classic

Call of Cthulhu Classic Author: Sandy Peterson & Friends Publisher: Chaosium Available Formats: PDF & Print Print – Not Available Yet My first Chaosium RPG was the boxed set of Elfquest, followed shortly by Stormbringer and Ringworld. Coming from the TSR side of the hobby, I was used to learning some very mechanically different systems— Dungeons &…

Off With Your Head – The Green Knight Movie Review

The Green Knight is a fantasy film released in July of 2021, based on the Arthurian Tale of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” At the time of this writing, it is still in some theaters and is available for streaming rental. I should preface this with a caveat—I’m pretty far from an Arthurian scholar…

Everything They Touch Rots – A Review of Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia Publisher: Del Ray / Penguin Random House Page Count: 320 Available Formats: Ebook & Print [E]verything they touch rots. Wuthering Heights meets Dracula meets The Shadow Over Innsmouth? I first heard of Mexican Gothic’s author Silvia Moreno-Garcia,  at Necromicon back in September of 2019. She was speaking at a panel on…

The Eternally Problematic Yesterday

On older Wizards of the Coast products on DriveThruRPG.com (exclusively from the TSR-era, I believe), you’ll find the following boilerplate: We (Wizards) recognize that some of the legacy content available on this website does not reflect the values of the Dungeons & Dragons franchise today. Some older content may reflect ethnic, racial, and gender prejudice that…

Ducks in A Grindhouse Fantasy Game – A Review of DUKK BÖRG

DUKK BÖRG Author: Dan Phipps, Kali Lawrie Artwork: Rob Hebert Publisher: Gem Room Games Page Count: 36 Available Formats: PDF PDF (DTRPG) – $12 Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should. – Doctor Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park So you’ve been playing Mörk…

Gaming in the Age of Enlightenment

I’m writing this article in the week before America’s Independence Day. And that has me thinking about RPGs set in a Colonial or Revolutionary America. Or during the Age of Enlightenment in general, roughly the 17th and 18th centuries. It occurred to me there’s not a bit of a dearth of RPGs set during that period….

Dune – A Novel Review

Dune Author: Frank Herbert Publisher: Ace Available Formats: Print & Audio Book Print – Price Varies A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows. To begin your study of the life of Muad’Dib, then, take care that you first…

A Lever to Move Planets: Dune RPG Review

Dune: Adventures in the Imperium Author: Nathan Dowdell, et al. Publisher: Modiphius Page Count: 339 Available Formats: PDF, Print forthcoming PDF – $19.99 Given the right lever, you can move a planet. – Dune by Frank Herbert Some twenty years ago, Last Unicorn Games acquired the license to make a Dune RPG that, alas, was…

Just Another Friday Night – A Review of Partners

Partners Author: Steve Dee Publisher: Tin Star Games Page Count: 146 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF (DTRPG) – $20.00 Print – Not Available Yet “Home Alone is a movie, not an alibi.” ~ Detective Lennie Briscoe, Law & Order She’s a forensic scientist from an alternate Imperial Rome. He’s a werecorgi tracking down ancient artifacts….

A Walk in the Woods – A Review of the Symbaroum Starter Set

Symbaroum Starter Set – Treasure Hunts in Davokar Author: Mattias Johnsson Haake, Mattias Lilja Publisher: Free League Page Count: 128 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF (DTRPG) – $9.99 Print (Free League) – $348kr (abt $41.50) Free League recently provided Rolling Boxcars with a review copy of the Symbaroum Starter Set. Having been on a bit of…