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…

A Simple Man Making His Way in the Universe

I’m just a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe. ~ Jango Fett to Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones One of the more frequent challenges I’ve heard in emulating Star Wars in RPGs is having an effective mix of Jedi and non-Jedi characters. How does…

A Twist of Faith – Religion and the Supernatural

You have forgotten the doctrine of your church, is it not so? The cross … the bread and wine … the confessional … only symbols. Without faith, the cross is only wood, the bread baked wheat, the wine sour grapes. Barlow in ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King In gaming and fiction, I enjoy seeing how…

Becoming a Master of the Victorian Era on Tuppence a Day

Having only recently begun a new Cthulhu by Gaslight campaign, I’ve found myself refamiliarizing myself with the Victorian era, specifically the late 1880s and 1890s. If you’re anything like me, the biggest challenge is not finding source material but rather knowing when to stop. It’s about learning how to inject the feel of the era, and its…

News Desk: NecronomiCon Providence to Return in 2022

NecronomiCon Providence has announced that due to the ongoing dangers from the covid-19 pandemic, their biennial weird fiction convention has been moved from its originally-scheduled August 2021 date. On their Facebook page, the organizers stated, “Why bother with the odd years when this year is already odd enough. We’re moving to 18-21 August, 2022”. Passes…

Elementary, My Dear Carter – Cthulhu by Gaslight (2012)

Cthulhu by Gaslight Author: William A. Barton, Kevin Ross, et al Publisher: Chaosium Page Count: 196 Available Formats: PDF  (Print edition is out of print) PDF (DTRPG) – $15.92 When I was first introduced to Call of Cthulhu, there were three eras of play. The classic game was set in the 1920s, Cthulhu Now took…