Safe Harbor In A Sea of Darkness – Planar Compass #1

Planar Compass #1 Author: D.M. Wilson, Sarah Brunt Publisher: Planar Compass Page Count: 60 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF (DTRPG) – $6.99 Print/PDF Combo (Exalted Funeral) – $15.00 Planar Compass Issue One, published in Autumn 2020, is singularly focused on providing readers with new content for the Old-School Essentials roleplaying game. Issue One features…

What’s in the Box? – A Look at the Tales From the Loop RPG Starter Set

Tales From the Loop RPG Starter Set Author: Simon Stålenhag, Nils Hintze, Tomas Härenstam Publisher: Free League Page Count: 48 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF (DTRPG) – $4.99 Print – $30.00 Starter Sets harken back to the 1980s. They served as an inexpensive entry point and provided a simple, streamlined way for new players to…

Little Orange Books – Hidden Hand of the Horla

T:1 Hidden Hand of the Horla Author: R.J. Thompson Publisher: Appendix N Entertainment Page Count: 24 Available Formats: PDF/Print PDF (DTRPG) – $5 Print (white cover; Exalted Funeral) – $10 Over the past few years, small publishers have embraced the “zine” format with the advent of campaigns like Kickstarter’s ZineQuest—there’s been a revival of this…

Rediscovering the Past – Against the Darkmaster

Against the Darkmaster Author: Massimiliano Caracristi Publisher: Open Ended Games Page Count: 576 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF (DTRPG) – $24.99 Print (Publisher Site) – $65.00 In the ’80s and ’90s, Middle-Earth Role Playing (MERP) was certainly popular in some gaming circles—enough so to warrant two editions. Some enjoyed the Middle Earth setting and…

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….

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…

Don’t Forget Your Protractor — Delta Force: Terror At Sea

Terror At Sea Author: William H. Keith, Jr. Publisher: Task Force Games Year Published: 1986 Page Count: 48 In 1985 the Italian cruise ship MS Achille Lauro was hijacked by armed terrorists representing the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) off the coast of Egypt as the ship made its way to Port Said, at the mouth…

Taking Hostages and Making Demands—Delta Force: America Strikes Back! RPG

Delta Force: America Strikes Back! The role-playing game of an elite anti-terrorist commando unit Author: William H. Keith, Jr. Publisher: Task Force Games Year Published: 1986 Starting from the late ’60s to the early ’80s, death and injury due to international terrorist attacks skyrocketed. The death toll in 1968 from terror attacks was just over…