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World Building Is Just Window Dressing

So What Could Be More Important?

You’ve been struck with inspiration for a wonderful idea for a tabletop RPG campaign. Deities, pieces of landscape, ideas for brand new races – all of these are flashing through your mind at breakneck speed. The inside of your skull is now an incubation chamber for a continent, a planet, or even a universe. You have a clear idea of concept, of theme, of the kind of adventures that you want to run in your newfound playground.  (more…)


Tabletop Gaming Live event – London

Before we get into the article, I just want to say a huge thanks to Tabletop Gaming Magazine for issuing us Press passes for the event.

Despite the drizzly London weather, I turned up to what I believe was the second year that Tabletop Live took place. The location was the beautiful Alexandra Palace in North London. I thought it might be a smaller and more intimate version of UK Games Expo, and I was not wrong.

A single-day ticket cost £16 for an adult, £11 for a young adult and a family ticket was priced at £41 (2 Adults and 2 Young adults). Two-day tickets were a pretty good deal if you wanted to attend both days at £26 for an adult, £11 for a young adult and £66 for a two-day family ticket. During the expo, there was plenty of opportunities to grab a bargain, and there were some interesting workshops and talks, including one by Ian Livingstone CBE.

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Warhammer 40,000: Meet The Races

Warhammer 40,000 is a tabletop miniature wargame, created by Rick Priestley and produced en masse by Games Workshop. The game is essentially the sci-fi version of the Fantasy game, Warhammer. If you were ever to walk into a Games Workshop store, you can be sure that you’d be taken in by all of the craft, all of the skill and indeed all of the amazing paints. But what race would you pick? Here is a brief summary of each of the races.

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Braggart – Card Game Review

You’ve just finished a hard day adventuring; You ache and you think you may have a new rash on your leg from that last battle. You’re sure it’s nothing and take some well-earned downtime in the local tavern. Sitting around the table are some fellow adventurers. The drinks start to flow and so do the stories, it’s time for you to become the biggest Braggart.

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Urban Heroes RPG – Tin Hat Games – Intro

I found out about #UrbanHeroes from an email that hit my inbox, just before we went to UKGE. Tin Hat Games were promoting their new board game called Dungeon Digger, so I went digging into their history and found out about this superhero based RPG. The last RPG I looked at was Pugmire, which was not a full review, but rather an introductory look. By contrast, this article is a more in-depth look at the #UrbanHeroes RPG; All that I am aiming for here is an overview of the book, and how I feel about it as a person who has played a fair bit of D&D. I aim to introduce you to the “world” so to speak and give an opinion of what I think a game of it might be like.

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Roll20 Campaigns

Roll20I’ve briefly discussed the website Roll20 on here in the past, but I’ve never looked at the system for running or playing on a campaign. Recently, I have been getting involved in a Numenera campaign with some friends. Whilst I won’t be showing anything that’s happening from that campaign, I will show you what Roll20 does and how you can make the most out of the amazing tabletop platform.

Roll20 was designed to allow people across the world to have a virtual tabletop. Unlike Tabletop Simulator, Roll20 aims to provide an easy way to integrate your camera and microphone, as well as an environment fit for running an RPG campaign. It’s used by tens of thousands of people and the community is really buzzing, full of wonderful campaigns and rooms ready for people to jump right into.

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To play a game in Roll20, you have two main options: Form a group with your friends, as you would in real life and have one of them be the DM, or use the Looking For Group system. This matchmaking system simply allows you to find and select a game to go and join. Of course, DMs can decide not to put their game on the LFG system, so it’s not like you’ll always be running a campaign and some random person shows up!

Okay, but what about for the DMs and the players? Thankfully, whenever you need to do a roll, you can do this within the Roll20 Campaign itself, by simply going to the chatbox and typing in /r d20. That will roll one 20-sided dice, which is useful to know, but as you can imagine, just rolling one 20-sided dice alone isn’t particularly useful. Instead, you can do combinations of things such as /r 5d6 to roll five 6-sided dice. It’s an intuitive system and you can have 3D dice appear on your screen to accommodate it, should you want so see something physically rolling. You can also make macros of your spells and abilities. For example, if I said I wanted to use Firebolt, which was 2d8 with a 50% chance of burning, I could have it so my character says out loud: Firebolt! Rolls 2d8 and immediately after rolls a d2. This speeds up the flow of gameplay, allowing you all to focus more on the story.

Calculations

I rolled a few too many…

In the world itself, you can build up your campaigns by managing the three layers: Tokens, Maps and Tiles, Portraits and there’s also an Everything option. This allows you to search the internet for specific things. For example, in the campaign I’ve been building as an example, you’ll see Pikachu and Dugtrio standing on Kanto. The Kanto map was put into the Maps and Tiles slot, whereas the Pikachu and Dugtrio are on the Tokens layer.

It’s very possible for DMs to set up the whole game before it becomes available. Do you see the Meowth just above Pikachu, who is somewhat transparent? He’s like that because he’s on the DM layer, a way for a DM to set up a game before his party comes to play. When that Pesky Pikachu comes just close enough, Meowth will emerge from the shadows and start off a Pokemon battle… I mean RPG battle.

Epic Battle

Not only this, you can put music in your game, to make it that much more epic. Of course, for this Pokemon themed adventure staring Pikachu who wants to go and defeat the infamous Dugtrio trio (How do I ever think these things up?) I chose a battle theme absolutely befitting this situation…

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Along with this, you can build up characters, including their character sheets, so the game itself can reference these characters. It’s particularly useful to build up your characters before you start playing, as otherwise you’ll have to make them when playing your campaign: and no body wants to sit there and wait for you. Whilst an impromptu character is of course different, if you have main characters, prepare them before your campaign starts and the whole experience becomes seamless and almost interruption free. Unless you’re like me and you happen to keep playing music at people…

Create Campaign

Okay, so I’ve given you a rather cheesy look through the Roll20 system. You can add music, you can add materials and now thanks to the way they’ve continuously developed the system, you can choose from the start a template for your campaign. This means you can build a game off another game, or you can just use the free template character sheets. You select all of these extra options back when you’re making the campaign.

To see more with Roll20 please do go and check it out for yourself – It’s free to use, but you get more features such as the powerful scripting API, if you become a mentor or a backer at some level. it seems that since I last wrote about Roll20, there have been numerous things added in (Such as the built in character sheets, for one!) It’s apparent to me there is a great community behind Roll20 so please check out the wiki for more information on using it. Do you use this service? What do you think about doing a tabletop RPG over the internet? As always, please put your comments below, over on Facebook or Twitter and let us know what you think of this awesome web platform.

 


Kickstarter Highlight – Tabletop Towns Sci-Fi Tiles

Do you like Sci-Fi?

Do you like tabletop gaming?

Do you like tabletop gaming with tiles as a visual way to represent your worlds? Then look no further, welcome back to Kickstarter Highlight.


 

Tabletop Towns – SciFi Tiles Phase One

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What is it?

Those of you who have been reading this website for a while will be aware of one of our longest standing series of 2014, the Kickstarter Highlight series. It was during the duration of the highlight posts that we found out about Julian G Hicks, a guy who was producing some sci-fi storage containers for his soon to be launched Tabletop Towns tiles.

He’s back once more with Phase One of his Sci-Fi Tiles Kickstarter Campaign, which you can check out here. This time, he was after just £950 which he has already passed at nearly £1250 as of the time of writing.

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These are simply double-sided 3″ square plasti-card floor plan tiles. That might sound like a lot of gobbledegook at first, but basically these are 3″ by 3″ square tiles which are used as floor plans for your tabletop RPG campaigns and skirmishes. Being double sided and with all of the different tiles and products within the Tabletop Towns repertoire, you can truly begin to imagine this is going to become a large range of products for Tabletop Towns.

Heck, what if you just wanted to design your own game and wanted a visual way to design it? These would give great visual feedback for the novice game designer, so it’s worth noting how these could have more uses than first meets the eye.

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What do they need funding for?

Well the £950 the creators were requesting were to guarantee the first production-ready print run of these tile sets. The money will also be going towards paying for the art that is on the tiles.

It’s a really small ask for some really beautifully presented tabletop campaign tiles.

What are the backer rewards?

  • Pledge £18 or more

    Single: set of 24 scifi geomorphs, doublesided plus 12/18 door strips

    Pledge £33 or more

    Single+: set of 24 scifi geomorphs, doublesided plus 12/18 door strips
    Plus set of 8 Hab Units with wraps and windows

    Pledge £35 or more

    Double: Double set of 24 scifi geomorphs, doublesided plus 12/18 door strips
    48 3″ square tiles

    Pledge £59 or more

    Quad: Quad set of 24 scifi geomorphs, doublesided plus 12/18 door strips
    96 3″ square tiles

    Pledge £60 or more

    Double+: Double set of 24 scifi geomorphs, doublesided plus 12/18 door strips
    48 3″ square tiles
    Plus set of 16 Hab Units with wraps and windows

    Pledge £99 or more

    Quad+: Quad set of 24 scifi geomorphs, doublesided plus 12/18 door strips
    96 3″ square tiles
    Plus set of 32 Hab Units with wraps and windows

    Pledge £110 or more

    Reseller Single X10
    Single: set of 24 scifi geomorphs, doublesided plus 12/18 door strips

    Pledge £200 or more

    Reseller Single + X10

    Single+:  set of 24 scifi geomorphs, doublesided plus 12/18 door strips
    Plus set of 8 Hab Units with wraps and windows

Hopefully this gives you a small idea as to the sorts of products the Tabletop Towns Kickstarter Campaigns will be delivering in future. Have you ever used tiles for your tabletop campaigns? Have you pledged towards these campaigns in the past?

As always, please leave your comments below, or over on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll see you all next time for another creative Kickstarter Highlight!


D&D 5th Edition – Monster Manual

This Tuesday I got hold of my copy of the new Monster Manual, quite literally as soon as it was delivered to my local games shop. The Monster Manual (MM) is a catalogue of creatures that can be used in Dungeons and Dragons campaigns and is the second book that comprises the “core set” essential to play, although truth be told an experienced DM could start running a full game right now, especially as your players have now had a month to play around with the Players Handbook that I reviewed shortly after its’ release.

Now let me be absolutely clear here. I’ve made no small issue of how much I love this edition, and I really tried not to gush too much over the PHB, clearly that didn’t work out very well. I also love Monster Manuals. The first ever game of D&D I played I was thrown in at the deep end and asked to be the DM, and after a quick flip through the 3.5 edition PHB and Dungeon Masters Guide I found myself flipping gleefully through the collection of Monster Manuals I’d been presented with. Now my actual role-play chops were pretty weak back then, and combat was one hell of a beast to get to grips with I’ll admit, but as I leafed through the fantastic menagerie a world of possibilities opened up for me.

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Kickstarter Highlight – Tabletop Towns

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Do you like Tabletops?

Do you like Towns?

Do you want to have Towns on your Tabletops!? Urgh, what is this… Yes, welcome back it’s time for another innovative Kickstarter Highlight and this week, we’re eerily ahead of schedule. No, really – Carry on my dear reader.

 

Tabletop Towns – Hab Units


What is it?

Whenever you play a tabletop war game, you tend to get sucked into a world filled with these colourfully painted units. This is a world that has been expertly crafted by the war game you’re playing and presented in handouts, via books, tokens, you name it.

Sometimes however, we want more and we want a lot more. We want to experience the best the world has to offer us and in tabletop gaming, we basically still only have our imaginations to go by, which is a great thing. But how about having a build-able town for your tabletop campaigns? A chance to be able to customise your very own environment? Perhaps you’re a war-gamer and you want to have something for your tabletop war games without paying over the odds for some pre-made buildings? How about the humble role player who’s looking to add a splash of extra into their tabletop environment during the campaign?

Tabletop Towns is just that. They’re “towns” you can piece together to create a visual aid for your stuff. They are also container units, so double up as a flat-packable storage unit of sorts. Pretty neat-o! Tabletop Towns has been around on Kickstarter before with 3 previous campaigns, all of which were successful. This time, they are offering their Hab Units as a kickstart-able product.

 

How much are they looking for and what are the rewards for backers?

See, I somehow caught this one on Twitter before the Kickstarter Campaign went live. I just loved the idea and thought it’d be great to share this one with you all.

 

It’s an exciting little project, with what promises to be a relatively inexpensive finished product. I can’t wait to see the full Kickstarter Campaign. I will update this post come the time we have information on how much they are pledging for as well as the rewards.

UPDATE

We’ve actually seen that the campaign is now live! Hurrah!

Here are the tiers and rewards:

 

  • Pledge £1 or more

    Supporter – You like our work and want to support us but do not want any of the rewards. Or maybe you want to see how this develops? Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

    Pledge £20 or more

    Standard set of 8 Hab units, 4 Pointed pieces, 4 Barriers and 4 panel wraps ============================= Approx $33 ============================= Free shipping to UK USA Europe ============================= Rest of world add £4

    Pledge £34 or more

    Double set of 16 hab units, 8 Pointed pieces, 8 Barriers and 8 panel wraps ============================= Approx $55 ============================= Free shipping to UK USA Europe ============================= Rest of world add £6

    Pledge £55 or more

    Super set of 32 Hab units, 16 Pointed pieces, 16 Barriers and 16 panels wraps ============================= Approx $90 ============================= Free shipping to UK USA Europe ============================= Rest of world add £8

 

The project is looking for just £4,395. The money will be going towards the actual printing of these awesome little hab units. The hab units can be used to build your very own sci-fi themed props for your war-games. Heck, if you wanted to add these into a role play, then I’d say these would make a great addition to those, too.

This is their standard set, which looks awesome!

At just 3″ square and just 2″ high, plus the fact these are flat-packable units, these are ultra portable and ultra useful little props for your games. Go ahead and back them!

What do you think about this project? It seems the creator has got some great credentials on his back to make this a reality. Would you use these Tabletop Towns in your tabletop games? What kind of games would you use them for? As always, let us know in the comments below.

Until next time, this has been another exciting (although actually pre-emptive) Kickstarter Highlight!