Die Laughing Review

Today I have another review for Nerdburger Games but this one has nothing to do with CAPERS (much as I love that game and I’m looking forward to the CAPERS Noir Kickstarter). Instead, I’m looking at a horror-comedy game by Craig Campbell called Die Laughing. It’s an ambitious game with a lot to recommend it, so let’s see what’s between the covers!

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The Mephling Plays an RPG!

Earlier in the month I was out for a little bit. Baby Grue arrived and I took family leave from work and personal leave from this blog. During that period I got quality time with the new arrival but I also had to frequently entertain Little Mephling (Grue’s three-year-old brother) and after many days of trips to various locations I wanted something quiet that we could do at the kitchen table. As always (and unsurprisingly) I thought of RPGs but even No Thank You, Evil! starts with five year olds. Tired and with nothing to lose, I pulled a dirt-simple RPG based on Cthulhu Dark out of my butt and ran with it.

It worked like a charm.

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Review of Würm

When I wrote about Upwind a few weeks ago, I mentioned the game Cairn which I called “quirky enough to be nearly unplayable.” I stand by that but I’d heard good things about Nocturnal Media before (for games like Pendragon and Belly of the Beast) that I wanted to give one of their other products a try before I crossed them off the list. Looking through their collection I saw Würm and thought, “Bingo.”

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Star Trek Adventures: Basics

A few weeks back, I posted some thoughts about Star Trek: Adventures by Modiphius and then the other day I got a semi-final copy of the pdf from them. If you’ve read through that post you know I had some concerns about the direction things might be headed and now I get to see if those were justified or not. Let’s lay in a course!

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Farflung Sci-Fi RPG

I made a really great find on DriveThruRPG the other day and thought other people might be interested. Farflung is an excellent, narrative game that combines elements of FATE Accelerated and Apocalypse World to great effect. Usually when DTRPG recommends things to me I give it a passing glance but this time I was really intrigued by what I saw and so I snatched it up.

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Harry Potter RPG

I’ve just finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. First of all, really fun book and very quick read even compared to the other works in the series (since it’s a play). Getting back into the world of Harry Potter inspired me to dig out an adaptation of the Cortex rules for the setting that I wrote a while ago and to polish them up. Now I’m passing the results on ti you!

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Ultramodern5

He’s done it again.

Chris Dias published a modern-fantasy setting called Amethyst eight years ago and it really impressed me.Growing out of that came the adaptation of the D&D 4e ruleset called Ultramodern4 which offered classes and rules for playing modern and futuristic characters with the Fourth Edition rules. The understanding of the system and the innovation of the rules were awesome and now Chris has repeated this accomplishment with Ultramodern5.

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Genelab Alpha: Character Creation

This past weekend I got my copy of the latest Mutant: Year Zero supplement, called Mutant: Genlab Alpha. It’s so new, in fact, that it’s not for public release yet; I got it back joining the Kickstarter. If you’re looking forward to this, though, you can live vicariously with me as I make a character with this new book.

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Mutant Year Zero: Character Creation, Part One

After making an Ark for Mutant Year Zero it’s about time I made some mutant “heroes” to fill it up. I use heroes in quotes because this isn’t D&D or Exalted… hell, it’s not even Eclipse Phase. The people here aren’t heroes, they’re survivors. It’s assumed from the start that they’ll do whatever it takes to keep the Ark alive. Where the line between that mission and doing “what’s right” might be the subject of a mission or two but it’s not the center of the story by any means.

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