Friday, March 27, 2015

Tommy's Take on High Strung

This is one of those that I was dying to read when it was announced: An RPG about playing members of a rock band, by the guy that made an RPG about playing members of a baseball team.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tommy's Take on Attack of The Buzz, Evolution of Apex and The White Knight and the AMP Year One Giveaway!

A trifecta of short reviews today, all AMP adventures, and then we announce the AMP giveaway winners! I'm pumped. You have no idea how much I LOVE doing giveaways.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Half-Dozen Heroes: AMP Year One

So I haven't done this in a while, but I decided to do an installment of Half-Dozen Heroes, in which I have created six PCs for AMP: Year One, just to show off the system and options just a little bit.

Sound good? Right-click on the character sheets to blow them up.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Six Questions with Eloy Lasanta

Eloy Lasanta took the time to answer six questions from me about AMP: Year One, AMP: Year Two and Third Eye Games in general. And don't forget, the Year One giveaway is still going on!

I'm not a very good interviewer, but I thought something fairly short and to the point could be nice here.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Tommy's Take on AMP: Year One

As you may or may not have heard, I'm running a giveaway over here for AMP: Year One while AMP: Year Two is on Kickstarter. You should enter that giveaway, unless you already own AMP. If, for some reason, you are on the fence about an RPG I am giving away, I am here to let you know what's inside and my impression of those contents.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

AMP: Year One Giveaway and Year Two Kickstarter plus Fabled Environments and Connect Dice!

Todays blog post is about three Kickstarters and a sweet (if I do say so myself) giveaway.

Last year, Third Eye Games released AMP: Year One, their supers game set at the dawn of the rise of people with powers, called AMPs. The inspirations draw heavily from shows like Heroes, movies like Push and, of course, The X-Men (which heroes borrowed liberally from, so that makes sense). This is a setting in which powers are new and different and scary, and some people are embracing the change and others are looking out for themselves. The book, in addition to all the core rules, contained the Year One (2015) timeline for the setting.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tommy's Take on Packs!

Games with animal characters certainly aren't unique, but Packs!, an upcoming English translation (and Savage Worlds adaptation) of a German RPG, features the players playing as rats, competing for survival in the Ratlair, an abandoned department store.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Two More Good Causes (and How You Can Help)

So, the good news is that the bundle from Tuesday to raise money for Tammy Mansfield's funeral expenses has already been pulled, because the bundle actually hit the goal they needed to cover her expenses, and all thanks to the generosity of gamers (consumers and publishers alike).

Unfortunately, the gaming community has been rocked with more tribulations:
Persephonee Banks

Aaron Huss of Roleplayer's Chronicle and Mystical Throne Entertainment is trying to raise money to assist a very close friend who just suffered the absolutely crushing loss of his 5 1/2 month old daughter Persephonee. I read the story and it absolutely kills me. I have three children of my own and the thought of losing one of them is unfathomable to me.

Aaron has assembled an amazing RPG bundle (though that's not really the point), to help the Banks family through this most trying time. Accursed, Shadowrun 5th Edition, Necropolis 2350, Lowlife, even the War/World of the Dead series that I had the pleasure of working on. Fantastic products, $20, a kind gesture for a family that is facing the worst kind of Hell right now.

You can find the bundle here and read Persephonee's story here.

The d20 community is rallying around one of their own as well, Joe Flores. Joe has been diagnosed with a hereditary liver defect that has given him cirrhosis. He now needs a liver transplant, and the great people at are hosting a big bundle, with the proceeds going to Joe's GoFundMe account. $10 for $110 worth of product.

If you can, help. If you can't, spread the word to people who can.


And I promise I'll try to get back to the business of reviewing RPGs next week, but I believe that this stuff is important, and if I can help get that word out, I should.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Tragic Situation And A Call To Arms

The larger roleplaying game community tends to do a pretty good job of pulling together when it needs to, and word came out recently that an acquaintance of mine suffered a horrible, horrible tragedy.

On February 18th, Jonathan M. Thompson of Battlefield Press suddenly lost his girlfriend Tammy Mansfield. He is currently struggling to gather the funds to pay for her funeral expenses. Well, a number of wonderful gaming industry professionals pulled together and donated product to a charity bundle to raise money for the expenses:

One of our own suffered a Critical Hit recently, and this bundle is our way of trying to give him a hand up.

Jonathon Thompson, owner of Battlefield Press, lost his girlfirend a few days ago to an unexpected heart attack. Not only is this a devastating blow, but it is also an extremely expensive one. We're going to help soak up some of that damage.

Almost $400 dollars worth of fantastic gaming products for a mere $30! From Shaintar and Suzerain to the world of the Tarnished Souk, and Tunse'al there are realms and adventures and add ons guaranteed to kick your game up a notch. Just take a look at the companies that have come together in suport of Jonathn in his time of need:

Stygian Fox, Savage Mojo, Rite Publishing, Rogue Genius Games, Miskatonic River Press, DSL Ironworks, Arc Dream Publishing, Applied Vectors, Obatron Productions, and Evil Beagle Games!

The entirety of the royalties from this bundle will help defray the unexpected costs of Tammy's funeral.

So grab a bundle, step up your game, and help one of our community through a really rough patch. How can you lose?

You can find that bundle here:

Additionally, Brandon Blackmoor has said that anyone who provides proof of purchasing this bundle can receive a free PDF of his superhero RPG, Bulletproof Blues.

Additionally, the Amarillo Design Bureau has released a special edition of their Prime Directive d20 Modern rulebook, whose proceeds are also going to assist Jonathan with his girlfriend's funeral expenses.

Some great deals on some great games for a great cause. Let's help a guy out.