Posts in “Pen and Paper RPG”

Roleplaying vs. Roll-playing – Pen & Paper RPGs Part III

When it comes to sitting around the table with your chums for a pen-and-paper session, there are precautions you will want to take before you get your campaign in gear.  Pen-and-paper games are supposed to be fun, cooperative ventures.  Nothing is worse than seeing friendships crumble, arguments erupt, or game sessions end over mismatched expectations.  This week’s column will help you spot these common pitfalls and roll a natural 20 in avoiding them. Read On »


posted August 19, 2012 - 8:07 am in Gaming, Pen and Paper RPG by

Dread – Pen & Paper RPGs Part II

If you’re a veteran of pen and paper games  who wants to try something exciting, a new player who wants to dabble in the shallow end of the pool before diving into more complicated systems or a player who is returning to the table after a long absence, Dread is the perfect game for you. Dread is a horror game with unique mechanics and character creation that will lead to tense and brutal gaming sessions.  It is one of the few titles that can only be played in person, and when done well it will leave you with an experience you’ll be talking about for years.  Interested?  Read on to find out how the dizzying depths of Dread will shake you up more than any game of Dungeons and Dragons. Read On »


posted August 5, 2012 - 8:00 am in Gaming, Pen and Paper RPG by

Roll the Bones – Pen and Paper RPGs Part I

Harman J. Peterson had only been a vampire for a year, but within the space of a week he found himself bound up in the slimy politics of the Camarilla. He had been a government man all his life, so oddly enough, he was right at home wheeling and dealing over DC with the undead.  Today though, he was a little unmatched.  He showed up to a game of Baccarat to try to bargain with the local fat cats, maybe get them to realize that the Sabbat clan weren’t their buddies at all.  He wasn’t expecting Solomon Hurst, head of the Sabbat, the butcher of Baltimore, to be on the other side of the table.  Hurst ruled the Sabbat, and he wanted to reign over DC too.  He was charismatic enough to convince the local politicians that a rule under undead tyrants who believed men were but meals would be best for them.  Harman knew that he’d be in for the fight of his life.

The situation laid out above sounds absolutely insane. Vampires?  DC?  Camarilla and Sabbat?  Does anyone even play Baccarat anymore?  But you have to admit, there’s a certain appeal there, a danger, a je ne sais quoi.  Welcome to tabletop pen and paper roleplaying. Read On »


posted July 22, 2012 - 8:02 am in Gaming, Pen and Paper RPG by