Sunday, 21 August 2016

Whaddya mean ''What's the beggar's name?'' 2016-08-21

Unless you've been living under a rock, I doubt anyone out there has not heard about DrivethruRPG or RPGNow. And we've all surfed thru their inventory of cool stuff and been able to benefit from one or more of their awesome sales.

What you may not be aware of is a category of products that can make the life of any GM easier, whether it's prepping for the game or during the session.

I'm talking about is pre-made lists of names for people (male and female, orcish, elven, japanese, persian,...), places (taverns, castles, towns,...), things (ships, potions, merchant goods, etc), and even some stuff that could be found randomly in someone's pocket. Usually all you need is a d100 roll for most of them.

You can either print them out, of keep them as PDFs and refer to them on your PC, iPad or other tablet.









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As a bonus review, since I mentioned viewing these PDf documents on tablets, I want to mention a great app for iOs.


Goodreader is an excellent tool for reading those setting books you downloaded. Flip thru pages easily, zoom in and out, and you can open multiple PDFs simultaneously. Tap the middle of the screen and the tool menus dissapear (as if by magic, ;) ). Tap it again to make it reappear.


It also allows you to organize your documents, change their names, place them in folders, and of course delete them as needed.



Another great little app for the Game-Master or Player on the go, who doesn't want to throw his back out carrying a metric ton of books around. But only for Apple products. 


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You can always reach me for ideas, suggestions or comments at
bignastydragon@gmail.com

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Monday, 15 August 2016

All Rolled Up - 2016-08-15


Hello again fellow gamers. This week I want to shine the spot light on a small company in the United Kingdom that has been creating a really neat product that can be very useful when you have to travel to your next gaming session. The couple behind this amazing idea, Fil and Paul Baldowski are very talented and passionate about what they do. They simply refer to their dice bags as ''ARU''.




It can easily hold your sizeable collection of dice, tokens, pens and pencils as well notes pads. All of it can be rolled up and tied up for easy carrying. They even have ''Tiny ARU''.


They have many colours, patterns and style to choose from as well as some that have patterns based on movies, TV shows, and some anime.




They also make and or carry accessories such as dice trays, fasteners, card boxes, etc. And they recently added a new line of gaming accessories that all gamers love:
''Dice from the Q Workshop ''


I've bought a few ARU for myself (the first two pictures are my own ''Red Dragon'' ARU), as well as a couple of them for friends, so they make great gifts. So far, their delivery delay has been quite short, even though the Atlantic ocean separates us.

Speaking of gifts, they also offer gift certificates of whatever amounts you prefer. All in British pounds of course.


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You can always reach me for ideas, suggestions or comments at
bignastydragon@gmail.com

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Monday, 8 August 2016

Come here, I have something to ''Apps'' you. 2016-08-08

Come here, I have something to ''Apps'' you.

In this age of technology that includes the smart-phone and the tablet, both of which allows us to stay connected to each other and to all the information now available on the world-wide-web, no matter where we are, it can be a source of distraction, but it can also be a great tool at the gaming table.

So today's article is all about the ''Apps''. And as a GM, I appreciate stuff that can help me when the players go off the rails. What's the name of the innkeeper? You just captured an orc, and you want to know his name too? I thought you'd just kill them all. OK give me a second.

* Names for RPG * has a free and ''no-ads'' version and can suggest names of the standard fantasy races as well as names inspired by real-Earth cultures (Japanese, Greek, etc).

* Fantasy Names * also generates names similar to the app above but the list seems more limited, but still useful.

* D&D Names Generator * can be used for more than just the most popular RPG in the world and is free.

Fantasy Name Generator * is another app I like, but unlike the previous apps, this one will supply you with names for Dungeons, Pubs, Castles, Lands & Seas.

* Savage Worlds Dice Roller * Yes, there is an app for that RPG system too. It can add the Wild Die and the Acing features of course. You can set many of the modifiers applicable to the situation (Cover, Wounds, Range, etc). It does not have pretty animated dice, but it is free.

* Star Wars Dice * At 6.99$ you had better think twice about getting this one. If you plan on playing any of FFG's Star Wars games (RPGs or Tactical games), then it's worth every imperial credit. The graphics are amazing, the controls simple.

The last app I want to talk about is * Dice & Dragons * I have used this one while I was playing a Wizard in my friends Pathfinder game. It certainly helped when she was at level 10+ and flinging fireballs and chain lightning. You can set the number of damage, modifiers, such as for magic missiles. 

If you're fighter, you can also enter your attack bonuses for your various attack (standard, power attacks, etc). I used the ''attack'' modifier option as her spellcasting roll to overcome Spell Resistance, if applicable. So customization is possible, and you can set up multiple characters in memory if you're playing in more than one campaign and store those ''attacks/actions''.

The animation is really good and you can add audio effects. It also allows you to choose what your dice look like, many of them are free, but you can buy more, flaming dice anyone.



This is by no means a complete list of apps, as there are quite a lot of them out there, with more coming out now and again I'm sure, so I have barely scratched the surface. 

Let me know what other apps you use. Or tell me what you think of the one's I've mentioned above.




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Monday, 1 August 2016

1st Post - 2016-08-01

Greetings to all fellow Dorks out there. 
Stephen Dragonspawn here.


I am starting a new blog here with the goal of highlighting various items, accessories, supplements and resources that can make the gaming session easier, faster and/or more fun. I'm always looking for different things that make my life easier when running an RPG game, or cool stuff that you can bring to the table. And I will strive to find and discuss things that can be applied to as many genres, settings, periods, and rules systems. 

And let me clarify one thing before I continue, I am not being compensated, nor sponsored by any company or publisher. I try to remain unbiased, to offer constructive criticism or comment where needed, as well as some useful advice to my fellow RPG players and GMs.


Ideas and suggestions from you are welcome, if you use certain things in your game and would like to share it with the RPG Community, please email me at bignastydragon@gmail.com.

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So without further ado, I will begin this blog with my very first Gaming Tool suggestion.


PINTEREST



This is a great source of ideas and visual aids for any campaign setting, and I have been using it for a few years now for both RPG purposes and for non-gaming related things too. I'm sure that many people have heard about it but may have not thought of using it for their gaming hobby, even if they have hard or read about it. How many times have you wished that you had a specific image, but maybe you forgot where you saw it, or what you've got on hand is not quite what you're imagining. That, and you don't quite have the artistic talent, or the time to create what you want to show the others at the table.

In a nutshell, this is what Pinterest is all about:

''Pinterest is a free website that requires registration to use. Users can upload, save, sort, and manage images—known as pins—and other media content (e.g., videos) through collections known as pinboards. Pinterest acts as a personalized media platform. Users can browse the content of others in their feed. Users can then save individual pins to one of their own boards using the "Pin It" button, with Pinboards typically organized by a central topic or theme. Users can personalize their experience with Pinterest by pinning items, creating boards, and interacting with other members. The end result is that the "pin feed" of each user displays unique, personalized results.''




You can access Pinterest of course online on the computer (duh! I know), or thru their app for smartphones and tablets.




I myself have created various boards and pinned many images that interest me and/or that wanted to use for my games. And since I've been playing more and more VTT sessions rather than tabletop, Pinterest is a great way to get those images and upload them to your VTT of choice and show my players what they encounter or their surroundings.




And you can keep things organized by as many categories as you wish. By settings (Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, etc), by item (monsters, buildings, maps, etc). 


So go out there and start ''pinning''