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Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team.

In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games.

Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

[Kickstarter] The Veil: Cascade

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Cyberpunk is definitely one of my favorite genres. So I am always quite excited when a new cyberpunk game gets released or is being kickstarted. For some reason I totally missed “The Veil” though.

The Veil is a cyberpunk roleplaying game powered by the Apocalypse. I have to admit, while I still have some issues to grok the GM-side of things in PbtA games, I was always (and still am) very intrigued by them. Their novel approach to roleplaying makes it very easy to focus on the roleplaying. One of my best roleplaying experiences was with tremulus which definitely can’t hide its PbtA roots.

Samjoko Publishing is currently raising funds for a supplement to The Veil called Cascade, which will feature not only new playbooks but also a complete setting inspired by the novel Altered Carbon. You can also check out an art-free version of “The Veil” here.

More information about “The Veil: Cascade” can be found on the kickstarter page. The kickstarter ends in about 19 days and has already surpassed its goal of 5500 CA$.

Interview with Marc Miller

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If you are a fan of science fiction roleplaying games, then you probably know of Marc Miller. Back in the late 1970s he designed Traveller, which is without doubt one of the most well-loved scifi games out there. Last year I got in touch with Mr. Miller and asked him if he was interested in answering a couple of questions for our readers and luckily he agreed.

I have done quite a few interviews with game designers in the past, but this time it was special. As some of you may know, Traveller was the first roleplaying game I bought, and even though I played it less often than I wished, it always had a special place in my heart.

Just recently I started to read up on the history of Traveller, its ups and downs, and I also started collecting Traveller material (in print and PDF). But I still didn’t know much about its creator, his ideas and his dreams for the future of the game. So when I had the chance to ask for an interview I immediately grasped the opportunity. But I digress. Without further ado, here are our questions and his answers:

Stargazer:  Let’s start at the beginning. Could you please tell us about how you got into roleplaying games in general? What was the first game you played and what made you want to write your own?

Marc_Miller_in_2009Marc Miller: When Dungeons & Dragons came out, I was a wargame designer. In a sense, the fantasy role-playing idea was new, but in another sense, it was a familiar concept. I had done political role-playing exercises in college: model UN and model Organization of American States, and some campaign simulations.

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Kickstarter – Archive: Historical People, Places, and Events for RPGs

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Recently Tristran Zimmermann got in touch with me and let me know about his awesome new Kickstarter project: “Archive: Historical People, Places, and Events for RPGs”. The book is already written, laid out and ready to print, they are basically looking for money to fund a first print-run.

So what is Archive all about? As the name implies it’s a sourcebook for the real world, it’s places, important persons, its history. You can use it to do some research for your game set in the real world or read it as a history book. By the way, it’s a follow-up of a book he kickstarted five years ago: “The GM’s Real-World Reference“, which is available on DriveThruRPG right now. So if you are intrigued by Archive, I recommend checking it out as well.

Of course it doesn’t cover everything, but it’s a collection of articles on various persons, places and events in real-world history. In the pages of Archive you find information on the Dartmoor, the Jakarta slums, the Hinterkaifeck Murders, and Omar al-Bashir, just to name a few. I had the chance to look at an advance copy and it looks just awesome! Each article not only gives you dry facts, but also provides you with tips on how to use the event, person, or place in question in your game. The book’s layout is simple, clean and spiced up with some gorgeous photos.

If you’re a history buff, or someone running a game set in the modern world (or its history), you definitely should check Tristran’s Kickstarter out!