Freebies: Heavy Gear d6

One of my favorite roleplaying games has always been the Star Wars RPG by West End Games. One of the reason why I enjoyed the game so much were the easy rules which could be explained in mere minutes. Creating a character was extremely fast as well. Just pick an appropriate template from the book and add 7D to the skills. Done!

A couple of years back, Eric Gibson, owner of West End Games, released the rules this game was based on under the OGL. The d6 System is now know as Open D6 and many fans of the system have started writing new material for the system. There are even a couple of small press publishers which have released completely new games powered by Open D6.

imageRecently I have been searching the web for fan conversions of popular games and stumbled upon an awesome Heavy Gear d6 conversion. The publisher of Heavy Gear has gratiously allowed Evan Anhorn to use their artwork for his creation, that’s why Heavy Gear d6 almost looks like a commercial product.

The 21-paged PDF contains all the rules needed to run your own campaign, but it probably doesn’t hurt if you have access to another Open D6 rulebook. I recommend picking up D6 Space from RPGNow. The conversion booklet doesn’t contain a lot of background information on the setting, so it probably makes sense to pick up the original Heavy Gear RPG as well.

imageHeavy Gear d6 comes with some tips on how to frame your campaign, an extensive list of equipment, stats for quite a few Heavy Gears, and last but not least with 18 character templates. There are also three supplements already available: Gears of the North, Gears of the South, and Gears of Peace River. Additional supplements are planned and will hopefully released soon.

Heavy Gear d6 looks like a perfect pick up and play game, especially if you’re already familiar with the Heavy Gear setting. Alternatively you can use the conversion booklet as inspiration for your own Sci-Fi mecha game powered by Open D6.

RPG Blogging 101

Back in 2011 I wrote a series of posts about how to set up and run your own RPG blog. I guess most of my advice is still valid or at least a good basis for discussion. If there’s enough interest in what I have to say about blogging, I might even continue the series someday.

Here are links to the original articles:

If you have any questions, criticism, advice, please post in the comments below!

The RPGBA is Dead! Long Live The RPGBA!

rpgba_260x200A couple of years ago, Jeff Brissette and me (actually mostly Jeff), started the RPG Blog Alliance as an alternative to the RPG Bloggers Network. The latter used a pretty outdated and ill-fitting software which was pretty hard to maintain. We thought there might be a better way to do things and Jeff decided to write a blog aggregation software from scratch.

Many people told us that they don’t think a new blog network was needed, but the success of the RPGBA proved them wrong pretty quickly. As of today the RPGBA has about 639 members. Of course not every blog is still active and not everyone posts once per day, but overall there’s still a lot of activity. So why is the RPGBA closing down?

Blog networks used to be very helpful back in the day. The RPG Bloggers Network community helped me a lot when I started this blog. It brought me readers, helpful advice and I even made some friends in the community. But nowadays social networks like Facebook or Google+ are way more important if you want to get connected to other bloggers and get blog updates out to your readers.

Another reason is that the RPGBA’s software has become the victim of several hacker attacks over the last years. Fixing the loopholes used by the hackers and repairing the damage done takes a lot of time and effort. Over time the question arised if it was still worth it. When we started out we wanted the RPGBA not only a blog aggregator but also a community. Alas the latter aspect never came to fruition.

Overall we came to the conclusion that it was probably the best to shut the RPGBA down. As far as I know it should be offline in about 2 days’ time. But some of the former RPGBA members want to keep the spirit of the RPG Blog Alliance alive on Google+. Scot Newbury created a Google+ community, everyone can join (Members have to get approved though). There we can help other RPG bloggers by sharing resources, experiences, and discuss RPG blogging in general.

So while the old RPGBA may be dead, the new RPGBA is alive and kicking and will hopefully be a great community for veteran and newbie RPG bloggers alike!

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