What about Northlands? A review…

Northlands is a new supplement for the Pathfinder RPG published by Open Design games. It is setting book for their Midgard campaign setting. It’s a 112 page book, including a gorgeous color map of the Northlands and the Open Gaming License in the last two pages. The book is available in print for $19.95 (which includes a PDF copy of the book) and in PDF for $9.95. Here at Stargazer’s World we received a PDF copy of the book for review purposes and being the “Pathfinder Guy” (and I love that honorific) I sat down to devour the book. Little did I know real life would conspire to distract me and make my reading of the book take a tad bit longer (work, illness and new pets tend to do that). But, as the book so aptly puts it, such is fate! Thankfully my gæfa (luck) has taken a turn for the best and here is my review of the book.

What did I think about it? I loved it! Norsemen, their legends and mythology are such integral parts of fantasy gaming that a book like this seems like a no-brainer. But traditional fantasy has appropriated these tropes, myths and images and dropped them into the stew of pseudo medieval/dark ages/ renaissance mish mash that is the typical fantasy campaign (not knocking it if that is what you like, don’t construe that last sentence as value judgment). Here is a book that presents the creatures, culture and legends of the mythical north in a way that feels authentic and filled with gaming opportunities. I heartily recommend it!

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My experiences with Fudge

The Horror of Leatherbury House Last Friday I ran my first game of Fudge. An old friend visited me and asked me to run a roleplaying game since he hasn’t played in ages. At first he showed some interest in Esoterrorists, but then he told me that he would love to play the one-page dungeon I wrote for the 2009 One Page Dungeon Contest.

“The Horror Of Leatherbury House” is a short horror adventure set into the Victorian Age that was created with Call of Cthulhu in mind but basically works with every roleplaying game.

To keep things easy I decided each player should have three attributes (Body, Mind and Soul) and a set of broad skills. Initially I intended to let the players come up with skills for their characters, but then I just used some broad skill categories from the Fudge 10th Anniversary book. Each of the players was given 15 skill levels to distribute among the skills.

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Lazy Thursday video post

As you all well know the people running this blog just love H.P. Lovecraft’s work. So it’s no surprise that I am very excited about “The Whisperer in Darkness”, a movie that should soon be available on DVD. It was created by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society which already brought us the most awesome “Call of Cthulhu” silent movie! Check out the latest trailer below!

 

 

By the way, your favorite roleplaying games blog will be on hiatus over the Easter holidays. But we’ll be back on Tuesday with more quality content! So stay tuned.

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