I remember the first time I was asked to play Dungeons & Dragons. I was a senior in high school and about to go to college when a friend of mine invited me to play D&D with some people on Saturday night. I was hesitant. I had played very few table-top RPG’s. I was not against the idea, but I knew almost nothing about it. My initial reaction to his invitation was, “but I don’t know how to play.” If I invited you to join my friends and I in a game of basketball, but you knew nothing about the sport or how to play, you might respond the same way. However, one of the greatest elements of an RPG like D&D is that it is all make believe. These are games that simulate reality in a fantasy world. You get to take actions and make decisions in a world that doesn’t exist, for the sake of entertainment. So it doesn’t really matter if you aren’t an expert! Continue reading Meeple Moments – What Does It Take to RPG?
Who doesn’t love a good scare? (Ok, so there are some people who can be complete wusses about that kind of thing, but bare with me.) And we all know some of the best scares are ones we have an active role in creating. So what better way to get the most fun out of a scare than playing a spooky RPG? You can do that very soon with Purgatory House: A Casual Horror Role-Playing Game, now on kickstarter. Continue reading Playing Around – The Pleasure of Purgatory
I am LOVING Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition. For those who don’t know, it is a hack and slash fantasy RPG video game. There are several classes that you can play, based on your preference and personality. There’s the Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Wizard, Necromancer, Witch Doctor and Paladin. I chose the Monk, of course. Now, mind you, in the time that I bought this game I was trying to finish the Uncharted series, so I was little preoccupied. Oh, then there was Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Tekken 7. Let’s just say that I realized that if I was gonna fight, why not do it with style and in search of serenity (shout SERENITY NOW here). Continue reading Irregular’s Intel – Late to the Party
Here at the Malted Meeple, one of the key things we provide our guests is a friendly and open environment. This can be challenging when a game like Dungeons & Dragons has a mythos behind it of the group of nerdy guys sitting around a table with their pocket protectors and Doritos. These games can easily seem, much like poker night, to be a time when the girlfriends or wives aren’t welcomed. Continue reading Meeple Moments – Perspective of a Female Gamer
Over the past couple of weeks you’ve heard us talk about a kickstarter for a new version of Top Secret, widely considered the first ever espionage role play game when it was released in 1980. Well this week we have an interview with the creator, Merle Rasmussen! We pick his brain over the original game and how the new version, Top Secret: New World Order, came about, plus Kylan finally gets the answer to a question that he’s wondered about for years. Listen now! Continue reading GW1 Issue 114 – It’s No Secret!
When I was in college and the Cold War was ending, but the effects were still everywhere, I participated in an unofficial game called T.A.G. – The Assassination Game. The idea was that we were all agents or assassins and each of us was given a target. You had a plethora of ways to eliminate your mark, from shooting, with a toy gun of course, to “mailing” a poison envelope. I’m not sure if anyone ever finished their mark in that way, but you get the idea. Continue reading Irregular’s Intel – You’re It!
Ever wanted to experience what it’s like to be a literal animal fighting great battles in an alternate 1930s? Want to be a freedom fighter, revolutionary or pirate? Well now is your chance with Wild Skies: Europa Tempest. Wet Ink Games has just released a digital version of the core rulebook and print versions will be available later this year. Continue reading Playing Around – Flying the Wild Skies
Do you like RPGs? Do you like history? What if I told you that there’s a game coming that allows you to not just watch history, but help to shape it too? Intrigued, you say? Continue reading Playing Around – You Say You Want a Revolution
In previous articles, we discussed some of the roles filled by players in a role playing game. Some of these roles involved combat, some involved support. Some were specialized, while others were generalized. In roleplaying games players often get to choose which roles they want to fill; that is often a luxury not available to the Game Master. Of all the people sitting at the table, it is the Game Master who often has the most responsibilities. Some of these responsibilities have nothing to do with role-playing, but they are still important. Continue reading Meeple Moments – GM Responsibilities: Beyond the Table
So after watching a lot of Food Network, I came to realize that games are a lot like food. As weird as that may sound, it’s kinda true. The easiest way to explain this is looking at a game like Kingdom Hearts not (Re:Chain of Memory). Continue reading The Gamer Geek Blog – Striking a Balance