Who is Khairul Hisham?

Who is Khairul Hisham?

Date : July 2, 2018
Khairul Hisham is a gamer geek living and working in Malaysia’s northernmost state, Perlis. In addition to his work as a freelance illustrator for the gaming industry, Hisham works hard as a university academic, using roleplaying games to teach. And he’s the most kickass Star Wars gamemaster I know.     Today, Hisham works at the Centre for International Languages of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP).   Hisham is an important...
Cardgame Review : Vangorro (2017)

Cardgame Review : Vangorro (2017)

Date : June 19, 2018
Vangorro is a complete, two-player fantasy battle card game from local game creator Max Tong. Last year, at the age of 10, Max became possibly the youngest published tabletop game designer in Malaysia with the first release of Vangorro, subtitled “Warriors VS HobNogs.” Max illustrated the various heroes and monsters of Vangorro himself, and designed the game with help from his father, Sim Tong.   I almost missed the Vangorro...
Birthday: The Gathering @ 25C Art & Hobbies

Birthday: The Gathering @ 25C Art & Hobbies

Date : June 5, 2018
I recently met up with a few gaming buddies to celebrate my birthday at 25C Art & Hobbies. We hadn’t met up in a while, as life has a tendency to get busy these days. This was an opportunity to catch up, eat pizza, and play boardgames!     Let them eat cake… We reserved one of the smaller rooms available at 25C. From left to right: Darren, Ivan, Vin...
Who is Ben Chong?

Who is Ben Chong?

Date : May 6, 2018
Ben Chong is one of the Good People. If you’ve been to a major tabletop gaming event in the last couple of years, there’s a good chance he was there. From Kotakcon 2.0 in 2016 to the #KakiTabletop North Tour and Free RPG Day, and even at the Maelstrom LARP, Ben Chong is a (literally) towering presence on the gaming scene.       Who is Ben Chong? What was...
Maelstrom LARP 2.5

Maelstrom LARP 2.5

Date : October 24, 2017
Maelstrom LARP 2.5, a one-day live-action roleplaying (LARP) event, took place on 15 July 2017. Once again, our local live-action gamers ventured into the lush green environment of Sungai Chongkak Park and Resort in Hulu Langat. This time, the stalwart survivors who inhabited the island of Refuge were overwhelmed by a barbarian incursion!   Maelstrom LARP 2.5: Incursion The LARP had at least thirty participants, player characters (PCs) and non-player characters (NPCs)...
Preparing for Maelstrom LARP 2.5

Preparing for Maelstrom LARP 2.5

Date : July 9, 2017
I started this blog last year by blogging about the local Live-Action Roleplaying (LARP) event, Maelstrom II. Now the time has time for the next chapter. That’s why a group of enthusiastic live-action gamers, including myself, spent last weekend preparing for Maelstrom LARP 2.5.   Maelstrom is Malaysia’s own ongoing outdoors fantasy LARP. Last November, I covered Maelstrom II, in which over 20 participants gathered at Sungai Chongkak Park and...
Who is Razzman Khaliff?

Who is Razzman Khaliff?

Date : May 7, 2017
Razzman Khaliff is a mainstay of Pathfinder Society Malaysia and one of the most enthusiastic promoters of roleplaying in my local scene. In addition to pushing RPGs in KDU University College and at various conventions, Razzman is also involved in the live-action roleplaying (LARP) scene. This is my Q&A with him.   Razzman Khaliff: The Pathfinder Guy What was your first RPG as GM? My first RPG as a DM was D&D...
Who is Douglas Larke?

Who is Douglas Larke?

Date : February 19, 2017
My good friend Douglas Larke is the epitome of the storytelling game master. Whether he’s running Vampire: the Masquerade or Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition or Golden Sky Stories, his games focus on the fiction and the characters that live within it. His Canadian sense of hospitality and generosity makes new players feel welcome, while those of us in Malaysia who’ve known him for nearly two decades always remember him...
Dec 2016 | KotakCon 2016 at Publika

Dec 2016 | KotakCon 2016 at Publika

Date : January 2, 2017
What: KotakCon 2016 When: Monday-Tuesday 26-27 December 2016 Where: Publika Shopping Gallery Who: All Aboard Community Gaming Centre   Hurrah for KotakCon 2016! Just after Christmas, All Aboard Game Cafe came together with local gaming groups, artists, game creators and vendors to put on the biggest tabletop convention of the year. KotakCon 2016 ran for two days – including the public holiday after Christmas – and featured some of the...
Maelstrom LARP Combat

Maelstrom LARP Combat

Date : December 12, 2016
What’s it like to be in the thick of LARP combat? Last month, I had a chance to find out at the Maelstrom II: Refuge event.   The Rules Behind Maelstrom In the Maelstrom LARP system, based on the Dutch Vortex LARP rules, a single strike from a foam weapon inflicts 1 hit point of damage. Most characters can survive 3 hits, but leveling up and wearing armor can increase that total....
Maelstrom LARP: Doom Comes to Refuge

Maelstrom LARP: Doom Comes to Refuge

Date : December 2, 2016
Maelstrom II: Refuge, the latest in a series of ongoing fantasy live-action roleplaying (LARP) events, kicked off on 26 November. I was glad to be on hand as one of the non-player characters (NPCs) participating in the game. Gamers from the local LARP scene suited up in costume and joined in the epic tale of survival and adventure.   Into Maelstrom II: Refuge The Sungai Chongkak Park and Resort, Hulu Langat...
Behind the Scenes: Maelstrom LARP

Behind the Scenes: Maelstrom LARP

Date : November 20, 2016
Maelstrom II, Malaysia’s first and foremost boffer LARP event, is just around the corner (26-27 November 2016). As a member of the Maelstrom NPC (non-player character) crew, I joined the pre-game briefing today.   Behind the Scenes Behind the scenes of every successful LARP, there are long and in-depth planning sessions. Here, where we work out how to connect game events with the players’ various missions and goals. Under the direction...
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