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Who is Douglas Larke?
Who is Douglas Larke?

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…

Future Dungeons, Part 2: Bunker World
Future Dungeons, Part 2: Bunker World

When powerful rulers get carried away with grandiose construction projects, their dungeons and fortifications can overrun the whole world. A Bunker World, perhaps. Let’s take an example from real history to see what that looks like.   A Bunker for Every Citizen! In many typical fantasy game settings, foolhardy kings and lords keep building conventional castles and towers. Traditional fortifications hardly seem appropriate when every three-penny wizard can toss lightning and…

Future Dungeons, Part 1: Fallout Shelters
Future Dungeons, Part 1: Fallout Shelters

Dungeons can be much more than just tunnel networks full of traps, monsters and treasures. Want to create some truly memorable concepts for future dungeons in post-apocalypse RPGs? You can find plenty of inspiration in the rich history and weird present-day of our own world.   Future Dungeons of the Cold War The Cold War soaked popular culture in the constant dread of nuclear war. As the Western powers and the…

RPG Game Review : The Warren (2015)
RPG Game Review : The Warren (2015)

What: The Warren When: 2015 Who: Marshall Miller (author), Bully Pulpit Games (publisher) Why: Because you were wondering about the rabbits in my logo   The Warren: Why a Roleplaying Game about Rabbits? Animal adventures appeal to me. The struggle for survival and a better community grows starker and more elegant when viewed through the eyes of tiny creatures. Rabbits. Let’s go back to when I was 12 years old….

Dec 2016 | KotakCon 2016 at Publika
Dec 2016 | KotakCon 2016 at Publika

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…

Urban Shadows: Shanghai Shadows Episode 1
Urban Shadows: Shanghai Shadows Episode 1

What: Shanghai Shadows Episode 1 When: 4 December 2016 Where: The Heart of KL   Urban Shadows in action at last! Ever since my friend Ben scored me a hardcover of the Urban Shadows RPG, I’ve been eager to try it out. On Sunday, we finally got a chance to play with my friends Azlan, Ilona, Darren and Elisha.   We created a diverse group of supernaturals and wanderers of the shadows…

Maelstrom LARP Combat
Maelstrom LARP Combat

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

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…

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