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    by Published on 05-03-2013 05:00 PM
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    GURPS is a “universal” roleplaying system, which can be used for almost any setting or genre. It is a “toolbox” game from which the GM selects options to get the feel he/she wants. If you are thinking of trying it, I recommend you read this short explanation of what makes GURPS different from other RPGs. If you like the sound of this, GURPS may be right for you.

    The down side to GURPS is that it offers so many options it can be overwhelming for a new player or game master. I like to say it isn’t just one game – it’s like an RPG Lego kit, from which a GM can build many different games!

    But it doesn’t have to be complicated. The key to running a smooth GURPS campaign is to limit your options, using only the rules you need. What follows is a guide to running a very simple introductory campaign, to let an inexperienced GM ease into the system. After that, I will give you some tips on moving forward with GURPS, and learning to do more with it. You certainly don't need to get started this way; people often bite off more with their first campaign, and have good results. But if you are unsure of yourself, this plan will get you going with a minimum of headaches.
    by Published on 04-18-2013 02:08 AM

    First, no, I don't mean actually doing a Kick Starter campaign -- aren't there enough of those already?! What I mean is that Pen & Paper Games has been coasting along as it is for a couple years now with not much in the way up updates, innovation, or to be frank, involvement from myself to move it forward.

    And, I want to change that. But, I think P&PG needs to figure out what it is going to be. A lot of the focus of the original site was on connecting players through the Player Registry, but this in and of itself isn't enough to create a vibrant and active community. So, I tried to create a place for gamers to not only meet, but a space where they could chat and exchange ideas through our forums. Since I started up P&PG though, social media has changed a LOT. Facebook has become one of the biggest sites (maybe the biggest?) on the planet, and "tweeting" has become an integral part of our collective lexicon.

    The way we communicate online continues to change -- enough so that I'm not even sure what role traditional Forums such as this one have... I looked down this barrel a long time ago when things moved from local BBS's -- some of you are probably too young to even know what that is -- and now I find myself looking down that barrel again. As I see it, P&PG has two choices if it has any future. It has to embrace the old and become the best at it that it can possibly be; competing for audience among sites like and ENWorld. OR, it has to evolve, and to be honest, I'm not really sure what that would look like.

    So, I put the question to you. Though we have many, many members, if you are reading this, you are probably among a much smaller group that visits these forums on a regular basis. So, I am wondering, what is it that brings you back? What is it that you feel like P&PG offers that you can't readily get elsewhere? And, what do you think this site could do better? ... If this was your site, what would you do with it?

    I'm open to any ideas you all have. Hit me with it, because I do want this site to succeed and not simply fold up and disappear into the digital ether as so many others have.
    by Published on 02-28-2012 12:29 PM
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    Grab your virtual dice bags folks and mark down
    November 16-18, 2012 on your calendar, the AetherCon Online RPG Convention is coming to your computer.

    We will be featuring tabletop RPGs of all types throughout the weekend highlighted by four three day tournaments of Pathfinder, Call of Cthuhlu, Savage Worlds, and Shadowrun.

    Additionally vendors, industry guests, and artists are also in our plans. We will be releasing free downloadable wallpapers throughout the months leading up to the con. You can see them find the first two, Gormic ‘Pretty’ Nangalmaar as done by White Wolf featured artist Brian LeBlanc and Klandeggin Moltenfist illustrated by Andre Freitas Cardozo here.

    All of our events will be run using the Traipse next generation virtual tabletop and its companion browser-based web-client. Both are currently under development with the Beta version of Pious Paladin having been already released. These programs will make it possible for a player to simply click on a link on the event website and ‘sit down at the table’ as it were as opposed to having to download, install, and boot up a separate program as was the case in the past. We are also planning for voice chat games using Skype technology for some events.

    If you’d like to be involved in AetherCon send an e-mail here:

    Be sure to visit our websites and show your support for AetherCon via Facebook and Twitter.


    Michael Chumbler
    RPG Community Liaison - AetherCon

    by Published on 01-09-2012 10:32 AM
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    Check out this article by Mike Mearls. I think we all pretty new this was coming sooner rather than later. What amazes me is that this news rose to the level of being covered by the NY Times. Impressive!

    What are your thoughts about a new edition? Love it, hate it? Personally, I'm just glad they are keeping the brand alive.
    by Published on 10-14-2011 04:14 PM

    I kicked off a new campaign about a year and a half ago called "The Gatekeeper," and I have had the extremely good fortune of having a published WotC designer and author at the table with us, Mr. Erik Scott de Bie. Erik, I have come to find out, is a tenacious writer. In the first few weeks of our game, he actually sent me more post game followup than all my players combined have sent me in the following year.

    So, I asked him if he'd focus that insatiable pen of his towards chronicling our sessions so that we'd have a place our players could go back and reference past games. Erik, of course, took this to the next level and made more of an adventure log that anyone could follow. Now, if you're interested in reading about our bi-weekly paragon tier, planar adventure, you can check it out on Obsidian Portal at Maybe it'll give you an idea for your own game?

    If you enjoy it, please drop a note and let us know, and be sure to become a "Fan," so that you will be automatically updated when new logs are available... By the way, he's written up all our sessions to date, but the published content so far is only up to the first 10 games. That is to say, there's a lot more to come.

    Oh! And you can also follow our sessions live via Twitter on Erik's feed.
    by Published on 09-21-2011 05:00 PM
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    Holy rusted nails, Batman! It has been a while since my last update. How the heck have you all been?

    I just wanted to drop everyone a note and let you know that our friends over at Kobold Quarterly are running another great promotion for Pen & Paper Games members. From now until the end of September, you can save 50% off your subscription to Kobold Quarterly, or get a free 100-page adventure from Open Design with a new print+PDF subscription. (New subscriptions only, please.)

    Award-winning Kobold Quarterly gives you great 4E D&D and Pathfinder options, adventures, maps, and monsters---and now you can pick up a PDF subscription for half the cover price, just $12 per year. Or if you love having the issue show up at your door, subscribe to the printed edition, and you can order a free PDF of any back issue.

    Just include code "Pen+Paper" in the discounts field during checkout to take advantage of the PDF subscription at half price.

    Print subscribers, your PDF adventure is free with your order. Choose either Courts of the Shadow Fey (4e) by Wolfgang Baur OR Tales of the Old Margreve (Pathfinder) by Tim & Eileen Connors. Just write your choice in the NOTES section of the order form when you subscribe to the print+PDF subscription.

    This offer ends Sept 30th!

    Your subscription starts with the current issue and includes the 100-page Summer issue. So, get on over there and subscribe today!

    by Published on 03-24-2011 04:40 PM
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    Congratulations! As of today, Pen & Paper Games has attracted over fifteen thousands players to join our community. That's an amazing accomplishment considering we only opened our doors some four and a half years ago or so with very little advertising at all. And you, the community here at P&PG, have a lot to do with that. In the last year, right after referrals from Google, "Friend" has been the top referral source for new members who find P&PG. That says a lot, and I thank you all!

    15000 + 1

    Fifteen thousand members and counting...

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