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    by Published on 06-08-2014 03:00 PM  Number of Views: 26097 
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    As many of you know, I've been absent from the site for a while now. I tried many months ago to be the administrator that this site deserves, but the truth is that I just have too many things going on -- and that isn't likely to change any time soon. So, I have decided that it is time for me to step aside as the primary administrator for Pen & Paper Games.

    Fear not though! In my stead, Matt James will be taking up the mantle of leadership for P&PG. For those of you who aren't familiar with Matt already, he is an award-winning game designer from Washington, DC. His design creds include work for Privateer Press, Paizo, Kobold Press, and Wizards of the Coast. He's also the co-founder of Vorpal Games -- creators of the Red Aegis RPG, and he is the most energetic (borderline manic, really) person I have probably ever had the pleasure of meeting! It is that energy and his extensive network of contacts in the RPG industry that Matt will be bringing to the table to breathe new life into our community.

    As for myself, I'll still be around in a mostly technical role -- handling the back-end administration of P&PG's web-server and infrastructure support.

    With that, please welcome Matt James as the new administrator for Pen & Paper Games!

    Matt James is an award-winning game designer from Washington, DC. He has designed and developed game content for companies such as Privateer Press, Paizo, Kobold Press, and Wizards of the Coast. He is currently the lead developer and co-owner of Vorpal Games--creators of the Red Aegis RPG. Matt is also a disabled combat veteran, having earned the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart during his service in Iraq back in 2005.
    by Published on 09-10-2013 01:12 AM

    Savage Worlds is one of the most popular games played here in the P&PG Chat Rooms, and to help support the unique initiative system of Savage Worlds, each room now has its own deck of cards. You can interact with the deck by simply typing /draw to draw a card from the deck, or /shuffle to reshuffle the deck. Each deck has the standard 52 cards + 2 Jokers.

    Keep in mind that the deck is persistent. It will not be reshuffled until the shuffle command is used. If you are starting a new session, you'll want to make sure you shuffle the deck before you take initiative.

    by Published on 05-14-2013 11:02 PM
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    Downloads: A new gaming resource has been added by Farcaster:

    Courts of the Shadow Fey (PDF Poster Map)

    Reviewers have said "this adventure is what 4e has needed since it came out" — and this map shows the core locations of one of the richest, darkest, and most treacherous adventures ever created for 4th Edition D&D.

    The Courts of the Shadow Fey adventure takes place within an enormous palace complex, a place of many factions, assassinations, duels, and treacherous demons. This free download offers you an overview of all major areas of the courts, from the shadow bridge to the audience chambers, and from the kitchens to the duke's chambers! ...
    by Published on 05-14-2013 09:49 PM
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    Downloads: A new gaming resource has been added by Farcaster:

    Midgard Preview

    The Midgard Campaign Setting is the culmination of five years of adventures and sourcebooks from Kobold Quarterly and Open Design. It brings to life a world of dark fantasy drawn from the great European traditions. Here you will find ley lines and deep magic; the Western Waste’s giant, shambling horrors and magic-blasted landscapes; diabolical gnomes and the schemes of immortal Baba Yaga; wild, wind-riding elves and swashbuckling minotaur corsairs; the Mharoti Empire’s lethal assassins and exotic splendors; ...
    by Published on 05-14-2013 11:24 AM
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    Now that we've settled in with the new chat room software and I've finally managed to get the dice roller stable, I've started working on expanding the dice rolling functions beyond the mundane roll-x-die-y-times. The first and most requested feature was for exploding dice. And what red blooded gamer WOULDN'T want dice that exploded?!

    The syntax is simple. In chat, add the letter "e" to your dice roll, like this:

    /roll 2d6e

    If any of the dice rolled are maxed, it will roll again and add the total to the die. If that rerolled die is also maxed, it will keep rolling. For instance, 2d6e could result in: 3 and 15, where the 15 was a result of 6, 6, and 3. ...
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    Pen & Paper Games has launched a snazzy new chat program. Be sure to check it out!
    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.
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