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Gygax Magazine 1. In 2nd edition. My players were and still are insane sometimes. Luke Gygax shares an extensive anecdote on the acquisition of Dragon 8 and Nevin P. Jones tells us about the virtues of tabletop gaming and his good experiences with the Rollcommunity and system in particular. The latter article is split in half, btw. Dennis Sustare brings us an article focused on bringing the magic back to a game and making magic feel more magical — something I can get behind and often have commented on with regards to spell, curses, incantations and how the codification of enchantment and sense of entitlement has imho hurt this central aspect of the game.
James M. Giving said influences a chance can enrich any given game in my opinion and the author makes a concise and poignant case in defense of sci-fi elements in fantasy. Something to think about when the knee-jerk impulse to condemn psionics, nations like Numeria in Golarion or the inclusion of space-travel whether in Spelljammer ships or proper space-crafts… kicks in next…Variety adds spice and contemporary fantasy literature is richer for the facets the blending and cross-pollination of genres has provided us with.
Cory Doctorow has an interesting article to bring new players into the fold — advice on DMing for toddlers! Beyond the basic math and similar skills learned while playing, the advice is, as far as I can tell, having no children, sound and makes for a good article that might not only make your children appreciate the hobby from an early age, but actually help them develop their skills as they play — while not in a scientific way, then at least in a fun way that will prove to be more efficient and fulfilling for both parent and child.
On the more crunchy side of things, Steve Kenson gives us 9 new powers complete with stunts often multiple , limits and which cover e. Marc Radle also has something up his sleeve that is especially relevant for players of Pathfinder or other diterations, though these require potentially more work! The feats herein are designed to replace whole feat-chain with organically-scaling benefits that have their powers unlocked gradually.
Mechanically a great contribution ad actually imho more streamlined than the basic Regular-Improved-Greater-progression. Replacing 3 feats with 1 is a net-power gain of 2 feats that can be allocated in a different way. If you take a fighter, he can get A LOT of complete feat-chain-feats via these rules.
GM will need to decide how to handle these grey areas should they arise. They annoyed me back in the day and have thankfully died out mostly here in Germany — I hope future issues of the magazine will have them all in one place. Oh boy, how to review this? Gygax Magazine seeks to provide something for everybody while hearkening back to the days of the old Dragon-magazine — but does it succeed?
Yes…and no. The presentation and overall flair of the magazine is dauntingly old-school and evokes that same feeling that puts it in a direct line of succession with the classic. Nor was it the eclectic range of articles. No, it was something different. And then it hit me: Ideas. Roleplaying is about ideas and they can be great, no matter what the system.
And that is where the issue finds me unsatisfied. THACO-math is nice, but system-relevant and not about ideas, to give you an example.
The general problem I have with this magazine is that there are not enough inspiring ideas, not enough content. The non-crunchy articles, the non-fluff articles are universally not bad reads — in fact, most of them are nice and even compelling at times — but too much space is devoted to establishing the old-school credibility of the authors and reminiscing.
In spite of the criticism, though, I consider this a promising first issue of a magazine that could develop into something great. Future issues will show whether Gygax Magazine can manage to add some substance to its bones without losing its charming old-school appeal. You can check out this issue here on OBS! March 17, November 25, November 3, Thanks for your well written review! Any suggestions? Your email address will not be published.
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For some reason as I got older I got more and more into board games. Recently the group I hang around with has been focusing more on RPGs. It is definitely a homage to the Dragon and Dungeon magazines of yesteryear. There are also plenty of ads for RPG accessories like dungeon tiles, counters and modules.
Tabletop Review: Gygax Magazine #1
Wow, let me just start off by saying how honored and humbled I am to review this piece. Even the foreword makes the point that it is amazing that you have purchased a print item in this day and age, even if you just bought the PDF or some other digital version. Third, Jayson and crew gathered up industry veterans, writers for The Dragon magazine and TSR staff from bygone days, and various other persons of note to write articles for this issue and subsequent issues? Included is this incredible graphic I wish I could hang on a wall somewhere of a universe with concentric rings loosely distinguishing different eras of role-playing games and planets for the games that were pointed to as markers. It looks really cool.