Chernoff Faces: a character sheet for a game that doesn’t exist

I just learned about the concept of Chernoff Faces, the data visualization concept in which numerical data is presented using cartoon faces rather than numbers, as it's easier for people to process faces than digits. I immediately wondered how to adapt this for RPG use. How would you design a game that used faces instead … Continue reading Chernoff Faces: a character sheet for a game that doesn’t exist

Liminal Horror: A fillable, custom character sheet for the Horror RPG

I just finished up a one-shot of Liminal Horror, a modern horror RPG from Goblin Archives. It's a simple system, heavily inspired by Yochai Gal's Cairn. Characters have three stats: Strength, Dexterity, and Control. Players roll a D20, and try to get equal to or below their stat to succeed at tasks. In combat, there … Continue reading Liminal Horror: A fillable, custom character sheet for the Horror RPG

The Doom That Came to Chapman Farm – Converting a OSR adventure to Traveller

There's an OSR adventure called The Doom That Came to Chapman Farm. It's by Mark Hess and it's specifically designed for the Lamentations of the Flame Princess RPG. The setting is Colonial Maryland in the late 1600s. It looks like a simple, fun little horror adventure. I'm planning to run it for one of my … Continue reading The Doom That Came to Chapman Farm – Converting a OSR adventure to Traveller

Another sort of Pulp campaign – the cases of Doc Turner

PULP GAMER

When most people think of pulp heroes, they imagine a few various archetypes: a masked hero lurking in the darkness, a famous super-scientist, perhaps a muscled figure raised by the beasts of some far-off wilderness.

Imagine instead, a elderly, kindly pharmacist who rarely leaves their Lower East Side neighborhood.

Let me offer an alternate kind of pulp hero and pulp RPG campaign, based on the exploits of a very real but very forgotten character from the pulps – Doc Turner.

The Doc Turner stories, all written by Arthur Leo Zagat, appeared in 70 stories that all were published exclusively in the Spider magazine. They ran from 1934 to 1942.

Andrew Turner was a pharmacist, who owned a small shop on “Morris Street”, in a crowded New York immigrant neighborhood. Locals would come to him for help, or strange situations would appear on his doorstep. Turner would investigate, usually have…

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DoubleZero: Second Edition review and my custom character sheet

DoubleZero is a RPG for modern era action\adventure games by Berin Kinsman. It’s particularly suited to the Spy or Thriller genres. I’ve been playing around with it for a bit, and thought I’d post some thoughts along with a custom character sheet. The Format DoubleZero, like all of the titles published by Lightspress Media uses … Continue reading DoubleZero: Second Edition review and my custom character sheet