Weird Books for Gamers III: The Queen of Whale Cay

This is the third in my series of capsule reviews of non-fiction books that would be useful or inspiring in RPGs - Weird Books for Gamers Here's a short biography on Marion "Joe" Carstairs, a 20th century heiress, competitive speedboat pilot, and eccentric. The Queen of Whale Cay: The Eccentric Story of 'Joe' Carstairs, Fastest … Continue reading Weird Books for Gamers III: The Queen of Whale Cay

Weird Books for Gamers: Things that Never Were by Matthew Rossi

Some of my favorite books for creating role playing game worlds have nothing to do with RPGs. I thought I'd start posting about some of them here, in case others find them useful. Things That Never Were: Fantasies, Lunacies & Entertaining Lies by Matthew Rossi (Goodreads) This is a collection of short essays on alternate … Continue reading Weird Books for Gamers: Things that Never Were by Matthew Rossi

Psi World: New Fillable Character Sheets for a dead RPG.

In 1984 Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU) put out Psi World, a role playing game set in a near future Earth where a psionic minority is oppressed by the non-psionic majority and governments. It seemed to have been strongly influenced by the David Cronenberg movie Scanners. Only a few supplements were published, and then the game … Continue reading Psi World: New Fillable Character Sheets for a dead RPG.

Scarlet Heroes – D&D for one player – Fillable Character Sheets

Scarlet Heroes (DriveThru Link) is an OSR style fantasy RPG designed for use by a GM running a session with only one player. It uses the same stats as most OSR/D&D games, but the rules are modified so that a single player is still able to survive adventures designed for full parties. The free Quickstart … Continue reading Scarlet Heroes – D&D for one player – Fillable Character Sheets

In the Light of a Setting Sun – Wild West RPG – Fillable Character Sheet

I've been playing around with Into the Light of a Setting Sun, an Old West RPG from John Davis. It's for sale on itch.io. It's a hack of Nate Treme's  In the Light of a Ghost Star game. The rules are quite simple. There are three stats - Iron, Reflexes, and Wits, each determined by … Continue reading In the Light of a Setting Sun – Wild West RPG – Fillable Character Sheet

Gary Gygax’s Cyborg Commando – Fillable Character Sheet for a dead RPG

Cyborg Commando was a RPG published in 1987 by the now-defunct game company New Infinities Productions. The setting background was that in 2035, the Earth was invaded by a alien race called the Xenoborgs (described as looking like giant dust-mites). Earth's only hope are the Cyborg Commandos - technologically enhanced humans, bristling with weapons and … Continue reading Gary Gygax’s Cyborg Commando – Fillable Character Sheet for a dead RPG