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System Agnostic: Dinosaur Hunter


[this is an expanded version of a post from my other blog – Karavansara]

The postman delivered today my Halloween gift1, Steve White’s Dinosaur Hunter, freshly pressed by Osprey Publishing.
Yes, that Osprey Publishing – the one that had me spending extravagant amounts of money on marvelously-illustrated, authoritative books about pirates, samurai, assorted World Wars and what else.

Described as The Ultimate Guide to the Biggest Game, White’s book is basically a handbook for, well, big game hunters interested in bagging themselves a dinosaur.

The book – which comes in a backpack-friendly 200+ pages thick paperback – is essentially the orientation manual for those lucky individuals that have passed the preliminary selection for a Mesozoic hunting license.
Mesozoic Hunting Corporation (C) provides the gear and the means of transportation. Continue reading

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New projects – A Storm Brewing

A brief post to show you the wonderful cover for my forthcoming novella, A Storm Brewing, set in the gaming universe created by my friend Andrea Sfiligoi for his company, Ganesha Games.

This will be my first all-out “traditional”, high fantasy story in about fifteen years.
And given my tastes in fantasy and Andrea’s A Song of Blades and Heroes universe, it will not be that “traditional”, after all. Nor it will be very high, probably.


I love this cover, by the way. It’s absolutely perfect.
And yes, that’s an eyepatch-wearing, pig-riding whip-cracking halfling redhead girl in the background. Continue reading

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Dice and worldbuilding

Dice rolling, interesting video from Lindybeige’s videoblog.


Now this makes a lot of sense to me.
Anyone else thinks this might be the way to go?

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Interesting thoughts on half-elves from Lindybeige’s video-blog.


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Kingsman, or what I learned watching spy movies

Thanks to my friend Marco’s suggestion, I invested two hours in watching Kingsman – The Secret Servce, a 2014 spy movie with its tongue firmly in cheek and lots of great stuff for us gamers.

In case you missed it, it goes like this…

So, to make this short and sweet, this is the DVD they should have bundled with the hardback edition of Spycraft – a pity the time-frame was off. Continue reading

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Mars, Revealed

Selezione_002The blog schedule is going to hell in a handbasked – blame it on the summer, blame it on Christmas out of season.
I’ve been spending a few (well, quite a few) hours with the PDF version of Revelations of Mars, the new supplement for Hollow Earth Expeditions, currently the standalone pulp roleplaying game, and one of my special shelf games.

Oh, don’t get me wrong – I am a pulp fan and I have here on my shelf most if not all pulp games, both current and old, and in each one of them I find at least a nugget of awesomeness.
Being a Savage Worlds monkey, Thrilling Tales is my default pulp handbook (and the two Pulp companions are always close at hand), and I did love Whte Wolf’s criminally underrated Adventure!.
Mercenaries, Spies & Private Eyes? Got that.
The Masterbook Indiana Jones game? Got that too.
And yes, obviously Spirit of the Century.

But right here and now, were I to pick a single pulp game to play for the rest of my life – the ideal desert island pulp rpg would be HEX.
The rules are simple but deep, the artwork is wonderful, and each handbook actually expands the setting, creating a whole new game1.
And now, you can get to Mars, too.

So, what are we talking about? Continue reading

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Pirates and Cthulhu, for cheap

grr1903_452_1024x1024A quick post to point out two excellent offers on the Bundle of Holding website.

The firsta big selection of Freeport material.
For the uninitiated, Freeport is the dark-fantasy, sword & sorcery, pirates-meet-Cthulhu-in-a-D&D-friendly setting by Green Roning Publishing.
And if you ask me what’s so interestinga bout it, you are probably dead, or a player of Magic, the Gathering1.
Interestingly enough, the setting is system-free, and can be easily used both as a stand-alone campaign setting, or as a plug-in for an existing campaign world.

200px-TrailofCthulhucoverThe second – an equally big fat selection of Trail of Cthulhu sourcebooks – and more! There’s even a collection of setting music.
Trail of Cthulhu is the game of lovecraftian horror running on the Gumshoe system, by Pelgrane Press. The sistem is a breeze, and specifically designed for investigation. Ken Hite provides further guarantees of excellency.

As usual, with the Bundle of Holding you get a cartload of gaming excellence for a cheap price, and contribute to a charity.

Go there, take a look around, shell out some cash.

Oh, and yes, I’ll do posts on both these games, in the next few days.

  1. no, ok, it’s a joke, it’s a joke… put down that flamethrower. 
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Looking at the Movies – and Blowing’em Up

blowI’m one day late in the update of this blog, but that’s because I was reading.
As a kickstarter backer, I got my copy of Blowing Up the Movies for the new edition of Feng Shui, and boy is it a good thing.

For the uninitiated (where have you been living?!) Feng Shui is the original game of action, kung fu, supernatural and science fiction adventure written by Robin D. Laws. The game was designed exactly to bring to the gaming table the excitement and furious action of Hong Kong movies.
And it does, like, in cartloads.
I reviewed the new edition a while back.

Blowing Up the Movies is a small, stats-free book, in which author Robin D. Laws looks at a selection of action movies (some from Hong Kong, some not) as a way to illustrate game dynamics, and to single out main ideas and themes to be used in a Feng Shui game.

While the book is obviously geared towards Feng Shui, 99% of the material is easily adaptable to any game – because we are not talking stats, but ideas.
And as a to see list works just great – all the best is in here, a few outsiders too, and having read it, I just dug out a pile of old DVDs and VCDs, and spent a few nights enjoying the show.

As both a roleplayer and a film enthusiast, I was absolutely delighted by this book.
It reminded me, in the way it looks at a medium laying it open to be better understood and then plundered for gaming purpose, of another booklet, Ken Hite‘s Nightmares of Mine, for my money one of the best books about horror, and gaming, I ever read.

If you like action in your games, or if you like action movies, I highly recommend you invest a few bucks in Blowing Up the Movies.

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This is a weird week

task-managerWeird week.
Trying to figure out the new EU cookie policy and how to implement it on the blog.
Finishing my second novel.
Writing a SW scenario for my friend Umberto Beasts & Barbarians Pignatelli.

GreyWorld Blog updates upcoming.

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Feng Shui 2 – the Dragon is Back

wotw-clock-small-03I laid my hands on a pdf copy of the new Feng Shui 2 rulesbook – I backed the kickstarter, and now here it is.
I’ve been a long time fan of Feng Shui, and some of my best campaigns were played in the Chi War universe.
The Kickstarter for the new edition was a great surprise, I jumped at it and here’s some impressions and ideas.

As I said on my Italian-language blog
first – I’ll have to get me a hardcopy of this baby ASAP
second – my team is going to play this ASAP (in 72 hours, as I am writing this)1

And now, for some impressions… Continue reading

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