Author: Paco G. Jaen

Print on Demand – The RPG Room

Print on Demand services is a fairly recent addition to the publishing paradigm that goes wonderfully hand in hand with self-publishing. And it can only get better. Since it was introduced by DriveThruRPG a few years ago, the number of Print on Demand titles has increased quite a lot. And it is perfectly understandable. A service that is reasonably priced (although a lot higher than traditional printing) and it has a quick enough delivery (depending were you live, of course). The thing is, though, it is not as easy as it sounds when you first look at it, and...

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Doubt Not That Stars Are Fire: 5E Mini-Dungeon #049

Doubt Not That Stars are Fire clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means Doubt Not That Stars Are Fire contains 2 pages content, including a solid map and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM. Big plus: This mini-dungeon comes with a key-less .tif player map as well as a high-res GM map for VTT-use – kudos! Since this product line’s goal is providing short diversions, side-quest dungeons etc., I will not expect mind-shattering revelations, massive plots or particularly smart or detailed...

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You don’t owe me anything

To think my readers owe me anything, or my viewers or listeners, is something I just don’t get. Why should you have to do anything for me? There are reasons why I feel it is important for me to say that you owe me nothing. A few days ago, an aspiring YouTube personality in Spain gave up doing video reviews. I am not going to mention their name or the name of the channel. I don’t see the point and I am not writing this article to bring them any grief, but to vent and try to address something...

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Anachronistic Adventures – RPG Review

Anachronistic Adventures clocks in at 133 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 2 pages editorial/SRD, leaving us with 129 pages of content, so let’s take a look! So, Anachronistic Adventures has been long coming – what we see here is, for now at least, the culmination of the rather cool Anachronistic Adventurers-series by Rogue Genius Games (then still Super Genius Games). The basic premise of the series is pretty simple: Taking a cue from traditional weird fiction and sword and sorcery novels, it’s about people from our world falling into a fantasy context: Essentially, what happens when a...

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Do we value RPGs beyond their sale price?

I really don’t think we value RPGs at all. It seems all we can see is the sale price and nothing else. At least too many times. I just saw a typical example of gamer entitlement that I keep seeing a lot: Blaming publishers for our issues. When D&D 5 was announced in Spain, a lot of people complained about the price. 50€ is not 50$, so why should they have to pay more for the same books when the books have already been written? Why is it that there is an increase in price for something that is,...

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Children of Orion: The Venu Sourcebook

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