Rack & Ruin Designer Journal #6: The Gate of Amael
Hello all, I thought I would take this chance to speak about an upcoming idea for Rack & Ruin, that will hopefully turn out to be a big deal: The Gates of Amael. “What is this wonderful idea?” you ask. Well, this idea represents something I have wanted to do with Rack & Ruin since long before it was published;...
Rack & Ruin Designer Journal #5: Bizarre Bazaar
Hello all! It’s been a while since I wrote a designer journal entry, I figured I should do one. Work is progressing on Jewels and Ancient Things, but I think I’ll focus a later journal entry entirely on that. Instead, what I’d like to talk about is the completion of Rack & Ruin’s first mini-expansion, Bizarre Bazaar. Bizarre Bazaar has...
Building a “Cheesy” Salvation Party OR Bless’d are the Cheese Menders
Hello everyone! It has been pointed out to me on a few occasions that the two “good guy” goals of Salvation and Protection are the two weakest of the seven goals in Rack & Ruin.  Naturally, I felt the need to test it myself, and opportunity has recently presented itself in the form a new campaign being Heralded by another...

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    Blood Bowl Team preview #2: Or...

    3 November 2014 , by spiralbridge

    By Bill Hrenchuk I’m sitting in an airport lounge right now, waiting for my plane.  Naturally, my thoughts turned to Blood Bowl.  How could they NOT?  As my resources are a bit limited, let’s talk about the other “in box” team: the Orcs.  It’s easy to refer to a team as like the humans, but… However, the Orcs...

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    Blood Bowl Team Previews: Huma...

    2 November 2014 , by spiralbridge

    By Bill Hrenchuk Welcome to the Blood Bowl team previews, #1! I’ll try to answer any and all questions about the game, and try to help our new players pick a team. To that end: Team Previews. I’ll try to do one for every team, even the joke teams with no chance. After all, we’ve had players who have said...

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    Designer Journal #1

    22 October 2014 , by spiralbridge

    Designer Journal #1: Warriors of the Empty Hand In this short article Gene discusses the new Rack & Ruin mini-expansion he is working on. Some time ago during a discussion session a couple of the guys in my core play test group and I hashed out rules for grappling in Rack & Ruin. A miniatures game would generally have no...

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    Card Board Adventures

    6 October 2014 , by spiralbridge

    A Pathfinder: Adventure Card Game Review (Rise of the Runelords) By Gene Capar Recently, one of my board game buying friends, Ryan, picked up the Pathfinder: Adventure Card Game. More specifically the Rise of the Runelords adventure. Since then we have played it three times, and I thought it might be about time I did up a little review for...

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    A Review of Codex: Ork 7th Edi...

    4 July 2014 , by spiralbridge

    As a dedicated Ork player since 3rd edition to say that I was excited for this release is a true understatement. Seeing all the coolness and awesome do-dads the other books were getting only added to the agonizing wait until I got it into my grubby mitts last week. So now with pretty much a week (almost) to chew on...

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    Gorkamorka Goodness

    18 January 2014 , by spiralbridge

    Locally we have some big fans of Gorkamorka, none so much as James Woodbeck.  Besides being an amazing artist and generally fun guy to be around James has also crafted some house rules for GoMo that were quickly adopted by our play group.  I feel that his work should be shared with the world, or at least the small part...

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    A Review of Pathfinder Adventu...

    24 November 2013 , by spiralbridge

      In the first part of this series I looked at the two Pathfinder adventure paths I had played the furthest in. They were Council of Thieves and Curse of the Crimson Throne. In this part, I would like to review two other paths I have started. Please note that most of these reviews are based on less than two...

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    When is a Game Good Enough?

    19 November 2013 , by spiralbridge

      Hello all. Recently, I’ve been looking at a set of rules I self-published several years ago under the name Rack and Ruin. Although it was very popular among my friends and a few others who still speak of it fondly, certain things about the game never felt quite right with me. So, I made changes, and then more, and...

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    A Review of Council of Thieves...

    18 November 2013 , by spiralbridge

     Council of Thieves A Review by Gene Capar Played: The Bastards of Erebus, The Sixfold Trial, What Lies in Dust, The Infernal Syndrome, Mother of Flies While my play group has been taking this one slowly over a number of years, it was the first adventure path for Pathfinder we ever touched.  We stand with one adventure left to go,...

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    Game Books Do Not Have Expiry ...

    14 November 2013 , by spiralbridge

      Among the many different games my gaming group play there is one that stands out in particular. My players like the system, love the genre and have well developed characters. Now here’s the kicker; the game we are playing is…no longer in print! We are playing the Serenity RPG. Serenity the RPG is based on the movie and TV...

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