Call of Cthulhu

10+ Roleplaying Games to Play that Aren’t Dungeons & Dragons

This book is gorgeous and the game is great!

This book is gorgeous and the game is great!

Okay, first things first. I love Dungeons & Dragons. It was the first RPG that I ever played and it is likely one that l will end up playing forever. However, there are plenty of other games out there that I really love. Some I have played (well, run, since I don’t get to play very often) and others I want to start playing/running.

Of course, that would also mean that I need to find a lot more time, since I don’t have much, and more people who want to play. I tend to talk about all those games I want to play from time to time, mostly when I get wistful that I might never get the chance to play them all. The list of games changes sometimes, mostly when new games come out. But for now, I’ve compiled a list of 10 games (I cheated, and it’s technically way more than 10) that I want to play more often, or at all, and I thought that you might want to check out and try some of them out if you haven’t already.

I look forward to running all sorts of games with this system.

I look forward to running all sorts of games with this system.

If I’m being honest, this really just scratches the surface of the games that are out there that I want to play… and more seem to be coming out all the time from large publishers and independent publishers alike. There’s stuff like Mutant: Year Zero, Blue Rose, 7th Sea, Shadow of the Demon Lord, Grimm, Starfinder and so many more. The list literally goes on and on. I will likely be doing some reviews of all the above games, when I get a chance to go through them and play or at least get a good sense of them. I there’s anything you want to know more about sooner, let me know in the comments.

What games might you want to play if you had more time? What games should I be playing that aren’t on this list? Also, how the hell do I find more time to do all of this? If anyone has a time machine or something, let me know.

(Note: The links that I’ve placed in the post are affiliate links, as they often are, which means if you decide to buy anything, I will get a cut of it. Not much, but every little bit is going to help to keep the site running.)

5 Gifts for Tabletop RPG Players

Recently, I put up an article on items that DMs and GMs might like as a gift. However, I don’t want to leave out the players. I also figured I should do it before the holidays, even though these are great gifts no matter the occasion. After all, a gamemaster wouldn’t have much to do if there were no players. So, here’s a list of some items that you may want to consider picking up for some of your favorite roleplayers out there. While they might not need all these items, they can be a lot of fun.

Check out 5 great types of gifts for tabletop RPG players.

DM Tips and Opinions: Tips for Creating Horror and Suspense in Your Tabletop RPG

Perhaps you are creating a full campaign in a horror setting, such as Ravenloft, Call of Cthulhu, or Shadow of the Demon Lord, or maybe you are just getting a one-shot ready to give your players something new to experience that’s outside of the normal sci-fi and fantasy genre. Horror in tabletop RPGs has a lot of potential… however, it doesn’t often go as planned, and the fear doesn’t really get under your player’s skin. There are some things you can do to change this.

5 Horror Tabletop RPGs for the Halloween Season

With October upon us, it’s natural to start thinking about adding a bit of horror to your roleplaying game. Whether it is a one-shot or an ongoing campaign of terror, you can choose from quite a few fun and interesting games that might pique you and your players’ interest.

I’ve compiled a list of five games that I think will fit in well with the holiday of horror. Later in the month, I hope to post an article or two on building suspense and horror in your gaming sessions. Let's look at these five games to see what they can offer.

DM Tips and Opinions: Repurposing Scenarios from Call of Cthulhu for D&D

While I generally make up my own campaigns and adventures for Dungeons & Dragons, I know that it’s not always possible to keep coming up with stories. Sometimes, you want a bit of a break, an easier way of doing things. Many DMs will then turn to D&D modules or campaign books, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that. I often mine ideas from those books to reinterpret in my own campaigns.

However, I suggest moving outside of the realm of Dungeons & Dragons or Pathfinder and looking at modules from other games. For example, many of the Call of Cthulhu modules/adventures over the years have been very good. With just a little bit of work, it is possible to take those adventures and “D&Dify” them. I’m not saying that you should use it as is, but take the framework and then turn it into something that will work with your type of campaign.