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Warhammer 40K Goes Back to the Board With HEROES OF BLACK REACH

Warhammer 40,000 Heroes of Black Reach is a funny product. This one is a wanderer, stuck between worlds and attempting to find its way. It’s a miniatures game but it’s not. It’s a sequel but no, it’s not. It’s a wargame but…well, it is indeed a wargame. Let’s break it down. First off: it’s a seamless …

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Couples Who Play Board Games Together Release “Love Hormones”, Baylor Study Finds

I’ll be the first to admit that when I’ve played games with my significant other, particularly competitive and confrontational games like miniature wargames, sometimes the games we play end up being rather heated. But it turns out that while we were having a lengthy discussion about how different rules interacted or if the last move …

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GMs: Get A Head Start On Your Mega-Campaign Planning With These Tips

GM Tips is our series to help Storytellers and Game Masters improve their craft and create memorable roleplaying experiences. Last week we talked about picking up long dead campaigns and this week we look ahead a few months at summer blockbusters (or comparably massive campaigns). The long dead, cold, and ruthless winter shuts down many …

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Arkham Horror’s 3rd Edition Is Tighter More Narrative Experience Than Its Predecessors

Arkham Horror is one of Fantasy Flight Games’ most enduring titles. It’s often pointed to as the pinnacle of the “ameritrash” game category and receives equal parts praise and disdain for that moniker. Arkham Horror is a game of cosmic terror and horrifying monsters. Investigators prowl the streets of Arkham, Massachusetts hoping to scrape up just enough …

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RPG Map Hack: Use DWARF FORTRESS to Easily Make D&D World Maps

A few years ago, I got the idea to do a truly old school Dungeons & Dragons game. I used Labyrinth Lord, a recut of the Moldvay Basic D&D set, and I wanted the campaign to be the groggiest of grognard: a massive hexcrawl, dotted with dungeons. I set about acquiring a big collection of dungeons, so …

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Build Your Bard’s D&D Backstory By Answering These 5 Questions

Players have a lot of decisions to make when they put together a Dungeons & Dragons character. Spell choices, weapon choices and where to put ability scores influence how a character comes together mechanically. But what about the fictional side of the character? In D&D, the Background choice offers some mechanical support for what a character as before …

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Games Workshop Previews Sisters of Battle, New Games & More at Las Vegas Open

Before I played my first game of Warhammer 40,000 – before I even ordered a box of miniatures – I started a deep dive into the expansive lore of this grimdark universe. I wanted to find a faction that resonated with me for my first army. The one I loved the most was the Sisters of Battle; …

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Stop the Evil Wizard (Or Fend Off the Pesky Heroes) in VALOR & VILLAINY: MINIONS OF MORDAK

The evil wizard Mordak has vanished after the good King Shapiro died in a freak catapult accident. Before disappearing, he warned, “Foolish mortals! I shall inflict inter-dimensional terror upon the kingdom for six days, and on the seventh day, I shall return with the powers of the cosmos, to claim my rightful seat at the throne!” …

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