Saturday, August 29, 2015

Back to the Future RPG: OUTATIME!

Like Time Travel? Like Sci-Fi films from the 1980's? Like Time-Travel Sci-Fi films from the 1980's? Well then have I got the D&D adventure for you!

Back to the Future RPG: OUTATIME is a one-shot 5e D&D adventure that will be run at Gamehole Con 2015 on Friday, November 6th, 2015 from 10am-4pm (don't worry, its not really a solid 6 hour game. We'll take plenty of breaks for lunch and stuff). It features all our favorite Time-Travelers from the 1980's (and a few from the 1990's) banding together to save the time-stream from being destroyed for all eternity by the moronic Tannen family and their nefarious time-jumping allies.

Marty McFly will have to team up with the likes of Bill S. Preston (Esquire), a mysterious man known as "The Doctor," an overworked S-Mart Employee, and even a strange Robot from the Future in order to save Doc Brown and put things right that once went wrong! The game is rife with not only endless references to 1980's film and TV tropes, but is also D&D true-to-form with full-on tactical 5e D&D combat. The Terminator can't do it all himself, so Marty better stop cracking jokes and jump on that hoverboard to help out his new friends when the bullets start flying!

Check out the 5e Player Character Sheets for OUTATIME

On the Vorpal Chainsword site proper are the playable characters for the game, statted out in all their 5th edition glory. "Is this everyone that will appear or be playable in the game?" (You ask?) Absolutely not! These are just the ones I'm willing to reveal stats of beforehand, so as not to give out too many spoilers. Check them out and see which character you want to play if you decide to take on this temporal challenge at Gamehole Con 2015! 

Party on, Dudes!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Revelations of Jeff

For the last seven years I've been attending GenCon almost exclusively to play in and buy stuff made by Exile Game Studio. Everybody's got a favorite small publisher or obscure game they can only seem to play at GenCon: Call of Cthulhu, Paranoia, LARP, you name it. My GenCon go-to is HOLLOW EARTH EXPEDITION (HEX), by Exile Game Studio. Once I stumbled upon their booth back in GenCon 2008 and picked up the HEX hardback I was hooked. Its a beautifully written and produced RPG about 1930's Pulp Adventure!  Lost Civilizations! Man-Eating Dinosaurs! and Nazis! Everything a growing gamer needs.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Jordan Weisman at GenCon 2015!

The Vorpal Chainsword correspondents at GenCon this year were lucky enough to catch up with the one and only JORDAN WEISMAN, CEO of Harebrained Schemes.

Starting with founding FASA Corporation back in the early 80s, Jordan has been a never-ending font of game design awesomeness over the decades. He's responsible for some the coolest rpgs, both pen-n-paper as well as video games, that you've ever played (and I'm very much looking forward to digging into Shadowrun: Hong Kong in the near future).

Here are just a few favorite game worlds he's created:

Jordan Weisman discusses what GenCon means to him...

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Jen Page at GenCon2015!

This year at GenCon we at the Vorpal Chainsword were fortunate enough to have a number of Vorpal Chainsword Correspondents(tm) roaming around the 'Con, talking to interesting people, and getting loads of footage of all the glory that is the Best Four Days in Gaming! The submissions have been coming in all week and we're having a blast sorting through the media covering all angles of GenCon.

Here's a quick interview from the dealer hall, where a couple of our correspondents* caught up with one of our favorite special guests at GenCon...

*Bigscaryprawn and e3betht, also known as TrapJaw and Evil-Lyn.