Polish Steam Pulp Fantasy

Illustration: Pawel Chrzanowski


Wolsung: Steam Pulp Fantasy is a roleplaying game of cinematic action set in the daring times of the Magical-Industrial Revolution. The setting is an alternative Earth in the fantastic 19th Century. The game is due in English from Studio 2 Publishing, planned late 2011 spring 2012.



Web: Steam Pulp Fantasy
Illustration: Pawel Chrzanowski

Article by Ole Peder Giæver

Update 28/12: Correction on planned release date.

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The Dream of a King and other tales


Illustration: Joel Sammallahti

– The scenarios competing in the Danish roleplaying convention Fastaval are reputed to be among the best in the world, yet they’re rarely played outside Denmark because they’re mostly in Danish, says editor Juhana Pettersson.

Unelma Keltaisesta kuninkaasta ja muita tanskalaisia roolipelejä (The Dream of a King in Yellow and other Danish roleplaying games) is a collection of Fastaval scenarios translated into Finnish. It’s the first time Fastaval scenarios have been published
as a collection in any foreign language.

Web: Book page (In Finnish, English with Google Translate).
Illustration: By Joel Sammallahti, from the cover of the book, based on the game Arken by Alex Uth

Article by Ole Peder Giæver

Gaming at the High Seas


Photo: Game Adventures Cruise

Ever dreamed of combining your passion for role playing and board games with a Caribbean cruise?



- Gamer Adventures began as a experiment about taking games on vacation. It has developed into a full-service travel agency that caters to gamers and their families, says Kimberly Maita at Gamer Adventures.



– At this time, we are organizing 3 to 4 cruises per year in addition to land tours.



Web: Game Adventures

Article by Ole Peder Giæver

The Ronnies

Ron Edwards  Photo: Michele Gelli

The Ronnies
RPG Guru Ron Edwards has been running a series of indie game creation challenges over at the Forge. The games must be written in 24 hours.

– Then I judge who receives a Ronny and provide detailed feedback for every entry. A Ronny consists of $50 and willingness to assist and discuss the game as much as you want, says Edwards.
The entries are available at the 24-Hour RPG website 1km1kt.net.
Many previous entries have become published games.

– [The topics of this year’s games] are daring, fascinating, and occasionally shocking. People are using their experiences with innovative mechanics to break new ground into innovative subjects. At least one game has prompted horrified outcries of protest, says Edwards.

Web: The Ronnies – forum thread & 24-Hour RPG website
Photo: Ron Edwards at InterNosCon 2010 by Michele Gelli

Article by Ole Peder Giæver

Video recap from Knudepunkt 2011

A central meeting ground in the Nordic roleplaying scene is the annual conference Knudepunkt (en. meeting point or nodal point). The conference changes location every year within the Nordic countries and locally the term is translated into Swedish Knutpunkt, Norwegian Knutepunkt and Finnish Solmukohta.

Even though it’s a nordic thing, the impact and academic edge has put Knudepunkt on the map and every year participants are coming from all over the world.
Knudepunkt 2011 - Denmark
On this years Knudepunkt year the Danish organizers had the aim to film several of the sessions which you of course should watch. Also, quite a lot of the documentation from the sessions are available on the site.

For next year, mark April 12th-15th in your calendar and prepare for Solmukohta 2012 in Finland. It’ll be worth the trip, and also, the have saunas.

Article by Petter Karlsson

Exploading pants

Exploading Pants
A new edition of the U.S. indie RPG “Panty Explosion” ships on May 1st. The anime-inspired game is a “Psychic Japanese Schoolgirl Adventure Game.” Previous editions have received favorable reviews over at RPG.net.

– Panty Explosion Perfect is a refined version of the original game, designed to be easier to learn and faster to play, says author Jake Richmond.

Web: Panty Explosion Perfect
Illustration: Jake Richmond

Article by Ole Peder Giæver

Happy feet

Happy Feet
Ever wanted to play a tragic penguin hero? Watch out for the Danish and English translations of Ikuisuuden laakso (The Valley of Eternity) by Juhana Pettersson. The Finnish indie RPG will be out in Danish early 2011, and the English edition sometime later the same year.

The Valley of Eternity is set in the eternal cold of the Antarctic continent, and features noble, yet lonely, penguin heroes and their sublime philosophical powers, and savage anti-penguins who become as one with the glacier. In Ikuisuuden laakso, the hero will always die alone and unloved.

Web: Ikuisuuden laakso (In Finnish, English with Google Translate).
Webshop: Boostep

Illustration: Jonna Lylykangas

Article by Ole Peder Giæver

The Nørwegian virus

Zombie Porn

Since its inception in 2007, the short, free, experimental RPGs from the Nørwegian Style blog have been spreading virally. Translations are available in Spanish, Polish, French, Swedish and Korean (!). The games include gems such as Zombie Porn and the concept of role playing poems (15 minute freeform scenarios), which has inspired Marc Majcher’s book Twenty-Four Game Poems. His book can be purchased at Lulu.com, together with the Nørwegian Style anthology.

Web: Nørwegian Style

Article by Ole Peder Giver