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Designing Suspense Into Your Adventures

At the heart of Dungeons and Dragons are monsters – and naturally the fear that monsters should evoke. This is especially true of some of the OSR style of play where a miscalculation by players on when to enter combat can be lethal. It should be avoided if...

Tasks of Tantalon, the Fabulous Fantasy Quest Book

As a game designer you are often dipping into items that have inspired you. One such item for me is the fabulous fantasy quest book “The Tasks of Tantalon” written by Steve Jackson of Games Workshop and Fighting Fantasy fame, and illustrated by Stephen Lavis,...

Car Wars – Mad Max meets Running Man!

Steve Jackson Games Car Wars was a fun table-top game that grew out of the 80’s and the sudden fame of Mad Max and Star Wars. I took a moment to do a high level overview of the Car Wars table top role playing game, highlighting some of the basic game mechanics...

Grimm – A Foreword

Throughout this history, there have been a number of cities that have been lost to time. Once thriving communities in Petra, Jordan and Machu Picchu, Peru disappeared from recorded history, only to be re-discovered by explorers some two-thousand years later. These...

Design Trends in the RPG Industry

In this episode of the Dieku Podcast we discuss design trends in the RPG industry, and in particular the OSR, where much of the innovation is taking place. Reviewing a recent episode of the Questing Beast, we dive into the idea of having unique voices within the...

Doc Savage, the World’s First Superhero

In this episode we have special guest, Chuck Welch, who has spent the last 25 years bringing together fans of the pulp fiction character Doc Savage through The Hidalgo Trading Company website and the Flearun Facebook group. When he isn’t discussing Doc Savage...