RPG Publisher soliciting for TARGA benefit!

Posted in Uncategorized by Michael "Chgowiz" on September 24, 2009

You can read the details here, but in a nutshell:

James E. Raggi IV of Lamentations of the Flame Princess publishing has generously offered to develop an entire issue of his Green Devil Face for benefit of TARGA. James has given TARGA the right to print issues if we wish, to use the content for TARGA specific games or sell issues at conventions for our benefit.

Thank you! This is exactly the kind of thing that TARGA is looking for from publishers and retailers. If you have a product you’d like to share with us, please contact our “PR guy” at mail.rpgblog@gmail.com.

Traditional gaming news

Posted in Uncategorized by Michael "Chgowiz" on September 19, 2009

Goblinoid Games just released an update to their fantasy role-playing game Labyrinth Lord (LL), and they’ve updated their website. A new feature of the site includes the Labyrinth Lord Society, a group aimed at promoting and demonstrating Labyrinth Lord. LL is very similar to the B/X Basic D&D game from the early 1980s.

Fight On! has just released Issue #6.  Fight On supports all types of traditional roleplay gaming. There’s something here for sci-fi fans, Empire of the Petal enthusiasts, gamers who want to explore a dungeon of blocks and a continuation of the Fight On megadungeon. This issue’s cover is the prize-winning color art by Mark Allen, which won the recent Erol Otus art contest.

Four publishers of old school adventures have gotten together to offer a “Sampler PDF bundle“. This is a perfect resource for introducing old and new players alike to some traditional D&D gaming.

This bundle can be purchased from YourGamesNow or RPGNow.

Megadungeon.net, the free resource for old school style megadungeons has recieved a recent update – the Fungal Forests.

Design your own monster and have it made into a minature! Mythmere Games announced a Swords & Wizardry Miniatures Contest – details can be found here.

Traditional tabletop RPGs get some mass media exposure courtesy of a new column in The Escapist magazine, a video game periodical. Columnists Chris Brackett, Monte Cook, James Maliszewski and Allen Varney are sharing writing duties.

TARGA reboots with new focus – YOU!

Posted in Uncategorized by Michael "Chgowiz" on September 14, 2009

TARGA is almost a year old, and with that, we’ve started taking active steps to organize a new mission and focus on what’s important – “getting butts into chairs” at traditional, older roleplaying games. After a series of meetings and blog posts and email list exchanges (see our TARGATalk email list), we’re focused on YOU, the traditional gameplayer and traditional Game Master. That means we want to help you organize games, events and spread the joy and love that you have for your game – no matter what the genre is!

Do you want to run an old sci-fi game like LBB Traveller, StarFrontiers or Encounter Critical? Do you want to run post-apocalypse Metamorphosis Alpha or the new “clone” Mutant Futures? Do you want to run an OD&D, Red Box Basic or 1st Edition AD&D game? Then TARGA wants to help you!

Our focus for the next 6 months is going to be promoting convention games, local game store events and gaming groups. We want to help you with prebuilt, exclusive adventures and content from OSR publishers. We want to help you with fliers and ideas on how to run your events. We want to give you the tools you need to succeed.

To that end, the TARGA wiki is starting to come alive. Right now, we have a list of TARGA events and some ideas coming about for regional/local coordinators to trade ideas, help and experiences. That’s what we’ll use the wiki and the TARGATalk email list for.

How can you be a part of this? Quite simply, run a TARGA event. Put “butts in chairs” and run an awesomely fun game! Hand out a TARGA flier that promotes Old School. Share your stories on the TARGA talk and add information to the wiki. Contact us here at the blog, or drop me an email – chgowiz@gmail.com – because I need your ideas. I can’t do this all myself, it’s going to take all of us to share our love of the old games and the newer retroclones to get interested players into the fold.

We’ve got a lot of cool plans, like a “Living TARGA” campaign setting for the 3 main roleplaying genres, but that doesn’t mean you can’t contribute your own ideas and games – old western RPGs, 1920s gangster games, strange world games – if it’s an old traditional RPG, or a newer rewrite in the spirit of the older games, we want to play it!