Kristine Chester, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Kristine Chester, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Favorite Comic Book SeriesAtomic Robo
Favorite D&D Class:  Wizard
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:  Cookies N' Cream

Golarion, the main setting of the Pathfinder RPG, is a detailed and fully developed world. Anyone who has ever played one of Paizo's adventure paths or cracked open a book outside of the core releases can tell you that. While in the Player's Handbook the gods are a passing mention. A name, an alignment, their portfolios (their heavenly domains such as the goddess of the sun or the goddess of madness), their Domains (a special set of bonus spells a Cleric or Paladin worshiper could select), and Favored Weapons. In other words, only the absolutely necessary mechanics.

On one hand, this is great. It allows players to make their character's god or goddess their own, but a little bit of details can go a long way to portraying a religion and exploring deeper themes for a religious character. That's where this book comes in.

The Queen's Cavaliers (TQC) is an upcoming baroque, clockpunk, tabletop fantasy roleplaying game designed by Caoimhe Snow (of the ENnie-nominated RPG Wandering Monsters High School.) TQC is a swashbuckling game that draws on inspirations like The Three Musketeers to recreate that style of action. Swinging on chandeliers, dueling while dangling off the side of an air ship, and trading witty banter are all par for the course. With this style of play, TQC has a cinematic feel to its gameplay, with combat consisting of far more than, “I walk up and swing my sword at the goblin,” and combat being far from a character's only recourse. It's a game that encourages creativity and playing characters with a sense of style.

I've read a lot of of fantasy books based off of roleplaying games. The quality of their plots often leaves much to be desired, and they're all over the place as far as deciding what rules and complexities from the game to follow and which to blatantly ignore. This is all to say that those aren't really concerns here. James L. Sutter knows his stuff.

The following is an interview with Victoria Jaczko, the winner of Paizo's 2014 RPG Superstar contest. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Kristine Chester chats with Jaczko about how she got her start in the world of gaming, details about her adventure model (The Daughters of Fury), and her feelings on the prevailing attitudes towards gender in gaming.

This interview was conducted on April 15, 2014.

Being up front, the Fear the Boot podcast has been part of my lineup of regularly listened to podcasts for a long time. If you're a fan of tabletop RPGs, it and its massive backlog of 330+ episodes are one of the first I would recommend. Many of the hosts of the show - Dan Repperger, Wayne Cole, Chris Hussey, and more - have demonstrated their creativity time and time again on the show, and it kills me that we don't have more stuff out from them.

In the 1940s, the world was introduced to, arguably, the first Asian superhero, The Green Turtle, a masked man with a turtle cape, a haunting shadow, and a mysterious background who was featured in five issues of Blazing Comics. Now, 70 years later, Gene Yang (Boxers & Saints, American Born Chinese) and Sonny Liew (My Faith in Frankie, Sense and Sensibility) have brought new life to the character and delved back into his origins in the The Shadow Hero.

There are many different flavors of hit men. Some are masters of political assassinations, some try to find inventive new ways to kill people, some yodel, but they all have their own distinctive style, their mark. Mike Fallon's is a gift for setting up accidents. What looks like a suicide or a terrible car accident might, in fact, be a murder caused by an accident man.

You know how whenever Batman captures a villain, he'll have escaped from Arkham Asylum and be back on the streets by next week? Yeah, Thaniel doesn't let the bad guys get that far. Possessing a mysterious power reminiscent of the grim reaper and a thirst for vengeance, Thaniel finds himself cleaning up the streets of his hometown one murder at a time.

Cosmic Times' Decisions is about the choices we make in life. The hard choices. The ones that determine how a person's life turns out. The comic series follows two wandering specters as they provide people at a crossroads in their lives the opportunity to review their choices and see potentially different outcomes before making their final decision.

In the 1940s the world was introduced to, arguably, the first Asian superhero, The Green Turtle, a masked man with a turtle cape, a haunting shadow, and a mysterious background who was featured in five issues of Blazing Comics. Now, 70 years later, Gene Yang (Boxers & Saints, American Born Chinese) and Sonny Liew (My Faith in Frankie, Sense and Sensibility) have brought new life to the character and delved back into his origins in the first chapter of The Shadow Hero.

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