In 1997, Guardians of Order published Big Eyes Small Mouth, which became an important milestone in the quirky history of anime-inspired tabletop RPGs. In 2006, the company imploded and the founder disappeared for a while. In between, the company put out dozens of games and supplements, ranging from triumphs like the Sailor Moon RPG and Resource Book to weirdness like the Dual!... [click here for more]
"Yaruki Zero" is Japanese for "Zero Motivation." It’s also the name of Ewen Cluney’s blog about games. Ewen (which is pronounced like "Aaron" for reasons his parents have never fully explained) is the translator of Maid: The Role-Playing Game, and the designer of Channel A, Magical Burst, and entirely too many weird things that mix anime and tabletop role-playing... [click here for more]
A short (24-page) zine about the history of Palladium Books!
Founded in 1981, Palladium Books is one of the weirdest tabletop RPG publishers, which is really saying something.
Coverage of 15 different Palladium RPGs and the entire Palladium Books Megaverse!
5 humorous lists of amusing elements of Palladium’s games.
A detailed explanation of the Megaversal RPG system and its general strangeness.
A... [click here for more]
In 1990, Palladium Books launched Rifts, a post-apocalyptic-science-fantasy-horror-mecha-role-playing game using a game system from 1981.
In 2021, two guys who played it a bunch revisited the game and, armed with hindsight, set about mocking, parodying, and critiquing the game. It turned into this embarrassingly long book.
Coverage of the basic rules, the nearly 30 (i.e. 27) classes, psionics,... [click here for more]