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Challenger RPG is a table top pen and paper roleplaying game similar to Dungeons and Dragons. You will need (apart from these rules): a set of polyhedral dice which you can purchase at most hobby shops, bookstores, and online; a sheet of paper for each player, pencils, imagination, and 2 or more players.
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Adventure Pack One Free RPG Adventures
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These adventures are all free to download, as is the game system itself. Enjoy.
Adventure Pack One contains seven complete adventures for use with the Challenger Roleplaying Game system a Free Roleplaying Game. These adventures are relatively short, can be easily adapted to other game systems including Of Mice Men and Wizards and are designed to take a band of 1st level heroes to 100th level+.
Challenger: Roleplaying Game Core Rules
by David Dostaler
A new Challenger is here...
This is a pen and paper tabletop roleplaying game, not a computer game. If you're looking for one of those, I'm afraid you'll have to look elsewhere. I highly recommend the dungeon-crawling German rogue-like "Lost Labyrinth" which is free to download and a purely awesome game.
If you're interested in the RPG, you've come to the right place.
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- Archie's Gold
on April 13, 2012
This book is part of a semi-series of three Children's Fiction books by E.R. Yatscoff. The other two books are: Ransom and Out on a Limb. I'm fairly sure the main character is the same in the other two books but I'm not sure if it's the same one with Archie's Gold. It definitely seems very similar.
I found this book of a much higher quality of writing than the other two. I'm not sure exactly why this is. Perhaps the author's writing was maturing by this point. The content of all three books is quite funny and interesting. The stories remind me of the stories my Dad told me of his childhood. Tree forts, outrageous endeavors, and generally just being a very exuberant little kid.
Archie's Gold is about a kid named Archie who helps an old drunk Named Freddie by walking him from the bar down a dangerous street for mutual protection (Archie shines shoes at the bar to make money to visit his Dad who is separated from his mother who will now have nothing to do with the father).
One day the old drunk drops a gold coin in his nickel collection cup for shoe shining. Not long after the old man passes all his 40 some gold coins on to Archie who is basically his only friend and then soon dies afterwards.
Things get complicated when two cops and a load of people start harassing Archie and trying to get a piece of the gold coins. Archie plays it pretty cool for a kid his age and puts his trust in a man named Lyle Raintree who is perhaps one of the most interesting characters in the book.
Lyle helps out Archie and sells the gold coins (which were stolen by someone else long ago before Freddie got them) and passes the money on to Archie. Not only that, Lyle sets up a meeting between Archie and his father at the end of the book.
At its heart this is a story about a boy who wants to reconnect with his father, and finally succeeds. It's a good tale, and it's well-told. There is also a fire-fighter angle because E.R. Yatscoff is a firefighter and according to his blog "1st in Canadian Firefighting Fiction".
I hope this review helps you make a more informed decision on whether to buy this book or not. I'd recommend checking out the sample to see if it's your kind of story or not.
on April 13, 2012
I found the start of this story a little dull. It's about three kids "Billy, Tony, and the main character whose name is never mentioned (or I missed it) who generally run around, build tree-forts, and do other kid stuff like that.
The end is 'very' funny though, if you get that far.
Warning: The rest of this review contains Spoilers on the Story!
One day they find a rival gang in their 'territory' and steal all the other kids gear from their tree fort. The other kids respond by kidnapping their friend Billy and threaten to cut off one of his fingers if they don't give everything back and 'in addition' their most prized possessions: a baseball mitt and a coonskin hat.
Instead of sensibly going to the police or a responsible adult, the two kids don't want to get into trouble so recruit Tony's older brother, Johnny, who owns a dirt bike and has a plan.
This is where the story gets really interesting and funny. Johnny has a stick of dynamite (really it's just a smoke flare). The two kids confront the gang and find out Billy was actually the gang leader's cousin. They're mad at him and tell the gang that they told a factory worker about the kidnapping.
Johnny in a mask comes jumping in like a psycho wearing a hard hat with the company logo on it. He screams and lights the dynamite stick. The gang freaks out and runs into their tree fort (who knows why). Johnny locks them in with a hammer and stick and breaks one board to toss in the 'dynamite'. The kids scream, piddle their pants, and generally pray for their life.
The main character laughs his head off. The smoke flare goes off and eventually the fat kid breaks out and a blast of smoke like a cannon shoots out of the tree fort.
To get a good feel for the story, I'd recommend checking out the sample. I hope this review helps you to make a more informed decision about whether to download this book or not.
David L. Dostaler
- Out On A Limb
on April 13, 2012
I'm honored to have the privilege of being the first to review this book by a fine author, E.R. Yatscoff.
If you enjoy Out on a Limb be sure to check out Archie's Gold and Ransom which are both similar stories. The end of Ransom is very funny, and Archie's Gold is, in my opinion, even better written than Out on a Limb.
Warning: the rest of this review contains spoilers on the story!
Two kids are building a tree fort in an old man's backyard because they think he has treasure in his garage and they want to steal it. The old man hates them and tries to get rid of them. They harass him until the point where they offer to rake his leaves and shovel his snow.
At one point "Egghead" catches them snooping in his garage and chases them into their tree fort. He starts to chop down the tree so they spray him with ketchup and he has a stroke. While he's in the hospital they use their key to sneak back into his garage and dig up his basement. There they find a chest of rare jewels from a duchess the old man was escorting to the country long ago.
Someone spots them and the fire department shows up before they can make off with the loot. The rightful owner thanks them for finding her mother's stuff. The land lady presents them with an eviction notice for their many indiscretions but says if they rake and shovel the whole subdivision for 5 months they will 'get off'.
The kids agree with the proviso of the limited term of their agreement. Egghead (the old man) returns and harasses them with his new high-powered motorized wheelchair. They consider digging a pit for him to fall in but don't want to kill him and get in even bigger trouble.
This was a good book, but I feel the other two and Old Flames were even better, hence 4 stars instead of 5. To get a good feel for this story I'd download a sample of it and check it out.
I hope this review has helped you make a more informed decision.