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Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

OneDice Bundle

OneDice-UniversalI just wanted to let you folks know that there’s a new Bundle of Holding out there. For the next 20 days you can get a collection of OneDice games from Cakebread & Walton for about $16 and support Doctors Without Borders at the same time, since 10% of your payment (after fees) goes directly to them. What I like about the OneDice roleplaying games is that there’s basically one game for every genre imaginable (ok, perhaps not for all of those, but it’s close) and the rules are pretty easy to learn. I should probably also mention that all the games of the OneDice line are family-friendly. If you’re looking for a simple roleplaying game to play with your kids or a game you could run while you’re main game is on hiatus, OneDice is probably a good choice. All the books are also standalone, which means all the core rules are included in each genre book.

The so-called Starter Collection ($7.95 or more) contains OneDice Universal (Revised), OneDice Fantasy and Urban Fantasy, OneDice Cyberpunk and Steampunk, and OneDice Pulp. If you pay more than the threshold price you get all of the above in addition to OneDice Space, OneDice Pirates & Dragons, OneDice Airship Pirates, OneDice Supers, OneDice B-Movies and last but not least OneDice Robin Hood.

After the purchase you can download all these books in PDF format DRM-free and they are also automatically added to your DriveThruRPG account. By the way, if you want to have a look at the rules first before making a purchase, there’s a OneDice Quickstart available as PWYW. It’s a 44-paged PDF containing not only the rules, but also solo adventures in a fantasy and scifi setting respectively.

Stargazer’s World 10th Anniversary

Yes, you’ve got that right, this very blog is now over 10 years old! When I started this blog in August 2008 I never would have thought that it would still be a thing in 2018. But now, 10 years later it s still a thing. It’s probably not as popular as it was around 2010, but it’s still alive and kicking. Over the last 10 years I’ve seen many RPG blogs come and go, and some of them I miss dearly. Unfortunately many RPG bloggers have lost interest in blogging or moved their activities from their blogs to social networks. The times are changing.

Interesting facts and statistics
During the last 10 years 2038 posts have been written by 20 different authors. These posts have been commented on 7989 times. The most popular post was Roleplaying City Map Generator from 2009 with about 173,000 views! The most popular review during these 10 years was my review of the Iron Kingdom Core Rules which has been read 9,046 times. The most-read interview was the one with Marc Miller (which I am very proud of). It was viewed 1736 times.

Personal Stories
Aside from writing about my favorite hobby I also used this blog to write about personal issues, mostly my struggle with depression and anxiety. Because of this I might have lost a few readers, but I found it extremely important to write about my mental health problems. For one it raises awareness and secondly it helped me to cope with it better.

The Future
I really hope this blog will have one. If you have followed this blog for a couple of years you might have noticed that we’re not posting as regularly as before. A lot can happen over 10 years, team members joined, others left us. More often than not pesky things like work get in the way.  But I am not willing to give up blogging anytime soon. I might not be as prolific as I was before, but I’ll keep writing posts as long as it’s fun. At this point I wouldn’t be that surprised if there’s a 20th anniversary in this blog’s future.

Thanks!
First and foremost I want to thank you folks, the readers of this blog. I would probably keep writing even if no one reads it, BUT it’s much more fun, if you get feedback! I also want to thank everyone who has ever written a post on this blog. You definitely helped to keep the blog alive. I have special thanks for Zachary Houghton, Phil Ménard and Berin Kinsman, who helped me a lot finding my own voice back in the early days of the blog!

P.S.: The featured image above is from the video game Fallout 3 by Bethesda Softworks is a screenshot taken during the quest “Growing Up Fast” in which the protagonist celebrates his 10th birthday. I found it quite fitting.

Future Plans

While Roberto is providing you with a constant stream of awesome videos tied into this year’s RPGaDay, I am musing about what kind of content I could create in the foreseeable future. I have thought doing some videos myself, but since I am not really confident in my English language skills (at least when it comes to the spoken word), I will probably stick to blog posts for a while.

Recently I acquired a couple of new roleplaying games including but not limited to the following:

While I will probably not have the opportunity to play all these soon, I might still write reviews or at least short first look posts about them. There was quite the controversy around White Wolf recently, so a closer look at Vampire 5th Edition may be of interest to some of you. I also would like to find the answer to the question which game the better successor to Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1st & 2nd Edition is: Warhammer FRP 4th Edition or the fan-produced ZWEIHÄNDER.

Aside from these books, I still have a review copy of the Tales from the Loop adventure book Our Friends the Machines on top of my “to review” stack. A friend of mine asked me several times if I was willing to run a game of Tales from the Loop for him, and I do, but we haven’t found a good opportunity yet. So the review is still high on my list, I just don’t know when I’ll finally get to it.

Last but not least, there are a couple of unfinished game designs on my hard drive, that are in dire need of work. A SF game inspired by Chris McDowall’s work (and actually based on one of his designs) had actually progressed quite far when I stopped working on it. At this moment the unbearable heat in my office keeps me from doing any creative work, but as soon as the temperatures drop again, this might be a worthwhile endeavour. I might actually turn this into a Patreon thing during development with the Patreon patrons getting an inside look into the design process. If you folks think it’s a good idea, please let me know.

Is there something else you were hoping for? What kind of content do you miss? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!