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Florida is full of cons

Wow, I can not keep up there are gaming conventions this month in Tampa, FL and next month in Jacksonville, FL. What I know so far is that it is too late to pre-register for the con in Tampa called Metrocon 2011 for June 17-19 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL. they plan to

Retrospective – A year of gaming with kids (part 3)

We’ve reached the third and last installment of my end-of-year review and reflection of the after-school club’s activities.  In this part I’ll talk a little about the observations I’ve made about the play of the various groups and list out the games I’m planning on introducing next year. Different games = different…

Adventure begins with the first step

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Tonight’s the night! Last minute River Song predictions

Here’s a few ideas floating around my head as I foam with anticipation over tonight’s episode of Doctor Who ( 6:40, BBC1. Don’t miss it!). Much as I would love River Song to be the spirit of the TARDIS in human form , we’ve already seen that to awesome effect this season. I’m actually quite proud that …

Some entertaining steampunk videos

For those of you who aren’t familar with the League of S.T.E.A.M. , they’re a group of steampunk cosplay/entertainers who put out some pretty entertaining short videos as well as perform at various cons. They also appear in the latest Panic! at the Disco video ( The Ballad of Mona Lisa ). They have a few more short films up on their website

Marcon 46 Convention Review

Over the Memorial Day weekend I had the chance to attend my first Marcon convention in Columbus, Ohio . Marcon is the oldest science fiction and fantasy convention in Ohio and is operated by SOLEA (the Science Oriented Literature, Art, and Education Foundation). The first Marcon was held in Toledo, OH back in 1966. They moved to Columbus for the third convention in 1968 and have been there ever since. Marcon offers…

Mutants and Dragons, Third Edition

A while ago (November 2008, to be slightly more precise) I posted up a bunch of D&D-based Fantasy Archetypes for Mutants & Masterminds Second Edition . Now that the Third Edition has got its feet firmly under the table I think it’s time to do it again, don’t you? To save some time and duplication of stuff, here’s the original posts o’ mine about using M&M for D&D, all from way…

Communication Breakdown: Language in RPGs

The other night I got my hands on a copy of Rogue Trader , one of the Warhammer 40,000 role-playing games released by Fantasy Flight Games . Naturally, the most immediate way to give the system a once-over was to craft a character (a Forge World Explorator, if you must know). I liked what I saw, and recommend giving the game …

Scrabble Switch-Up

Scrabble Switch-Up is another attempt by Hasbro to boost their Scrabble line with a bucket-load of variants. It’s 50% off on Amazon right now (follow the link). You can play regular Scrabble, or you can use any of the six themed board overlays, rearranged special scoring spaces, special blocking and blank tiles, or special action cards. You…

Clearing Out the Browser Tabs Roundup

RIP Ned Strongin, creator of Connect Four. ( source ) ICv2 covers the Q1 game industry. ( source ) Techcrunch calls Zynga’s new Facebook game Empires and Allies a cross between Settlers of Catan meets Risk meets the ‘ville franchise. ( source ) This guy painted Scrabble tile graffiti as a proposal to his girlfriend. ( source )

Wure, Were, Werle: The 3W Safe Motherhood Game

PLAN International Senegal teaches maternal wellness using a board game called Wure, Were, Werle, aka The 3W Safe Motherhood Game. The game teaches various lessons in taking care of yourself during pregnancy and birth, as well as potential factors that could cause harm or death. The initial plan and a description of the board game can be found in this 2001 Global Health…

Kinematic’s “Noetic” Games

Kinematic is a company run by Dr. Leigh Kibby, a self-proclaimed “Noetic” psychologist and coach. His theories are somewhat derived from logotherapy and the search for meaning, ethics, spirituality, etc. To this end, he provides a number of free downloadable games , most of which appear to be instructions for Chess variants. Not only do the rules provide for different piece movements (with unequal forces), they also include…

Crossroads, A Co-op Christian Strategy Game

Crossroads is a cooperative strategy battle tile game (played on a grid) from sggc Crossroad Games , designed by Michael Brown ( Anachronism ). Coming soon. Roll the dice, lay tiles, move your disk. Face the challenge card with your stats, resources, prayers, and more dice. While purportedly promoting the Christian narrative, I’m wondering how they handle, say, Deborah and Barak losing…

Crossroads, A Co-op Christian Strategy Game

Crossroads is a cooperative strategy battle tile game (played on a grid) from sggc Crossroad Games , designed by Michael Brown ( Anachronism ). Coming soon. Roll the dice, lay tiles, move your disk. Face the challenge card with your stats, resources, prayers, and more dice. While purportedly promoting the Christian narrative, I’m wondering how they handle, say, Deborah and Barak losing after…

Lamentations of the Flame Princess: Grindhouse Edition. What was I thinking?

Actually I’ve had the free edition for quite a while. I quickly read over it and kind of shrugged. But with new found interest in the older style of games, I decided to grab the full Lamentations of the Flame Princess: Grindhouse Edition and give it good read. What the hell was I thinking when

Speed Up Combat By Building Your Own Combat GM Screen

Photo courtesy of sdobie What is the number one way to make combat go faster? For D&D type games, it is mastering the rules. When you can make decisions based on accurate rules knowledge, not only do you have more options available, but you play with more effectiveness and confidence. You also need to make fewer rules references on or between turns. You help other…

Old-School Awesomeness – What I Found at a Flea Market

About two years ago, I got back into tabletop RPGs after a hiatus that was far too long. My resurgent interest in gaming also coincided with my wife and I realizing that we loved garage sales, antique stores and flea markets. Because I game a lot, I always look for things I can use in a game when we’re at these types of sales. …

My thoughts on PDF pricing and print + PDF bundles

In Youseph’s recent unboxing post the subject of PDF pricing came up again. He criticized that Troll Lord Games doesn’t provide free (or at least cheap) PDFs with the purchase of the hardbound books. In his reply ( Editor’s note :  the thread the reply was in got deleted, so the link is not working anymore ) to that, Troll Lord Games CEO said, that …

Lost in DAZ Studio 4. Send food.

I should be writing blogposts about other things (such as how to run a 4e D&D game using Mutants & Masterminds and how to build a mega-dungeon using nothing but Delves), but DAZ Studio 4 has eaten up a frankly shocking amount of my free time over the last few days. Sorry ’bout that. Quite simply, it’s brilliant. The interface improves upon DS3&#…

Lost in DAZ Studio 4. Send food.

I should be writing blogposts about other things (such as how to run a 4e D&D game using Mutants & Masterminds and how to build a mega-dungeon using nothing but Delves), but DAZ Studio 4 has eaten up a frankly shocking amount of my free time over the last few days. Sorry ’bout that. Quite simply, it’s brilliant. The interface improves upon DS3′s in…