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AD&D Monster Manual part 23

I said Wednesday, okay, I just didn’t say which Wednesday. Hippopotamus: The only previous mention of Hippos in D&D was in the Conjure Animals spell. With 8 Hit Dice and a damage range of 3-18, they’re a pretty tough monster, and they are said to be aggressive despite being herbivores. And in real life, they are responsible for a lot of human deaths. Any animal that can tear a low-level party …

Bananagrams Zip-It and Fruitominoes

We did mention these before . But now that I’ve had a chance to look at them in person… actually, Fruitominoes is still just Dominoes with pictures of fruit instead of black dots. But Zip-It isn’t exactly dice based. True, the pieces look like dice, but they aren’t used for rolling random letters. Instead, each player takes 12 cubes and, at the…

Griddly Update

Toy Fair previews from Griddly Games included Wise Alec expansions, an update to the Wise Alec base game, and Mosaic 4. Wise Alec is a combination trivia and activity game. The updated base game adds more trivia questions, as well as board spaces where a player’s opponent gets to choose the question card but the player earns double points for a correct answer. …

Fighting the good fight…

I’ve written about Puerto Rico Role Players before , many times , and probably will some more. This is one such instance, so humor me if you please (if not there are some excellent posts down the page…) (Still here? Good, let’s go on…) One of the reasons I became so active in the group was to give back something to the gaming community. Through…

The Great Expedition – Sir Francis Drake

Osprey Publishing 17th title in their Raid Series The Great Expedition – Sir Francis Drake on the Spanish Main 1585-86 Author Angus Konstam If you remember Sid Meier’s Pirates PC Game from the late ’80s and throughout the ’90s, then you will thoroughly enjoy this book. The author, Angus Konstam, a former naval officer, does a superb job of telling the …

Entering warpspeed and single power superheroes

Wil Wheaton as commander of a Federation starship? I’m in. I’m quite enjoying not blogging so this is me, not blogging , right now. This is not a blogpost. It’s just random words on a page. Not a blogpost at all. Nope. What I have been doing is thinking about superheroes with just one superpower. There are entire superhero teams where the majority…

Gotcha and Phone Frenzy

Two upcoming products from Buffalo Games are Gotcha and Phone Frenzy. Gotcha is a game about following rules and catching other players breaking them. Each turn a player gets to assign a rule from their hand of cards to one or more other players; that is all. The difficulty is that during the game, players must always follow the rules…

Empire Gaming RPG: A Pictures Worth A Thousand Words

I was reading a post over at Tenkar’s Tavern about PDF’s and artwork and it got me thinking…which may be a first for me. I’ve been writing a game system for quite a few years now and I’m getting close to completion on it. Which in turn is causing me to think of a lot more things I need to do if I ever want …

Second Kingmaker session: Just the good parts

We finished up our second real session of Kingmaker and I sit here with a potato chip grease stained page of hand scribbled notes to tell you about it. Our characters have reached second level. We’re EPIC! We also continued our bad habits. OK, maybe it’s just me. Poke the web covered thorn bush and

Notable Novelists

Notable Novelists of the 20th Century is a Go-Fish-like card game, where players try to collect three-card sets consisting of a portrait card, a biography card, and a library card (list of three published works) for each novelist.

Feeling Sweet Bingo

Feeling Sweet Bingo is Bingo with emotions and baked goods instead of letters and numbers. That’s it.

Top Trumps Tournament Sets

Top Trumps Tournament sets come with six card packs, including one not available separately, and a holder-spinner device for playing a new format of the game that accommodates up to six players. The first three sets available will be Star Wars , Harry Potter , and Marvel Universe . In the Star Wars box, the exclusive deck is Top 30 Moments with cards for scenes from the movies…

Decisions at the Lotus Petal Inn

It was getting towards dusk when Gami-Gami entered the common room of the Inn. She had a big grin on her face and some mud. But what mattered to me was that she was here, before curfew . She ambled over to our table. “It is a big city, is it not, Mir’Itus, sir?” She bowed to him. “You are looking well, Mistress Rat.” She…

City Government Power Bases – Leadership

What forces govern your city? Popularity Being popular earns a government a lot of power, though it is always a fragile thing. Think of popularity as a form of temporary affiliation . Popularity is often restricted to a subset of urban society – you can’t please everyone. Strengths With a large amount of consent, a government can rule with fewer objections and roadblocks. The will of the people can …

Preview: Parahuman

LIVING WITH PARAHUMANS By: Ross Green Reporter for the New York Daily Times Parahumans have always been with us, though we haven’t always noticed them.  In the ancient times we revered them as gods or demigods.  In more recent times, we view them as celebrities. Parascientists classify parahumans into several rough groups.  The exact cause or mechanism by which one becomes a parahuman is unknown, with a …

The time I almost quit gaming!

I guess we’ve all had it. That time where you get frustrated with gaming, throw your arms up and say forget this, I’m not playing anymore… Especially if you’ve been playing for a long time like me (close to 25 years soon) you might just have had that feeling more than once. Strangely enough I’ve only been about to quit once. So if you’ll indulge me I’ll tell you about…

A Closer Look at Monopoly Live and Battleship Live

When word of these two new games leaked ahead of the show , my initial reaction, like that of many others I read online, was quite negative. However, now that I’ve actually had a chance to play with them a little at Toy Fair, my opinion has changed some. Both Monopoly Live and Battleship Live employ what Hasbro calls “motion vision technology,” or in other words, …

Gold, and an Updated Airlines, from Abacus Spiele

Gold is a card game by Michael Schacht from Abacus. It’s a filler card game in the Knizia style: cards in six colors are flipped up, and you can use your cards to swap for other cards, trying to gain points in all colors (or the most in as many colors as possible). Also on the horizon (March in Europe, …

Power Grid: The BGG Promo

BGG has its own little store where it sells BGG swag, mostly tees from old BGG.cons. It also has a number of “BGG only” promos. [1] The most well-known are the Dominion promos. However, they’ve also got a BGG-themed promo for Fluxx , as well as promos for 7 Wonders , Ascension , Stronghold , Survive , Masters Of Venice , and Thunderstone . You should soon be able to buy…

Goofing Around with Diablo II

My birthday was this month and the wife let me get a new computer. The cool thing is that I use Apple computers now and play games using parallels if they only work on Windows. What’s cool is that I just rolled over all my old software to my new 27″ iMac 2.93GHz i7 with