Category Archives: Blog

Geek Culture Is Dead! Long Live Geek Culture!

Appears Patton Oswalt has stirred up a bit of a geek shit storm over a little column at Wired.com. Some folks just aren’t happy hearing that geek culture is pretty much screwed. I don’t think so. Here’s the deal. Geek culture has come a long way from those dark early days. Today, geek is chic.

TisTheGift: Hand-painted Classic Games

Tis The Gift paints, works, or embroiders classic games with a feminine touch. They’re rather pretty, complete with peace signs, or Indian totems, or whatever theme you want, actually. I particularly like the blood-spatter and steak knife vampire Checkers set. http://tisthegift.com/

Grok, the Game

Grok from Communicate for Life is a spiritual touchy-feely (non-violent communication) game about feelings, perhaps appropriately named after the Robert Heinlein word that means to merge with another’s reality. The product comes with 54 feeling cards, 54 need cards, and instructions for 15 games, such as “NVC Poker”, which doesn’t actually play like any type of poker you may be

Sifteo

Sifteo cubes are little computers that have motion detectors in them. They can also detect nearby Sifteo cubes. What’s so cool about that? They also connect wirelessly to your computer, and will have an app store to download all sorts of games to the cubes. The board gaming possibilities with these babies is almost infinite. They’re not out yet, but should …

Book Review: Pathfinder Bestiary 2

No matter what kind of GM you are, chances are that, at some point in time, you’ve needed something… more. The usual round of orcs, goblins and dragons. But, by now, you’ve likely taken your players through most of the usual suspects. You’ve added templates, class levels and you’ve used all of the monsters that you’ve …

Rules Mastery For Dummies & Busy GMs Part 4: The Quality of Rules

A lot of blogs and articles talk about “realism” (or verisimilitude) in RPGs and how to achieve it. Campaign Mastery is no different in this respect, a number of my articles having dealt with the subject. Over the last few weeks, as I write this, I’ve been spending time thinking about a fundamental question that a lot of these articles and opinions…

Rules Mastery For Dummies & Busy GMs Part 4: The Quality of Rules

A lot of blogs and articles talk about “realism” (or verisimilitude) in RPGs and how to achieve it. Campaign Mastery is no different in this respect, a number of my articles having dealt with the subject. Over the last few weeks, as I write this, I’ve been spending time thinking about a fundamental question that a lot of these articles …

Wile E. Coyote at your service!

Tweet Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Wile E. Coyote, genius. I am not selling anything nor am I working my way through college. Wrong cartoon? My name is Michael Garcia from all over the US. Currently in Oklahoma. I know, right? I’ve gamed since I was about 10 years old with the 1st Edition AD&D. Most of the time we…

Wile E. Coyote at your service!

Tweet Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Wile E. Coyote, genius. I am not selling anything nor am I working my way through college. Wrong cartoon? My name is Michael Garcia from all over the US. Currently in Oklahoma. I know, right? I’ve gamed since I was about 10 years old with the 1st Edition AD&D. Most of the time we didn’…

AD&D Monster Manual part 19

Gnoll: Although these guys haven’t changed very much at all statistically, just about everything else in their entry is new. We learn that they live in loosely organised bands that occasionally form together to fight a common foe. They have leaders and chieftains with extra hit points, and also travel with their females and young (meaning that they procreate in the usual fashion). There’s no …

Palladium Rules Round Table 2: Skill Failure And Success

Time to learn. About skills. As we move forward in our discussion about various dice mechanics in various Palladium Books games, our spotlight falls on a fairly large hot-button item: skills. While most elements of Palladium’s system (and, in fact, the system of any publisher) have fans and detractors, skills have perhaps the widest variety of complaints. Today, I think we’ll talk principally about the actual mechanics of how…

Web Clip Wednesday: Roleplayed

Once again, I’m delving back into the past. Let’s face it there’s so much crap on youtube sometimes you can miss some real gems. This one features a really dysfunctional gaming session. Enjoy.

Wow, D&D is now truly a CCG

*Gag* I predicted this would happen when WotC announced that the Gamma World boosters would involve a collectible element. This one is the ultimate in stupidity though: I especially love the fact that these are clearly being positioned to be released in waves of card series. Talk about ruining a RPG by monetizing every aspect of it.

Anyone know what this is?

No?  Well you will soon! Take a quick gander at my latest project. It’s not Aruneus.  It’s not Palladium. It’s not even an RPG.  It is quite fun, humorous, involves spy satellites, BBQ grills and flaming cats, and will in no way get a file opened on you by the FBI. Although I can’t honestly vouch …

Monsters in Ticket to Ride

If you pickup the Alvin & Dexter expansion for Ticket to Ride then you’ll be able to enjoy monster mayhem on your maps! By turning in locomotive cards, players can move monsters onto cities for points and extra fun. You can take a peek at the full rules here , and the expansion will work on any board. This looks like on TTR…

Collecting Vintage Board Games

The following is a guest post by Ted Linhart , describing his introduction to collecting vintage board games. Ted is Vice President of Research at USA Network . He’s a Twitter regular, where he can be found as @TedOnTV . I think collecting is an inherited gene—you either are born with the urge or not.  I come from a family of collectors—my parents, brother, grandparents, uncle, and aunt are all passionate…

DAZ3D Freebie of the Week: Ponte Maggiore

This week’s freebie from the good folks at DAZ3D is Ponte Maggiore , a stunning bridge and canal set which includes poses for M4 on and around the bridge and a single camera setup (shown below, with one of the M4 poses). Scenes like this are infinitely reusable, and it’s easily a commercial-grade freebie. This is a worthy addition to …

[Horror] Take Your World and Break It

Tweet One of the most powerful ways to run a modern day horror campaign is to take the familiar and start blending in a little bit of strange.  The differences don’t have to be dangerous right away, just strange enough to make the players feel threatened or at least ill-at-ease.  This form of discomfort keeps the players guessing as to what…

[Horror] Take Your World and Break It

Tweet One of the most powerful ways to run a modern day horror campaign is to take the familiar and start blending in a little bit of strange.  The differences don’t have to be dangerous right away, just strange enough to make the players feel threatened or at least ill-at-ease.  This form of discomfort keeps the players …

Name Change at Reaper

Reaper Miniatures is changing its name to Hobby-Q . Reaper will remain a brand of the company for hobby metal miniatures. But the company says that the new name will help it market its other products, such as Master Series Paints , Asylum prepainted plastic miniatures, and CollectA Figurines to confused consumers and skittish retailers, such as “mainstream hobby stores” and museum shops.