Board Game Rentals

BoardGameExchange made a splash a year ago as a “new way” to enjoy board games without having to buy them: rent them. There are other places to rent games: Board Games Rental appears to have come first BoardGameRentals NZ is the New Zealand equivalent Many brick and mortar stores, such as Phoenix Games in WA, Gameology in CA, Board …

Alien Frontiers

Alien Frontiers from Tory Niemann and Clever Mojo Games [1] is a space-themed area control/placement/resource management game (if that makes you think Euro game, you’re spot on). Your ships are actually dice that you first roll and then assign to collect or utilize different resources each turn. The game takes about an hour and is for 2-4 players, though 3 or…

Alien Frontiers

Alien Frontiers from Tory Niemann and Clever Mojo Games [1] is a space-themed area control/placement/resource management game (if that makes you think Euro game, you’re spot on). Your ships are actually dice that you first roll and then assign to collect or utilize different resources each turn. The game takes about an hour and is for 2-4 players, though 3 or 4 are recommended. AF was…

Retrospective – A year of gaming with kids (part 2)

In part 1 of my review of this year’s gaming activity at the after-school game club I run, I talked about the games we played over the course of the school year. In this installment I’m going to talk about the logistical problems that are involved in running an after-school program and which interfered with some of the games this year. Problems Perhaps the biggest…

Ten things to know about DAZ Studio 4

1. Ooooh! New shiny! DAZ Studio 4 is the latest version of my render application of choice. DAZ Studio 4 updates the underlying core libraries and render engine and also brings a whole new workflow, interface and generation of figure to the table. Read on for more details. 2. It’s free! DAZ Studio 4 Standard Edition is free right now , but only for a limited time. After that it…

Ten things to know about DAZ Studio 4

1. Ooooh! New shiny! DAZ Studio 4 is the latest version of my render application of choice. DAZ Studio 4 updates the underlying core libraries and render engine and also brings a whole new workflow, interface and generation of figure to the table. Read on for more details. 2. It’s free! DAZ Studio 4 Standard Edition is free right now , but only for a limited time. After that …

Preordered Pelgrane Press’s Ashen Stars

Okay, so I’m a sucker for just about anything Pelgrane puts out, especially when it comes to Gumshoe, but of all the games have proven to be worth the price so I decided to preorder Ashen Stars . I’m definitely planning on using this next school year with the the after-school club, but maybe I’ll even get my home group…

Retrospective: A year of gaming with kids (Part 1)

As the school year draws to an end, I’m looking back on the various games we played at the after-school gaming club to see what worked and what didn’t. I also am already thinking about what kinds of activities to attempt last year and thus this type of reflection is useful. The Games We Played I introduced a number of new games this year, …

More info on Paizo and WizKids’ forthcoming mini line, with a handy Q&A section.

Directly from Paizo’s outbox to you, here’s an update on the minis! Beginner Box Release Resurrects Pre-Painted Plastic Fantasy Miniatures Paizo Publishing and WizKids Games announce a new partnership whereby WizKids Games will produce a special set of pre-painted plastic miniatures for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Beginner Box, an introductory boxed set slated to …

My Video Response to Grim On RPG Forums

Really, I need to do more videos but that’s not what this is about. In case you didn’t hear there was yet another round of craziness over at RPGNet and James “Grim” Desborough of Postmortem Studios ended up with a perma-ban. I don’t personally know Grim but I do like his stuff and follow him

My Video Response to Grim On RPG Forums

Really, I need to do more videos but that’s not what this is about. In case you didn’t hear there was yet another round of craziness over at RPGNet and James “Grim” Desborough of Postmortem Studios ended up with a perma-ban. I don’t personally know Grim but I do like his stuff and follow him

A Whole New World – Races of Golarion

I began my Whole New World Golarion series last week with a look at the characteristics of Golarion . Today, I’m continuing that series with a look at the races of the default Pathfinder campaign setting. Something Old… Of course, the races presented in the Pathfinder Core Rulebook are the most common that you will find in terms of both NPCs and player characters. These races have, for the most…

A Portrait Using 13,138 Dice

Tobias Wong was an artist who died at age 35, or 13,138 days. His friend Fredwick McSwain created a floor installation entitled “Die”, a portrait of him using 13,138 dice. It is part of the BrokenOff BrokenOff exhibition at Gallery R’Pure in Manhattan, which is dedicated to Wong’s life and work. ( source )

First Impressions: Caladon Falls

Although Caladon Falls and Savage Suzerain have been around for a while now, I was pretty much oblivious of the Savage Suzerain product line. From what I gather, Savage Suzerain starts where normal Savage Worlds campaigns end. In Savage Worlds the highest rank you can attain is Legendary. In Savage Suzerain this is when things really start getting interesting. So Suzerain …

GW Restricts European Retailers; Hasbro Moves Jobs Out of MA

Games Workshop is raising prices (again) by as much as 20-25% on 270 products. They have also ordered that retailers in Europe may not sell products to customers outside of Europe, in order (they say) to boost the revenues of local stores that provide free services. ( source ) Not everyone is happy . GW’s profits, revenues, and shares are all …

Taming The Time Bandits: Some time-saving combat techniques

Synopsis Of The Problem In Johnn’s last blog post, “My Group’s Time Thief Revealed,” he described his discovery that the chief drag on the pace of his combat was the GM, despite his expectations to the contrary. While he did not track the components of his activity, he was able to dismiss a couple of factors out of hand – …

A bit of Cthulhu photography for your use

I’ve put together a few old (style) photos in to which I’ve added a bit of tentacle, a giant eye or what have you.  These may be very useful for your Cthulhu or old gods style game and can be freely used as such.  I do not claim to be an expert at GIMP, and clearly this is true. These were really the work…

The RPG Blog Alliance: I’m A Member too, Paizo Mini’s & Vornheim Contest

Wow. I just keep talking about it this week. But the things are chilled out over the whole terms thing. I’m happy. Jeff is happy. And the whole internet is just one fine dandy place. There are no flame wars or edition wars and every forum is happy fun land. Really, can’t I have a

Making Captain Crunch – Review of the M&M3 Dataset for Hero Lab

You guys might remember seeing Buddy’s review of Hero Lab from back in January. If not, here it is, and you should read it . I’ve been using Hero Lab for a while, now, and I recently got my hands on the full dataset for Mutants & Masterminds 3rd Edition. Let me tell you, using Hero Lab for this game makes things a whoooooole lot easier. For those of…

I think it’s time for a caption contest, don’t you?

Winner gets a one-of a kind custom no-prize. Have at it! Like Unlike