Tag Archives: gaming

Quick Hit: Geek Itinerary

Lots to do this weekend, my friends. Lost to do. I have before me a rare weekend that presents to me no extraneous “to do” list. I don’t have to go anywhere. I don’t have to do yard work. I’m not being called into the office. To my knowledge, the wife does not have any surprises to drop on me at the last minute. This means that I can get…

Complete Characters #18: The Kavanagh Twins, Villainous Arms Developers

Enjoy today’s Complete Character jam session We have a special jam session today on Jason Richards cannot be trusted in the form of a collaborative guest appearance. Today’s Complete Character, which is actually two characters, was provided by realityrefracted.com . A.L. stepped up to the plate and I think you’ll be happy with the results. Read on for the…

Judge Rules On Rifts Restraining Order

There has been a development in the legal battle between Palladium Books and Trion Worlds over the software developer’s new MMO, Rift. If this is the first you’re hearing about this, be sure to check out the original post for the story on the origin of the lawsuit, and my thoughts as a Rifts author. Apparently, Palladium also asked for a restraining …

New Super Mario Is The Devil

I’ve often been the victim of that bag of chips from which I can’t seem to stop snacking. I’ve stuck with that television show long after it jumped the shark and yet I couldn’t look away. I’ve even been lured into the web of that girl who I know isn’t really interested, but flirts just enough to give me that sliver of …

Unforgivable Geek Behaviors

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Spend Two Minutes To Benefit The Gaming Hobby

Happy Monday, gamers. I’m sure, like me, you’re struggling through your work day, fueled only by caffeine and the thoughts of the upcoming weekend, which is probably a long one if you’re here in the States. To help you survive the drag of this most hellish of all days, I invite you to take two minutes to give something back to the gaming hobby. …

Complete Characters #17: Tarash Cyn, Space Station Operator

Seems like it’s been a lot of news and current events on the blog, lately, so it’s nice to sit down and work on something that we can all use at the table. We are continuing some recent trends, however, as this character is only thinly veiled against its intended setting, Star Wars. My first one-shot game leading up to my Star Wars D6 campaign starts in a couple…

Palladium Sues MMO Developer: A Rifts Author’s Thoughts

I first read yesterday morning about Palladium’s lawsuit against Trion Worlds over their new name for an MMO in development: Rift: Planes of Telara . Palladium Books, as I’m sure you know, has been long-publishing the very popular and often maligned tabletop RPG, Rifts. That’s basically all there is to the story, that the new MMO shares a name with Palladium’s flagship title. There are other blogs…

How "Red Dead Redemption" Could Kill Tabletop Gaming

No D20s required Let’s be honest. I’m not about to run out and play Red Dead Redemption, even though it looks amazing. I literally just completed Marvel Ultimate Alliance, which most of you probably had long since sold back to GameStop by Christmas of 2006. I’m behind, I know. The next games on my list are Force Unleashed, BioShock, and Fallout 3. I consider myself to simply be “fashionably …

Quick Hit: George Lucas is a liar

So, George Lucas is a liar. Hey, we already knew that, right? But, finally, after years and years of his constant fibbing, Lucas has admitted that he made up the Star Wars story as he went along in a letter that he wrote to the producers of Lost. Read what he says, below the fold: Congratulations on pulling off an amazing…

Rebels, Imperials, and Scoundrels: Star Wars One-Shots

Nothing to do with anything So, as we discussed last time on Jason Richards cannot be trusted , I have an imminent Star Wars D6 campaign coming up. Killer. Now, how will I, as a seasoned and professional game designer, introduce this new glorious work of collaborative fiction into the world? Using my limited skill set, I have devised a way that …

When, Where, and How: Imagining A Star Wars Campaign

Bring it! It’s game time! You probably read in yesterday’s post (and if you didn’t, shame on you) that my little cohort of local gamers has finally found a place to play. It’s wide open, has an established network of gamers from which to pluck new players, and is just a really kick ass place. It’s the one last great …

Enter "The Gamers Realm"

Color me surprised. No, you’d better make that “shocked.” When I first decided to check out a new gaming store in my little burg, it was at the suggestion of a potential gaming buddy. We’ve been trying to figure out when and where to host a game for months now, and he told me that an acquaintance of his stumbled across…

The Future of Complete Characters

I make no secret about the fact that I view characters as the foundation of any good story. Setting, dialog, and even plot can all ultimately take a back seat if a reader cares about the characters in a story. Naturally, this extends to my more-than-weekly Complete Characters, each designed to inspire and create amazing gaming opportunities for players and…

The Avengers As A Gaming Party

After seeing Iron Man 2 last night, and completely enjoying every moment of it, I find myself thinking about the Avengers as they will be constituted on-screen, and how they stack up as a typical adventuring party. It’s no secret that Marvel is building their own larger movie continuity, currently including Iron Man , Iron Man 2 , and The Incredible Hulk , with Thor and Captain America: …