Tag Archives: random musings

“A rose by any other name…” Poetry and Role Playing Games

Tweet The much quoted line in this post’s title is from a play you might have heard about, Romeo and Juliet, written by a Billy Shakespeare. This guy was old school, so much so that when he got to be a Bard he had already gotten levels as a Fighter, Thief and Druid! (If you did not get that AD&D 1 st edition joke just read this .) I love poetry…

RPG books on the iPad

Tweet One of the reasons I was interested in getting an iPad was to be able to use it as a PDF viewer since I own a lot of RPG-related PDFs. Initially I thought about using an ebook reader like Kindle for that purpose, but alas these devices are currently not fast enough to display complex PDFs adequately. It usually takes to long to switch from…

Gears is not dead yet

Tweet Some of you may still remember that I was working on another RPG project earlier this year, called Gears . In June I decided to put Gears on a backburner and focused more on Warrior, Rogue & Mage. I had put too much pressure on myself and Gears wasn’t really turning out the way I wanted to. Some days ago, I looked …

Fallout: Indianapolis – From SPECIAL to Atomic Highway

Tweet When I started converting the Fallout world to the Atomic Highway rules I encountered a few problems. No Vehicles? Aside from the Chryslus Motors Highwayman in Fallout 2 and the Enclave Vertibirds there are no working vehicles in the whole series (I am ignoring Fallout: Tactics here). But almost every Rearing and Pursuit grants the character one or more vehicle related skills…

Stargazer’s World Book Club: And the winner is…

Tweet Sometime ago I proposed the idea of starting a virtual book club here in the blog. The original post received a lot of feedback and interest but sadly real life kept me away from the blog for a while and my follow up post did not get as much feedback (thanks to those of you that did respond). Still I believe that if we get this going …

Love the setting, hate the game!

Tweet I think we’ve all gone through it. We hear about it and we are intrigued… We finally get it to it and we love the concept… But, when we get to actually doing it, we hate it! What? I’m talking about games; get your mind out of the gutter! All kidding aside, who hasn’t purchased a game, thrilled by the concept, loved the “fluff” and hated the …

Book Club Reminder!

Tweet Just a quick reminder, after probably waiting too long, I finally made a post about starting the Stargazer’s World Book Club. I’m waiting for feedback on the possible books or games we could read. If you are still interested make sure you click your way to the post ( CLICK HERE ) and express your opinion. You still have time to express your…

Telling the story my way…

Tweet As a long time Game Master I like to try different ways of telling a story. My latest session serves as an example. The previous adventure had ended as the players set forth on a sea journey to a place they had heard of since the beginning of the campaign, a voyage that should take about a month, but they began their travel …

Essentials and me…

Tweet This weekend I made my one D&D Essentials purchase, the Dungeon Tiles Master Set . I briefly considered buying the Rules Compendium , even had my FLGS pull a copy for me, but when I got there and I looked at it I put it back on the shelf and left the store with my tiles an a copy of the…

And finally, the Book Club!

Tweet Missed me yet? Anyone… Are those crickets I hear? Well I certainly missed all of you! Real life has kept me away from the blog for too long, and I figured what better way to come back than tackling a topic I brought up little over a month ago, the Stargazer’s World Book Club. Last time around I expounded the benefits and opportunities of a book club …

Small Press Publisher Spotlight: Rogue Games

Tweet If you have been following this blog for the last two years you’ve probably noticed that I have a spot for the small press publishers. In my humble opinion, in the recent years the most innovative games have been released not by the major publishers (like WotC, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games etc.) but by small companies. One of these companies is Rogue Games , which is …

PAX Prime 2010 – Day 3

Tweet Waking up on the last day of PAX was slow and painful for not only myself, but for Hannah as well. I pulled myself out of bed and lazily stood up. That’s when I realized it was the damn hotel bed that had been sucking the life out of me each morning. The bed was to soft that you just melted into it. When you tried to …

My thoughts on the D&D Essentials Starter aka “Red Box”

Tweet I recently got my own copy of the new Red Box. Although I am not that much interested in D&D 4th Edition , I still wanted to have a look what they’ve changed for the Essentials line, hoping that they would tone down a few of the elements I didn’t like with 4E. Let me start with what I like. The box itself is looking great. Some people at…

PAX Prime 2010 – Day 1

Tweet Hannah and I woke up early and eager on Friday so we could attend the PAX keynote address and meet up with our good friend Lyle . The Keynote was taking place at Benaroya Hall and featured Warren Spector as the keynote speaker. His speech was filled with his insight on games and the gaming culture. He stressed that we should welcome new gamers into our community and…

Gamer Media, Parody and Negative Stereotypes

Tweet For at least the past year now, a close friend and gaming partner of mine has been trying to get me to watch The Gamers 2: Dorkness Rising . I refused because of what I initially thought was lack of time, but as she kept asking and I kept refusing I began to realize that something else was pushing me to reject it. I finally realized…

Don’t Be A Dick

Tweet Please note that this post first appeared as a guest post on RPG Blog 2 . As some of you probably know “Don’t Be A Dick” is also known as Wheaton’s Law. And even though it was meant as a rule for people playing games online, it’s still valid at the gaming table – perhaps even more so. The problem usually arises at character creation. While everyone creates a…

Don’t Be A Dick

Tweet Please note that this post first appeared as a guest post on RPG Blog 2 . As some of you probably know “Don’t Be A Dick” is also known as Wheaton’s Law. And even though it was meant as a rule for people playing games online, it’s still valid at the gaming table – perhaps even more so. The problem usually arises…

WR&M in the pub

Tweet Yesterday we had our monthly RPG pub meeting in the Villa Konthor in Limburg . This time I introduced our regulars to WR&M , my rules-light fantasy roleplaying game. The five players had no trouble creating the characters and they embarked on their first adventure in the Fallen Imperium in no time. The premise of the game was that they player characters have been drafted into the Cemimus…

Fallout: Indianapolis

Tweet Recently I wrote about my plans to run several mini-campaigns in the future. The first campaign I am now working on is an Atomic Highway campaign set into the Fallout world. I didn’t want to use neither the Capital Wasteland from Fallout 3 nor the West Coast area from Fallout 1 and 2, so I decided to nuke the hell out of Indianapolis. Why Indianapolis? Basically any …

Return of the Gamer in Japan

This year, I have had the honor of returning to the land of fluorescent lights and panty vending machines.  That is right, the Gamer in Japan is back.  I, Shinobicow, have left the US, to yet again, make my Gamer way in the land of the rising Sun, Japan.  If you remember me, which I doubt many…