Tag Archives: random musings

What about the new D&D comic? A review!

Tweet Some of you may or may not know that IDW Publishing will soon begin publication of officially licensed Dungeons & Dragons comics. They recently published an issue #0 to promote the new series and give fans a taste of what’s to come. I had asked my local comic book store to pull out a copy for me but I didn’t get to buy it until this past weekend…

Thanks to all of you!

Tweet Yesterday the 800th post at Stargazer’s World went live. This is a great milestone and I am still amazed we were able to reach it in about 25 months. And I have to admit this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our readers. Thanks to all of you and I hope you’ll continue to support us! By the way, the …

Signs of things to come

Tweet In the coming days there will be some great news regarding an old-fashioned roleplaying game. I can’t give you any details right now, but you won’t be disappointed! Stay tuned! And how do you like my new t-shirt?

5 Reasons Why You Should Check Out Fudge

Tweet For some reason Fudge , the roleplaying game by Steffan O’Sullivan back in the nineties, is something like the unloved uncle to the popular FATE system. A lot of gamers have heard about FATE, especially after Evil Hat released the Dresden Files Roleplaying Game , which uses the latest version of the FATE rules, but only a few people have an idea what …

Come to me my jungle friends!

Tweet Recent events in my life have me thinking about pets. Be they familiars, animal companions or summoned animals, whatever way your system of choice calls them, why do we feel the urge to have pets in our games? I can see why… The joy and happiness they bring into our real lives is one we want to recreate in the game as well. Or maybe we…

Are mini-campaigns the solution?

Tweet Back in the day, when we were still young and had too much time on our hands, we played in long campaigns, sometimes even spanning years. But in recent years I haven’t finished any campaign properly. Either we lost interest in the game or the group dissolved before the campaign has reached a satisfactory conclusion. Don’t get me wrong, we still have a lot …

There is no spoon … eh … OSR

Tweet Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to prove that there’s no renewed interest in older editions of D&D and other games, but I want to share my thoughts on the perception of that phenomenon. Recently there was some more discussion about the OSR on Twitter and on various blogs. The whole drama was started when someone discovered a quite…

The one RPG I wholeheartedly recommend to any gamer is …

In my case it’s Savage Worlds . Savage Worlds is a generic roleplaying game that allows you to run games in any genre, the rules are easy to learn but have a certain complexity that will not disappoint more tactically-minded players. In fact Savage Worlds can easily be used as miniature strategy game, or you can play it without any miniatures at all. The latest…

What’s in a name?

I’ll admit it, naming non-player characters and places in role playing game is HARD! If you are not careful you’ll end up with names your players will make fun of for years to come. The noble and serious NPCs that will be the key to the plot will not be remembered for his generosity or secret knowledge, but for being called…

Trying something new…

I’ve never been particularly handy. I’ll write, talk in public, and I can tell a pretty good yarn (or so I’ve been told), but I’m not great with cars or home repair. I’ll hook up your computer or your home theater, but don’t ask me to fix the plumbing; I just don’t have the skill ranks! Likewise my relation with the more “arts and crafts” aspects of our hobby …

Food & Games

Don’t worry; this has NOTHING to do with all the electronic cooking games out there. This is about gamers and the food they eat when they game. Junk food and role-playing games are connected in poplar culture, and in all truth some games will devour prodigious amounts of chips and soda. Undoubtedly some groups try to eat healthy, bringing fruits and veggies to…

Why I ordered the D&D Essentials “Red Box” after all

As you all know I am not that fond of D&D 4th Edition. While I loved a lot of the changes from D&D 3.5 when I first read the new core books, I didn’t like how combat worked in D&D 4th Edition. For me I totally lost immersion in the game world in the moment we started to place our miniatures on the battle…

So what about a Book Club?

Those of you that follow me on Twitter (and if you are interested you can find me as @sunglar, but be forewarned I do ramble on) will know that besides RPGs I work way too much, been called a workaholic, and literature. Currently I’m participating in the second book club I’ve belonged to and loving every minute of it. I think books clubs …

25 years later… 24 years later!

The nonsensical title to this posts is actually a reference to my first ever attempt at designing a game. From that attempt I learned that designing a game is hard, a mixture of creativity and perseverance. Almost like catching lightning in a bottle. If you’ll indulge me, let’s travel down memory lane to the year 1986, when I created my first game, 25 years later . I remember…

Gen Con: A Happy Gamer!

Daniel M. Perez from Highmoon Games just sent me this photo of a very happy gamer. If you are at Gen Con and not smiling like that guy, you’re doing it wrong. Too bad it’s still 12 months to Gen Con 2011!

Electronic Tools for Gaming – The iPhone

I’ll admit it, I was a holdover. I didn’t make the switch to an iPhone until last winter. Before that I had an ancient Palm Treo that worked perfectly well for years. I used it to browse the internet, and on it I planned many adventures and campaigns. I had used an iPhone and loved it so when I had the chance to end my old mobile phone contract …

Gen Con: Second Day

Gen Con is a bit like the Matrix. You can’t be told about Gen Con, you have to experience it to understand it. And guys, I am enjoying myself over here. It’s great to see all this cool new products, be among thousands of gamers, and being able to talk to the game designers themselves. This morning I checked out the Kobold …

Off to Gen Con

Today is the great day – first day of the four best days in gaming ! As you can probably imagine, I am very excited, my bag is packed with all the stuff I might need, and in a few minutes we’ll drive to Indianapolis to have some breakfast and then get our press badges. Zachary from RPGBlog2 and his wife are great hosts …

Stargazer’s World: Many Happy Returns!

I asked Michael Wolf if he’d mind if I could have the privilege of officially congratulating him on the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of Stargazer’s World.  It’s a difficult achievement for any tabletop gaming blog or site, but it’s even more difficult for it to stay fresh, entertaining, and useful along the way.  Stargazer’s World…

How I traveled to another world… A Stargazer’s World!

I know I’ve been a contributor to Stargazer’s World for a short time, but it already feels like home. Friends had asked me why I wasn’t blogging before and I usually answered that I wouldn’t. Not because I couldn’t write (I believe I can do that passably) but because I felt that those things I felt passionate about were either, of little interest…