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KantCon 2011 – Enter the Jabbergluck

Any of you that have been around the site for a while will know that I had a great time starting my convention-going career last year. One of the high points was my attendance of KantCon 2010 in Overland Park, Kansas. You can find my coverage of it here . Well, it’s time for KantCon again (as well as a bevy of other gaming conventions )…

Discoveries – Winds of Change Episode 4

Link to the audio for the session . I was really happy to start this session. The group had gotten a base of operations, and we finally, finally , had a chance to explore the personal plotlines of the characters. It felt like it had been a long time coming to get to this point. We’re only talking about the fourth session of the campaign, but we’ve …

Quick Review: The Genius Guide to Simple Monster Templates [PFRPG]

Super Genius Games have given us an 8 page document that can really give that needed bit of extra life to your Pathfinder encounters, the Genius Guide to Simple Monster Templates . Even with two Beastiaries published,  encounters can still get a bit stale – especially after all of your players have read through both of the books and won’t really be surprised by anything you throw …

Our deepest sympathies go out to Tom Vassel and his family

Some sad news today.  Jack Vassel, son of Tom Vassel has passed away. Tom does lots of good gaming work with The Dice Tower and is also slated to be a fellow guest at Total Confusion XXV . You can read a bit about his son here . My heart goes out to the Vassel family.  As a father myself, I can only begin to …

Fallout: Nuka Break

Thought not technically the same sort of role playing game we tend to deal with here on Troll ITC, the Fallout series games are very near and dear to my heart.  Last night, while browsing, the web I stumbled on this awesome example of a fan film set in the Fallout universe and had to share it with the world. This clever and hilarious…

Gaming in the Digital Age: Living in the Cloud

Gamers in the digital age need never worry about lost character sheets again, thanks in part to could based storage services.  For those not in the know, “could based storage services” are services that allow you to store items, like documents and .pdfs, online where they can be accessed by pretty much any computer with access to the internet. I’ve found Dropbox to be excellent for …

On Preference

Image by: Chrstopher I’ve been giving some thought to the idea of preference. Specifically, the preferences of people when it comes to the games they play. I saw a post by Greywulf that got me thinking about it. Very often, we as gamers, get into discussions about our favorite game versus another popular game and the discussions can become more than heated. What I am starting …

Failed fantasy and horror novel titles and the blurbs that love them

I spend a decent amount of my time reading fantasy and horror novels.  I’ve often toyed with writing something a bit longer than a blog post, but I have a hard time pinning down enough time to do so.  I do occasionally get flashes of brilliance where ideas and titles are concerned. These six titles, they are not my flashes …

Returners FFRPG: A Short Review

Well, it’s been quite a while since my last post.  New job, new home, new love life, and new lack thereof have taken most of my time.  Now that I’ve started writing again, I figured I’d start out with a post detailing my thoughts on a system I had the misfortune of playing recently.  Now that my cards are…

Review: Courts of the Shadow Fey (pdf)

Courts of the Shadow Fey by Open Design and Wolfgang Bauer is a 100 page adventure for 4e Dungeons & Dragons designed to take characters from 12th level to 15th level.  If you’re interested in purchasing the product, you can get it  here. In the interest of full disclosure, this was a review copy of the .pdf.  This won’t change how I feel about…

How Do We Sleep While Our Beds Are Burning? – Book Review of Misspent Youth

Sometimes, enough is just fucking enough. You’ve been kicked, beaten down, repressed, controlled and it’s time to do something about it. You’re young, you’re a little idealistic and you’re mad as hell. It’s time to pull out the stops and give The Man a big, fat middle finger. Sound like a good time? Then you’ll want…

The Future Will Not Save Us – Book Review of Maschine Zeit

There comes a time in every review’s life when they look out over the landscape of the products they review and they ask themselves: “What need is there for another product in genre X?” In RPGs, there are obviously the heavy-hitters in every genre and there are groups of indie darlings that have bright flashes that may or may not last. After…

The Future Will Not Save Us – Book Review of Maschine Zeit

There comes a time in every review’s life when they look out over the landscape of the products they review and they ask themselves: “What need is there for another product in genre X?” In RPGs, there are obviously the heavy-hitters in every genre and there are groups of indie darlings that have bright flashes that may or may not…

Hide Yo’ Brains, Hide Yo’ Brainpans! – Book Review of Outbreak: Undead

In June of last year, my players asked me to run a zombie game for them. I adapted the Pathfinder rules to accomodate that kind if game and I was rewarded with three really good sessions of gaming. However, I felt like the game wasn’t sustainable, which is why it only lasted three sessions. What should have happened, had we wanted to continue with a zombie-themed game…

Pathfinder: My First Experience

2011 has brought two new campaigns to my group.  One of them, which started Friday, is Pathfinder.  While I played D&D 3.x since it was released, I had never played or run Pathfinder until now. After running the group through 4e Heroic and Paragon Tier, I was feeling a bit bogged down by all the tactical game play and drawn out combats that…

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 …

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 …

Total Confusion XXV Reminder – I’d love to see you there!

What are you doing February 24th through the 27th?  If you’re going to be anywhere near New England, then I hope you’ll stop by Total Confusion XXV and say hello! Total Confusion is New England’s largest gaming convention.  There will be non-stop RPG stuff going on the entire time, as well as healthy amounts of other tabletop and LARP events thrown in for…

Gaming in the Digital Age: Hero Lab

There are many character creation programs that exist out there on the internet, but I have found Hero Lab from Lone Wolf Development to be one of my favorites. Unlike a few of the options out there, namely PCGen, Hero Lab is not free.  Purchasing the program gives you access to one game, and there are many to choose from; Pathfinder, Mutants and Masterminds (both 2nd …

I was lost but now I’m found

Actually, I got myself lost on purpose.  Over the past 12 days, I’ve done nothing but spend time with my family, enjoy my kids and perhaps get in a smidge of computer gaming as well. It was glorious!  I’m very thankful I have the kind of job that affords me a lot of time off around the holidays.  My decision to spend …