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The games I played at IndieCon – Session #3

Friday night’s session (#3) involved a game of  Apocalypse World , something I was anxious to try out having read a lot of positive reviews. For this game we headed back to the GM’s chalet since it was a quieter place to play than the main hall. Session #3 – Apocalypse World This session involved four players plus the GM – 3 …

The games I played at IndieCon – Session #3

Friday night’s session (#3) involved a game of  Apocalypse World , something I was anxious to try out having read a lot of positive reviews. For this game we headed back to the GM’s chalet since it was a quieter place to play than the main hall. Session #3 – Apocalypse World This session involved four players plus the …

GASP-Con XI – Overview

I’m writing this a little bit later than I usually like to, but I wanted to let all of you know that I will be attending GASP-Con XI in Pittsburgh, PA this weekend. I found about this convention from Pete Figtree, the guy behind the ever-excellent Ruthless Diastema Games blog . Ever since I found about what Pete does, I’ve been talking to him off …

Tips to Break Writers Block

Tweet Recently Youseph has started to write a Dungeons and Dragons adventure and is looking to post about the experience, so kudos to him for doing so.  When he initially said that he was going to write the adventure he mentioned the flurry of ideas he has and his excitement for what he was doing, a feeling I’m sure many of …

Quick Hit: New Stuff, Early Success

Just a quick hit tonight, but it’s a good one! I just posted Complete Characters #7: Sir Aric Devilkin, Evil Knight, Demon’s Son up at DriveThru. I’m hoping that it will fly off the metaphorical shelves, seeing as it’s perfect for any fantasy campaign, whether it’s D&D, Pathfinder, Palladium, or whatever. It features more stellar artwork from Joseph Scott Lawn, who I have now convinced to blog…

The games I played at IndieCon – Session #2

My second game was an impromptu one: I couldn’t find an available slot in the second session and so coming off the awesome Fiasco game I played in during session #1, I decided to facilitate a game of it myself. Declan played in this game as well. Session #2 –  Fiasco We ended up with five players at the table once again. This time the group chose…

Double Review, All the Way – Dragonchow Dice Bag and Q-Workshop Steampunk Dice

A couple of a weeks ago, while hanging out on Twitter , I saw a tweet from one @GeekyLyndsay , the owner and operator of Dragon Chow . She wanted to know if any bloggers out there wanted to review her new Tall Pencil Strap Dice Bag . I thought back to the raft of stuff that I brought back from GenCon and realized that one…

Gaming with Kids: We played some Fiasco and it was a big hit

Fresh off my games of Fiasco at IndieCon, I decided to teach the kids at the game club how to play it. We had five players, including myself. I let them choose the playset (they choose the Wild West playset from the rulebook) and we set about creating the situation.  The results were a tangled mess of relationships, locations, objects, and needs: My character …

The games I played at IndieCon – Session #1

I had the great fortune of playing in seven sessions at IndieCon.  Here are a session report from session #1. Session #1 – Fiasco This was facilitated by Declan Feeny with 5 participants. We chose Graham Walmsley’s Gangster London playset which was a bit ironic since Graham was playing with us. The set-up phase saw us playing a very interesting assortment of characters: A …

That Old, Unfamiliar Feeling

Image by: mnpix I normally post on Thursdays, and shall do so this week, but I had something happening to me last night that I’ve got to get off of my chest. If you’ve been reading here for a while, then you’ve likely seen me say that I am going into the education field. In fact, I’m…

Staying in the “Sweet Spot”

Tweet In the latest episode of RPG Circus Jeff, Mark and Zach talked about low, mid and high level play in games like D&D. For some reason a lot of people find the early to mid levels much more enjoyable than high-level play. While earlier editions of D&D included an “endgame” where adventurers settle down, build castles, towers or…

My First Publishing Dollar

Suitable for framing “Here goes nothing.” That was my thought at about 1:30 this morning when I uploaded the file for Complete Characters #6: Noriax, Ancient Robotic Terror to the server at DriveThruRPG.com . In that mouse click was carried far more anxiety than I had anticipated, which is why I was about two and a half hours beyond my…

Review: Fantasy Craft Adventure Companion

Tweet When you have read my blog for quite a while you probably noticed that I have a soft spot for Crafty Games ‘ Fantasy Craft . But Fantasy Craft is a more complex game than the other games I usually recommend. I have to admit that Fantasy Craft’s rules complexity is sometimes just a bit outside of my usual comfort zone. But that said I am also convinced…

What about the GameMastery Combat Pad? A review…

Tweet As an unabashed fan of all things Pathfinder I guess it is not a surprise I like their GameMastery line of products. It runs the gamut from Flip-Mats to Map Packs (and I’ve written about both before here and here ), cards to “ compleat encounters ” (minis an and adventure) and accessories . One of these accessories had always caught my attention, the GameMastery Combat …

It’s Tracy’s birthday today! Instead of cake, have some free zombies for your Pathfinder game!

Hey!  It’s Tracy’s birthday!  Tracy has been serving as an Editor here on TC for a bit now, and I think he deserves a happy birthday! I’d like to send him to a few conventions to celebrate, but he seems to have attended them all.  So, to celebrate, the World of Aruneus – Contagion Infected Zombies is free!  That’s right, this bad boy won’…

Quick Review: 0one’s Meteora blueprints – perfect for your insane overlords.

Clocking in at 16 usable pages (plus a title page and advertisement at the end) 0one’s Blueprints: Meteora is a fantastic, non-fantasy building for use in your fantasy campaign.  I know, right? Meteora is an honest to gosh monastery existing in our world today, high on stony peaks and looking like it would go perfectly with your fantasy campaign.  Nigh unassailable, built out of stone, …

Review: Monster Vault (Plus 2 Bonus Mini-Reviews!)

Monster Vault is the latest offering in the D&D 4th Edition Essentials line of products.  As you’ve no doubt heard by now, it’s a collection of many of the most famous monsters from D&D, including ones from previous Monster Manuals, collected into the Essentials 6

What about the Coliseum Morpheuon? A review…

Tweet “I have often wondered if the majority of mankind ever pause to reflect upon the occasionally titanic significance of dreams, and of the obscure world to which they belong.” Beyond the Wall of Sleep , HP Lovecraft Any book that starts with an HP Lovecraft quote is a winner in my book! It’s a tribute to the enduring influence of …

Jim Ward in need of help

Tweet According to the Greyhawk Grognard , game design luminary Jim Ward, who is responsible for such classic games as Metamorphosis Alpha and Gamma World needs our help. Obviously he spent some time in the hospital recently and his condition is quite serious. According to what Jim posted at the Dragonsfoot forums it may take another year for him to recover fully. The hospital bills are a bit too…

Back from IndieCon 2010

I’m back and will have a bunch of session reports and other comments over the next few days. The short summary: Fiasco is unbelievably good when it’s firing on all cylinders, although if you get a player who starts negating or introducing supernatural stuff it can be a struggle. Apocalypse World is really cool, but probably is better suited to multiple sessions than a…