Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Interesting Interview with David Wesely

November 10, 2016

 

Here’s an interesting and entertaining video interview with David Wesely, creator of ‘Braunstein’ style games.  Braunsteins are an early form of role-playing game, sort of bridging the gap between wargaming and role-playing.  If you’re interested in the ‘early days’ of our hobby, it’s worth watching (be forewarned though, it is a couple of hours long).

Cheers!

Castle Greyhawk Webcomic

August 29, 2015

I recently discovered a webcomic based on Castle Greyhawk, featuring some of the iconic OD&D characters such as Tenser, Mordenkainen, Yrag and others.  If you’re a fan of old school D&D, you owe it to yourself to check it out.  Aside from being an interesting take on the “old days,” it’s given me plenty of ideas for my own games.

Reaper Bones 3 Kickstarter

July 6, 2015

reaperbones3 This is just a quick heads-up that Reaper’s Bones III Kickstarter launches tomorrow (10 AM Central Time, July 7th), for those who may be interested.  You can usually get a pretty decent deal on a large group of miniatures.  Cheers.

Edit:  Here’s the link to the actual Kickstarter campaign.  They’ve already hit $395,000!

Zombicide Black Plague

June 21, 2015

First off, I apologize for my long absence (for anyone who cares 🙂 ).  I took a week-long trip to D.C. to visit a high school buddy, and then I’ve been busy with RL stuff since I’ve been back.  We played a lot of awesome games on that trip (Edge of the Empire, Cthulu Wars, XCOM board game, Fun Employed, Artic Scavengers, Shadowrun Crossfire, Eldritch Horror, Netrunner, Cthulu Flux, and a bunch of others I can’t remember).  And Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is the bomb.  We need one of those here in Reno.

zombicideblackplagueJust so I don’t go the entire month of June without a post, I thought I’d bring some attention to a new Zombicide game set in a medieval fantasy world: Zombicide Black Plague.  If you’re into collecting minis, you can get about 180-ish (so far) minis for $150 (plus shipping).  A dollar a mini ain’t bad, though granted many of them are duplicates.

This got me thinking that it might be interesting to do a gritty undead apocalypse campaign set in a fantasy world.  Not just zombies, but ghouls, wights, spectres, vampires and all the other undead nasties as well.  Clerics would really shine in such a setting, so you might have to tone down Turn Undead a bit (maybe make it a spell instead of an at-will ability).  When the undead hordes rule the world, it might just be the good folk who move into dungeons!

Tales from the White Star Cantina

May 12, 2015

White Star has really gripped my imagination of late, so much so I’ve decided to start a second blog dedicated just to White Star material: Tales from the White Star Cantina.  Henceforth, most White Star related material will be posted there, and I’ll reserve this blog for non-White Star RPGs.

In the short term I’ll be reposting White Star material from this blog to the Cantina, just to get it off the ground, but in short order I fully expect to have new material: the Galaxy’s Most Wanted, Planets of Interest, advanced technologies, new classes, house rules, equipment, aliens, and more.

Cheers!

Three Years

November 2, 2014

This month marks the three year anniversary of this blog, which comes as a bit of a surprise to me.  I don’t post as frequently as I used to; none-the-less, I still manage to do a few posts a month and will continue to do so.  Also, the number of gaming related posts has dropped somewhat of late, which is something I hope to address in the coming year(s).

With gaming in mind, I thought I’d toot my own horn a bit and post my top five game related downloads from the past three years:

  1. To regular readers it should come as no surprise that the Pathfinder Beginner Box Consolidated Class Conversions comes in first, with 3,936 downloads (yikes!).
  2. A distant second is the Pathfinder Beginner Box Race Addendum, with 1,796 downloads.
  3. Followed by the Pathfinder Beginner Box Consolidated Bestiary, with 1,622 downloads (with many thanks to David Jenks for his contributions).
  4. Fourth up, the Ultimate Grand Unified Junk Table (Analog Edition), with 1,291 downloads.
  5. And finally Pathfinder Beginner Box Consolidated Feats, with 1,218 downloads.

A couple more honorable mentions, the PFBB Class Template (1,148 downloads) and PFBB Kingdoms (940 downloads). BeginnerBox3DSo, four of my top five (and 6 of the top 7) downloads are related to Pathfinder Beginner Box.  Of course, I’m not entirely certain how recent all that activity is, though I can tell you the Class Conversions downloads was just 3,400 about two months ago; so, 500+ downloads in just a couple of months isn’t too bad for a little blog like mine.  Maybe I should take all this as some kind of hint. 🙂

Well, thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read my little slice of the Web these past few years; here’s to another three years.  Cheers, and game on.

Braunstein Style Games

August 4, 2014

I’ve only recently discovered an old school, pre-RPG style of game called a ‘Braunstein.’  Braunsteins sort of bridge the gap between table top miniatures wargames (think Chainmail) and modern role-playing games.  They are typically set up as scenarios with multiple factions and often many players per faction.  Each faction has its own agenda or goal and then competes or cooperates with other factions to meet those goals.

There’s usually a large play area set up, lots of miniatures (though not as many as a typical wargame) and a neutral GM to adjudicate rules and try to manage the chaos as much as possible.  While miniatures and combat is involved (much like a skirmish level miniatures game), players are encouraged to wheel-and-deal to further their faction’s agenda (kind of like a game of Diplomacy).  Also, the emphasis is on keeping things simple so that the game doesn’t bog down, always a plus in my book.

This is a fascinating style of play to me, and I’d love to run a Braunstein someday…whenever I have enough space to accommodate it, and provided a could interest enough players.  I’m already envisioning a post-apocalypse scenario with ragged bands of mutants skirmishing over advanced relic technology, and a more ambitious, ongoing kingdom-level campaign.

If you’d like more information, there’s a series of blogposts on Braunsteins at Chirine’s Workbench, the first of which is available here.

Cheers.

Happy New Years!

January 1, 2014

Happy New Years!

In the coming year (hopefully soon) I’d like to run another ‘old school’ game for our group here.  Pathfinder is starting to get a bit stale, so it’d be nice to mix things up a bit with some old school ‘save or die’ gaming.

This time, however, I’d like to run a post-apocalypse game.  Not exactly Gamma World, probably something closer to Fallout.  I was thinking about employing some props, too.  You can get plastic bullets pretty cheap, and bottle caps as well.  Maybe a ‘junk loot’ card deck, too.

abandonedcityFor systems, I’m deliberating between the super rules-lite World of Mutants, or a home-brewed version of Swords & Wizardry Whitebox.  However, the group I game with here tends to prefer more complex systems, so I may have to settle for a modified version of Pathfinder Beginner Box.  Whatever it is, though, I’d like a system that players can roll up characters at the table in a few minutes and start playing (I anticipate a somewhat lethal game).

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At any rate, I hope you have a great new years.  Cheers.

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2013

Here’s hoping you have a very merry Christmas with family and friends.  Cheers!

Snow Day!

December 3, 2013

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It’s official, campus is closed today.  This is the first time I’ve ever had a snow day…EVAR!

I’ll see if I can wrangle up some more post-apocalypse mayhem today.  Or I might just waste it playing Don’t Starve all day…we’ll see.

Cheers.


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