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My Major Effect Numenera-Compatible  Dice Are Unbalanced...In the Worst Possible Way
By on April 03, 2016  |  Comments 0

My Major Effect Numenera-Compatible Dice Are Unbalanced…In the Worst Possible Way

A Kickstarter went off a while back that sold specialized d20 dice for Numenera/Cypher System games .  Rather than the usual 1-20 numbers, these dice had Cypher System/The Strange/Numenera levels printed on them. Basically a “level” in these games is equal to three numbers on a standard die. So, a six through eight on a […]

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Gen Con 2016--Hotel Thunderdome Completed
By on January 24, 2016  |  Comments 0

Gen Con 2016–Hotel Thunderdome Completed

Gen Con’s yearly Thunderdome combat arena for downtown hotel rooms started today at noon Eastern time. As usual, interested gamers logged into their account and a timer counted down until noon. At noon everyone received an appointment time to actually get a reservation.  After years of attending Gen Con, I admire the elegance of the […]

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Review: Direct Action Dragon Egg Tactical Backpack
By on January 03, 2016  |  Comments 0

Review: Direct Action Dragon Egg Tactical Backpack

A gamer’s bag is less a reflection of the gamer and more a reflection of whatever bag he had lying around that  fit his books and dice. My game bag history includes cheap backpacks,  messenger bags, laptop bags and of late  a free back pack from a seminar I attended.  All were adequate, but all […]

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Gen Con 2015: NecroVirus Review and Boardcraft.com--The Future of Tabletop Gaming
By on August 16, 2015  |  Comments 4

Gen Con 2015: NecroVirus Review and Boardcraft.com–The Future of Tabletop Gaming

NecroVirus is the most exciting thing I saw at Gen Con. Period. Nothing else even came close.  While this post is a review of the game “NecroVirus” it also is my ecstatic report of what I see as the future business model of  tabletop gaming, 3D printing. I ran across NecroVirus whilst window shopping in […]

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Gen Con 2015--The Games Played Report Part 1
By on August 04, 2015  |  Comments 1

Gen Con 2015–The Games Played Report Part 1

This is the first post in a series covering the epic gaming carnage that was Gen Con 2015.  As usual, I begin with the games played, both by myself and my cohorts. They are presented in no particular order. After a strangely on-time flight arrival and marginal quality sleep, we started gaming bright and early-ish […]

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My Major Effect Numenera-Compatible  Dice Are Unbalanced...In the Worst Possible Way

My Major Effect Numenera-Compatible Dice Are Unbalanced…In the Worst Possible Way

A Kickstarter went off a while back that sold specialized d20 dice for Numenera/Cypher System games .  Rather than the usual 1-20 numbers, these dice had Cypher System/The Strange/Numenera levels printed on them. Basically a “level” in these games is equal to three numbers on a standard die. So, a six through eight on a […]

Amethyst Quintessence (5E) RELEASED!

Amethyst Quintessence (5E) RELEASED!

I have created… The award-winning setting. Now in full color. New modern/science-fiction rules. Vehicles. Power Armor. Firearms. New monsters. An incredible 400+ page rulebook with art from Hugo-nominated artist Nick Greenwood. http://www.rpgnow.com/product/176948/Amethyst-Quintessence-5E?src=slider_view This rulebook includes… –A new adaptation of Amethyst based on the 5th edition (5E) of the first fantasy roleplaying game, the defining RPG […]

Cheap Miniatures! Expanding the world of No Thank You, Evil!

Cheap Miniatures! Expanding the world of No Thank You, Evil!

In case you haven’t heard, Monte Cook Games is about to release a new RPG. And, this one is for kids!  Its called No Thank You, Evil! Yes, its amazing. I have only had a couple sessions of play time at this point, but one thing is clear. With kids, especially young kids, props are everything. […]

Gen Con 2016--Hotel Thunderdome Completed

Gen Con 2016–Hotel Thunderdome Completed

Gen Con’s yearly Thunderdome combat arena for downtown hotel rooms started today at noon Eastern time. As usual, interested gamers logged into their account and a timer counted down until noon. At noon everyone received an appointment time to actually get a reservation.  After years of attending Gen Con, I admire the elegance of the […]

Review: Direct Action Dragon Egg Tactical Backpack

Review: Direct Action Dragon Egg Tactical Backpack

A gamer’s bag is less a reflection of the gamer and more a reflection of whatever bag he had lying around that  fit his books and dice. My game bag history includes cheap backpacks,  messenger bags, laptop bags and of late  a free back pack from a seminar I attended.  All were adequate, but all […]

Phoenix Comicon Fanfest 2015 Report

Phoenix Comicon Fanfest 2015 Report

Phoenix Comicon’s Fanfest is a nice Winter geek interlude in the long, dark months between the major Summer conventions.  Fanfest has many elements of a standard Comicon (panels, famous people, artists and vendors) but is much simpler affair. Rather than the massive Phoenix Convention Center Fanfest uses the University of Phoenix football stadium as its […]

Review: Hrothgar's Hoard Bard Magnetic Dice Box

Review: Hrothgar’s Hoard Bard Magnetic Dice Box

Metal dice are my RPG weapons of choice, specifically the Dwarven Metal series from Crystal Caste.  Metal dice roll smoothly without bouncing across a table like a Chihuahua on meth and lend a certain level of posh to my gaming activities.  A major downside is they damage soft surfaces if thrown with any aggression or […]

Gen Con 2015: NecroVirus Review and Boardcraft.com--The Future of Tabletop Gaming

Gen Con 2015: NecroVirus Review and Boardcraft.com–The Future of Tabletop Gaming

NecroVirus is the most exciting thing I saw at Gen Con. Period. Nothing else even came close.  While this post is a review of the game “NecroVirus” it also is my ecstatic report of what I see as the future business model of  tabletop gaming, 3D printing. I ran across NecroVirus whilst window shopping in […]

Gen Con 2015: The Games Played Part 3

Gen Con 2015: The Games Played Part 3

After getting out of the playtest room, I rolled straight into a game of Numenera: The Hideous Game I am a huge Numenera fan and regard it as the best RPG currently on the market. Period.  I jumped at the chance and the module was, as expected a great time. Since it will be published/run […]

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