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Trask is a long-time gamer, world traveler and history buff. He hopes that his scribblings will both inform and advance gaming as a hobby.

Free RPG Day 2016--Game Depot Tempe, AZ

Free RPG Day 2016–Game Depot Tempe, AZ

Free RPG Day 2016 ran worldwide, but my local venue was Game Depot in Tempe, Arizona. There was much free swag to be had. Behold! Game Depot bought the “Large” Free RPG Day kit, so there was plenty to go around.  Most of the offerings were introductory game kits for less well-known games (eg. The Dark […]

Phoenix Comicon 2016 Gaming Report

Phoenix Comicon 2016 Gaming Report

Phoenix Comicon 2016 has come and gone in a flurry of cosplay and comics, but there was substantial gaming too.   Though I must focus on the gaming for this post (this is a game site, after all) a few words about the convention itself is appropriate. Phoenix Comicon is friggin’ HUGE!  I make that statement […]

Review: Easy Roller Dice Company Serpent's Blood and Legendary Copper Metal RPG Dice Sets

Review: Easy Roller Dice Company Serpent’s Blood and Legendary Copper Metal RPG Dice Sets

I remember my first set of RPG dice in the original red box so very long ago. TSR helpfully included a white crayon to fill in the numbers, lest you squint to read how badly the orc cleaved your skull.  Time passed and I upgraded my dice bag, first with crystal dice of multiple types […]

Gencon 2016 Event Registration Completed–Total Victory

Gencon 2016 event registration began today at noon Eastern time. So if you wanted to get in to a high-demand event and did not register this morning, this post is your bad news quota for today.  I always use “True Dungeon” as a benchmark of player demand because it has relatively few slots (relative to […]

Gencon 2016 Vendor List–Without the Annoying Map Interface

The Gencon 2016 vendor list is out, but Gencon once again made it difficult to use. I prefer  a  simple list of  exhibitor websites, so I stripped out the sites from the interactive map and generated a link list below. Happy shopping!   Trask, The Last Tyromancer http://3dvirtualtabletop.com http://4ground.co.uk http://6d6studio.com http://93madegames.com.au http://academygames.com http://action-sports.com http://actionphasegames.com http://activemindsgames.com […]

Cyphers, Submergines and a Drunk Tank--My Numenera Campaign Begins

Cyphers, Submergines and a Drunk Tank–My Numenera Campaign Begins

Numenera is my system of choice for RPG’s, but my last campaign ( Star Wars universe with Cypher System rules) collapsed after the GM bowed out. Not being a huge Star Wars fan anymore (Jar Jar and those damn Ewoks killed it for me), I volunteered to run a straight “Ninth World” Numenera campaign.  Running […]

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 […]

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 […]

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