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Origins Find: Kenzerco "Aces and Eights" Vintage Western Playing Cards for Faro

Wandering around Origins, I came upon the Kenzerco booth and its display of the “Aces and Eights ” RPG. “Aces” looked cool and won an Origins award, but I had already spent a bit more than my budget, so I had to save the “Aces and Eights” purchase (and review) for another day.   I […]

Trask Has Lunch with Mike Mearls, Lead Developer of 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons

I was fortunate enough to attend the “Hall of Fame’s Guest of Honor Banquet” at Origins this year.   We arrived early hoping to get the most interesting “guest” in attendance. The guest list included some living legends, such as Ed Greenwood and Reiner Knizia, among others. Haaldaar wanted to speak with Ed Greenwood or Mike […]

Trask Survived Origins 2008

I survived Origins… barely. It was an excellent trip, I got to play some cool games and meet interesting people. I am dead from travelling, but here are some “coming attractions” for this week’s  posts. 1. A report on having lunch with Mike Mearls, lead designer of “Dungeons and Dragons” Fourth Edition. I asked him […]

Review: SwordMage by Richard Baker

Gamer’s Book Report – Swordmage Swordmage: Blade of the Moonsea – Book 1 by Richard Baker Published 5/6/08 by Wizards of the Coast ISBN – 978-0786947881 Aesperus, the King in Copper He was a fearsome necromancer who ruled over this part of the Moonsea hundreds of years ago, and survives as an undead lich who […]

4th Edition Software Tools

Phil over at the site has a nice post with links to several 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons software tools. Some of the items include: 4E Power Cards Condition Cards Character Sheets Chatty DM Tools Link It is worth a look for any 4th Edition player. Trask, The Last Tyromancer

Integrating a Stock Market into Your Role-Playing Campaign

My loyal readers are well aware of my eternal quest for greater realism in my games. I believe touches of realism can add to the underlying structure of a game campaign, making it more tangible and enjoyable for both the players and the DM. One aspect of most RPG campaigns I find truly annoying is […]

4th Edition Errata is Now Available

“Wizards of the Coast” posted the latest errata for 4th Edition “Dungeons and Dragons.” It covers the PHB, MM, DMG and the DM Screen. Here is the link: 4th Edition Errata Trask, The Last Tyromancer

Stan Winston Passes Away

Even if you do not know the name, you have seen his work. Stan Winston created some of the iconic fantasy and science-fiction creatures in his special effects shop.  Aliens , predators , terminators and the creatures of “Jurassic Park ” all sprang from his skilled hands. He will be missed. Trask, The Last Tyromancer

Are Local Game Conventions a Dying Institution?

Yesterday, I forked out $30.00 for a weekend pass to the sole remaining gaming convention in my state.  In previous years, it was a bazaar of gaming, cos-play (creepy!) and a thriving vendor area.  The entire convention center hummed with activity and table space was at a premium.  It is a well run convention with […]