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Villainy in a Vacuum: Antagonists Need Motivations Too

Villainy in a Vacuum: Antagonists Need Motivations Too

Protagonists need antagonists. Heroes need villains. This is a basic requirement for any story and for time immemorial heroes sallied forth to battle dread forces of darkness. Sadly, many campaigns (and books for that matter) tend to ignore the villain’s motivation, turning them into shallow incarnations of evil, motivated only by the plot’s needs. As […]

Ex-Illis Beta Kit Assembled!

Ex-Illis Beta Kit Assembled!

Ex-Illis, the new computer/tabletop miniature hybrid game released their beta test kit at Gen Con this year and I picked up a copy of the “Integral Set.” After a few hours of tinkering, I finally finished assembling the beta army. I should warn you that I am not a great miniature assembler, so any defect […]

Board Game Report: Pandemic, Snow Tails and Obama Nation

Board Game Report: Pandemic, Snow Tails and Obama Nation

I dropped by my FLGS and jumped into a couple of quick board games and picked up an unusual card game. All of which were so entertaining that they deserved a post. We started off with “Snow Tails” by Asmodee Editions. This import board game places you in charge of mushing a dog team through […]

Open Letter to Wizards of the Coast

Dear Sirs, As a long-time gamer, I am deeply concerned with the direction your are taking with the “Dungeons and Dragons” franchise. “D&D” is the first role-playing game I played. As such, I feel somewhat invested in the franchise, both for emotional and practical reasons. Emotional reasons based in franchise-nostalgia and practical because “Wizards of […]

Free Advice to Game Publishers: How to Demo a Role-Playing Game at a Convention

Free Advice to Game Publishers: How to Demo a Role-Playing Game at a Convention

I specifically went to Gen Con 2009 seeking new games. Almost every slot I played was a “no experience required” event and everyone at the table was totally new to the game world and system. After four days of demos and intro games run by game publishers I noticed some serious deficiencies with how the […]

DragonCon 2009 Vendor Website Directory

Dragoncon 2009 opens September 4th, so I though this a good time to link to  my helpful list of Dragoncon vendor websites at RPGSeek.com. The directory includes a vendor site description as well as the link, so you have an idea what they are selling before you actually visit the site.  A surprising number of gaming vendors […]

The Most Disturbing Events at Gen Con 2009 Award

I am a gamer and generally tolerant of whatever game you choose to play or do at a convention. That said, the two events below were so deeply disturbing, so breathtakingly bizarre that I could not let them pass into memory.  I created a new yearly award for “Most Disturbing Event at Gen Con”  to […]

Review: True Dungeon at Gen Con 2009

True Dungeon is one of those events that I see every year at large conventions and just never made the time to see what it is about. Not really for any particular reason other than I had other games to play. This year one of my gaming buddies expressed an interest in giving it a […]

Gen Con 2009 Report –The Games We Played Part 2

This is the second part of my post on games I played at Gen Con 2009. Tomorrow I talk about my True Dungeon experience in detail. Aces & Eights Aces & Eights is an Wild West RPG from Kenzer and Company. We saw this RPG at Origins last year and were amazed by the books […]

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