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Worst Movie Monster Reveal Ever!

Worst Movie Monster Reveal Ever!

Every monster movie has one. After 90 minutes of lurking behind curtains and in shadows, the beast comes forth. The one moment of good lighting when the ferocious monster reveals its true form. It makes the audience believe that the heroes face a formidable foe, capable of eating them whole. I think it is the […]

Catalyst RED--Retail Electronic Delivery--PDF Sales at Brick and Mortar Game Stores

Catalyst RED–Retail Electronic Delivery–PDF Sales at Brick and Mortar Game Stores

Catalyst Game Labs, publisher of “Eclipse Phase,” “Cthuhlutech”and “Battletech” recently announced “RED.” Catalyst Retail Electronic Delivery allows  PDF sales at your FLGS. It is currently in Alpha (very early testing) at nine retail game stores across the country. The link above leads to the original announcement, but I had some additional questions. Catalyst’s Operations Manager, […]

How Long Do You Spend Preparing for an Role-Playing Game Session as a DM?

I know this question is difficult due to differences between various game systems. Some games simply require more work to create NPCs or monsters for the encounters. I pride myself on my preparation efforts and I know that preparation pays off in a better experience for my players. I know this because I ran games […]

The Broken Encounter and How to Recover From It

The Broken Encounter and How to Recover From It

My definition of a broken encounter is the following: the clever players either discover some weakness in the encounter allowing them to bypass, defeat, kill or otherwise mutilate your carefully crafted encounter with little or no effort. Alternatively, the party has the “perfect weapon” at hand, ready and able to easily defeat the encounter. Whatever […]

Fairy Fossils

I am not a big fan of art, but these cast “fossils” caught my eye. Fairy Fossils Trask, The Last Tyromancer

Plastic Sleeves for Board Games from Mayday Games and a 15% Discount!

Plastic Sleeves for Board Games from Mayday Games and a 15% Discount!

Games like Agricola, Cataan, Dominion and especially Wings of War require a lot of card handling. The problem is that cards are paper and become stained, fuzzy or otherwise damaged with regular handling. Effectively marking the cards in games that require secret hands and draws. Sadly, the more popular the game, the faster the cards […]

Using Physical Puzzles in a Role-Playing Game

Using Physical Puzzles in a Role-Playing Game

This post came from a trip to a local game store that also sells a variety of toys and puzzles. Sparked by a sudden interest in puzzles, I picked up the “Enigmatic Temple” from Family Games Inc. They have an entire line of these fairly difficult wooden puzzles that range from the relatively easy to […]

“Blood of Heroes” aka “Salute of the Jugger” Inspires a Real League

“Blood of Heroes” or “Salute of the Jugger” is one of my favorite film guilty pleasures. The plot involves a post-apocalyptic team playing a soccer-like sport  with weapons and scoring consists of driving a dog skull on to a stake. It was great fun as an action movie and the ending was strangely affecting, at […]

Beware the Dangers of Writing an Adventure Entirely for Yourself Instead of Your Game Group

Beware the Dangers of Writing an Adventure Entirely for Yourself Instead of Your Game Group

A couple of years ago, I volunteered to write modules for the Living Arcanis campaign. As a whole, they turned out alright, but one of the modules taught me a valuable lesson that I think worth sharing. “Tree of Shadows” was the first module in a planned arc that involved a psionic secret society that […]

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