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 Future of Tabletop Gaming

Gen Con 2015: NecroVirus Review and–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 […]

Gen Con 2015-The Games Played Part 2 Report: Super Robo Rally

Gen Con 2015-The Games Played Part 2 Report: Super Robo Rally

Every Gen Con I try and attend at least one event that you can only play at a large convention like Gen Con. This year I tried my hand a Super Robo Rally by Team Hassenplug. This game is based on the popular RoboRally board game except the game is played out by actual 1ft […]

I Backed the Numenera “Into the Ninth World” Kickstarter

As a huge Numenera geek I could not pass up the “Into the Ninth World” kickstarter.  Not only does it have the Outer Space elements I was hoping for, they added extra-dimensional locations and the depths of the oceans.   And the best part is the thing already funded!   Care to join us?   […]

Gen Con 2015--The Games Played Report Part 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 […]

Situational Awareness--A Brief Introduction to Aid both PC and Player

Situational Awareness–A Brief Introduction to Aid both PC and Player

Player characters live dangerous lives. Demons stalk them, dungeons crush them and paramours poison them with terrifying regularity. All that stands between character generation and your PC is a clever players. Yes, dice play a role, but over the long term canny players will out over the tyranny of chance. One of the key elements […]

Bad Plotting: We Forgot Chekov's Gun

Bad Plotting: We Forgot Chekov’s Gun

Chekov’s Gun, the oft-quoted axiom that whenever you introduce something of significance in a story, say a rifle on the wall in act one of a play MUST fire at some point later in the play.  In short, do not introduce something of note unless it actually matters to the plot. That said, I offer […]

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