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Trask Versus Krav Maga

Trask Versus Krav Maga

Of all the activities I considered for the “Versus” series, Krav Maga worried me the most. Melee combat( outside of RPG encounters) is not my area of expertise. In fact, outside of the occasional flirtation with karate that all teenage males go through, the fighting arts and I had a purely theoretical relationship.  That said, […]

Dungeons and Dragons 5E--The Tyranny of the Expected

Dungeons and Dragons 5E–The Tyranny of the Expected

“Dungeons and Dragons” released its base game last week as well as a free PDF set of rules to great fanfare.  I avoided the beta test development phase, so I went into the release with minimal knowledge of 5e.  Given my distinct loathing for 4th Edition and the wise public beta period, I expected much […]

Trask Versus An Atlatl

Trask Versus An Atlatl

Atlatls or throwing sticks were not on my original “Versus” blog post list, but a “World Atlatl Day” event popped up near my house and I could not resist.   Atlatls are sticks with notches cut in them to hold a dart  (I always assumed it was a spear, but everyone continuously referred to the sharp, […]

Trask Versus Crossfit

Trask Versus Crossfit

For many RPG gamers, exercise is an  Iron Maiden. Both are tools designed for maximum suffering and should be avoided.  Though  exercise is often shunned by their players, role-playing game player characters often sport peak-human physiques honed through years of punishing exercise.  So, I set out to upgrade my physical fitness to PC levels as […]

Trask Versus A Sensory Deprivation Tank

Trask Versus A Sensory Deprivation Tank

The film “Altered States”  altered my young mind and sent me on a lifelong quest. For those that missed out on this classic bit of  abnormal psychology ephemera, a scientist drops some quality ‘shrooms and spends a couple of hours in a sensory deprivation tank. Thereby devolving himself back to a monkey and seeing the […]

Trask Versus Player Character Skills: A Gamer Tries Character Skills In Real Life

I begin a new series tonight where I, Trask, shed the familiar cloak of  tabletop role-playing curmudgeon  and share my attempts, both past and present to learn PC skills in real life.  PC skills are the standard things almost every RPG gamer chose for his skill list at least once.  Every D&D players chose “pick […]

Thoughts on a Numenera Campaign

For the past couple of months I subjected my players to a Numenera campaign filled with wonder, weird and unfathomable technology.  Now that I have some actual play time in I thought a post appropriate on my thoughts so far. This is not a review of Numenera so much as my feelings on how the […]

Mutant Chronicles Third Edition Kickstarter Blows Past Goal

Mutant Chronicles Third Edition Kickstarter Blows Past Goal

Modiphius Games launched a kickstarter to bring about a 3rd edition of the under-the-radar sci-fi horror RPG “Mutant Chronicles.”  I mean no slight by the “under-the-radar” comment, it just seems like everyone has heard of the Mutant Chronicles, but it never seemed to bubble up to the level of more notable sci-fi games like Warhammer […]

ExIllis Miniature Game Launches a Kickstarter–Would You Kickstart a Game that Already Failed?

Exillis, a miniature skirmish game from Bastion Games (now bankrupt) won my “Best of Show at GTS in 2009. Exillis combined tabletop mechanics with a computer-based rule adjudication system. I thought it original and a great first step forward to bring better digital support to miniature games.  A game genre that frequently combines vast quantities […]

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