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Numenera and Royal Shrovetide Football

Numenera and Royal Shrovetide Football

Royal Shrovetide Football is a unique game played in only one village in England. Several thousand people gather in the town square once a year and then they throw a large, leather ball into the crowd. Two teams try to move the ball about 1.5 miles to their goal.  The rules are few (no running […]

The Sound of Carnage--Ambient Music for Role-Playing Games

The Sound of Carnage–Ambient Music for Role-Playing Games

A couple of companies at Gencon had sound effect software/music on offer specifically for role-playing games. Sound effects are something I never tried on my RPG table, so I thought I should check out two Gencon offerings and one source that I found independently. These offerings range from mixing board applications, standard MP3 sound effects […]

Gen Con 2014 Games Played

Gen Con 2014 Games Played

Gencon 2014 enters history and I once again survived four marathon days of gaming glory.  This report will focus on the games I played and some the trip itself. Future entries will focus on the vendors and products. After an inauspicious start to the trip, as seen in the picture below of my supposed seat, […]

MaricopaCon 2014 Report

MaricopaCon 2014 Report

  This weekend I attended our local gaming convention. MaricopaCon is funded through Kickstarter and this is its second year. Trask and I attended last year so I thought it would make a good warm-up for GenCon in two weeks. The convention runs Saturday and Sunday, but I only attended Saturday. The selection of games […]

Gencon 2014 Vendors and Exhibitors Links with Descriptions

Gencon 2014 Vendors and Exhibitors Links with Descriptions

Once again here is my all-in-one list of Gencon 2014 vendor and exhibitors with short descriptions. If there are any updates, errors or improvements you would like to see, please drop me a comment and I will take a look.   I culled this list from the official Gencon 2014 map of the exhibit/vendor hall. […]

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 […]

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