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Trask Versus A Sensory Deprivation Tank

Trask Versus A Sensory Deprivation Tank

The film “Altered States“  altered my young mind and send 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 […]

Monte Cook’s “The Strange” Role-Playing Game Kickstarter Begins

“The Strange”  is the latest Numenera-system based role-playing game from Monte Cook and Bruce Cordell.  The game premise reminded me a bit of the old West End Games “TORG” universe. An alien data network called  “The Strange” allows users to travel between diverse worlds (called recursions) and the PCs adapt to the various environments.  Base […]

Monte Cook Announces Kickstarter "The Strange" RPG

Monte Cook Announces Kickstarter “The Strange” RPG

Monte Cook announced a new Kickstarter effort starting next week for a new RPG called “The Strange.” Information is limited at this point, but it will use the Numenera system. I am on-board for this Kickstarter on day one. Numenera is one of my favorite RPGs in many years and I am anxious to see […]

The Life, Death, and Rebirth of an RPG Book

The Life, Death, and Rebirth of an RPG Book

Yesterday afternoon, I was strolling through my local Goodwill thrift store on 50% off EVERYTHING day.  The place is  always a madhouse on these days.  I am not sure why I bother going, as I never find anything worthwhile.  But, yesterday I did. Stuffed in the kids book section, as I was looking for Elmo […]

Review: Numenera the Role-Playing Game from Monte Cook

Review: Numenera the Role-Playing Game from Monte Cook

Numenera is Monte Cook’s latest role-playing game he successfully Kickstarted earlier this year.  I did not support the Kickstarter but its success drove my curiosity enough to play a session at Gen Con 2013.  Numenera was the highlight of Gen Con  for me and I bought the core book the next day.  It is a […]

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