#RPGaDAY: What Has Been The Best-Run RPG Kickstarter You Have Backed?Tue 29 August 2017 by Tim Knight from HeroPress
I picked +Peter Regan's OSR Character Sheet Pads as my choice for best-run RPG Kickstarter as symbolic of all the great Kickstarters he's run (you may know him as the publisher of the hugely popular Black Hack, for instance).Peter's Kickstarters are always small, well-organised, and punctual in their delivery.To date he has run 16 Kickstarters - not all directly RPG-related - and I have backed
Weekly World News: Another Dozen Gameable Hooks From Faux News Stories...
Is Bat Boy a hero or a villain, a monster, mutant, or simply misunderstood?This week's collections of headlines from back issues of the Weekly World News throw up a mixed passel of gameable story hooks, NPCs, settings etc for the gamesmaster willing to inject a bit of the ...read more
Relive The Jaw-Dropping Final Five Minutes Of The Game Of Thrones' Season Finale..
And then, once you've recovered, here's some spoilerific behind-the-scenes chit-chat about the episode:read more
Mayweather vs McGregor? Here's A Match-Up For The Ages: Conan & Wonder Woman...
Our tale begins as Conan the Barbarian arrives on the shores of an unknown land, and soon meets the world’s most fearsome arena fighter - Wonder Woman. Ill-fated circumstances force them both into slavery. As they attempt to free themselves from the grips of the rich and powerful slave-owner Dellos ...read more
#RPGaDAY: What Film/Series Is The Biggest Source Of Quotes In Your Group?
While there are a number of cine-literate members of The Tuesday Knights, and we goof around as much as any group, I don't recall there being a particular 'go-to' film or TV show that we quote from regularly.We've never been ones to rely heavily on the perceived ...read more
Bloody Global Warming... Or Alice's Odyssey!
Turns out Alice can drive a mobility scooter!
This weekend, Rachel, Alice, and I attended he living history show at the county showground, Military Odyssey, and - as always - hired a mobility scooter from the wonderful people at Top Marks Mobility.
At one point I'd parked the scooter at the ...read more
Jack Kirby's Centenary...
Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary Jack Kirby, the visionary artist, writer, and creator who helped shape the comic book medium we know today, through his groundbreaking work for both Marvel and DC.
Plenty will be said, by more literate people than I, about his ...read more
#RPGaDAY: What Are Your Essential Tools For Good Gaming?
Me, Nick, Clare, Steve & Pete - The Tuesday Knights, circa 2008
The single most essential tool for good gaming is a group of enthusiastic and attentive players.
You can't game without them.
Then dice, lots of dice.read more
Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane? No, It's Another Supergirl Sunday...
The world is already ready for another celebration of the marvellous cosplayers and artists who bring Supergirl off the comic book page and into real life.Not all of these are "screen accurate" - and some are a bit saucy - but it's Sunday, just kick back and relax... there are ...read more
#RPGaDAY: Which RPG Provides The Most Useful Resources?
This was a bit of a head-scratcher, but in the end I plumped for good old Dungeons & Dragons.
For instance, several editions, including the current, have offered official packs of cards with all the useful spell details and class abilities on (cutting down the amount of time wasted flipping through ...read more
Torn From The Headlines: Dungeons, Dragons, And The Game Of Greyhawk...
Combining two of my great loves - the original Dungeons & Dragons campaigns of the First Generation of roleplayers, and Game Of Thrones - Mike Bridges, of the Greyhawkery blog, has just published an inspirational post on how to make your Greyhawk campaigns a bit more "Game Of Thrones-y".
Continuing the Game Of ...read more
#RPGaDAY: What Is The Best Way To Thank Your GM?
The facetious answer would be "cold, hard cash", but the serious answer - for me - is a simple "thank you".
Being a Gamesmaster isn't a thankless task. We wouldn't do it if we didn't enjoy it, and in that sense it's its own reward.
But it doesn ...read more
DVD Of The Week: Guardians (2017)
I've been psyched for this Russian superhero flick since I first learned of it back in October 2015, and now that I've finally gotten to see Guardians I have to say I wasn't disappointed.
It's far from perfect, but as silly fun goes it's hugely ...read more
Fleamarket Friday: Get Your Black Pudding Here!
By sheer cosmic coincidence, the print copies of latest issue of the gorgeous Black Pudding fanzine - subject of last night's #RPGaDAY entry - is now available from +Peter Regan's Squarehex.co.uk (which will, itself, be making an appearance in a future #RPGaDAY entry!)
Issues one, two, and three ...read more
Fleamarket Friday: All The Fun Of The Fair...
Another week, another wonderful miniatures Kickstarter with only hours to run!
The crowdfunding campaign for Bruegelburg – A Day At The Fair (a new range of 28mm fantasy miniatures sculpted by Igor Karpov, for use in RPGs and other tabletop games) - closes its doors to investors on Sunday.
There's a ...read more
#RPGaDAY: A PWYW Publisher Who Should Be Charging More...
Random Order Creations' +James V West deserves a shout-out here for his gorgeous PWYW fanzine Black Pudding. Each issue is a work of art, a mix of largely hand-drawn and hand-written character classes, monsters, and variant character sheets for use with old school Dungeons & Dragons (and its various descending armour ...read more
[ #RPG ] Why D&D Is Good for You (In Real Life) - TEDx Talk By Ethan Gilsdorf...
Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms, shows us how this groundbreaking game involving communal storytelling, dice-rolling, and imaginary adventures in lands filled with dragons, quests, elves and evil wizards actually gives ...read more
Torn From The Headlines: Release The Facts!
Who doesn't love Ray Harryhausen's Kraken in Clash Of The Titans?
Recently, I came across a couple of interesting articles collating facts, myth, and speculation on this giant sea creature.
Mental Floss has 15 Kraken Facts And Myths To Unleash In Conversation; and On the BBC, we have ...read more
And So Once More I Reach The End Of My Annual Lord Of The Rings Marathon...
PIPPIN: I didn't think it would end this way.
GANDALF: End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.
PIPPIN ...read more
[ #RPG ] Can An Experienced GM Play In A Game With An Inexperienced GM?
An unexpected side effect of this month's focus on roleplaying games (thanks to #RPGaDAY) has been one of my readers, over on the HeroPress Facebook page, asking me a question about gaming. I've tried to answer their question as best I can, but welcome any input from other ...read more
#RPGaDAY: Which RPG Has The Most Jaw-Dropping Layout?
I have two answers for this question: one positive and one negative.
The most "jaw-dropping" (in a good way) game layout I have seen recently is Tales From The Loop, a beautifully designed book that makes the text easy to read (and therefore the game easy to grok), while capturing ...read more
[ #RPG ] Well, That Was Grand!
For those following along at home, last month the Tuesday Knights' heroic band of secret agents (in Pete's 1980s Top Secret SI campaign) were test driving high-tech motorbikes for ORION, in the Grand Canyon, when we got ambushed by WEB agents. They stole a couple of the ...read more
On The Season Finale Of Game Of Thrones...
And the usual behind-the-scenes spoilerific jibber-jabber:read more
#RPGaDAY: Which RPGs Are The Easiest For You To Run?
As should be becoming obvious from my #RPGaDAY answers this month, my default setting for running games - like so many people - is fantasy and the lingua franca of fantasy gaming is, of course, Dungeons & Dragons.As long as I'm working in a pre-Third Edition universe, I can stat monsters ...read more
[ #RPG ] Giving Ghosts New Life...
How do you make ghosts interesting in your roleplaying games? Are you interested in making them more than just 'another monster'? Do you add pathos and motivation? How do their powers manifest in your games?
Following on from yesterday's piece about different ways of using ghosts, Stacey Lemmon aka ...read more
WEEKLY WORLD NEWS: A Grab Bag Of Gameable Goodness...
This week's selection of Weekly World News stories is a random slice of faux reality that can serve as plot hooks across a range of genres, from superhero games to urban fantasy, conspiracy theory investigation to all-out monster hunting.read more
A Mostly Accurate Norse God Family Tree...
click to embiggen - and read!
Because why not?read more
#RPGaDAY: Which RPG Does The Most With The Least Words?
Another easy answer: the 1977 blue book edition of the original Dungeons & Dragons (pictured above), by John Eric Holmes.This is the book that introduced me to Dungeons & Dragons, and gave me all the rules I needed in a few pages. Brevity was the order of the day, allowing players ...read more
[ #RPG ] Random Thought On Ghosts...
This is a repost from 2011; I don't know if the issue has been addressed in more current games but I'm interested in hearing your take on this and how you would model it at your table...
A random thought I had about 'ghosts' in roleplaying games the ...read more
#RPGaDAY: Adventurers Wanted! (Special Game Of Thrones Edition)
With the current season of Game Of Thrones racing towards its climax, it's time to bring back my Adventurers Wanted! feature from 2013, but with a definite Westerosi vibe to it.
Previous posts, depicting sundry adventuring parties from film and TV, can be found here, here, here, and here ...read more
Torn From The Headlines: Putting Other Monsters In The Shade...
Sköll and Hati
It's total solar eclipse day, so let's mark the occasion by examining a handful of mythical creatures believed to have been responsible for such events in the past.
From plague gods and sun-devouring wolves to fairy folk and monstrous snakes, this list on Atlas Obscura ...read more
#RPGaDAY Musical Monday: Keraptis (Bards Of Greyhawk)
"Bards of Greyhawk is ground breaking Medieval Fantasy Folklore Rock with songs about classic Dungeons and Dragons adventures in the campaign setting of Greyhawk.
Each song, tells a tale about an adventure in order to convey the fun, magic and creativity behind classic D&D adventures for a new generation."read more
#RPGaDAY: What Is The Best Source For Out-Of-Print RPGs?
Before international postage costs went completely insane, I was a regular(ish) costumer of Noble Knight Games, but generally the best source for old games has always been eBay... aided by a well-worded search alert and a lot of patience.
If you wait long enough, everything eventually pops up on ...read more
The Defenders: The Final Act (Episodes Six, Seven, And Eight)
SPOILER ALERT: When commentating on the end of this eight-hour epic movie, it's inevitable that some plot details will be given away. I'll try and remain vague, but somethings will need to be said!
Catch up on my thoughts on the previous two episodes here.
The end of ...read more
Face It, Tiger, There's Only One MJ...
As before, massive hat tip to Cal at Calvin's Canadian Cave Of Cool for bringing back his Mondays With MJ feature.read more
#RPGaDAY: Which RPG Features The Best Writing?
I have a confession to make: I'm not that big a fan of the TV show Buffy The Vampire Slayer. There was lots about the series I really enjoyed, but there was also a lot that annoyed me. Ultimately, I was more taken with the 'idea' of the show ...read more
The Defenders: The Mid-Point (Episodes Four And Five)
Catch up on my thoughts on the first three episode here.
The bulk of the action in the fourth episode goes down in a Chinese restaurant that our heroes have retired to, in order to lay low.
Stick (Scott Glenn) shows up, having made a dramatic escape of his own ...read more
GOOD BUSINESS (Sci-Fi Short) 2017 from Ray Sullivan on Vimeo.read more
#RPGaDAY: Which RPG Have You Played The Most In Your Life?
I'd like to say Villains & Vigilantes, because that would be appropriate for my superhero-heavy blog and love of the genre, but if I'm being honest - and factoring in all the different editions, hacks, clones, reworkings etc - it has to be Dungeons & Dragons.
When I was first introduced to ...read more
Fleamarket Friday: Liberate The Dragon Slayers From The Dungeons Of Doom...
At time of writing, this is what you get at the Dragon Slayer pledge level...
You've only a few days left if you want to get in on this Kickstarter for some incredible looking 28mm miniatures suitable for use roleplaying games and skirmish wargames.
Funding for Dungeons Of Doom ...read more
The Defenders: The First Act (Episodes One, Two, And Three)
SPOILER ALERT: I've tried to be as vague as I can on story details, but there may be some details here that you might not want to know before you see the show, if you want to enjoy it as it was meant to be enjoyed.
Picking up from ...read more
Fleamarket Friday: A New Faction Has Invaded The Savage Core...
A new faction has been introduced to Savage Core, Lucid Eye's pulp Hollow Earth skirmish game.
The Id are androgynous alien invaders suitable for use in multiple arenas outside of this game (I'm eyeing them to add to my alien contingent for a more outré Dungeons & Dragons scenario ...read more
Fleamarket Friday: Hail To The Chin...
The latest collection of light-hearted memoirs from genre icon and all-round legend Bruce Campbell, entitled Hail To The Chin: Further Confessions Of A B Movie Actor, are now available from all good bookstores.
Campbell is, of course, the star of the Evil Dead movies, as well as the Ash vs ...read more
#RPGaDAY: Which RPG Have You Owned The Longest But Not Played?
This is a slightly tricky question. For instance, I've owned - and treasured - the original three Arduin books since I first found them through a tiny ad in the back of White Dwarf, I guess in the early '80s, and while I've never played a pure Arduin campaign I ...read more
#RPGaDAY: The Meandering Journey From Young Player To Grizzled Gamesmaster...
Saturday is the ninth anniversary of the first meeting of The Tuesday Knights, when I ran Castles & Crusades for Nick, Clare, and Pete.
With the reminiscing brought on by my first participation in the #RPGaDAY blog event, and this momentous landmark just round the corner, I've been reflecting on ...read more
Japanese-Language Trailer For Forthcoming Godzilla Anime...
Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters opens in Japan on November 17, and after that will be available worldwide via Netflix.
If you're looking to keep abreast of the latest goings-on in the world of kaiju you could do worse than following the Godzilla Movies news site.read more
Trimming The Fat...
Until the return of the Berlanti-verse DCTV superhero shows (i.e. Supergirl, Flash, Arrow, and Legends Of Tomorrow), my current viewing schedule is looking very lean:
Game Of Thrones (Sky Atlantic) Twin Peaks: The Return (Sky Atlantic) Thronecast (Sky Atlantic) The Leftovers (Sky Atlantic) American Ripper In London (History Channel ...read more
#RPGaDAY: Which RPG Do You Enjoy Adapting The Most?
By 'adapting', I presume the Question Gods mean "houseruling", which again leads to a very easy answer: first edition Crypts & Things.For the longest time I thought Crypts & Things - a human-centric, gritty swords & sorcery adaptation of Swords & Wizardry - was the closest I'd ever come to finding my 'holy grail ...read more
D&DVD Of The Week: Warcraft - The Beginning (2016)
Continuing my meander through movies based on video games I know little about, the immediate takeaway from Warcraft: The Beginning is that it's a million times better than Assassin's Creed.
Up to this point - barring a very short (we're talking a matter of minutes) and unrewarding stab ...read more
Next On Game Of Thrones: Winter Is Here!
And some spoilerific behind-the-scenes waffle from this week's episode:
And a couple of scenes with actor commentary:read more