Monday, November 23, 2015

RPG Retro Reviews: Call of Cthulhu

Another RPG Retro Review is up, this time, I'm taking a look back at the Call of Cthulhu game from Chaosium, as well as a brief look at Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos itself, so please, check it out!!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Congratulations Ennie Winners

I'm certain there were quite a few surprised people when A Red and Pleasant Land received four Ennie awards. Two Gold (Best Writing, Best Setting) and two Silver (Product of the Year, Best Adventure).

Zak, those awards are well deserved. Cheers.

Monte Cook Games also received four awards, high quality work as always. One Gold for the Ninth World Guidebook (Best Cartography), and three Silver for The Strange (Best Interior Art, Best Game, Best Setting).

To everyone else, well done.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Coming up for air

I am not the best at keeping up this blog, longtime readers are well aware of that information.

I hope to find some motivation and at least briefly update gaming goings on.

Way behind on writing up sessions of both my campaign and CatCorajus' campaign.

Let's see, in the Cap's campaign:

party convinced 4 frost giants to turn on their white dragon overlord and they and the party escaped from the Hollow World (dragon still lives, holding eggs hostage can work sometimes)

party had to solve a haunting in a mansion in a slice of Ravenloft

got back to outer Mystara to find the political situation completely screwed up, we arrived through a portal inside a vault only to exit the door to find ourselves in the castle dungeon, freed prisoners, made dramatic escape, joined resistance forces loyal to Karameikos, been escaping from enemies by skin of teeth ever since, completely out-matched, outnumbered, out of our minds to think we can fix anything, trying anyway.

My campaign:

if I get around to finishing the post in my drafts folder it will catch things up, have not run any more of it in months


Recently discovered a West Marches style campaign on YouTube (Rollplay West Marches) and have watched a bunch of episodes. Will hopefully talk more about it in later posts.

I leave you with this picture for no reason what-so-ever:

Monday, May 11, 2015

RPG Retro Reviews

Many of you might not know it, but I do a video blog, and review Old School D&D modules, and rules sets on YouTube. Please, take a minute to check out my channel, RPG Retro Reviews!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Just Wanted to Say HI!

OSRBaron has graciously allowed me some space on his awesome gaming blog, so I will most certainly be adding a few witticisms of my own... though, I dare say it will be difficult to match the humor and amusing look at gaming, and our own campagins that OSRBaron does. I will do my best.

Shameless Plug

If you haven't checked it out, please, click the link below, and check out my YouTube channel: RPG Retro Reviews. A look back at old D&D Edition, modules and reviews. Also, a 'how to' series on the newest (5th) edition of the game! Check it out!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Upcoming stuff

As an easily distracted person I find myself away from the blog a bit too often.

However . . .

I am working on a couple of posts to be out up soon. Both are game play journals, one for my game and one for CaptCorajus' recent game. We'll be playing another installment of his game tomorrow, so I am a bit behind.

Meanwhile here is the title for the Capt's last session: Fe Fi Fo F#$k! Don't look up!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Prop Dusting - Combat Tier by Tinkered Tactics

The issue of elevation in game play has been a conundrum from the start of miniature war gaming on through to current times in role playing. Every method from stacking dice, using string to hang figures from lamps, to stacking smaller tables on top of the game table, and writing elevation on small pieces of paper have been tried.

Plenty of companies have produced gadgets to help deal with the problem in more elegant ways than notes, string, furniture, and dice stacking.

Among the more interesting are Dr. Wizard's Patented Elevation Indicator, an acrylic cylinder marked with numbers and multipliers. Bands are placed around it at the numbers indicating how high the figure on top of the cylinder is at present. Reviews seem to indicate that the Indicator only comes with a single band to mark the elevation and additional bands can be purchased. Reviews also mention that the bands slide around too easily on the cylinder. Another obvious drawback is, what do you do if another figure has to be directly under it?

Another option is from Litko, they produce a number of game enhancement items including invisible character and monster stands, torch stands, and their flight stands. I have all of these, yet have not used them for one primary reason. I have not put in the effort to locate a glue that will dry clear and stay clear, and I'm picky about yellowed glue on clear plastic. My secondary reason is working out safe storage to keep them from breaking once assembled. I plan to eventually use the flight stands in combination with the Combat Tier by Tinkered Tactics.

I own two of the Combat Tier Family Packs, because during my move I initially misplaced the first set.

These are sturdy acrylic stands that can be adjusted to provide various elevations. They are clear allowing players to see through to what is around the figure. They also fairly strong, but I won't be putting anything breakable on them that could fall or topple the tier. No finely painted metal minis or resin figurines, plastic minis only. I might try putting some dwarvenite terrain higher up to represent flying dungeon locations.

Take a look at the pictures below. These will give you some idea of how useful they can be, and should provoke the imagination for other ways to play with the combat tier. The pictures below show just one set.

 No, cat, you cannot play with my Combat Tier set.
 As you can see, it is possible to get some serious height using all of the extension pieces.

Warning to my players - these can also work well for underwater depth indication.