Saturday, July 17, 2010
That damn stupid ass song: I'm a little bit Country... I'm a little bit Rock n Roll!
I'm a little bit OSR, I'm a little bit 3E. And a smidgen Rolemaster, MERP, BRP, CoC, FATE, Rifts, peanut butter and chocolate...
Just imagine if I HAD been drinking. This could have been a whole lot worse, but the point is labels dont mean shit except from a marketing perspective.
Talking about marketing, I wonder if one could pull off an Osmond Family RPG. I mean, TSR did publish a Dallas boardgame. I actually owned that train wreck in my youth.
Pendragon is one of the great games that I never played. I have the 1st edition boxed set and the 3rd edition soft covered book (there was no 2nd, and i missed the 4th and 5.0). I've read them repeatedly, cover to cover, over the years as they are great King Arthur resources unto themselves and make for nice reading (my BA is in History, so I may be biased).
The new PDF is 238 pages from end to end, and I'm starting at the begining and moving directly forward. It's not the only thing on my plate, so its going to take some time before I can give a full (or even partial) review, but if it stays true to form it should be excellent.
Maybe I'll finally get to play with the rules this time.
Friday, July 16, 2010
In addition to covering many different RPGs, the plans include coverage of tabletop and live action gaming. It should be interesting to see how this plays out.
Issue Zero, a 16 page preview, is available for free as a download from RPGNow here.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
It's one hell of a distraction. I'm sure its a D&D spell already, but damn I'm ready to write one from experience.
On a positive note, despite all the noise James managed to raise recently, his Weird Fantasy game is ready for preorders. I'm in for one. He may be a loud mouth, but he is an extremely talented loudmouth. I have high expectations for it. I'll review it when I receive it.
It aint cheap, but damn thats alot stuff!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Truth of the matter is it served its purpose. It drove traffic to Jim's site, just as Weird Fantasy is getting set to release. Who will be the main buyer's of Jim's game? People that are interested enough in this corner of the hobby to read blogs about this crap... me, you maybe?
I personally didn't like Jim's telling people what they should be called, making people a part of the OSR based on his word alone. If I read a book by a Communist, am I now a Commie? If I read the Bible do I now have to "witness" for everyone, or whatever the heck it is they do when they knock on my door and try to save me?
I'm fine at defining myself. I might game mostly in what is defined loosely as OSR, but I have no products to push, no game to publish. As someone else said... this is my hobby, and lets leave it as such.
GG has put forward two really great posts on the OSR. Do yourself a favor and check them out.
My sinuses and the accompanying post nasal drip are driving me out of my mind. I blame the wonderful NYC weather.
I could never survive as a PC, getting my ass beat on a daily basis, sleeping outdoors or in a dungeon.
Sinuses knock me down ;)
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
First up is Oil Pressure, a module for Villains and Vigilantes. Coming in at 16 pages, it should give you an evening of entertainment and a nice sample module for you V&V game.
Campaign 1: Secrets of the Ancients from Mongoose Games for Traveller. There are three separate download links on the page. The campaign intro, part 1 and part 2. Enjoy
Monday, July 12, 2010
So, The Kid is at a birthday party tonight. He's 17, stubborn, likes to show he is independent. Got a whole lot of: "and you know you don't have to text me every five minutes." "You DON'T need to know everything." Normal adolescent spreading of wings.
All I asked was: "When you know what time it is wrapping up, send me a text"."
The independent lad needed 5 bucks for a MetroCard (NYC Subway) and has already texted me that: "It wraps up at 10 and if I feel lazy I may need a ride." That's my boy... you can spread those wings as far as you want, but your father will always be there for you.
So, what am I doing in my spare time this evening? Watching the Dungeons & Dragons: The Complete Animated Series... cause if the lad were home he'd probably laugh me outa the house ;)
Alright, its a little dated, and the putz shares my name (Cavalier named Erik... sheesh, what a tool) but its still D&D, its still fun, and it makes me feel years younger. It can't be all that bad ;)
I started a thread pretty much asking for the same on ENWorld.
I'm looking for a good RPG to introduce a first time player to roleplaying. They want something they can read first, so it shouldn't be too huge and should include an easy to follow sample of play.
The vast majority of my 30 years of game collecting assumes prior knowledge of roleplaying games. I'd like to hear some suggestions if y'all if possible.
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Sunday, July 11, 2010
In any case, we have 5 entries. In order of their posting it is:
9-0 Tim Shorts
Can we have a drum roll please?
Taking a randomly chosen 10-sided die from my desk drawer. Witnessed by Ashley, the 4 y/o feline... we have rolled a 5.
Woot! James wins a PDF copy of Dragon Warriors courtesy of RPGNow.
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