Friday, April 9, 2010

Carcasonne Big Box, Big Hit

My mother and my girlfriend have both become hugeCarcasonne fans, even moreso since I picked up the Big Box set with the expansions.

What I've done over the past few weekends is add one aspect / element of an expansion each day we play.

It's going to be a while before I'll be able to tear them away to play any of the other board games I picked up ;)

- Posted from my iPhone

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Talislanta - Elf Free for Free

GROGNARDIA: New and Free Games of Interest

Thanks to James over at Grognardia for bringing this to my attention. I remember the ads for this game vividly back in Dragon magazine, but was far too much of a TSR fanboy to stray too far from AD&D those days (Traveller and Rolemaster/MERP were as far as I went).

Talislanta apparently has been released under the Creative Commons license. I say apparently because a quick reading of the forums shows there is some confusion as to the restrictions (if any) to the distribution with some conflicting wording. In any case, it is a treasure chest of material to rip for your own game of choice. Use it well

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Back Behind the (Virtual) Screen

Anyhow, I'm sitting in a semi crowded room, waiting for my son to get interviewed for a volunteer position he's interested in, and I'm feverishly answering emails on my iphone from my gamer friends.

Suddenly, I get the "Wasn't Erik going to run a game using one of those online interfaces he's been using?" Next thing I know I have 4 players (2 from my old pen n paper group from 13 years ago) talking about what they want to play.

It appears I'll be running a Labyrinth Lord game (possibly with the Advanced Edition Companion thrown in the mix) using Fantasy Grounds 2. I would use Silvertable (from the guys at iTabletop) but it's not outa of alpha yet. I have 2 weeks to prep. Wish me luck ;)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Classic Traveller for Free

Lo and behold, I logged into my RPGNow account when I got home from work and I see the Classic Traveler Starter Set, the very same set I purchased as a teenager. It was the second game I purchased for myself (Gamma World was the first... my parents bought me the three AD&D books that got me started in roleplaying).

Anyhow, the set is being given away for free. You may need to check your email on your RPGNow account to download part 2 (the charts) and part 3 (the adventures).

This is a great game at a great (free) price. Get it now, before someone on the other side changes their mind and actually puts a price on it ;)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Vacation is Over... Did I Miss a Party?

After a fine 9 days off, I'm back to work tomorrow. If things had gone perfect in the scheme of grand karma, the iPad would have shipped on its first reported date and in all likelihood the iPad w/ 3G would have come out this past week and I would be giving a hands on review right now... especially as to how it handles PDFs.

Alas, the 3G won't be shipping until the end of April... which means I won't be getting my iPad until then. In for a penny, in for a pound. If I'm willing to blow 5 bills, may as well blow the whole wad and have access to the net away from Wi-Fi.

Yes, I'm a techie AND a gaming geek... so beat me! See, the money I save getting my gaming in PDF format is funding my iPad purchase. Really! Or not, but it sure sounds good ;)

In the meantime my Kindle DX is serving me well. As an aside, if any of my Kindle subscribers (and there are a few) have trouble with any links i may have posted (or will post) email me at Erik AT Trublunite DOT net. Amazing what you have to do to fend of the trolling spam bots!
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