The Blarg!

July 29, 2015

Rolling ones since 2015.  Last week, really.

 

July 22, 2015

Reminiscences of games gone wrong.

 ...To Be Continued

 

Annotations for the curious and/or RPG-challenged:

 

The game system used here is D&D 5e (5th Edition).

 

TPK: Stands for Total Party Kill. When all the player's characters are wiped out.

 

I Storked it: I rolled a terrib...

March 6, 2015

 

Can It Recapture the Thrill of 1st Edition?

 

His name was Dino DeBasher, and he began life as a Dwarf Fighter/Thief on one of those official orange character sheets from TSR sometime in the early 1980s.  Over the years he spiralled out of control, becoming a munchkin o...

February 20, 2015

 

Or, Why I Can't Write Supernatural Games

 

 

In the summer of 1980 I spent the night at the house of a friend.  His dad took us all out to the movies.  I love movies.  It is perhaps unfortunate that the movie we saw turned out to be one of the scariest horror movies ever...

February 13, 2015

 Like many pasty white geeks, I learned my "English Accent" from countless repetitions of Monty Python sketches and movie bits.  I also learned my Scottish, Irish, and Australian accents from the Pythons.  Since then I have become a man of a thousand accents--all of th...

January 30, 2015

 

The Blockbuster Fantasy Hit of 1989!

 

The Deed of Paksenarrion, by Elizabeth Moon.  Published by Baen Books.

 

During my adolescence, I read and re-read Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy multiple times until I could recite dialogue, knew the history and geography of Mi...

January 23, 2015

I don't remember the first time I played Dungeons & Dragons.  Isn't that funny?  A game that became an integral part of my life and self, and I can't remember my first time.  I'm sure it was in junior high, and I'm sure that my friends introduced me to it.  I'm sure we...

January 16, 2015

GM: You walk through the door into a room. It's maybe 10' by 20'. Bookshelves line two of the walls, with many strange volumes upon them that you don't recognize. Weird statuettes or figurines adorn the table in the center, around which sit four men.

 

N00b: What do...

January 9, 2015

No, this post has nothing to do with the teen supernatural romance of a similar name.

In the heady days of the cold war, during the Reagan-Bush 1 era, I thought a lot about what the world would be like after nuclear war.  The Soviets and the US were on the brink of open...

December 5, 2014

Once upon a time, I ran a fantasy rpg campaign (GURPS, of course!) set in the capital city of a great empire called Daedalos.  This is the journal and newsletter of that campaign, which ran off and on for about ten years.

 

As I recall, the main influence on this ca...

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