Year in Review: Miniature Games

As enthusiastic as I am about the current state of the RPG market, I’m equally excited for the miniature gaming market. 2017 was an awesome year for miniature games. My biggest challenge for this year was narrowing it down as there were a ton of great releases. That’s really something if you take into account…

Year in Review: RPGs

I thought it might be entertaining to do a year in review of the various games released this year. Rather than do the traditional top 10, I’m going to do something a touch different. I’ve picked my favorite releases, but I’ve also selected some that I felt were important. Also, I’ve tried to highlight some…

Using Real World Cultures as Inspiration

I’m currently running a Zweihander game, loosely based on the game’s default setting. One of the things that I’ve done with this setting is to expand it past the traditional mythical Germay to include more of Europe. For example, in the area where the players are starting, the general theme is based more on that…

Fictional Recreations: The Isacariot Organization

Every so often, I like to take a literary or film character/group and re-build them for a game. One organization I’ve used multiple times is the Isacariot Organization from the Hellsing anime. The Isacariot Organization, also known as Vatican Section XIII, is a top secrete organization within the Roman Catholic Church. This orgnaization is so…

NPC Hook: Jason

I thought I’d do a series of quickies for Halloween. So let’s take some quick NPC hooks based on our favorite stars of horror films! For today’s character, we’ll look at Jason from the Friday the 13th franchise. Let’s be honest, Jason is a pretty two-dimensional character. I know that there’s a backstory there, but…

Halloween Gaming

I love Halloween gaming. It’s an awesome opportunity to bring horror into a campaign. I know we don’t need an excuse to bring horror into our games, but players just seem more receptive to it during this time of year. While I generally run a dedicated one-off game fo Halloween (generally Call of Cthulhu or…

Hosting Special Gaming Events

This weekend, I held an event at my house re-creating a minor Battletech historical battle (the Battle at Kansas Plateau on Arboris V on December 17, 3028 during the 4th Succession War for those interested in the gory details). These special events are something I do with some regularity (they used to be more frequent…

Foreign Language Learning with Quill

So I’ve been learning German pretty steadily for the past year (I use a combination of Duolingo with setting my phone and online services into German) and I’m always looking for ways to accelerate the learning process. Learning a language is one of those activities that really benefits from learning in a variety of contexts;…

Gen Con 50: RPGs

Given the nature of RPGs, I obviously didn’t play as many as I’d like. That said there was definitely a lot of buzz around roleplaying at this year’s Gen Con; definitely moreso than there has been in previous years. For me, this is really exciting and I think the sheer diversity of major titles may…

Gen Con 50: Miniature Games

You may have noticed that I’ve moved from strictly talking about RPGs, to talking about the broader gaming hobby. This has been something that I debated for a while. And while I love RPGs and GMing, the fact is, I play a lot of different games and take a similar approach to all of them…

Gen Con 50: Board Games

So Gen Con 50 has come and gone and I’ve survived! Mostly…the con-crud is actually hitting me pretty hard at the moment… That said, I played a ton of games – boardgames, RPGs and miniature games and I wanted to take some time breaking them down! Today, we’ll look at the boardgame side of things….

Millennials are Killing

There’s been a meme/writing experiment lately where you type “Millennials are killing ” and then let your autocomplete finish the sentence. By way of example, my phone yielded: Millennials are killing me after this weekend. Interestingly, that seems more like an actual likelihood, but that’s a different story. At any rate, seeing some of these…