Category: campaign

So Much For That Idea

Having shuttered War In A Box to streamline my blogging, my very next project is to… Start a new blog. At least this one is something of a one-off.  I’ve always loved the idea of map based wargame campaigns.  There’s something much deeper and richer in the experience.  Instead...

It Begins

Remember when I said the following? [W]hen a critical mass of people adopt [the lost art of Gygaxian campaign play] for their own table, you can expect a deluge of smart-boy posts from the Usual Crowds staking a claim to have “always known” about the glories of real-time and...

Random Shots

 As we ease into the weekend, let’s take a look at a couple of preview shots of battles coming up on The Joy of Wargaming.  First up a look at Osprey’s “Black Ops” which features a surveillance fight gone wrong when competing espionage agencies arrive to gather blackmail from...

Epic D&D Made Easy Through Faction Play

Jeffro spitting fire on the latest episode of Geek Gab: There’s a key moment where Jeffro points out that Modern D&D cannot handle a moment like that in The Two Towers where the Fellowship of the Ring breaks up.  Taking a broader view, I would contend that a truly Epic...

Trollopolous Lives!

Things are getting a little crazy over in Trollopolous and her nearby provinces.  The besieging orcish army, leaderless after the capture of their demon-queen, has quit the field, and that only made things worse. Jeffro’s AD&D campaign-by-the-book has kicked into high gear with a week of Braunstein style faction...

A Tale As Old as Time

 Brace yourself for a revolution in table-top RPGs. At last, after forty years of D&D and twenty years of instant and always-on communications, the two have been married to create a style that is a literal game changer: But it ain’t me.  It’s Jeffro, the madman that redefined how...

More Campaigning for the Best Campaigns

 Got another big blog for you fans of old school tabletop RPGs.  This time around we’re taking a look at a longish game of ACKS, Autarch’s excellent Adventurer, Conqueror, King. This is another one of those new-old campaigns that takes advantage of certain lost secrets to present a style...

Cleanup On Aisle Linkage

 Clearing out the chaff from the wheat of my link list this week, and it occurred to me that some blogs need more than a quiet pointer. Around here, we believe that ACTUAL PLAY >> game theory, and today I’ve got one of the better AD&D session report blogs...

Primordial D&D

 Been thinking about this a lot. Ever since watching this movie. Which is great.  A must-watch for anyone interested in learning more about the evolution of tabletop wargaming and/or role-playing games. It’s a deep dive into the roots of the hobby, and surprisingly even-handed.  But I can’t shake the...

Not Even Joking

Inspired by a deeply cogent comment left at “The Joy of Wargaming”:  Tabletop role playing games, properly played, ARE wargames. Let me take my troll face off and address your comment with more sincerity.  When RPGs branched out from the wargame hobby, they left a lot of money on...