Category: Wargame Related

Rogue Planet

For you wargamer types, I’ve posted a Rogue Planet battle report over at War In A Box, the place where I stash my other hobby interests. It’s the start of what I hope will prove to be a short mini-campaign I’m running for my daughter. I am not planning to...

Virtue Signal – First Looks

Welp. We played it. The $40,000 poke in the eye of the sniveling schoolmarms of modern society. It’s okay. It’s a coalition building card game reminiscent of SJ Games’ Illuminati.  You play NPC cards off your special character card in the hopes of building a 15-member gang of influencers....

Quarantining Alone – The Wargamening

All this extra time on my hands freed up by the lack of a commute bought me a chance to play a round of this solo wargame by Command Decision Games. It’s a card-driven event game combined with a hidden objective search that plays mighty smooth.  There aren’t a...

A Strange Case of D&D

Or…a funny thing happened on the way to the dungeon. After nearly forty years of tabletop gaming, it can get a little hard to recapture the fresh weirdness of Gygaxian fantasy.  Particularly true in this day and age when the majority of D&D creatives believe that the height of...

Secrets of Secrets of the Nethercity

It’s time to break the seals and talks bout why you should run your D&D crew through Autarch’s Nethercity.  But first we need to tuck all the sensitive and classified data behind the fold. Don’t click next unless you want to have the Secrets revealed through antiseptic blogging rather...

A Dive into Dungeons Dark and Deep

I’ve been loathe to cross the streams of my blog and my twitter presence. Partly due to the very different approaches to conversation, and partly due to an aversion to pointless redundancy.  That should change moving forward, as twitter’s rapid-fire conversations often direct my thoughts down avenues best explored...

Castalia Review: Secrets of the Nethercity

Now up over at the House of Castalia. Given that this is an adventure for mid-level characters, you’re looking at a minimum of six months of play or rolling up 4th level characters before first setting foot into the slop at the doorstep of this kilo-dungeon.  Not sure I’ll...

Secrets of the Nethercity – Backed!

One of the casualties of my nascent writing career has been my table time rolling them bones behind a DM screen.  To get a minor fix, I do still enjoy a good D&D read from time to time.  Lately though, even that limited amount of delving has suffered due...

Writing Advice for RPGs

Like many writers, my first real storytelling experiences came about through tabletop RPGs.  Like many gamers, I found the fiction sections included with most RPGs to be wasted space.  Even worse were the needlessly convoluted backstories to otherwise simple adventures, and despite (or perhaps because of my) owning and reading...

The Dignity of Old School RPGs

Reading about an RPG session from the point of view of the guy running the thing is a new experience for me. Jeffro does a stellar job over at the Castalia House blog with his after-action report of a recent game of Gamma World (First Edition). Usually, yours truly...