Category: fantasy

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...

Hintervale: Gondor Calls for Aid

Will you answer? In all seriousness, I need your help.  My latest project for The Joy of Wargaming can’t go anywhere without you.  Check it out. Help a brother out. Let me know what you think the best option is here, would ya?...

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...

Of Interest: Wisdom from an Angry God

“Gaming, at its core, is a hobby which seeks neither mediation or approval from Johnny-come-latelies.” Heavens to betsy, I do believe I have come down with a terrible case of the vapors. This one is pretty complicated.  Basically, there is an in-authentic and ham-handed movement being orchestrated to remove...

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...

Centaur For a Friend

A good buddy, regular guy, not a gamer, asked if I can get him a centaur figure. Oh yeah.  I can do that....

Nightwatch – Spawn Matrix

 Nightwatch: Terror and Treasure in the Dark Corners of the World has proven to be a delightful little solo wargame that has kept your host occupied for hours.  Almost four of them so far, and I’m finally starting to get the hang of all the basic rules.  One thing that...

Nightwatch: The Solo Wargame

  This is a game about killing monsters. All kinds, anywhere, any time. So speaketh Patrick Todoroff, the scribe behind Nightwatch.   This little gem of a wargame is a solo wargame that features a fairly simple core mechanic upon which you can bolt all kinds of weird and wonderful special...

In The Shadow of Giants

Banged out a quick weekend project recently, with mixed results.  These towering trees look okay, but the roots are nil, and they are way too fragile for regular use. Classic construction method consisting of paper towel cardboard tubes covered with tissue, and the tissue is held in place with...