Monday, September 1, 2014

Fate Core vs. Dresden Files RPG

Hello there! How is your labor day weekend going? For me, I'm working all weekend (minus Saturday) as it is Move In day/weekend at the University. Anyhow, with that in mind I figured I'd talk a bit about FATE and how comparing FATE Core to Dresden shows you just how much you can do with the system, provided you're willing to put in the development work.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Good Art At Reasonable Prices

A good friend of mine and her husband are hitting a rough patch money wise. She is selling her art to try and help make ends meet, and it is pretty good art if I do say so myself. Don't let the sample images on the link fool you though, she does people very well as well and I have a couple of character sketches and portraits done by her that are damn awesome.

So take a few minutes, click this link, and if you like the art - or just want a pet or character sketch - contact them. You get good art at a reasonable price, and the good karma of helping people out.

Also, check out the rest of their blog while you're there. They're doing a homestead, learning a lot doing it, and sharing their knowledge as they do. Maybe you'll learn something, or just find out what it takes to move to a self-sufficient life style.

Either way, thanks for taking the time to check it out. Gamers helping gamers is always a good thing.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Common Sense vs. The Rules, or How The AngryDM Blew My Mind

Love him or hate him, you can't deny the fact that the AngryDM is a Dungeon/Game Master that adores his craft. Sure, maybe at times he takes a bit of a Gygaxian approach (or seemingly so) and he is definitely out there for a form of gaming that is too hardcore for some, but at the same time the more I read his tweets and his rants the more I find myself nodding along and going "Yeah, I'd love to play in that kind of game." The kind of no holds barred game where every encounter is the monster pulling every dirty trick to kill you and if the PCs lose the entire world - a world the DM put hours of work into - can just vanish in a puff of smoke.

Even with that, one of his recent rants included something so simple that it had completely bypassed me years ago so completely I didn't even think it was possible. The thing in question? Well, it was this question: If you're stealthed and sneak up on an unsuspecting person do you have to make a check/attack roll to kill them?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blitzkrieg Characterization

One of the things I did at GenCon was attend several seminars from the Writer's Symposium. I did it for two reasons. The first, as my bio says, is because I have interest in writing and would like to be doing it professionally some day (though, as of yet I'm still writing trunk novels.) The second is because there is a lot of writing advice that is also applicable to gaming, especially GMing. One of the tips I picked up, a skill called Blitzkrieg Characterization is one of those things.

Monday, August 25, 2014

D&D 5th Edition - Thoughts After Some Play

Over Gencon I got to play in a few D&D 5th edition games. Mostly one hour events that WotC was running, but also a 4 hour event. This Friday, as our normal game was cancelled, I ran a one shot to get a feel for the system from the other side of the screen. Today I figured I'd go over the system and give some of my thoughts.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

GenCon - Best and Worst Experiences of 2014

Whoops. Here I go promising things then not delivering. Sorry about that, but I get a bit addled when on vacation and this is the last bit of mine. Anyhow, today's post is more subjective than the previous ones about GenCon but I've had some folks ask for what my best experience was and what the worst was, so I figured I'd share. I'm going to try to focus on the why this was the case, and who knows maybe it'll help someone fix things. In the interest of ending on a high note, I'm going to start with the worst experience of the con.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

GenCon Round Up Part 2 - Developer Run Games


One of the more awesome experiences I got to enjoy at GenCon this year happened on Sunday morning. On a bit of a whim I and my friend headed down to room 127 where Catalyst and Fantasy Flight Games had some tables set up for their various RPGs. We signed up for a waiting list with FFG and about forty minutes later were sitting around a table with a nice man in a FFG Polo shirt getting ready to play a one shot adventure of Edge of the Empire. To say it bluntly, it was probably the best gaming experience I had the whole con. It also taught me a lot.