26 June 2017

A Couple of Simple Dungeons and Dragons 5e Character Sheets

Last Night I was playing some Dungeons & Dragons, as one does, and I posted a picture of my character sheet on Twitter. A bit later someone asked me about the character sheet that I was using, which just so happened to be a character sheet of my own devising. I rummaged around and found the link to the character sheet on my now defunct WordPress blog, and you can go there and read the post I made about the character sheet and why I designed it if you like. For convenience, and for the sake of completeness, I've linked to a copy of that character sheet here after the break, in addition to the new character sheet I created today.

20 June 2017

The Long Overdue Boardgame Challenge Update #3!

Way back in the mists of time, in an age known as January of 2017, I announced on my old blog (and then copied those posts to this blog) that I would be participating in a reading challenge and boardgaming challenge this year. I posted a couple of updates and then...didn't post any more updates. I did, however, continue to keep track of how many boardgames I've played from my 10x10 challenge list and, while I am not at all on pace to successfully complete the challenge I'm still more or less pleased with my progress. I also diligently kept track of the one book I've read since my last reading challenge update, bringing the total number of books I've read this year to three. That's way less than I'd hoped for, but it's also two more than I read last year. I'm sure I'll squeeze a few more in before the end of the year but man - there aren't enough hours in the day!

I'll post an update on the Reading Challenge later on, but for now let's take a look at what I've managed to accomplish when it comes to boardgaming: 

19 June 2017

Boardgame and Reading Challenge Update #2! (Originally Posted on 02/06/17)

It's been a bit longer between updates than I intended, which tends to happen to me these days, and I promise sometime in the not too distant future I'll have a blog update that isn't about my Reading Challenge or my Boardgame Challenge.

But for now, let's take a look at some truly dismal progress and some much-more-promising-but-still-short-of-where-it-needs-to-be progress. First, the good news:

Reading Challenge Update and the Exciting Announcement of Yet Another Challenge! (Originally Posted on 01/16/2017)

2017 is going to be a challenging year. You can take that politically, metaphorically, or however else you like, but more specifically I'm talking about my reading challenge and this new boardgame challenge that I am about to tell you about. You can also go here if you're impatient, or if you would like to do a boardgame challenge yourself.

Before I talk about the boardgame challenge though, I'd like to do a quick update on my reading challenge. For my first book I decided to do something easy and cross "a book you started but never finished" off the list. Because what could be easier than reading a book that's already halfway read? So to that end I picked up Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, which I had started a few months ago but never finished.

New Year, New Games, New Challenges...New, New, New! (Originally Posted on 01/03/17)

First of all, I hope that everyone had as wonderful of a holiday season as I did. I had a great time with family and friends, which was a wonderful way to close out a year that I think most people agree wasn’t so great for various reasons.
Great, now that that’s out of the way, check out the games I got for Christmas and my birthday, which falls on December 13th:
I also received Joking Hazard, which obviously isn’t in this picture.

09 June 2017

Rambler Reviews: The Chapel on the Cliffs

Full disclosure: I was asked by the author of this adventure to look at a demo copy of it prior to the launch of this Kickstarter campaign, which I did. If I hadn't liked what I saw then I likely wouldn't have written anything at all about it, so what follows are my honest opinions.

Let me just start by saying that I like this adventure, and I like it for a few different reasons. First, let's talk about production value. Aside from being a good adventure, it's also just nice to look at. There are several nicely done original illustrations and maps, and the layout is professional, with multiple side bars and ample cross-referencing. At 37 pages the adventure is a bit thin, but at only about $11 for a hard copy via the Kickstarter ($6 for the PDF) this isn't really that big of a deal. In fact, having an adventure that you can read and have ready on short notice - like when you spent all week not working on your campaign and the game is tomorrow - can actually be a positive thing.

05 June 2017

The Return of the Rambling Roleplayer Blog!

Some folks have probably noticed that I've been rather silent on the blog front lately. I posted part one of what was allegedly going to be a two part post at the beginning of March and I haven't written anything since. I've stayed active on twitter during this time, but the blogging just stopped. That was never my intention, but that's what happened.  A big part of why this happened stemmed from my desire to switch blogging platforms, which I have finally done. Tied up with that switch were URL issues that needed to be sorted out, along with several other issues like the transferring of content from one blog to another. It turns out there isn't an easy solution to the content transferring problem, so I'm eventually going to start transferring things over by hand, probably to a special "Archives" page, while in the meantime linking to my old blog from here as a way of bridging the old and the new.