20 August 2018

Stop and Smell the Geographically Distinct Coastlines Along The Way

I recently spent a few weeks vacationing and visiting relatives in Nova Scotia. While there, I am always struck by not only the beauty of the coastline, but also how rugged and different it is compared to the tourist beaches that many of us are more familiar with. Then I thought a little about coastlines and other wilderness locations I've used in the various games I have ran over the years, and how, in retrospect, most of those locations have often been generic and stereotypical, because they were based heavily on my own limited experiences and travels. So I thought today that I would talk about the value of stepping outside of one's own experiences when designing wilderness locations, specifically coastal areas, both as a way to offer advice to fellow Dungeon Mastering and as a way to shamelessly share some of the beautiful photos I took while on vacation.

17 July 2018

Rambler Reviews: "Prepared! A Dozen Adventures for Fifth Edition"

This week I'm taking a look at a collection of short (2-3 page) adventures published by Kobold Press and entitled: "Prepared! A Dozen Adventures for Fifth Edition" Billed as a supplement for those who were unexpectedly pressed into running an adventure, or who didn't have enough time to prepare for their ongoing game, or perhaps those who just want to run a one-shot game on-the-fly, this book (or PDF) presents the reader with several short adventures that can be played through with very little preparation. Let's dive in and take a closer look, and I'll tell you what I think.

13 July 2018

Computer Woes and Convention...Goes?

Updates have been quite sporadic recently and I apologize for that. I'm looking to get back to posting something new every week, and I have some new reviews in the works. Originally I had planned to post the first of these reviews earlier this week, but I had some issues with my laptop that required me to reinstall my operating system. Fortunately I didn't lose much, but unfortunately the ordeal did set me back a few days. Anyway, the important thing here is the fact that new stuff is coming.

Also, I'm about to attend a local gaming convention called CharCon just a few hours after posting this, so look for an update about that later as well as some board game pictures on my Twitter and Instagram accounts.

That's it for now - see you next week!

25 June 2018

Some Games I Played and Other Takeaways From Origins 2018

If you pay attention to what's going on in the world of roleplaying games and board games, then you probably know that the Origins Game Fair happened a couple of weeks ago (June 13 thru 17 to be exact). If you follow me on Twitter, then you probably know I was in attendance. This was my third time time attending Origins, but only the second time that I've been for the whole convention, and boy did I play a lot of board games. Stay tuned after the break and I'll talk a little bit about what I played and also share some overall impressions and takeaways from Origins 2018.

07 June 2018

This Game is Fun I Swear!

I'm forever apologizing for my board games. 

I'm always saying things like: "I know it looks complicated, but it's really not." or "Trust me, it's really fun once you play a few rounds." I constantly worry that people won't give them a chance if I have to spend more than fifteen minutes explaining them, and I take great care selecting which games I will take to places depending on who will be there. Even though most of the games on my shelf say they could be played by an eight year old, teaching people the rules - and getting people over that hurdle of learning these rules that an eight year old could allegedly grasp - is definitely the biggest barrier to entry into this hobby. I've always thought of this as a recent phenomenon exclusive to modern board games, even the simplest of which are often still more complex than the likes of "traditional" board games like Sorry and Monopoly. That's why I was quite interested when I saw this game on eBay (image after the break):