A Twist of Faith – Religion and the Supernatural

You have forgotten the doctrine of your church, is it not so? The cross … the bread and wine … the confessional … only symbols. Without faith, the cross is only wood, the bread baked wheat, the wine sour grapes. Barlow in ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King In gaming and fiction, I enjoy seeing how…

Becoming a Master of the Victorian Era on Tuppence a Day

Having only recently begun a new Cthulhu by Gaslight campaign, I’ve found myself refamiliarizing myself with the Victorian era, specifically the late 1880s and 1890s. If you’re anything like me, the biggest challenge is not finding source material but rather knowing when to stop. It’s about learning how to inject the feel of the era, and its…

News Desk: NecronomiCon Providence to Return in 2022

NecronomiCon Providence has announced that due to the ongoing dangers from the covid-19 pandemic, their biennial weird fiction convention has been moved from its originally-scheduled August 2021 date. On their Facebook page, the organizers stated, “Why bother with the odd years when this year is already odd enough. We’re moving to 18-21 August, 2022”. Passes…

Elementary, My Dear Carter – Cthulhu by Gaslight (2012)

Cthulhu by Gaslight Author: William A. Barton, Kevin Ross, et al Publisher: Chaosium Page Count: 196 Available Formats: PDF  (Print edition is out of print) PDF (DTRPG) – $15.92 When I was first introduced to Call of Cthulhu, there were three eras of play. The classic game was set in the 1920s, Cthulhu Now took…

Welcome to 1925, Old Sport

I’m writing this in early 2021. Over the past several years, something wonderful has happened each January 1st. In the United States, the copyright expires on an expansive collection of works. There was a long period of time when nothing expired, with copyrights repeatedly being extended, protecting works like Steamboat Willie from entering the public domain. In…

Save Humanity from the Vaesen – Rebuild the Society

Vaesen – Nordic Horror Roleplaying Author: Nils Hintze, Rickard Antroia, Nils Karlén Publisher: Fria Ligan (Free League) Page Count: 240 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF (DTRPG) – $24.99 Print/PDF Combo (Free League) – 448.00 Kr or $54.83 As an American, not surprisingly, my first language is English; I still know a smattering of Spanish…

Anarchy in the (Not) UK – The Great Pendragon Campaign’s Anarchy Period

It’s been a while since I touched upon Pendragon, so I’ll give a little background about it and the campaign  If you’re a Pendragon veteran, feel free to skip the next paragraph. In Pendragon, you play knights in King Arthur’s Britain. Actually, you begin as playing knights in the Britain of Uther, Arthur’s father. The…

Chippin’ In to Cyberpunk Red

Cyberpunk Red Author: Mike Pondsmith, James Hutt, Cody Pondsmith, et al Publisher: R. Talsorian Games, Inc. Page Count: 459 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF (DTRPG) – $30 Print – $60 Disclosure – Rolling Boxcars received a complimentary copy of this game for review purposes. It’s been gratifying to see R. Talsorian showing signs of…

Mörk Borg – A Döôm Metal Review

Mörk Borg Author: Pelle Nilsson Publisher: Free League Publishing Page Count: 96 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF (DTRPG) – $14.99 Print (Free League) – 278.00 kr It seems all of the contributors to Rolling Boxcars have been trying out Mörk Borg over the past few weeks. It won our Patreon poll for October’s Featured…

Let’s Be Bad Guys – A Review of Free Spacer

Free Spacer Author: Christoph Sapinsky Publisher: Random Alien Games Page Count: 354 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF (DTRPG) – $20.00 PDF (IPR) – $20.00 Print+PDF, Softcover (IPR) – $35.00 Print+PDF, Hardcover (IPR) – $50.00   Note – I received a free copy of the PDF for review purposes and participated in an online game run…