You That Kid From TikTok

I’ve spent the past few weeks experimenting with TikTok. Mainly because I realized my mental health was getting shredded by “doom scrolling” on Facebook, especially after discovering a decent chunk of people I grew up with really should be getting fitted for their KKK robes. I’m the dad of two Gen-Z-ers, one 18 in college…

Warriors, Come Out to Play!

Can you count, suckers? I say, the future is ours… if you can count! I recently wrote about urban environments in RPGs. One of the films I mentioned is an all-time favorite of mine, The Warriors. In brief, the film follows one momentous night for nine members of a fictional New York City street gang,…

Urban Wonderland — Adventuring in the City

  It’s survival in the city; When you live from day to day City streets don’t have much pity; When you’re down, that’s where you’ll stay Joe Walsh, “In the City” I’m a Brooklyn boy, I may take some gettin’ use to Jay-Z featuring Santigold, “Brooklyn (Go Hard)” Some of my favorite settings in fiction…

Cthulhu Dark – Looking into the Darkest Corners

Cthulhu Dark Author: Graham Walmsley Publisher: Graham Walmsley Page Count: 4 (original version) or 200 (expanded version) Available Formats: PDF and print PDF (catchyourhare) – Free PDF (IPR) – $21.00 Print+PDF (IPR) – $43.00 H.P. Lovecraft’s “cosmic horror” genre has another of RPGs that seek to emulate it. Obviously, there is Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu…

What’s the Story Mother? Alien RPG Review

Alien RPG Author: Tomas Härenstam, Andrew E.C. Gaska Publisher: Free League Distributor: Modiphius Page Count: 400 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF (DTRPG) – $24.99 Print (Modiphius) – $53.00 Print (Free League) – 448 kr Ripley: Wait a minute. If we let it in, the ship could be infected. You know the quarantine procedure. Twenty-four…

Gaming in a Virtual World

I hope one day folks will be able to read this article and reflect – “yeah, that’s right – we were in the middle of a pandemic back then.” Like probably every one of my “gaming generation”, I was introduced to gaming via face-to-face, physically present gaming. It was the early 1980s, and my next-door…

Horrors Weird and Mundane: Lovecraft Country (Novel) Review

“Arkham,” Atticus said. “The letter says Mom’s ancestors come from Arkham, Massachusetts.” Arkham: home of the corpse reanimator Herbert West, and of Miskatonic University, which had sponsored the fossil-hunting expedition to the mountains of madness. “It is made up, right? I mean—” “Oh, yeah,” George said. “Lovecraft based it on Salem, I think, but it’s…

Take the A Train – Harlem Unbound 2nd Edition Review

Harlem Unbound 2nd Edition Author: Chris Spivey, Sarah Hood, et al. Publisher: Chaosium, Darker Hue Studios Page Count: 368 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF (DTRPG) – $21.99 Print (Chaosium) – $49.99 Author’s Note: Chaosium provided Rolling Boxcars with a digital copy of this book. One thing I’ve really enjoyed over the past several years…

Home in the Apocalypse

As I’m writing this, my home of Massachusetts in the United States is just beginning to slowly restart its economies. Tomorrow, restaurants will be able to begin serving patrons for outdoor dining and nonessential businesses can start reopening. Like in most places, it’s been a brutal few months. As of this writing, there have been…

The Great Pendragon Campaign Recap 489-495

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, – The Second Coming, William B. Yeats, 1919 This marks the final recap of the Uther phase of our Great Pendragon Campaign. It was a brutal experience, with not all of our knights surviving the experience.  As before, I’ll post the recaps…