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…

A World Lit By Fire – A Look at Cthulhu Dark Ages 3e

Cthulhu Dark Ages – 3rd Edition Author: Chad Bowser, Andi Newton et al Publisher: Chaosium Page Count: 274 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF (DTRPG) – $21.99 PDF (Chaosium) – $21.99 Print – Available Summer 2020 And if death does take me, send the hammered mail of my armor to Higlac, return the inheritance I…

Manage Your Realm – A Review of Seeds of Wars

Seeds of Wars: Strategy Roleplay Author: Nicolas Nayaert et al Publisher: Specta Solutions Page Count: 228 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF (DTRPG) – $24.99 Print – $44.99 Back in 1984, I acquired the long-awaited D&D Companion Set. One of the things it offered was the idea of characters running their own dominions. This included rules…

A Look at The Hero’s Journey 2nd Edition

The Hero’s Journey 2nd Edition Author: James SpahnPublisher: Gallant Knight GamesAvailable Formats: PDF, Print (forthcoming)PDF (DTRPG) – $14.99 All that is gold does not glitter,Not all those who wander are lost ~ JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings The Hero’s Journey is a fantasy RPG by James Spahn. Like its first edition, it is based…

The Great Pendragon Campaign Recap 484-488

Welcome to the third installment of my Great Pendragon Campaign Recaps. Previous recaps have covered 480-481 and 482-483. This time we’ll push the timeline ahead quite a bit. I tweaked my style a bit with these writeups, going for a bit of a pseudo-Malory writing style. After these recaps, I’ll dive into my opinions and…

A Review of Midnight Riot

In November of 2019, Chaosium announced they were producing an RPG for Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London urban fantasy series. The series sounded familiar to me and sure enough, I had the first book, Midnight Riot in my Kindle and Audible libraries, Unread, alas. (Note – Midnight Riot is the US name of the work…