Technology in Horror Games

As someone who plays a lot of Call of Cthulhu, I’ve gotten to know the 1920s (and the 1910s and 30s) rather well. Why is the game in that era? As I recall, initially Sandy Petersen wanted to set the game in the modern-day (which was then the 1980s) but instead Chaosium made the decision…

Dan’s First NecronomiCon

Confession time – I’m generally pretty terrible about going to conventions. However, this year I did manage to make it to NecronomiCon 2019. This was my first NecronomiCon, It is “an expansive exploration and celebration of all the greats of weird fiction, including predecessors and contemporaries of Providence’s H.P. Lovecraft and the many authors and…

RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha Review

Chaosium’s newest incarnation receives a lot of well-deserved praise. However, I’m a little surprised to be writing a playtest review where I indicate it didn’t quite work for my group. To be fair I think there’s a lot of groups it will work for and I’d love to give it another chance. In this review,…

The Stars Were Right at the 2019 ENnies

It’s been an interesting run for Chaosium over the past few years. In 2015, the company was struggling to deliver on its Kickstarter commitments when the Old Ones returned, Sandy Petersen and Greg Stafford, and bringing with them the Moon Design Publications team. They managed to deliver on their Kickstarter commitments and since then have…

Let Us Begin – Thoughts On Starter Kits

Among my age group, there is an evil wizard who is hated with an all-consuming passion – Bargle. In the Red Box Basic Set of Dungeons & Dragons (Player’s Manual & DM’s Rulebook), the rules are taught through a solo adventure. In that adventure, you met a cleric, Aleena, who helped you on your way….

The Reality of the Divine in RPG Settings

“Perhaps some could argue that I am agnostic.” “Agnostic?” “One who does not commit himself to the certain belief in a divine power,” he said. “I know what it means,” I said. “What shocks me is that you think it applies to you. You’ve met more than one divine power. Hell, one of them broke…

Back to Basics with 1987’s Star Wars RPG

Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game (1987) Author: Greg Costikan (Rulebook), Bill Slavicsek & Curtis Smith (Sourcebook) Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games (Originally West End Games) Page Count: Two 144 page books Available Formats: Print Print  –$59.95 $47.94 on Amazon The Return of the Jedi, released in 1983, was seen at the time as the last Star…

The Long-Term Call of Cthulhu Game

Call of Cthulhu has a well-deserved reputation as a deadly game. The “monsters” in the game often cannot be killed and in a fair gunfight, investigators are extremely vulnerable. Add to this the magic that investigators can learn also contributing to their mental decline and you clearly have a game that is not for the…

Gamma World 2e: Wild and Wahoo?

Gamma World has a reputation as a “wild and wahoo” game. To be honest, I’ve never gotten that characterization, at least with regards to the early editions – the later ones embraced a bit of silliness in my opinion. Let’s start with what Gamma World is, to begin with. My first encounter with Gamma World was in the “Gateway to…

Revisiting Star Wars: The Last Jedi

A complete cinematic failure. A betrayal of the character of Luke Skywalker. Feminist, SJW garbage… the worst film of 2017. That’s what I found from making a brief search for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I did find it interesting that The Emoji Movie, another 2017 release, apparently ranks higher than The Last Jedi. I’m the last…