Dune as an Example of World-building

One of my first “grown-up” science fiction novels I read was Frank Herbert’s Dune, in my sophomore year of college. Over the next several months I found myself inhaling the rest of the classic Dune novels (this was long before the later prequels – which to be honest I did not particularly care for). The science fiction…

Who You Gonna Call? A Review of the Classic Ghostbusters RPG

Ghostbusters Author: Sandy Petersen, Greg Stafford, Lynn Willis Publisher: West End Games Available Formats: Boxed Set Print – Price Varies It’s probably safe to assume our audience is familiar with the film Ghostbusters. I’m old enough to remember it coming out in theaters – and how huge its impact was – that ghost logo was everywhere…

Carving Your Own Corner of a Galaxy Far, Far Away

During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Emperor’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Many Bothans died to bring us this information One common complaint about gaming in settings like the Star Wars universe, Middle Earth, etc. is that…

Visit Beautiful Barsoom – A Review of the John Carter of Mars RPG

John Carter of Mars Publisher: Modiphius Page Count: 288 Available Formats: PDF and print PDF (DTRPG) – $19.99 Print (Noble Knight Games) – $44.95 I’ve always been on the periphery of the planetary romance genre. I know that to this day Edgar Rice Burroughs has some very passionate fans, but, while I greatly admire his…

Gaming in Memory

For we who grew up tall and proudIn the shadow of the Mushroom CloudConvinced our voices can’t be heardWe just wanna scream it louder and louder and louder Queen, Hammer to Fall   I’ve been thinking a lot about gaming in historical periods. In my gaming experience, I have very, very rarely played in a…

The Great Pendragon Campaign Recap 482-483

Overview Let’s take another look at my attempt at running the Great Pendragon Campaign covering the next two years, 482 and 483, which saw battles with Summerland and the marriage of the knight’s liege, Earl Roderick. (For the previous two years, see this post.) I’m going to give my impressions and opinions first and then…

Fiction Review: Time And Again

That the sending of this should cause the Destruction by Fire of the entire World seems well-nigh incredible. Yet it is so, and the Fault and the Guilt mine, and can never be denied or escaped. So, with this wretched souvenir of that Event before me, I now end the life which should have ended…

Gaming Lessons From the Fiction of Stephen King

I first discovered Stephen King’s fiction in high school in the late 1980s. My mother read his works when he first began gaining popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. And my youngest daughter has discovered his fiction as well. In Freshman English at UConn I felt the need to apologize for liking his works—it was…

Opening the Case File – A Review of the Delta Green RPG

Authors: Dennis Detwiller, Adam Scott Glancy, Kenneth Hite, Shane Ivey, Greg Stolze Development/Editing: Dennis Detwiller & Shane Ivey Published by: ArcDream Publishing. Page Count: Two Volumes – Agent’s Handbook (194 pages) and Case Officer’s Handbook (370 pages) Available Formats: PDF, Print (Slipcase) I’d been on the periphery of Delta Green since shortly after the release…

Justice for Innsmouth – Winter Tide by Ruthana Emrys

Everything cleaned up in the mornin’—but they was traces. . . . Obed he kinder takes charge an’ says things is goin’ to be changed . . . others’ll worship with us at meetin’-time, an’ sarten haouses hez got to entertain guests . . . they wanted to mix like they done with the Kanakys,…