And in the darkness bind them… The One Ring RPG

The One Ring Core Rules 2nd Edition Author: Francesco Nepitello, et al. Publisher: Free League Publishing Page Count: 248 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF (DTRPG) – $24.95 Print – 478.00 kr (approx. $50.00) All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost A Long-Expected Party JRR Tolkien’s world of…

Revisiting a Classic: The Lord of the Rings

“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” — The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings by…

The Long Night: A Review of Wolf Winter

Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck I heard of the novel Wolf Winter when I was looking for inspiration for a campaign of the Swedish horror RPG, Vaesen. I’ve enjoyed a fair amount of Swedish suspense and horror fiction, albeit in English translations. Wolf Winter takes place in Sweden in 1717, in a region known as Lapland,…

Your Mother Was A Hamster – A Review of Spears & Spells

Spears & Spells Author: R P Davis Publisher: Kabouter Games Page Count: 64 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF (DTRPG) – $9.95 Print/PDF Combo – $14.95 Spears & Spells is an Old School Renaissance-style RPG. It’s not a narrative game, but… As I read it, I had the impression of an OSR game that went on…

To Frontiers Unknown – Star Frontiers: Alpha Dawn

Star Frontiers: Alpha Dawn Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (originally TSR) Available Formats: PDF & Print on Demand PDF (DTRPG) – $9.99 Print – Out of Print Print on Demand (DTRPG) – $18/$25 In the 1980s, TSR came out with several science fiction games including, multiple revisions to Gamma World and Buck Rogers XXVc. My favorite of…

Embracing “Yes, and”

I’d never heard the term “theater kid”  back in the 1980s when I was in high school, but given the number of musicals I was part of, it’s probably safe to describe me as one. (I’m not entirely sure how we were able to include the song “Cabaret” in a Catholic High School Musical now that…

Make a Library Use Check

Some of the people reading this have never used a card catalog. I found myself recently explaining to my 16-year-old daughter what card catalogs were and how they were used. She did not seem impressed. In her defense, that’s probably about as valuable a skill nowadays as knowing how to crank a car to start…

I’m the Map, I’m the Map

In the early 1980s, as an early teen, while on the Staten Island Ferry with my grandfather, I remember seeing the strangest thing—a map of the New York City subway that just seemed wrong. I loved the New York subway system and pretty much had the entire system committed to memory. (I kinda still do,…

The Great Healer – A Miskatonic Repository Review [Call of Cthulhu]

The Great Healer Author: G. A. Patrick Publisher: Chaosium [Miskatonic Repository] Page Count: 44 Available Formats: PDF PDF (DTRPG) – $5 People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff. – Doctor…