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…

Pay as you leave: The troubles with PWYW

I was an early adopter of PDFs but a latecomer to integrating their use, fully into my gaming experience. As both a reviewer and a consumer, I am forever looking at sites where digital books can be purchased. As a result, I regularly see Pay What You Want titles on DriveThruRPG. A simple search of…

Rolling Boxcars – 2020 State of the Blog

We thought we’d take a look back at some of our high points of 2019 and give you a look at what we have in store for 2020. In 2019, we hit some pretty high high-water marks that we’re really proud of. First, let me point out that during the holiday season we did a…

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…

Rolling Boxcar’s Best of 2019

This year has been amazing for us. So much has happened this past year. We welcomed contributor Daniel Stack, established an “influencer” relationship with Modiphius, witnessed the death of Google+ and the rise of MeWe, and publishing more content than in years past. As a tribute to all our contributors’ hard work, we take a…

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…

Useful Tips for Convention Gamemasters

Running an RPG at a convention is a lot of fun. You get to represent your favorite RPG and act as its ambassador. Running games at conventions are different from running games for your homegroup. There are more hurdles to overcome when your setting is not familiar. I was reminded of this while attending MACE…

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…

Autism at the Tabletop

Recently, I reached out to folks on social media to learn more about players on the autism spectrum and how, we as game masters, can accommodate any special needs that they may require from our side of the screen. Ben Warren an RPG author/designer who is on the autism spectrum responded with the following article. While personal to his needs, I have…

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…