Rolling Boxcars’ Top Ten Reviewed Table and Charts

Top Ten Table and Charts from RPGs, we’ve reviewed It has been 8 years since Rolling Boxcars’ first posting. We’ve come a long way, covering a variety of topics related to our hobby, tabletop gaming. In that time, our family has grown with new contributors entering while some exited. What has remained is a wealth…

Generic Systems – Are They A One-Stop Solution?

Do generic roleplaying game systems work well across various genres and settings or do they work better for some over others? This short article will attempt to answer that question, but we must first look at some generic systems out there and assess their strengths and weaknesses. This article will only look at the most…

Could it be… Satan?

In the fourth season of Stranger Things, we witness the 1980s “Satanic Panic”—an actual phenomenon I remember, though I was thankfully not much affected by it. The Satanic Panic was a fairly broad phenomenon, much of it originating from a rash of false allegations against daycare centers that were supposedly committing “satanic ritual abuse.” There…

Fish or Cut Bait?

What is it that makes an RPG campaign last? When is it time to decide the current campaign isn’t working and it’s time to try something new? I’ve noticed that the groups I game with tend to go through different stages. Sometimes we’ll have a lot of consistency with games lasting dozens of sessions. Our current…

Beware, Be Vocal – Demand Better Quality

As consumers, we have expectations about product quality when we purchase something. It matters not if this is a car, food, toys, or roleplaying gamebooks; it’s the latter that this article is concerned with. Think for a moment about the times you have bought gaming books or products from a retailer, crowdfunding site, or sites…

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…

Rolling Boxcar’s Best of 2021

This year, like 2020, was a rollercoaster ride, with the continuing global pandemic, lockdowns in various countries, the Delta variant, and vaccines, glorious vaccines! Despite the challenges, it’s been another fantastic year for us here at Rolling Boxcars. So much has happened this year. We’ve re-affirmed our “influencer” relationship with Chaosium, began “influencer” relationships with…

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…

Happy Holidays!

Dear Reader, From all of us at Rolling Boxcars, we wish you and yours the happiest of holidays in whatever way you choose to celebrate. May your new year be filled with bright blessings, prosperity, and amazing people. Be safe, be well, and happy gaming! ~ The RB Team

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…