You That Kid From TikTok

I’ve spent the past few weeks experimenting with TikTok. Mainly because I realized my mental health was getting shredded by “doom scrolling” on Facebook, especially after discovering a decent chunk of people I grew up with really should be getting fitted for their KKK robes. I’m the dad of two Gen-Z-ers, one 18 in college…

Game Conventions as we Move Into 2021

Let’s all take a pause for a moment and re-look at our new COVID reality, but first, let me preface this by saying that this is in no way a political argument for or against in-person events. Our collective reality has changed and will be changed for the foreseeable future. 2020 has seen a dramatic…

Urban Wonderland — Adventuring in the City

  It’s survival in the city; When you live from day to day City streets don’t have much pity; When you’re down, that’s where you’ll stay Joe Walsh, “In the City” I’m a Brooklyn boy, I may take some gettin’ use to Jay-Z featuring Santigold, “Brooklyn (Go Hard)” Some of my favorite settings in fiction…

What COVID-19 has Taught me About my Gaming Interests

For the last five and a half months, I have been working from home in some capacity. In that time, I have had a lot of time to reflect, to ponder many gaming related topics, and to read several gamebooks. As a result of this experience, which still continues to this day (well, as of…

Gaming in a Virtual World

I hope one day folks will be able to read this article and reflect – “yeah, that’s right – we were in the middle of a pandemic back then.” Like probably every one of my “gaming generation”, I was introduced to gaming via face-to-face, physically present gaming. It was the early 1980s, and my next-door…

Finding Inspiration for Your Next Game

This should go without saying, but we gamers are very fond of creating stories; that is why we play games, is it not? Unless you are one of the hyper-creative types that can literally build a story from nothing, chances are something sparked your creativity. This article is a look as some of the sources…

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…