Gaming in the Age of Enlightenment

I’m writing this article in the week before America’s Independence Day. And that has me thinking about RPGs set in a Colonial or Revolutionary America. Or during the Age of Enlightenment in general, roughly the 17th and 18th centuries. It occurred to me there’s not a bit of a dearth of RPGs set during that period….

By the Lords of Kobol—Battlestar Galactica (Classic)

Battlestar Galactica (Classic) Original Aired: 1978-1980 (Two Seasons) Available on: Tubi “There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe,  with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans. They may have been the architects of the great pyramids…

A Simple Man Making His Way in the Universe

I’m just a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe. ~ Jango Fett to Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones One of the more frequent challenges I’ve heard in emulating Star Wars in RPGs is having an effective mix of Jedi and non-Jedi characters. How does…

A Twist of Faith – Religion and the Supernatural

You have forgotten the doctrine of your church, is it not so? The cross … the bread and wine … the confessional … only symbols. Without faith, the cross is only wood, the bread baked wheat, the wine sour grapes. Barlow in ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King In gaming and fiction, I enjoy seeing how…

Forbidden Lands: A Humble Journey (Session Zero)

Welcome to another Rolling Boxcars exploratory series—”A Humble Journey.” A new series that is both an actual journaling of the ongoing tale of the heroes and a way for me to discuss the rules in more detail. As a new Forbidden Land Gamemaster, I found it challenging to find good, readable rules overviews and how they…

Becoming a Master of the Victorian Era on Tuppence a Day

Having only recently begun a new Cthulhu by Gaslight campaign, I’ve found myself refamiliarizing myself with the Victorian era, specifically the late 1880s and 1890s. If you’re anything like me, the biggest challenge is not finding source material but rather knowing when to stop. It’s about learning how to inject the feel of the era, and its…

Welcome to 1925, Old Sport

I’m writing this in early 2021. Over the past several years, something wonderful has happened each January 1st. In the United States, the copyright expires on an expansive collection of works. There was a long period of time when nothing expired, with copyrights repeatedly being extended, protecting works like Steamboat Willie from entering the public domain. In…

B2 Keep on the Borderlands – The Saga of Ublaf the Unbelievable

We have begun playing B2 Keep on the Borderlands. For some, it is our first time delving into this classic scenario and cave complex, but for others, it is a nostalgia trip, having first played it some forty years ago. On Monday afternoon/evening, players from South Carolina, Maryland, California, Texas, and the United Kingdom get…

Rolling Boxcar’s Best of 2020

This year has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride with the global pandemic. Even with employment and economic impacts here in the US, it’s been an amazing year for us here at Rolling Boxcars. So much has happened this year. We welcomed contributor Dingo, re-affirmed our “influencer” relationship with Chaosium, began working with new industry…

Merry Christmas

From all of us at Rolling Boxcars, to you and yours, Merry Christmas! ~ The Rolling Boxcars Team Join our Discord We’re on Facebook! Do you enjoy our News Desk, game reviews, articles, and opinion pieces? If so, please consider becoming one of our valued Patrons. Click the banner above to visit our Patreon site to learn…