Book ’em, Danno – A Review of Chronicles of Crime

Chronicles of Crime Designer: David Cicurel Publisher: Lucky Duck Games (2018) Players: 1-4 Playing Time: 60-90 mins Age: 14+ Genres: Murder Mystery, Deduction Primary Mechanics: Cooperative, Storytelling Available at Amazon.com While shopping online for a historical wargame on the Napoleonic battle of Ligny in 1815, the retailer’s website auto-recommended Chronicles of Crime for me. Well,…

Beyond the Dice: The Art of Blissful Ignorance

If you’ve played more than a couple of games, you’ve done it. I know that I’ve done it many times and I’ll probably do it again despite my best efforts. It’s something that everyone who plays an RPG will do several times at the least, and often they do it with the full knowledge that…

Peter Haining Presents the Freak Show

Peter Haining presents the FREAK SHOW Freaks, Monsters, Ghouls etc. by Masters of the Macabre Edited by: Peter Haining Pages: 240 Published: 1970 Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc. Amazon: Price may vary Freak shows and carnival acts are all but extinct, but their legacy lives on through Peter Haining presents the FREAK SHOW: Freaks, Monsters, Ghouls,…

Editor’s Desk: Things From the Flood Now Available

Readers, We just received the following press release from Modiphus. Things From the Flood is now available for purchase. I had the chance last night to have a look at the Kickstarter package that my friend recently received and holy moly; this is a thing of beauty! Do you have something you want the editor…

Dear Rolling Boxcars…

Do you have a gaming or geek related question? Do you need help with a situation? How about a recommendation? If so, submit your questions to “The Boxcars” and let us weigh in with our collective wisdom. Questions can be submitted on the Ask The Boxcars page. Dear Rolling Boxcars… Thanks for adding this column,…

Back to Basics with 1987’s Star Wars RPG

Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game (1987) Author: Greg Costikan (Rulebook), Bill Slavicsek & Curtis Smith (Sourcebook) Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games (Originally West End Games) Page Count: Two 144 page books Available Formats: Print Print  –$59.95 $47.94 on Amazon The Return of the Jedi, released in 1983, was seen at the time as the last Star…

The Long-Term Call of Cthulhu Game

Call of Cthulhu has a well-deserved reputation as a deadly game. The “monsters” in the game often cannot be killed and in a fair gunfight, investigators are extremely vulnerable. Add to this the magic that investigators can learn also contributing to their mental decline and you clearly have a game that is not for the…

Late Night T.V. Inspiration – Fantastic Planet

Fantastic Planet Directed by René Laloux 1973 Growing up I used to spend a lot of time in front of the T.V. especially late at night. Late one night, sometime in the ’80s, I was watching an odd show on the USA Network called Night Flight. Night Flight started late in the night and ran…

The Journey: Masks of Nyarlathotep Session #3 (Peru Comes to an End)

What follows is session 3 of my ongoing Masks of Nyarlathotep game that I am running for four players. Nick Jones – Investigative Reporter. Sam Switch – Mechanic (who has a deep dislike for Henry Ford), Daisy Elizabeth Tillinghast – Cat Burglar (her cover is governess/nanny), John  Bigbeautea – Occultist. SPOILERS AHEAD Session 3 opens…

A Call to Action – Cindy Needs You!

Greetings Boxcar Nation! For the past year, Cindy has shared with us her experiences and gaming advice through her column Beyond the Dice. Though Cindy still has more to give, she would like you, the readers, to give her suggestions on future topics that interest you. It’s part of our ongoing efforts here at Rolling…