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…

By Sword & Ink – Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons and Dragons

Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons and Dragons Directors: Kelley Slagle, Brian Stillman 2019 Run time: 1h 31min Available for free on Tubi One of the first questions roleplayers inevitably ask of each other is where did you start in the hobby and why? What drew you to the hobby? What caught your eye? These…

Are You Feeling Lucky Punk? – A Review of Tombpunk RPG

Tombpunk Lo-Fi Roleplaying Author: Alan Bahr Publisher: Outland Entertainment Page Count: 102 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF (DTRPG) – $9.99 Print – Not Yet Available Everyone likes a challenge from time to time. A common challenge for RPG authors is to write a fully functional RPG in the simplest terms possible, using the “less is…

They’re On Double Secret Probation! – A Review of Sci-Fi Beta Kappa

Sci-Fi Beta Kappa Author: Leo Marshall, Dan Marriott Publisher: indyhippo Page Count: 54 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF (DTRPG) – $5.33 Softcover B&W – $12.17 Print/PDF Combo – $14.80 The expanse of space is endless; galaxies abound. Within those galaxies are planets home to unique and varied alien lifeforms, much like Terra (Earth) is home…

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…

News Desk: NecronomiCon Providence to Return in 2022

NecronomiCon Providence has announced that due to the ongoing dangers from the covid-19 pandemic, their biennial weird fiction convention has been moved from its originally-scheduled August 2021 date. On their Facebook page, the organizers stated, “Why bother with the odd years when this year is already odd enough. We’re moving to 18-21 August, 2022”. Passes…

Elementary, My Dear Carter – Cthulhu by Gaslight (2012)

Cthulhu by Gaslight Author: William A. Barton, Kevin Ross, et al Publisher: Chaosium Page Count: 196 Available Formats: PDF  (Print edition is out of print) PDF (DTRPG) – $15.92 When I was first introduced to Call of Cthulhu, there were three eras of play. The classic game was set in the 1920s, Cthulhu Now took…

This Here is Satan! – Spring-Heeled Jack for Whispers in the Dark

Whispers in the Dark Spring-Heeled Jack Author: Matt Corely Publisher: Saturday Morning Scenarios Page Count: 12 Available Formats: PDF PDF (DTRPG) – $1.99 In late Victorian Era England, naughty children were told stories of a hopping devil that would spirit them away for their misdeeds, pranks, and shenanigans. If they weren’t good little boys and…

So, You Want to be A World Travel – Investigator Passports

Investigator Passports Author: Sean McLaughlin Publisher: base113 Games Page Count: 17 Available Formats: PDF PDF (DTRPG) – Pay What You Want Like many gamers, I love props for investigative horror games. I am continually searching for inexpensive and functional in-game props to bring my face-to-face game alive. Previously, I have used the more generic-looking passports…