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…

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…

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…

Connecting With the Rolling Boxcars Team

This year has been a wild ride for various reasons, and we’re happy readers have found Rolling Boxcars as a nice way to escape reality from time to time. Whether that was through reading our articles or by participating in one of our social media communities. We remain ever hopeful that 2021 will bring brighter…

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…

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…

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…