The Robots are Coming, The Robots are Coming!

My TikTok feed has been filled with people experimenting with AI art, especially an anime/manga filter. There are also several apps that will generate AI art for you—sometimes using a picture as a seed, other times solely based on a description you type in. Additionally, there has been a ton of buzz about ChatGPT AI. It…

Modoc’s Reading Initiative for 2023

Each year as the calendar changes from 31st December to 1st January and as the fireworks light up the night sky the world over, people tend to make resolutions to themselves and others. Unfortunately, many of these resolutions are nothing more than lip service to make oneself feel better that quickly fall by the wayside….

The Time Card of Cthulhu

Hello Peter what’s happening. I’m gonna need you to go ahead and come in tomorrow. So if you could be here at around… 9 that’d be great… -Bill Lumbergh, Office Space, 1999   Being in the tech industry, I was recently hit by those infamous layoffs you’ve seen in the news lately. My company’s layoffs…

Generic Systems – Are They A One-Stop Solution?

Do generic roleplaying game systems work well across various genres and settings or do they work better for some over others? This short article will attempt to answer that question, but we must first look at some generic systems out there and assess their strengths and weaknesses. This article will only look at the most…

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…