Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A quick word

Was my last post four months ago? Time moves quickly. Expect a longer post here soon to catch up on what has been happening, what to expect here in the future (More posts! A new look for the new year?), and so on.

I've been much more active on Google +, but of course the long-rumored demise of  The Plus was moved up in a dramatic way, so reviving the blog seems like a logical way to proceed. Game design ideas I would have posted on G+ will be here instead.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Gen Con 2018 Loot


I didn't have a big shopping list this time. In recent years I've been more on the lookout for limited items not available later or stuff that is heavily discounted for the show. My main goals were to pick up Mothership and Dead Planet, the art print, and The Hobonomicon.

  • Art print by Stefan Poag of a isometric dungeon map, signed.
  • The Hobonomicon #0 from Doug Kovacs and Stefan Poag for DCC, signed by both.
  • The Free RPG Day modules for this year from Pelgrane Press (freebie in my GM bag).
  • Gen Con program book (smaller, being the first year that event listings are not printed)
  • Crystal Caste Gen Con 2018 d6 (green)
  • Scotty's Brewhouse Gen Con 2018 d6 (red, Thursday)
  • Mothership sci-fi horror RPG, signed by author/artist Sean McCoy
  • Dead Planet (adventure module toolkit for Mothership), signed by co-author Donn Stroud
  • Rackham Reversible Gaming Tiles Set D for Cadwallon, half-price at the Chimera Hobby Shop booth

Special "don't procrastinate" note:
I was at the Half-Price Books booth between games mid-day Thursday, and someone brought out two more packing boxes of DVDs and Blu-rays. Some good stuff, including a nice full set of Star Trek movie 2-DVD special editions. The one item that caught my eye was Anchor Bay's 2004 DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) Ultimate Edition 4-disc DVD set -- sticker-priced at US$15. The DVDs were loose, scratched-up, and in rough shape, so I set it back to check on later. The next time I could get into the dealer's hall was 1pm Friday, and of course it was already gone. The set usually goes for north of US$100 on the secondary market.

Update: I completely forgot about the Count Dante-inspired DCC shirt I bought (in gray). It was packed with my clothes, not my gaming stuff. Now I'll need to get the rest of their "Deadly Hands" shirts.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Happy 112th Birthday, Robert E. Howard

Today marks the 112th anniversary of the birth of pulp writer Robert E. Howard. It has become a
tradition on this date for Howard fans to read a favorite story and raise a toast.

Howard wrote something for every interest: sword and sorcery, hard-boiled detectives, weird horror, historical fiction, boxing, westerns, pirates, and poetry.

Two-Gun Bob's fans who are also tabletop gamers are seeing another resurgence of products, with the Conan adventure board game (recommended), and the main rulebook and several sourcebooks for the Conan RPG out now. Marvel Comics recently announced that the Conan comic book rights are going back to them from Dark Horse Comics.

I've been thinking about re-reading his sword-and-planet novel Almuric soon, so for his birthday this year I might read one or two chapters, or maybe watch THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD (1996).

For more information on his life and career, start with the following sites:

I highly recommend Mark Finn's Howard biography, the Locus and World Fantasy Award-nominated Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard available as an expanded edition from the REH Foundation.