Dwarven Forge is the Best.

When I owned my comic and game store, I had a shit ton of Dwarven Forge resin pieces. I had to sell them when the store closed. I have been wanting them again ever since. Now, with Dwarven Forge’s Game Tiles, that day has arrived! The Kickstarter is shipping out and I got mine. I’ll get more pics up (since I’m no longer crying over GenCon) as I work on my Halloween Labyrinth Lord game of The Tomb of Horrors!

And yes, I’ll stop neglecting this blog, I was a bit butt-hurt over missing all of my conventions this year, so I took it out on the blog (which was designed as a GenCon Blog).

On a similar note, I’m booked for GaryCon VI, with a room booked at the Lodge. This will be my first trip to the Lake Geneva area and I can’t wait. Well, other than the time I drove to Milwaukee for Gen Con, but it’s not the same thing.

Soon, more Kickstarter crap to show. Deadlands Noir, Hell on Earth Mini’s, Alea Tools’ new colors and Dwarven Forge Game Tiles.

UPDATED: Added more pics Oct. 24, 2013 11:12 a.m. Also, I should mention that I got 3 painted sets, a painted Chamber of Sorrows and a Painted Dungeon Dressing Pack.

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Since I’m not going to Gen Con…

See what I did there?

So, I’m not gonna have all sorts of Gen Conny stuff to babble on about, I’ll blather on about all the Kickstarters I’ve had come in. Maybe I’ll slap some piccies up here on That Darn Intrawebz of the stuff I got. Let’s see, Deadlands Noir, Hell on Earth Mini’s, a Settlers of Catan Board and Dungeon Roll.

That should keep me busy. Yeah. I’ll get right on that.

I also just picked up a Fluxx Board Game. I got the Corrupted Dwarven Brewery (The Puddin’ Works!) for Labyrinth Lord I’m working on (I want to blog more about it, but I don’t want to spoil my players’ surprise) and The Batman Miniatures Game Minis I’m knee-deep in. Plus, all those Hell on Earth Mini’s should keep me busy, but I’ll probably just lay on the couch and watch bad movies with the pup while I’m on vacation. I don’t know why, but that little dog loves Houseguest. Yes. With Sinbad. No. I’m not kidding. Yes. I need help. “Patty Melt, Patty Melt, Patty Melt on Rye.”

What to do?

So, while the current game I’m running is Deadlands Noir for the Savage Worlds system, I’m itching for a Dungeon Crawl. As of late, I have been using Goodman Games‘ DCC RPG which I like quite a bit. It has a nice, different feel from the rest of the Fantasy Games I’m accustomed to. “But”, I tell myself, “I’m itching to run The Tomb of Horrors, White Plume Mountain, Expedition to Barrier Peaks. Should I bust out the old PHB, DMG and MM?”

That’s my dilemma. I’ve been interested in the whole OSR movement of which DCC RPG falls under, but what about Labyrinth Lord or OSRIC? Swords and Wizardry? There are more choices than I frankly need right now. So far, I’ve picked up the PDF’s of Labyrinth Lord. They look extremely “Metal” and I like that. Reads well too. I like the ability to mix Basic, Advanced and White Box together. I like that I can use my old books as well.

I want to do an old-school Dungeon Crawl and I want to use old-school rules. Since I want to run this game using Roll20.net, I’ve been shying away from using DCC just because of the Zocchi dice and randomness of the magic system. I think the old rules would work best for the style of game I want to run. I envision a Dwarven Brewery corrupted by magic, a portal to the Underdark and a Mind Flayer riding a Beholder. Sounds like some Old-School fun to me.

Afterthoughts: It’s a couple hours after writing this post and I have realized something. I have not run any form of Dungeons and Dragons in First Edition Rules since the early ’80’s I think. I ran 2nd Ed. in the 90’s, 2000-2008 had 3.0/3.5 and HackMaster. I did a little 4th. All my fantasy lately has been DCC…I need to play the old system just for the fun of it.

Gen Con 2013 is Coming!

Gen Con 2013 is on it’s way and I’m getting psyched! Events go on sale in just a few short weeks and before ya know it, I’ll be in Indy.

I’ll be doing the same thing I did last year, which is to point out the various booths I’ll be looking forward to and the games I’m playing. Last year will be tough to top with the Deadlands Noir Don’s Game and a couple great sessions of DCC RPG with Harley Stroh. BUT, the first event I’m looking forward to is already on my list for this year. The Dungeon Bastard has a Kickstarter going for The World’s Worst Dungeon Crawl! I’m in at the Dwarven Paladin Level so I can get a seat for the live game and they just changed the pledge level to allow for spouses and such to get a seat with you as well! It’s something I asked for and the Bastard came through! Pledge for this one, it’s guaranteed to be EPIC.

How D and D 3.0/3.5 Changed Gaming Forever.

Did the concept of Attacks of Opportunity destroy the game? Has a game mechanic that allows you to be punished (attacked) for wanting to move your character made the average gamer change the way he thinks about ALL games?

Even back in 2004, the Attack of Opportunity was causing problems. Look at WOTC’s own article on the subject. The first sentence is “If there’s one question players and DMs dread, it’s this one: Does that provoke an attack of opportunity?” That was almost a decade ago.

Now, Attacks of Opportunity have invaded gaming in every way. People who have never played D and D know of the concept and ask about it. I was playing Zombicide with my game group a few weeks ago. A player had his character near a couple of zombies, when deciding whether to move or fight, he asked if moving away from the zombie would provoke an Attack of Opportunity  This is a player who has NEVER played 3.0/3.5. Yet, he still knows about Attacks of Opportunity, questions his actions in game worrying about them, and would have changed tactics if the game supported the rule.

This got me thinking, “Has the Attack of Opportunity become such a confusing/worrisome notion that even a gamer who has never played in a game that utilizes them considers them in his gaming decisions?”

We are currently playing Savage Worlds and since I run all of our games, I have so many rules rattling around in my brain pan that I get confused sometimes when thinking about the rules of the game I’m currently running, We have played Deadlands Classic, HackMaster, DCC RPG, Hollow Earth Expedition, Call of Cthulhu, Shadowrun, Tunnels and Trolls, Hero System 6th Ed., along with various board and card games. Having run all of these games, sometimes my mind blanks for a second and I have to find a rule in the book. While we were playing Deadlands Noir the other week, a player asked if he would provoke an Attack of Opportunity moving out of melee. I had to pause and think, then look in the book.

Why did one game mechanic change our entire way of thinking about games? Not in a good way mind you. The pervasive worry that comes from that rule has put many a game on hold right in the middle of the action. As a GM, if a player asks about Attacks of Opportunity, I have to know the answer. One of the problems with that, is that other games that don’t use the same verbiage may in fact have a rule just like an Attack of Opportunity. So, unless you have memorized all of your various games’ rules, you have to check. That disrupts the game, it’s flow and it’s effectiveness as a storytelling medium.  When I played 3.0/3.5 as a GM I just removed the rule (OSR FTW) but that didn’t stop the players from asking if they provoked one during most encounters. But during Zombicide? A board game? And we still had to look in the rulebook?

I will say this definitively, I wish the Attack of Opportunity had never been invented, I have spent more time pausing games and checking rulebooks for rules that operate in the same way as that accursed D and D mechanic that I now have to write on the inside cover of my campaign notes where and how it exists in each game I’m running.

Has there ever been an RPG game rule that has caused more confusion and anger than the Attack of Opportunity? I think not.

GenCon 2012 Recap Part 3.

More of my updated GenCon information. New thoughts, added to the original post are in a nifty Swamp color.

Margaret Weis Productions: Booth: 1519

Marvel Heroic RPG: It’s my understanding, at least from what I have seen on Google+, that this game is actually very good and has some nice mechanics. I love super-heroes and love me some Champions but I prefer to run Marvel or DC heroes in their respective games. I’ve been wanting to just take a look at it, GenCon is where I can do that. “Where is my local FLGS?” you may ask, and I will tell you that we do have one. I will also tell you that I used to own a game-store in the same city. I wish much success to my FLGS, but I know they will never carry the selection I tried to, so, as much as I wish I could just peruse and buy the book at my FLGS, my perusal will have to happen at the Con. Verdict: Want to See. Conclusion: Didn’t search it out too hard. Still sounds cool though.

Mayfair Games: Booth: 431, 443, 643, 732

Star Trek: Catan: Settlers of Catan is just about my favorite board game. If you have never tried it, you really should. It’s quite excellent. I can’t wait to sit on down, shuffle the cards and play some Star Trek: Catan. This, is going to be an epic game. Verdict: Want it! Gotta Have it! Must Buy! It better fit in a suitcase! Conclusion: It would not fit in a suitcase. I will have to buy it locally. It’s hard to resist this one!

Look for Mayfair Van in morning before Dealer’s Room opens  8 – 9:30 a.m. Get a Limited Edition Pin: I want a pin, no swag bag this year so I want this pin. Verdict: I like stuff. Conclusion: I didn’t get one. The van was in the complete opposite spot from where I started my day each morning, so while I saw the cool van, I didn’t get a pin. Below you will see some great pieces Mayfair had laid out in a sit-down and eat area of the convention center over by where the Dealer’s Room is. Each table had a board game like Catan stuck to it, kinda like a big sticker and each table had these pieces on them. It was a fun way to sit and relax, I thought this was a great idea.

Offworld Designs: Booth: 1919

GenCon hat, shirts: One of our favorite things to do at the Con is to find awesome t-shirts. This booth always has some good ones and this year they have the official GenCon swag. I needs me a new hat. Verdict: Must Buy. Conclusion: First year ever I didn’t buy a GenCon shirt (heck, I even bought a red one years ago). I just didn’t. I didn’t like the quality of the hat so I skipped it.

Oni Press: Booth: 2032

Scott Pilgrim: Ironically, I find myself writing this on the two-year anniversary of this movie’s theatrical release (thanks Facebook). I really dig this movie, and I hope I can pick up a copy of the color hardcover so I can read the comic. Yeah, I’ve never read it. Yeah, I used to own a comic and game shop. Verdict: Want to See. Conclusion: Grabbed it and it’s fantastic.

Pinnacle Entertainment and Studio 2 Publishing: Booth: 415, 419

Hell on Earth: Reloaded: Oh, Deadlands. One of my longest running campaigns was Deadlands Classic. Great, absolutely phenomenal game, towards which I am obviously biased. Be that as it may, Shane Hensley has created one of the coolest RPG’s to ever come out IMHO and I am really excited to pick up Hell on Earth: Reloaded. This is going to be my next game of choice to run, along with it’s system, Savage Worlds. I love the mechanics, I love poker chips and cards, I love the setting. I have an RPG that I have been working on, Orcs Among Us!, I recently decided to scrap my original system (2d12!) and instead develop my setting for Savage Worlds. After GenCon and some more games running the system under my belt, I’ll start playing it with my group. Then the real reason for Ide Grac Games will be clear. Verdict: Must Buy! Conclusion: I have done several posts about my experience with the fine Pinnacle products and events I enjoyed. Click on the Deadlands Noir tag to see them all.

 

Visionary Comics‘ Deadlands TPB: Yay comics! I pre-ordered this for a GenCon pickup, I thought that was pretty cool. Looking forward to it! It’s supposed to have some Savage Worlds stuff in it as well. Verdict: Already Bought! Conclusion: Picked up my book and C. Edward Sellner couldn’t have been a nicer guy. Visionary Comics just finished up a Kickstarter for Deadlands: Raven which tells the story of The Reckoners Servitor Raven and it looks to be quite excellent, with extra material added from stretch goals. I’m looking forward to this one.

Q-workshop.com: Booth: 325

Dice: I have to check out this booth every year, not only are they Polish, they have excellent dice. Verdict: Must See. Conclusion: I picked up a D2, D4 and a pair of Pirate D6’s.

 

Rather Dashing Games: Booth: 1849

Four Taverns: Another game I noticed from that Board Game Geek List, I purposely haven’t researched this too much just so I have something to learn about at GenCon. Plus, this booth will be in the Entrepreneurs’ Avenue section of the Dealer’s Hall, which focuses on companies that are new to GenCon. Incidentally, here is another great list. Verdict: Want to Demo. Conclusion: I really only stopped by and picked up a pin and took a couple of photos. The booth was quite busy so I resolved to learn more about the game at a later date. It wasn’t until Sunday that I realized Grant Wilson of Ghost Hunters fame is the Art Director & Vice President of the company. It would have been cool to get a photo, as I know he was at the booth and I’m sure I asked him for the pin I got and didn’t put two and two together.

 

Smirk & Dagger Games: Booth: 1518

Cutthroat Caverns: Fresh Meat: These guys are from Connecticut, so I have to support the home team. Curt Covert used to bring his games into my store and I’d buy them right up. If you haven’t laid your eyes upon Cutthroat Caverns or Run For Your Life, Candyman! then you are missing out on some fun for sure! Verdict: Must See. Conclusion: Booth looked busy and that’s always a good thing.

Soda pop Miniatures w/Cool Mini or Not: Booth: 1431, 1531, 1631

Super Dungeon Explore: My good friend Mike introduced me to this game last year. I’ve been watching it and biding my time, and this year I have some tickets to play on Thursday night. I’m excited to see if I like the game enough to tackle a new group of mini’s,  which I would have to build and paint. I haven’t painted since the store closed and I think I’d like to again. These look like the right way to come back in, along with Caverns of Roxor. Verdict: Have to See. Conclusion: The first game I played at GenCon this year. After my traditional Thursday Dealer’s Room Mania, I played this with my wife and a couple other Con-goers. It was a fun game with nice mechanics, I’m going to buy this game for sure. I picked up The Caverns of Roxor expansion and a Princess Ruby metal fig. Great start of this year’s GenCon Gaming for me. Recommended. 

  

Relic Knights Deluxe Preview Pack: This is the other Soda Pop game that looks good. I’m intrigued by the Anime style of this companies stuff. I’m gonna pick up this little convention pack to check out the game rules. Verdict: Must Buy. Conclusion: I was told printing issues caused the Preview Pack to miss the Con. I picked up a Betty and Lug and should have got the new Black Diamond fig they had, but I was already getting SDE stuff. The Kickstarter just wrapped up and it’s right behind Ogre in Most Funded. I got in an Early Bird slot. I’m going to go Cerci And Star Nebula Corsairs.

-If you like cosplay, stop by their booth from 11a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a free poster, and get it signed by Marie-Claude Bourbonnais.

 

Starwind Design: Booth: 2006

GenCon Dice Bag: I  hope I like it. I hope it’s worth it. GenCon dice bags have been scare and/or hit/miss over the past few years at Indy. Verdict: Hoping. Conclusion: Sorry, I didn’t think it was too great. Hopes crushed.

Steve Jackson Games/Prolific Games: Booth: 1301

Castellan: I’ve got tickets to play this on Sunday. I’m hoping to like it as I have a good time with quite a few Steve Jackson Games. Plus, the booth is always fun and they have great Cthulhu stuff. Give them exact change. Go ahead. Verdict: Must See. Conclusion: I didn’t play in the game on Sunday as my wife had secured herself a place in the You Too Can Cthuhlu Black Letter Game and I wanted to walk her over to the game and say hi to the You Too guys. If you have never played in one of their games, do it!

Flapjacks and Sasquatches and the Side of Bacon Expansion: From posts on the Board Game Geek site, Prolific Games told me they would be there. I have been looking for this game for forever. Verdict: Must Buy! Conclusion: Oh, it’s mine baby! By the way, please show Prolific Games some support. They have a Kickstarter up for a nice looking family game called Hirelings: The Ascent

Troll & Toad.Com: Booth: 101

I buy stuff from them online now and then. Always had a good experience. I’ll take a look at the booth for sure. Verdict: Must See.Conclusion: Lots of Magic cards. Yup. Lots.

Troll Lord Games: Booth: 709

Castles and Crusades: Great game. I’ll be stopping by. Verdict: Must See. Conclusion: Lots of great stuff to look at.

Wishing Tree Games: Booth: 939

Uncle Chestnut’s Table Gype: Based on a concept by G.K. Chesterton and H.G. Wells, it piques my mind bone. I’ll have to take a look. Verdict: Must See. Conclusion: I got a copy and I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

Wizards of the Coast: Booth: 1401

Dungeon!: Loved it as a kid, and adult. Let’s see if it holds true. Verdict: Must See.

Drow Dice Set: I hope the hunt to get these dice isn’t too insane, I hope I don’t have to jump through hoops to get them, I hope it’s a grab and go situation. Verdict: Hoping. Conclusion: You had to jump through hoops, I didn’t have ten hours of my Con to waste tracking down dice that I wouldn’t use.

Wyrd Miniatures: Booth: 1131

Terraclips: Saw a mention of these online somewhere, just want to stop by the booth and see what they’re all about. Verdict: We’ll See. Conclusion: These look awesome! I have just the game to run through those sewers…

 

Zombie Orpheus Entertainment: Booth: 509

The Gamers, Journey Quest, Gamers III: If you haven’t seen The Gamers, you owe it to yourself. Verdict: Must See.  Conclusion: I’m pretty sure I was sitting next to a couple people filming a scene while I was taking a break at the Con. In any case, highest funded film project on Kickstarter to date! Way to go! 

NEXT:

I have one more GenCon Recap post coming, in the meantime, I want to talk about Cerebus. I shall be back later today most likely.

Next: De Plane, De Plane! and the JW.