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.”

Gen Con 2013

So, this blog was originally conceived as a way for me to blog about Gen Con, to put my own thoughts on The Best Four Days in Gaming out there.

Last year it went better than I expected, I had a great Gen Con, I blogged quite a bit and got a whole bunch more hits than I expected to get.

This year, I’m missing the Con for the first time in a decade or so.

So, by extension, I’m probably not gonna blog about Gen Con this year. I’m not gonna be there, so I’m not gonna waste my time and energy doing research and linking and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Yeah, so if you go, have a blast. If you play in The Duke Tournament, send me a pic of your Swashbuckler Tile and let me know how it works for ya.

Hopefully, I’ll make GaryCon. We’ll see. Life has been topsy-turvy for the past few months and it’s only gonna ramp up in the next few.

TLDR: I’m not going to Gen Con so everything sucks. Nyah.

The Duke Tournament at Gen Con

WHOO HOO!

So, I won the design contest for The Duke‘s Gen Con Tournament Tile. This tile will be given away to all who participate in the Tournament at Gen Con. I’m pretty excited about this as I’m really loving the game so far and now I will have an official game piece I designed! Pretty cool if you ask me.

The tile is called the Swashbuckler and it was created with the thought of Errol Flynn, Pirates of all sorts,  Captain Jack Sparrow and especially The Princess Bride. The tile jumps in from on high off a chandelier or the top of a staircase, lands next to an opponent and with a flick of his rapier or main-gauche, he strikes the enemy down or sidesteps to prepare to leap again. The light side tile is left handed, while the dark tile is right handed, evoking the famous battle in The Princess Bride (which is one of my wife’s favorite movies).

I hope all of you who play The Duke enjoy the Swashbucklers as they get into your hands at Gen Con.

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D and D Next at Gen Con.

So, I figure I’ll give D and D Next a shot. I’ve looked at the Playtest Packet and while I’m not exactly thrilled or overjoyed, I am curious. I’m going into this very lightly due to the clustertruck that was 4th Edition. So let’s take a look at what’s going down at Gen Con this year and see what I may want to dive into.

WOTC is not going to have a booth this year, instead focusing on a play area for D and D Next and 4th Ed. and so on. While some people seem to think this is a weird move on their part, I get it. It allows them to focus on the game (hopefully), get honest feedback (hopefully) and get to us the best version of D and D they can produce (pipe dream). Also they can come back next year with a big bang. I’m sure by no means will the Wizards presence be limited, that just would not be in their interests.

So, there will be the Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle book coming out for D and D Next which you have to pre-order and attend Gen Con to get. I’m thinking about getting it. I did, then I wasn’t, now I am again because at the very least I could give it to a friend. So there’s that.

Then there are a couple ways to play some Next, the first is the Confrontation at Candlekeep adventure, which is one way to get a set of dice. The others are a 28 hour Marathon and also Murder at Baldur’s Gate Weekend.

I’m glad it’s not gonna be a hoop jumper to get the dice as it was last year. Then, I didn’t even bother. But they heard us:

“If you attended Gen Con last year, you might have taken part in our dice giveaway. If you had to wait in a long line last year to get your dice, allow me to apologize. We had a lot of success with our walk-up and play events at PAX and PAX East, but our sense was that most gamers at Gen Con have mapped out schedules that preclude drop-in events. It turns out we were wrong, to the tune of several thousand people showing up to play D&D Next. That’s an order of magnitude more than we expected.

We’re bringing the dice back this year, but making it much easier to collect them. If you take part in the defense of Candlekeep, you get a set. On top of that, we’ve designed Confrontation at Candlekeep to meet the overwhelming demand we encountered last year. This year, we’re offering pregenerated characters, a quick turnaround to get people playing, the option for people to step up and DM for their friends (rather than relying solely on our indomitable volunteers), and other improvements to keep the game moving.”

Generic tickets only.
Run time: 2 hours

There will also be the Night with Dungeons & Dragons, which looks to be a party with food and stuff. Hopefully swag. The D and D 30th Birthday party was pretty good with giveaways, so here’s hoping. When: Thursday, August 15th from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

So, at least I think I’ll be able to score some dice. I’d like to try out the game, I want it to be something good, but I’m worried they have gone too far from the D and D I love to come back. We shall see come Gen Con.

Full article can be found here.

OSR For You

I know the OSR movement has been around for a few years, myself really just finding out about it in the past couple years because of Facebook Groups and Google+ Communities, but also through the various blogs and Old School Gaming sites there are out there. Goodman Games’ DCC RPG was an eye-opener as well, containing a list of OSR Resources that I am still plowing through.

I know of OSRIC, Labyrinth Lord, Swords and Wizardry, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, the new Monsters and Magic, DCC RPG of course and Castles and Crusades. There are plenty of others out there as well. Not to mention you can just actually play the old Editions of Dungeon and Dragons again, thanks to the reprints that Wizards has been putting out along with the website dndclassics.com for all your .pdf needs.

I know OSRIC is a book that people have questions about, as I just researched all of this information for myself a few weeks back, I have also seen some posts on Google+ from people asking about the best version, etc. From my research and experience, get the Second Printing from Black Blade Publishing. It is up to date, it’s a beautiful book and mine was shipped quickly and packaged extraordinarily well. Just be sure to e-mail them, as the website’s store is miscalculating shipping. I’ve been very pleased with mine.

I have also picked up copies of the softcover Labyrinth Lord on Lulu.com. I’m quite impressed with the printing quality on these books as well. At Gen Con I will search out Monsters and Magic, I have the .pdf, but a book is always nice.

All in all, you should roll OSR Style for you. Because it’s something that appeals to you, not because it’s a trend.That’s why I am, it’s a way to reconnect with that little boy inside who dreamed of dungeons. And Dragons.

I’m pretty excited to roll OSR style, it’s been a long time since I used the old system, other than the HackMaster 4th Ed. years and my past year or two with DCC. I have a nice little campaign in mind…

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The Duke Arrives

So I got my The Duke from Catalyst Game Labs the other day and I am impressed. The quality alone was well worth the price of admission. I’m just waiting for my leather playing surface to come in and then I will have another Kickstarter off the list.

Really happy to have backed this one, it may have had some delays but this game is top notch. Can’t wait to get a few solid plays in.

Now it’s time to practice for the Gen Con Tournament! By the way, if you backed this one, there is a contest going on to pick the Gen Con Tournament Tile. I voted for the Swashbucklers…wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

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