Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Sunday Miscellanea - PCGen, Doubloons, & Tact-Tiles

PCGen, the "character creation and role-playing game playing aid program for d20 System-based games" has reached a crossroads and needs input here.

Also, the Great American Coin Company has "Pirate Coins and Doubloons" here.

Finally, over on YouTube, Retrospective RPG Reviews takes a look at the new Tact-Tiles.  Enjoy.

Essentially, a clearinghouse for topics on
not covered elsewhere or wanting a particular focus.
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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Systems Saturday - WotC 5E Survey, Dungeon Crawl Checklist, Plus 'A Muse & a Maze'

The Escapist informs us this week that Wizards of the Coast has a new survey to get some new feedback on their Fifth Edition of Dungeons & Dragons, and they give some idea of what is being asked in the survey questions.  Read more here.

Also, over on Gnome Stew, Matthew J. Neagley writes "The Dungeon Crawl Checklist."  It's his own way of approaching dungeon design and has some good ideas to adopt.  Read more here.

Finally, over on, Maria Popova writes about Peter Turchi's book A Muse & a Maze in her article "The Psychology of Flow: What Game Design Reveals about the Deliberate Tensions of Great Writing" which can give some insight into how things work the other way around as well.  Find out more here.

A look under the hood of various Games, Rules and Systems.
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Tabletopper Friday - Taiwan Board Game Parlors, Smart Games, & a Board Game Flowchart

Over on, they tell us "In Taiwan, board-game parlors are the new nondigital thing" here.

Also, shares their thoughts on "15 Fun Board Games that Exercise Your Brain And Make You Smarter" here.

Finally, on, they help us "Pick the Best Board Game to Play in Any Situation with This Flow Chart" here.

Mostly about card games and board games,
unless they have a decidedly wargamey feel.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Nostalgia Thursday - Hazard (1375)

I've had a copy of Hazard (1375) on my shelf for quite some time but have not made an opportunity to play it.

It's description on Board Game Geek is simple and might give some clue as to why I haven't chosen to try and gather the right players for it just yet.
Themed on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and an old dice game called Hasard, players gamble stakes on dice rolls, allowing to progress along the track. In doing so, they lay cards depicting the various pilgrims progressing to Canterbury.

My interest in this game became renewed when I picked up an audio lecture series Life and Writings of Geoffrey Chaucer with Professor Seth Lerer Ph.D. of University of California, San Diego, during the holiday sale on The Great Courses website here.  Though I haven't opened the decks in the box (I often thought I'd keep it pristine in case I wanted to sell it), the game board has a certain charm to it.

But it doesn't go for much on the BGG marketplace and it appears on many BGG thrift store lists, so I am guessing it is not in short supply.  Couple that with its abysmally low rating (3.71 as of the writing of this blog post), as well as its rather narrow theme, and you can imagine why I haven't pressed it onto any players thus far.  Nevertheless, I am determined to play it some time this year, even if only as a two player game.  If you would like to play some day and know you will be in the Lake Geneva, WI, area, please do drop me a line.  Otherwise, wish me luck on my pilgrimage!

Focusing on the roots of current tabletop gaming
with an eye toward the last century and before.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wargaming Wednesday - Gaming the Battle of the Five Armies

Over on Playing at the World, Jon Peterson delves into "Gaming the Battle of the Five Armies" where in he discusses an early version of a wargame that simulated the great battle at the of Tolkien's The Hobbit.  Find out more here.

A closer examination of board and miniatures Wargaming.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Terrain Tuesday - Chicago Maps for RPGs

Over on the Cape Horn Illustration website, they have a lakefront map of Chicago but with tall ships and sea monsters here.

Also, on the Chicagoist website, they have a map "Of Immigration Trends From 1903" in Chicago here.

Finally, "Check Out This Map Of Settlement Patterns In Chicago In 1950" on the Chicagoist here.

For purposes here, the term Terrain is used broadly
to cover 3D and 2D maps, foam, felt, and such.
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Minis & Modeling Monday - Jewels of the Week, Turnkey Miniatures, & St.Andrew’s Cathedral

Over on, check out the "Jewels of the Week" here.

Also, over on Turnkey Miniatures, they've got some great minis for good prices including the old Mega Minis Townsfolk here.

Finally, on the website, for your modeling inspiration, "Take a (Virtual) Tour of St.Andrew’s Cathedral in the year 1318" here.

A look at prepping and painting Miniatures,
crafting buildings and paper Models,
and other non-terrain stuff for the tabletop..
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