Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dream Spirit Wargaming Studio Update - Bretonian Display Board

Dream Spirit Wargaming has a new Studio Update video on their YouTube channel featuring a Bretonian Display Board for the "Order of the Sacred Cross'." Enjoy!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Over Da Top Gaming Website

Let me take a moment to point toward a fun blog for those who might enjoy "A Blog of Tournaments, Painting, Terrain, and Podcasts about Warhammer Fantasy Battles. Over Da Top Gaming claims to take gaming to the extreme with conversions and painting to test the limits of miniature warfare!" Chuck Jiardina, who runs the blog, has been at it for over half a decade, so there is plenty of back reading to do for those who are new to it. See more here!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ernie's Hobby Shop Dungeon Playtesting

It's no secret that Ernie Gygax and the mega-dungeon guru, Benoist Poire, are diligently working on bringing the Hobby Shop Dungeon and surrounding setting from days of yore into a publishable state for fans of gaming everywhere by 2015 under their G.P. Adventures banner.  One of the benefits of being a local gamer is getting to sit in on the playtesting of this fantastic project.  While Ernie does run this at gaming convention like Gamehole Con and Gary Con, two top notch events in Southern Wisconsin, getting to play campaign-style every two weeks has been a huge treat.  Earlier this week, out gang of mid-level PCs dove in again to thwart an evil cleric who had previously knocked us for a loop.  Revenge was sweet!

Ernie consults a tome as the Skypers, including Benoist Poire, look on


Norm grins as Ernie plans our demise


The grinning seems to be infectious


The evil cleric had a lot of undead at his disposal


Norm uses this cleaner with dry erase markers on his Chessex mat and it works very well


We were attacked from all sides


Fortunately, we lived so we can face certain peril yet again!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Steal DaBrony's Coffee! - The Reconstruction of a Classic

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the mythical Geneva Lake Press toiled in seeming obscurity in southern Wisconsin to produce various niche games. This small press operation had few products that are well-known, working mostly in the shadow of other game industry giants of the era. Though few of their games survive in box or print to this day, Creative Mountain Games is pleased to announce that the rights to their entire library of games have been secured for re-issue to today’s discerning games market.

One of the early examples of their board games line is Steal DaBrony's Coffee! This tongue-in-cheek game is a fine example of the way in which a board game could be both fun and challenging with simple rules that led to complex strategies and game play.

From the box (original edition 1979): Steal DaBrony's Coffee! is a fun game for three to seven players. In it, one player takes on the role of Leo DaBrony, a small convention organizer whose love of java is legendary. Unfortunately for this dedicated staffer, a number of attendees have decided to torment Leo and make it their mission to spend much of the convention attempting to steal his coffee, vying with one another to abscond more cups of Joe than any other and be acknowledged as Java Jester of the Year.

Creative Mountain Games is busy transcribing the rules for Steal DaBrony's Coffee!, cleaning up the original artwork, and making some adjustments to these traditional game mechanics, and hopes to bring a publishable version to the public soon. Please, stay tuned for more information and spread the word regarding this effort. Thank you!

Got in a little playtesting today for Steal DaBrony's Coffee! at Taco Bell with Tom Wham, Mark Meier, and Wendy Swanson Lord. 


The character artwork recovered from the original has a simple but nostalgic feel, and the dual game and coffee deployment tracks have an almost wargamey tone to them


So typical of that era to have but one female choice and to tie it to pink 


The one on the right just cracked me up 


The upper level of the game board, depicting the upper floor of the majestic Lakeland Lodge, is reminiscent of a time gone by


There is more to capture from the original art to bring this reconstructed version in line with the earlier version


I think the character cards can be simplified further 


I like how the advanced game adds additional abilities


More on this project as it continues . . .

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Just for Kicks - Kickstarters for Gamers

There are  a number of Kickstarters coming to a head, all of gamer interest though only two are actually game products, one old and one new.

First up is one I mentioned recently called "Combat Description Cards for Storytellers and GMs" by Conflict Roleplaying.  This nifty project has had wonderful success and enters its final hours today already well funded.  The name says it all but go check out the extras and see if you might want to jump in before it is over here.


Next up, "The Dangers of Daggermore, a Fantasy RPG film" by Hal Burdick. This one struggled a bit but is funded and could use some gamer-love as it runs through its last few days. Have a look here.


Also, and old favorite, "City State of the Invincible Overlord" by Judges Guild is getting a fresh coat of paint and is well worth your time and money to back.  See more here.


Finally, not a game but a beer project inspired by gaming called "Satyr Stein Homebrew" by Don Dehm, President of Pulp Gamer Media.  The video is a fun watch and the project seems like a real winner too.  Enjoy that right here!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Adam Stefańczyk's Barricades

Remember that great work with treasure markers I pointed toward last month?  Now, Adam Stefańczyk is back to his old magic fashioning some barricades.  See more here!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Funnies - Painting Bilbo with the One Ring

One of the funnier, and surprisingly useful, pranks to come out on Tuesday might have to be the painting tutorial of how to paint Bilbo wearing the One Ring on the Tale of the Painters blog.  See more here!