Friday, April 24, 2015

Tabletopper Friday - Concept, Fresh Fish, & Imperialism

Over on the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel, there is a new episode of TableTop with from Wil Wheaton with Rhett McLaughlin, Link Neal, and Joseph Scrimshaw playing Concept (2013).  Enjoy!

Also, from the boardgamegeektv YouTube channel, check out the GameNight! crew playing Fresh Fish (2014).  Have fun!

Finally, again from the boardgamegeektv YouTube channel, Beth Heile speaks with Kaja Pietrasik about Imperialism: Road to Domination (2014).  Watch and learn.

Mostly about card games and board games,
unless they have a decidedly wargamey feel.
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Nostalgia Thursday - Vintage Boardgames, High Elf Tactics, & Gygaxian History

Over on, a recent article shows how to "Enter the dull world of vintage corporate boardgames" here.

Also, on, Matthew Sprange shares his "High Elf Tactical Thoughts" here.

Finally, on, we're told of the upcoming "Empire of Imagination - Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons" book here.

Focusing on the roots of current tabletop gaming
with an eye toward the last century and before.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wargaming Wednesday - The Combat Experience (RPG Blog Carnival April 2015)

I'm stretching the meaning of the RPG Blog Carnival for April 2015, "The Combat Experience," even as I utilize the Wargaming Wednesday spot on the MF WARS corner of the CMG Blog Triad this month.  I'm doing so to point out how one can take some aspects of the RPG ancestor of Wargaming and apply them to RPGs in ways that allow for a more immersive experience for campaigns that have a mass combat theme.

Too often, player characters in RPGs, and I'll look primarily at Medieval Fantasy games for this post, have to be sidelined when great armies clash.  It's difficult to integrate between scales in a way that doesn't require fudging and hand-waving while keeping the players in a position where they feel they have agency and are making choices that make a difference in the grand scheme of the campaign during battles between large, opposing forces.  There have been a lot of RPGs that came out with addendum-type supplements meant to allow players to experience wargaming while RPGing but this seems like a backward approach to me.  The first time a roleplaying game and wargaming rules were tied to one another, the roleplaying game was developed out of the wargaming rules, not the other way around.  This was, of course, back in the earl 1970s with Dungeons & Dragons being developed as a roleplaying game system from the Chainmail rules.

This has long had me thinking that for a final roleplaying game product to have a chance of being able to integrate well with wargaming scenarios, that same progression of development might prove to be the best approach.  My own experimental Medieval Fantasy Wargame and Roleplaying System (MF WARS) is based on that premise.  I've been working on this system for many years and it is still being developed and playtested as it reaches new stages.  In the meantime, I make sure to stay abreast of the latest in wargaming rules and most recently have been taking a hard look at Lion Rampant – Medieval Wargaming Rules from Osprey Publishing.  I love the work they did with Field of Glory and hope that same level of quality will be present.

I encourage any GM of RPGs who wants to include mass combat scenarios in their own games to experiment in the same way.  Become proficient or at least familiar with wargaming rules.  Even if you don't want to make the investments of time and money on your own, visit some local gaming conventions and sign up for whatever is on offer.  Even board wargames can help inform how you run such scenarios in an RPG, so look for games that have similar periods to your own genre of choice and try some of those out.  It'll all help when you run scenarios that crossover into this different scale of combat.  Most importantly, to make such a crossover work well in RPGs, keep a close eye on where leaders tend to wind up and imagine what would come under their immediate and direct purview.  That is the place where RPGing will be most easily integrated into mass combat scenarios and where the focus is best placed.  Enjoy!

A closer examination of board and miniatures Wargaming.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Terrain Tuesday - Ice and Fire Maps, Dyson's Patreon, & Rustic Timber Blocks

Over on, check out "The Lands of Ice and Fire" here.

Also, on, Dyson Logos has a page set up in support of his wonderful creations here.

Finally, available through Drive Thru RPG and affiliates, have a look at "Inked Adventures Blocks Rustic Timber Interior" 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, April 20, 2015

Minis & Modeling Monday - 3D Figures & Tutorials

Over on, John Biggs penned an article titled "A Designer Is Making 3D Models Of The Nasties In The D&D Monster Manual" here.

Also, and just because it has some different images to check out, there's an article on Gizmodo about the above article here.

Finally, on, they have a great many tutorials on painting and prepping figures for your game tables 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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Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Sunday Miscellanea - Smaug Head, D&D Room, & The Time Inn

Over on, pick yourself up a "Smaug Head Mounted Trophy" here.

Also, on the TabltopProps imgur page, see the "Best D&D room ever" here.

Finally, on Alihs's page, see "The Time Inn" here.

Essentially, a clearinghouse for topics on
not covered elsewhere or wanting a particular focus.
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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Systems Saturday - Aquatic RPG Adventures

In RPGs, particularly D&D, aquatic campaigns have often been overlooked as fertile ground for extensive adventuring.  Some recent posting on Tribality had me digging up some info, including on on EN World by long-time practitioner of all-things-aquatic-RPGing Aeolius.  But let's start with one of the posts on titled "Enemies & Encounters: 1st-5th Level Aquatic Encounters" here.

Also, they recently ran an article on an "Interview with Aquatic Gaming Guru, Emily Kubisz" here.

Finally, over to for some tips on how to spice up the rum of a pirate game from Aeolius here.

A look under the hood of various Games, Rules and Systems.
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