Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fieldstone Tower from Dungeon Master Mark

Earlier this year, Dungeon Master Mark finished his Fieldstone Tower and made a video which he uploaded to his YouTube channel.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Fun They Had - International Tabletop Day

The Geek and Sundry YouTube channel has posted a video showing some of the fun they had on International Tabletop Day.  Enjoy!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Dwarven Forge Kickstarter Ending

Only a couple days left to jump on board with the Dwarven Forge Kickstarter.  It is already very well funded and the company is established, so their great success is deserved and not-unexpected.  Read more here!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

James Wappel's Basilica Canus

There is some wonderful work going on with James Wappel's Basilica Canus project.  See more here!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Queen Anne's Revenge in 1:48 Scale

My buddy David pointed me toward a fantastic sire with excellent pictures of a model of Queen Anne's Revenge in 1:48 scale.  See more here!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Triple Helix Housing Project Complete

The fantastic Housing project from triple Helix has been completed and the results are top notch.  See more here!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The World's Worst Dungeon Crawl!

The Dungeon Bastard is spearheading a Kickstarter project called "The World's Worst Dungeon Crawl!" that purports to be moth epic and awesome.  See more here!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

How to Make a D&D Farmhouse with Ben's RPG Pile

There is a YouTube video from BensRPGPile YouTube channel from a couple months ago showing "How to Make a D&D Farmhouse." Enjoy!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Lesser Gnome Miniatures Contest

Lesser Gnome Publications is having a giveaway of their iconic Gnome Thopas miniatures daily through the June launch of their Kickstarter for the Whisper & Venom RPG adventure.  See more here!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

How to make a Dungeons and Dragons Wizard's Lab with Ben's RPG Pile

There is a YouTube video from BensRPGPile YouTube channel from early this year showing "How to make a Dungeons and Dragons Wizard's Lab." Enjoy!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

How to Make Rocky Stepped Hills for War Games with Mini Wargaming

Over on the miniwargaming YouTube channel is a video from a few years ago showing "How to Make Rocky Stepped Hills for War Games." Enjoy!

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Reistance on Wil Wheaton's Tabletop

Tabletop and Wil Wheaton are at it again.  This time with Felicia Day (Actress, Producer, Writer—The Guild), Ashley Clements (Actress—The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), Amy Okuda (Actress—The Guild), and Allison Scagliotti (Actress—Warehouse 13) as they all play The Resistance. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Domains at War Kickstarter from Autarch

The new Domains of War Kickstarter from Autarch has launched and purports to be a Mass Combat System useful for many RPGs and simple enough for youngsters.  See more here!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Good Old Attacks of Opportunity

A recent blog post by Wade Rockett, on his excellent Rockett Science blog, discussed some of the early examples of Attacks of Opportunity (by any name) in RPGs, noting that even as far back as First Edition AD&D there were rules meant to emulate such a situation as being attacked while fleeing.  While I realize that the discussion was meant to encompass RPGs only, I couldn't help thinking about some examples in their forerunner wargames.

To that end, I recalled the early 70s SPI game Sniper (1973) which, along with its followup game Patrol (1974) had rules for Opportunity Fire.  The game included pads of easy forms for jotting down the orders for your units because, in these games, actions were meant to be simultaneous.  In Sniper, a player would often have a single individual while in Patrol, a small company of units.  Opportunity Fire was an order whereby a hex would be designated for a shooter and any enemy unit that passed through the line of fire from the ordered unit through the designated hex could come under fire.

It was a simple example of an Attack of Opportunity but it required giving something up in order to achieve the effect.  It has often struck me that in many RPGs where such a option or action existed, it was treated as an additional attack.  I always thought that this didn't feel right.  I personally prefer the idea that if someone takes an Attack of Opportunity, that counts as their action for that turn and can only happen if they are ready for it.  By "ready," I mean to say that if someone gets the jump on you, then it simply doesn't seem possible to suddenly become quicker.  So, too, if someone performs an Attack of Opportunity, then getting an additional subsequent action also seems unrealistic.  To my mind, an Attack of Opportunity should be something for which someone is prepared and able to execute, and should also constitute the action taken in a given turn.  Just my thoughts on a smoother mechanic meant to avoid complicating a turn and compounding it with unnecessary complexity.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Warhammer Fantasy Tavern (Continued) from Terrainoob

Over on the Terrainoob YouTube channel, Parts 14, 15, and 16 of his Warhammer Fantasy Tavern build was uploaded a bit earlier this year.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Majus Kickstarter from Michael Curtis

Just a handful of days left in the Kickstarter project from Michael Curtis on his Majus game.  See more here!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Dungeonstone Throne Room Offer

Dungeonstone is running an introductory offer on their Throne Room setup.  See more here!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Dwarven Stronghold 1 WIP from TerrainProject

On the TerrainProject YouTube channel, there is a recent video showing off some of the work in progress on a Dwarven Stronghold.  Enjoy!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Goblin Town Terrain - Cave Wall from TerranScapes

There is a recent video uploaded to YouTube on the Terranscapes channel showing off some Cave Wall terrain for sue with LotR Goblin Town scenarios.  Enjoy!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Beautiful Dwarven Forge Usage

A Facebook Friend recently pointed me toward some fantastic usage of Dwarven Forge terrain which includes some excellently painted figures.  See more here!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Storm The Castle Diorama Part 2

Over on the EpicFantasy (StormtheCastle.com) YouTube channel, part two of the Castle Diorama project has been uploaded.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Star Wars Micro-Mini Millennium Falcon and More

Over on Ripleys.com, there is a recent pictorial showing off a micro-mini Millennium Falcon and much more.  Read more here!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Luxurious Lair: Council Chamber from Kev's Lounge

Another wonderful Papercraft Dungeon offering from Kev's Lounge has just been released.  It is the Council Chamber from their Luxurious Lair line.  See more here!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Build a Medieval Castle Project on Owl & Mouse

Over on Owl & Mouse (yourchildlearns.com), there is a cool little project called "Build a Medieval Castle."  See more here!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

3rd Annual History Games Convention

There is a local convention, local for me, that is, called the History Games Convention and this is their third year.  It is happening in Elk Grove Village, IL, and has a focus on Historical Games, minis and boardgames.  It is tied into their Park District program.  Check out more here!

*Edit* I put up some pictures of the event here!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Tabletop does Formula D

Funny, funny episode of Tabletop as the gang, including Grace Helbig, Greg Benson, and Hannah Hart, all with Wil Wheaton, takes on Formula D.  Enjoy!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Video Review Avatars Of War Apoc Marauder Champion from Spellscape

Over on the Spellscape YouTube channel, there is a "Video Review Avatars Of War Apoc Marauder Champion." Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Hurlbat Scenics

A Facebook Friend recently linked to a Gladiatorial Arena made by Hurlbat Scenics so I checked them out a bit more and found a lot of cool items.  See more here!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Goblin Aid for Sculptor Kev Adams

Many will probably have heard by now of the difficulties miniatures sculptor Kev Adams has been having since being a victim of a home invasion and assault.  A number of other sculptors and concerned individuals are pulling together to help.  Read more here!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Elven House Build from terrainaholic

Over on the terrainaholic YouTube channel is a very cool video on an Elven House build from earlier this year.  Enjoy!