For us in the US, the arrival of Thanksgiving signals the beginning of the holiday season. Which, for a lot of us, means seeing family, big meals and time spent traveling. The unfortunate consequence of all the holiday activities is that our gaming time gets sidelined until January. Campaigns fade away and excitement about the new game fades. Once January arrives, the first few sessions are spent recapping and trying to recapture the excitement of the games we left behind.
So this is the part where I am supposed to make suggestions about how to keep the excitement for the games we have alive. Send emails and texts, think of new adventures and what your characters can do during the downtime. The reality for most of us is that finding time to do this is difficult because of all the extra things that are taking away from our normal game time. Now I have to make time to do something else that just reminds me of what I am missing out on.
How about some real solutions that might actually work.
On Wednesday you’re going to hear us talk about ending games. So why not put this to practical use and play an ending chapter for the games that you are running now. It may give you and your players a chance to come back in January refreshed and excited for chapter 2. Short notice I know, but then again there’s no time like the present.
If you know that your gaming is going to wind down for a while, why not try and introduce some of your non-gaming family to the board game and RPG world.
<Gasp> You mean game with granny?
Well why not? There are lots of zero prep party style games out there that are lots of fun. Fiasco, Juggernaut or if you’re feeling brave maybe Apocalypse World or one of its derivatives.
Maybe you’re not ready to take the plunge with the fam. Then the answer could be some of the board games that are out there: Catan, Flick ’em Up, or Cash and Guns. Nothing beats getting held up and shot for 20k by old Auntie Muriel.
The point is almost everyone likes having fun and people will surprise you. Instead of sitting around and talking about how school or work is going or the myriad of other conversations that we have over and over, why not introduce your family to the hobby that we all love and spend so much time enjoying?
Watch some videos of grandparents playing Cards Against Humanity, and you will realize that everyone enjoys having a good laugh and playing games. You just have to get them to relax and give it a try.
In this review Lacey, Carrie and James take a look at Monsterhearts. Monsterhearts is a Powered by the Apocolypse game loosely based on shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood and other paranormal romance stories. Monsterhearts 2 is on kickstarter now.
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Lacey, Carrie and James sit down to talk about getting into 3D printing and tabletop gaming. How to get started and where to find amazing models to print.
These are the three sources talked about in this episode.
Here are the Dragonlock tiles that I have printed. The two tiles on the left have a layer of grey spray paint primer on them. The others have one off set brick color and a dry brush highlight. The minis in the picture are from Dust Tactics.
Stern of frigate from Printable Scenery with a close up to show details. This is straight off the printer.
Dice Box from Thingiverse, closed and open.
Dwarven Mini from Thingiverse. The larger one is 28mm the smaller is 15mm, with a 28mm Reaper mini for scale.
Dr Doom mask from Thingiverse. This was printed as two pieces, glued together, primed and painted.
And finally a Guy Fawkes mask from Thingiverse. Printed as one piece, primed and mostly finished paint.
Recently I had a discussion about the state of gaming. It wasn’t the worn out “is gaming in decline” discussion. It was much more positive than that. Is this the best time in gaming or has that already passed? My answer, yes this is the best time in gaming, by leaps and bounds.
Are you still there?
If you haven’t thrown your phone or laptop across the room in a grognard rage, hear me out. Whether you are an indie or story gamer, OSR gamer, D&D, Pathfinder/3e gamer, GURPS or something else or in between, there are more games out there for every niche and genre than ever before.
Mystery suspense spy thriller Night’s Black Agent
Surreal dream city Itras By
Updated high fantasy D&D 5e
Old School Gritty Fantasy Lamentations of the Flame Princess
The list goes on and on. If there’s a genre you want to play in, there’s probably a game for it. If there isn’t and you have the creativity and desire the barriers to design and publication have never been lower. With Drive thru RPG, kickstarter and independent publishing, a little technical skill learned on youtube and you’re on the way.
Or maybe you think the best games have already been made. Guess what… still the best time right now. Old rare modules are being reprinted and scanned as PDFs. New modules for old games are being made. You don’t have to search on auction sites or hope for the lucky find at yard sales. An internet connection and $10 and you’re ready to relive those deadly adventure or play new interpretations of them.
So here it is, my bold statement of truth. More games produced means more diversity and quality of games. Now this doesn’t mean that everything that comes out hits the mark or is even the target but they do all move game design and inspiration forward. This has caused some of the most interesting games that exist to be made and more are sure to come.
So go support the games you love, try new ones and maybe start to work on that game you’ve had in mind for years. I’m sure there are people out there who would love to see it.