November 18, 2016
James

Review Monsterhearts



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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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November 15, 2016
James

Episode 10 3D Printing & Gaming



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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.

Fat Dragon Games
Printable Scenery
Thingiverse

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.

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Stern of frigate from Printable Scenery with a close up to show details. This is straight off the printer.

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Dice Box from Thingiverse, closed and open.

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Dwarven Mini from Thingiverse. The larger one is 28mm the smaller is 15mm, with a 28mm Reaper mini for scale.

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Dr Doom mask from Thingiverse. This was printed as two pieces, glued together, primed and painted.

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And finally a Guy Fawkes mask from Thingiverse. Printed as one piece, primed and mostly finished paint.

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November 14, 2016
James

Is it the best time in gaming?

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.

 

November 11, 2016
James

Review Mouseguard



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James, Kurt and Lacey review Mouseguard from Burning Wheel.

Mouseguard is an RPG based on David Petersen’s comic with the same name. It uses a modified version of the Burning Wheel system.

 

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November 9, 2016
James

Episode 9 Building Investigative Games



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Kurt, Lacey and I sit down to talk about special considerations when running investigative/mystery games and building plots for them.

Fear the Con 10 Kickstarter
Extra Life

Big List of RPG Plots
Call of CthulhuTrail of Cthulhu
Bubble Gumshoe
Night’s Black Agents
Conspiracy X

Mystery Tropes

Armitage Files

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