Wednesday, March 21, 2012

WARNING: This post may be long and boring!

I got another email from Chessex today, they said they were going to send a replacement mat my way! Awesome! After reading my past few blogs I do have to admit that I feel bad for writing about the topic in the first place. I love their products, in fact my whole gaming group does. Our former bard (now monk) buys at least one set of dice every time we go to our local shop and insists on bringing every set of dice he owns to every game.

It's a LOT of dice.

Yes Tom, I'm talking about you!

Anyway, my point here is that I hope I didn't sound harsh about their products. In fact, after years of buying their stuff, this is the only issue I've ever had and they resolved it as quickly as possible. I'm extraordinarily pleased and will continue to shop with them for a long time to come.

That's enough of me feeling guilty, now onto the game stuff.

I've been getting a bit backed up with gaming stuff over the past month. We're still working on finishing up the first two modules of our old west campaign, I'm spending too much time painting miniatures and I've wasted two complete evenings playing Skyrim in the past week.

In campaign news, Pathfinder Group 1 has been split into two separate parties, meaning the monthly game has changed to a twice a month game. It's more work on my part, but it's something that is already helping the characters develop and grow. I anticipate the split to last for about four months real-time. This also gives us the opportunity to let new players join the game as guest NPC's. There is currently a considerably long line of folks interested in trying out the game and since or normal party of six will be reduced to two separate games of three PCs, there's plenty of room for guests. Jeez, that's a lot of numbers!

Pathfinder Groups 2 and 3 who alternate monthly will be merging into a single group. I have yet to decide if it will got to a monthly game or remain bi-monthly. Group 2 is the old west style campaign and Group 3 was the goblin PC campaign. While I liked the idea of running a goblin focused game, we just couldn't get into the vibe of it.

Paranoia is currently on hold and that frustrates me to no end as I really want to play it. Also, if anyone knows of any good miniatures that would fit the Paranoia world, especially for red troubleshooters and zany robots, please let me know. I'm having a hard time finding any that feel right.

I also purchased Megadungeon! by Sean Robson of the blog Tales from the Flaming Faggot a few weeks ago when it was on sale. I want... no... I NEED to play it sometime this or next week. The game looks awesome, I just haven't had the time. I'm a big fan of randomly generated dungeons and I like the style of the PDF, especially the cover art. Additionally, I have yet to try my hand at Kittens in a Blender. It's a card game that's been suggested to me numerous times that I purchased last Saturday. It can supposedly be played in twenty minutes so I'm thinking of taking it into work.

And finally, my wife has expressed an interest in playing a more dungeon-crawly less role play oriented game. She seems to be leaning towards AD&D first edition. I'm more than willing to run it, we just need to amass the rulebooks for it. I regularly read a few OSR blogs but to be honest I don't know much about the OSR scene. I realize that there are other rule sets out there that emulate old school D&D, but I think I'd rather pick up a set of old books and try it that way. Any input would be greatly appreciated as I'm a total fish out of water.

I think that sums everything up! I'm planning my next "formal" post to be on Role Playing Games and real life. I want to discuss my point of view when it comes to the typical labels that are slapped on table top gamers and what I think we can do as a community to change it.

Until next time, happy gaming!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Matt, I think it's great that your wife wants to try out AD&D. You should be able to pick up old copies of the rule books for cheap and, if not, the WotC has the reprints for sale. One word of warning though, once you go old-school, you might never go back!

    Old school gaming does require a completely different mind-set, as the style of play is very different from what you might be used to. If you haven't already done so, I recommend A Quick Primer for Old School Gaming by Matt Finch.

    Also, although it refers specifically to the philosophy of OD&D, Philotomy's OD&D Musings is very inspirational, and much of his suggestions can be readily applied to any old-school dungeon crawl.

    Thanks, too, for plugging Megadungeon! and for your very kind and highly charitable praise of the cover art. This was made on a shoestring budget and I did all the art myself because I couldn't afford to commission any professional art. Fortunately, I think I've made enough money from Megadungeon! to be able to hire an artist for my next project.