Blogging Again May 18, 2020 I haven’t blogged in a while, but am going to try blogging more actively again. Ever since G+ closed down last year, I’ve explored many other RPG communities. I’m in a bunch of Facebook groups and have also tried MeWe, although it feels like the latter mostly fizzled out. The vast majority of my RPG connections happen on Discord these days. And while that experience is pretty solid, it’s mostly ephemeral. ...
Big Bad Con 2018 Impressions Nov 3, 2018 TL;DR: Best RPG convention I’ve attended so far! Three weeks ago, I attended Big Bad Con in Walnut Creek, California. Last year, I had a chance to attend for a single day. This year, I was able to attend from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening. During that time, I played seven four-hour RPG sessions, totaling a massive 28 hours of gaming in a single weekend! Unlike most RPG cons, Big Bad Con has a strong emphasis on indie and story games. ...
Shadow of the Demon Lord Jul 22, 2018 I recently completed my first campaign of Shadow of the Demon Lord (aka SotDL), so I figured I’d write down my impressions. I won’t go terribly deep on details about the system, as plenty of articles already exist about that. The Pitch My group mostly plays D&D 5e but was very open to the idea of trying SotDL. One of the big selling points was the relatively short campaign length (11 adventures) and fast character progression (one level per adventure), which didn’t require a long-term commitment. ...
KublaCon 2017 impressions Jun 3, 2017 I attended my second KublaCon last weekend. Like last year, I had a fun time overall. Most of what I wrote last year still holds true (including the frustrating Shuffler), so I won’t repeat it here. It felt like the results were posted sooner this time, which helped. Then again, the website was virtually unusable (it kept timing out) for most of the con… They really need a new system! ...
RPGs I've played: The Dark Eye Aug 23, 2016 Today, I received a package in the mail. The contents revealed the following: Yes, it’s my physical copy of The Dark Eye from the recent, highly successful, Kickstarter for the English translation of the game’s 5th edition. I figured I’d take this opportunity to kick off the “RPGs I’ve played” series I’ve been meaning to write. After all, for me it all began with The Dark Eye - or rather, with the German original, “Das Schwarze Auge” (aka DSA). ...
Fate Accelerated Mini GM Screen Aug 17, 2016 I know not everyone likes them, but I’m a sucker for GM screens. At the same time, official GM screens usually don’t include the exact information I need. Too often, they include obscure random tables that I rarely (if ever) need, while omitting critical information that I need to reference all the time. Therefore, I like the idea of customizable screens such as this one (branded as a Savage Worlds screen, but really just a generic 3-panel screen with various inserts available online). ...
Getting back into the hobby Jul 3, 2016 I recently got back into tabletop RPGs after taking a 16+ year break from this hobby. In this post, I’ll share my experience. I first started playing RPGs in the mid-80s. Growing up in Germany, my first system was naturally Das Schwarze Auge (The Dark Eye) - the most popular German RPG, easily beating out D&D. The Dark Eye just kickstarted an English translation of the 5th edition, BTW. Two of my high school friends started playing RPGs around the same time, and over the next few years, our circle slowly kept growing. ...
KublaCon 2016 impressions Jun 2, 2016 Last weekend, I attended my first KublaCon. This was only the second gaming convention I attended in the US, the first one being last year’s DunDraCon. The Good The mix of events was great. I mainly played RPGs, but there were tons of options for board games, elaborate war games, collectible card games, LARPs, and more. They also had a dedicated kids and teens room. My home group mainly plays D&D, so conventions are a great way for me to try out some other systems. ...
Welcome May 23, 2016 In addition to my dormant personal blog and my music blog, I decided to start a blog centered around tabletop RPG gaming. Over the next few posts, I’ll share my childhood RPG history, as well as my journey back into this fun hobby after a 16+ year break.