Thursday, October 18, 2018

Raising awareness about Querent

There's a great idea floating on the seas of Kickstarter right now that I believe you should support! It's called "Querent" and it is a role playing game that uses Tarot Cards for play! I've used Tarot ever since my Great-Aunt Jessica taught me how to read cards and auras in 1968! Here's the link to the project - they are a little below half way to thier final goal of $17,000 to produce an actual Tarot Deck that would be sold with the game! Here you go: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fatbirdstudios/querent-the-cartomancers-tome Thanks for watching my blog entries! Bruce

Friday, October 5, 2018

Querent? What is it?

Folks, I may have just found my favorite Kickstarter project of 2018! It's called "Querent" - and it is a way to use Tarot Cards in a Role Playing Game in many ways! There are ways to use Tarot for Character Generation with a "Personality Spread"! There are ways to use Tarot for your plot generation.... And, believe it or not, there are ways to use Tarot for SOLO gaming! I've never seen a project that so dovetails into my ideas this way! Here's the link to follow - let's all get involved and push this project over the $17,000 mark! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fatbirdstudios/querent-the-cartomancers-tome/description or use their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/querentgame/

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Arcane Wonders

Hi fellow gamers! If you want to take a bit of the load off the GM's shoulders, this is a great resource: https://www.thearcanelibrary.com https://www.facebook.com/gurpsgm?hc_ref=ARTeqxA8ObDmixzR0Wgi-Q2dTaPnWhuu6nZp7nxItTZyg6YncW_HqoMyrNvdtQ1IF0k&fref=nf&__tn__=C-R https://twitter.com/gurpsgm These cards will be a great resource for GM's and handy, too, as they are much smaller that a whole book.... I did, and bought practically all of the https://www.thearcanelibrary.com/products/ and enjoy them very much! You probably will, too. Bruce

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Not just Towers of Adventure

"Towers of Adventure" by James M Ward Published and distributed by Troll Lord Games ISBN-13: 978-1-936822-92-8 In its mere 54 pages, ToA provide dozens, if not hundreds, of possible adventures and adventure seeds. There are only three chapters: "Book One: Illustrations and Maps", "Book Two: Hooks, NPC's, and Monsters", and "Book Three: Treasures and Traps". There are 15 pages in Book 1, which details fifteen different towers. These are simple Black and White one page illustrations, which have numbered rooms corresponding to the map and a map key. In the Map Key, however, are only slots for the GM to use for whatever happens to be in that location, if indeed there is anything at all. Some pages have a small number of rooms, the smallest of which was 11; and some pages have a large number of rooms - the largest of which was 31. There are 17 pages in Book 2. Part 1 of this has charts for assorted 'services' that a crafty GM could use to separate PC's from their gold; in Part 2 there are small adventure 'hooks' a potential GM could use for rumors (some of which might be true), and the largest section, Part 3, deals with NPC's; and finally monsters in Part Four. Finally, in Book 3, Part 1 deals with themed treasures, which are treasures geared to a specific class of character, and Part 2 has some diabolical traps a GM could spring on PC's - and, even better, ways for PC's to use those same traps to entrap their hideways against NPC's and/or monsters. This product reminded me of the good old days of Judges Guild, who produced many supplements for early D&D. It reminded me the most of the "Maps" series - a collection of booklets just detailing a group of maps (such as "Island Book I" or "Castles Book I"). This book is a great resource for potential GM's using =any= system that is based on a fantasy setting. Heck, on a =good= day, you could argue that these maps could exist on some strange unknown planet your Sci-Fi characters were exploring. The "Siege Engine" system of Troll Lord Games is incredibly easy to convert to any D20 based game, and most of this book could almost be used in any game - period. Considering the low price and the almost universal system, I'd highly recommend it to any of my D20 gamers, and at least recommend it to any gamer. Your Mileage May Vary.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Hellenica: Story of Greece

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love stuff like the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Norse, and all other mythologies. Now I have a chance to promote what looks like it's going to be a great 4X type game about Ancient Greece - "Hellenica: Story of Greece". This game will give players the opportunity to be Emperor of Greece! I've always loved 4x games (BTW: 4X stands for "EXplore, EXpand, EXploit, and EXterminate." starting with the very first edition of Civilization and all the way to the present day. It's the hundreds, if not thousands, of different ways that a group can act out controlling a civilization! There's a Kickstarter going on right now (Monday, Sept 03, 2018) that might do the trick. You have only three days to get involved! So - what are you waiting for? Here's the URL: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/532062403/hellenica-story-of-greece Funding closes on Friday Sept 7, 2018 at 5 PM EDT. I know I'm getting one..... Bruce

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition

Although the entry level price seems high, this game box contains ten available races to use, with over 200 (!) miniatures! I would recommend this, but there is a fourth edition now that includes not only this third edition, but the two expansions to the third edition as well. Even so, Twilight Imperium 3rd is an absolute blast to play! At its heart, it is basically a 4X type game. (BTW: 4X is an abbreviation for "eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate".) Any player may use any of the four types of actions. This is one of the main selling points of this game. Any race can do anything, including nothing at all! The bad news about this game is that even if you are an experienced user of TI, it can take at least three hours to play, all the way up to at least four hours, or more! However, this is allows for a lot of interaction by the players in this "Space Opera" style game! Not to mention that you better have a very large table to spread it out on! The good news is that with only the included ten races, it might take quite a few games for even one player to have played all ten available races! Each race has its good points, and its bad points. Some are better at one of the four types of actions than others, and some are worse than others at those same actions. And all four of those actions are in the player's control. I should mention that there are two expansions to the 3rd Edition: "Shattered Empire", and "Shards of the Throne". which can allow users to have as many as six players at a time! For a game with a high Space Opera feel, and huge replayability, you can't beat it!