Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Gaming Myths (Pt ?)

Hey Game Fans, we’re going to be tackling an interesting series of gamer cliches/commonly accepted wisdom/myths. These are things we’ve all heard in the past and that seem to have just been accepted as commonly held beliefs. These aren’t necessarily true, and we’re going to take a look at the underlying principles that may have led to these being accepted as truths.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Craftworlds Painting Project Log #2

Hey game fans, we’re back with another article on our Hobby project for 2020. Today we’re going to talk about Colors, and the paints we’re going to be using for this project. Most of this project is going to be using the Contrast line of GW paints. These are a lot of fun and I have had a decent amount of success with in the past. So that’s how we’re going to run most of this painting project. Let’s take a look at the base of this project and then go into some details.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Wraith Army Project Section 1

Hey Game Fans, this is one of the many articles that will be part of my feature for the year on my new Craftworlds army project. Now, this is a big project, full of ambition and hilarity. The goal is to have the army ready to take to Gencon at the end of July this year. Now assuming that this all works out, this army project should be ready to go well ahead of that. First things first though, let’s talk a little bit about Diabetic Retinopathy.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

2020 status update

Hey Game Fans, bit of an update and some things I’ll be working on for the coming year. First, my health has not been ideal. I was diagnosed with Diabetic Retinopathy in October, after an eye bleed. The good news is it’s treatable, but it takes time. The bad news, it means that I can basically only see clearly out of one of my eyes right now. My vision is still improving, but I have to get shots in my eyes once a month to keep the treatment going.

In non-eye related news, I have been seeing a wound care specialist to take care of some lingering injuries on my feet (some are diabetic related, some aren’t). Good news on this front as well, as two of the five injuries are completely healed. Bad news, the other three still haven’t completely healed. I have three visits a week to the outpatient clinic to get the dressings on my wounds changed. (this is also the hilarious story where I had surgery on my foot without any anesthetic, but it’s ok, i have polyneuropathy in both feet, so i have no functional nerve endings in said locations). Oh, and I was diagnosed with Iron deficient anemia.

Combined, these things have sort of sapped my will and desire to work on hobby related things, and i have not been working too hard to keep up with the gaming community as a result.

However, 2020 has some high spots coming. Starting in January, I will be putting together a hobby blog series on a new Warhammer 40,000 project I’m working on. It’ll be a complete army project for Warhammer from start to finish, featuring an army i have been interested in playing since I got into the game back in 2001. Also, we’re working on putting together the first official release of a Module for 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons. Into the Depths will feature art, a short adventure and a brand new monster. I hope to have it released around the 1st of the year, but it’s possible it may take a smidge longer while I wrangle the team together. If this release works out, it may be the start of a series of new adventures and projects for Dungeons and Dragons going forward.

That’s my brief update for what’s going on (other than the Mage the Ascension game i run on discord). I hope you all have a happy holiday season, and we’ll see what happens in 2020. Game on, Game Fans.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Conversions and Gaming

Hey Game Fans, we’re going to try some a little more energetic than we normally do. Today we’re going to do a conversion of a fan favorite over to 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons, just to show you how easy it is. Today’s offering, funnily enough, is Burnt Offerings, the 1st book in the Rise of the Runelords adventure path from the fine folks at Paizo. This was originally written for the 3.5 edition of Dungeons and Dragons, and this is based off of that version, not the Anniversary Edition that came out some time later. Now pull up your working table, and let’s get converting.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Conversions (or i really want to play this adventure but my friends hate the system)

Hey Game Fans, we’re back with another look at one of the intersections we occasionally bounce through in the TTRPG hobby. You’re in the game store or checking out Drivethru and you found the coolest adventure you’ve ever seen. It’s got everything you like in an adventure and will give you and your friends weeks and weeks of adventure. Just one problem. It’s for a system that your table absolutely refuses to even consider trying. What do? Take a breath, think about it for a moment, and grab that adventure. There’s a better than average chance you can convert the game to the system of your choice and still enjoy it with your table of gaming friends.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Wrestling with Dungeons and Dragons

It’s a weird time we live in, Game Fans. Over the last 12 hours, a couple of All Elite Wrestling (AEW) wrestlers have managed to stir up a majority of the internet TTRPG fan base. It honestly wasn’t hard, as all it took was a single post on Twitter from Maxwell Jacob Friedman to set off the firestorm. All he did was post a picture of himself at the gym with the caption “I don’t play Dungeons and Dragons.” Somehow, all of us decided that he was knocking D & D and lost our collective minds.

Enter Brandon Cutler, the next opponent for Mr. Friedman, who posted a reply pic saying that he does in fact, play Dungeons and Dragons. Noew the internet fandom of Dungeons and Dragons had a guy to root for and we’re off to an old school wrestling psychology lesson that the ancients of wrestling would have been proud of.

Friedman is a heel (ref. Bad guy). He’s supposed to be a ridiculously awful caricature of a human being who makes fun of the things we like, and beats up the good guys. He’s also really, really good at it. With one tweet (consisting of 6 words and a picture) he’s turned a majority of the Dungeons and Dragons fan base against him. If i were running this performance review, he’s getting an A.

Cutler is the babyface (ref. Good guy). He’s supposed to be the plucky underdog that the fans rally behind and we, as the fandom, cheer him to victory over the dastardly heel. I’m not so sold on his performance as a babyface. In the context of this feud, he seems like a really weak baby face, and we’ll get to the other issue i have in a minute. Performance review, C+.

So, for all of you who are up in arms about this jock ass making fun of your hobby, did he really? I don’t think he did (yet). I personally have an issue with our babyface in this feud shilling T-shirts with D20s on them as part of this feud, as it feels a lot like he’s trying to work merch through a fanbase that doesn’t know a thing about him.

We, as Dungeons and Dragons fans, have been Worked (ref. Conned). The scenario we have been presented is one where we have an obvious bad guy making fun of our precious hobby. Cue the predictable appearance of a babyface champion of the people to defend our collective honor and for us to rally behind. This is how wrestling is supposed to work.