Friday, September 10, 2010

Stating the Obvious

I suppose there's a certain point, when you've been gaming or especially GMing for a very long time, that you might take it for granted that other players will have some basic common sense.  So here's a little reminder for today:

If your GM is kind enough to post a detailed map of the game setting, you should probably look at it before asking stupid questions.  Otherwise, you might miss something like a major league baseball stadium outside your front door.

That is all.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Gamer Spawn

There may well be no greater joy for a geeky parent than for one of their geeky children to show an interest in their hobbies.  I have the unique honor of not one, but three wonderful, creative, geeky children that want to GAME!  So of course, this is fully encouraged.

They have long taken an interest in the various dice, minis, and mats that we have about the house, and created their own game systems, rules and settings included.  But Hubby did the honors on Tuesday, of introducing them to their first 'real' game with rules: Wushu.  I've never actually played this one, and didn't this time because i wasn't feeling particularly well,  but you can read all the details, including their character descriptions and first adventures in this post, over at my husband's blog.

Here's an excerpt:

My kids have been begging me to run  one of the roleplaying games that their mother and I play, and after they did their chores and homework, we sat down to make some characters for the setting of their choice. They chose the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender for the setting, loving the idea of being able to control the elements and i chose Wushu for the system. I am been interested in Wushu for the past year or so, but have yet to find a game or players to test it out on. Lucky for me, my kids would be willing to even suffer through the hours long combats that the Palladium system enjoys (that last bit was sarcasm, if you didn't notice).

Monday, April 12, 2010

Back Behind the Screen

The title is inaccurate, considering i do all of my gaming from behind a computer screen these days (and therefore don't have any use of a GM screen), but after three weeks of once again running games of my own, i feel confident enough to announce that i'm filling the role of GM on Saturday nights.

Game: hippie's Supernatural (play-by-chat)
System: Cortex
Day: Saturday
Time: 5pm central
Place: OpenRPG (server announced weekly)
For more information, read over the posts on my game forum.

I currently have two regular players, and a third that joins in as available; this arrangement suits me fine as i'm setting up sessions like episodes, with a new case each week or two, amid a bigger plot line.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Book Review: The Living Dead

The Living Dead
John Joseph Adams (editor)
Night Shade Books
ISBN: 1597801437

An excellent and diverse anthology; definitely not for the squeamish.  The short stories packed into this book (there are 34 of them) cover everything you ever wanted to know about zombies, and then some.  Most of the stories have been published previously, but a good range of authors and mythos are represented--even the most hardcore and well-read zombie enthusiast is sure to find something they haven't seen before.  As much as there's something here for everyone, there's also something here to offend everyone--from the violent, to the vivid, to the just plain gratuitous, you will find plenty of gore, sex, and general human badness.  As should be expected, the recurring theme is not so much about the monsters that threaten to end the world as we know it, but about the people, decisions, and events that could allow it happen.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Help Haiti and Score $1300 in RPGs

Here's the deal: donate $20 to Doctors without Borders through DriveThruRPG, and One Book Shelf Inc. will match the donation AND thank you with a pdf package worth over $1400.