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December 20, 2010
A while back some guy from WizKids created a new gaming sale site called Deniath: link The trick to this one is that it's invitation-only. I managed to get myself invited when it was still in development (I think Purple Pawn posted about it or something).
From the Denaith About Us page:
Headquartered in Seattle, Deniath is a privately held company offering invitation-only access to exclusive online sales for hobby games and pop-culture collectibles at up to 70% off. Each sale lasts only 36 hours and features limited product from select brands. Founded in 2010, and led by former WizKids manager, Wade Sugiyama, Deniath is determined to provide gamers, collectors, and pop-culture fans a unique and exciting online shopping experience featuring the industry’s newest and most popular brands.
It just started up a month of so ago and has had some good deals on board and card games, including stuff from Fantasy Flight, Rio Grande, WizKids, Mayfair Games, and others.
So why am I telling you all this? As an existing member I'm allowed to dish out invitations to other people. Yeah, I get a kick back ($10 for your first order; it's that whole viral-marketing bit), but the deals really have been pretty good. I have an unlimited amount of invitations, so don't be shy about asking for one.
If you want an invitation, just send me an email: thebitterfrost a.t. gmail d.o.t. com
December 15, 2010
The Trolls are having their annual 12 Days of Christmas Sale: link
Perhaps the most notable thing is that at least two of the deals (the 5th Day and the 10th day) include the yet to be released infamously delayed Castle Keepers Guide. For those who don’t know, the CKG has been in development since 2007 (at least the product page for it at Amazon has been up since then: link).
The 5th Day Deal is tempting in a novelty fashion because it includes digest-sized versions of all the rule books.
Questions and answers about the deals can be found here: link.
Given that I just ordered some stuff on Black Friday, I’m going to pass, but this sale is always a good way to get in on C&C if you’re interested.
December 13, 2010
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December 6, 2010
A quick note: I will post substantial content here when time allows, but between the work load, the holidays, and family life, I haven’t had time. Until then, consider this a “hey, look at this cool shit!” blog.
UPDATE: The table is now $100.00.
I’m pretty well set for my gaming table, but I got an interesting piece of holiday junk mail today from Sears and figured I’d share. On Tuesday 12/7/10 (tomorrow as of this posting) at 11:00 AM central time, this Sportscraft Parlour Poker table will be on sale for $50.00. It’s normally 200 bones. I’m not sure about shipping and handling (although it’s listed as available for free in-store pickup.)
This is part of Sears’ Chimney Buster promotion. I’m not exactly sure how it works, but I believe they offer a limited quantity (only 10 for this time) at this link (again, at 11 AM CT tomorrow) and I think you have to be signed up for Sears spam to qualify (although you can sign up now). Here is the complete FAQ: link From what I've seen with these deals, the limited quantity applies only for that super low price and then they bump it up to another still-discounted, but not as good, price.
$50 is a good price for what seems to be a quality folding gaming table. Obviously, it’s meant for poker and I have no clue how suitable it would be for tabletop gaming, but the cup holders seem kind of sweet for dice or, well, drinks, ha. Here are the dimensions:
·Playing Surface Dimensions: 72L x 32.5W (inches)
December 2, 2010
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November 25, 2010
“So this is the first year we've actually participated in the Black Friday/Cyber Monday event. As usual we put our own twist on it.
The sale will kick off sometime Thursday night and run through the weekend...mainly because we are too lazy to log on and change it all back. Also of course because, well, really that's the only reason.
So enjoy the mark downs while you can, they will be gone as quick as they appear.
For all the U.S. Crusaders: Happy Thanksgiving.
For those living in Europe, Canada, and Asia, or whereever you may fare...well Happy Thanksgiving to you too!
Castles & Crusades: The Rosetta Stone.”
Judging from newsletter, looks like the sale will include:
- Half-Priced: Gods & Monsters, the Players Handbook, and the Monsters & Treasure of Aihrde
- $20 Off StarSiege, and Tainted Lands
November 19, 2010
The Castles & Crusades adventure I ran at GASPCon 11, Dwarven Glory: The Winding Stair, was a bit on the short side, so I added a hill giant encounter. I made the hill giant not-quite right to tie in a bit with the adventure. Here I show how the hill giant acts when he misses with a boulder. (Many thanks to John for the footage!)
November 18, 2010
November 10, 2010
I’m still not sure if my six-year-old is ready for RPGs, but we’ll see. She absolutely loves animals, so this is right up her alley. When asked to bring in her favorite book to school, she took in Mouse Guard and she already wrote her own Cat Guard version. I think we might have a winner here.
November 9, 2010
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October 29, 2010
Now, full disclosure, I have never seen this movie. I was chicken shit little kid when it came out (too young to see it in the theatres, not that my wimpy butt would have gone anyhow). However, my brother did have the soundtrack (completely by Fastway) on cassette and I listened to it all the time. The movie is not on Netflix yet, so I still haven't seen it. It definitely looks like a "so bad, it's good" kind of movie.
Anyhow, without further ado, here is the rocking title track.
October 22, 2010
Here is my favorite from the set, The Trap Door:
Also, check out these excellent maps:
Here are some of the gaming-related ones:
This one was given to me by Han Scharler for GenCon 2006 (he wrote about it here: link)
Ok, this one isn’t mine, but it’s too cool not to share. It’s a “Roots” t-shirt designed by Wil Wheaton for J!NX. Dave wore it to one of our Rappan Athuk sessions (on a side-note, updates on those forthcoming).
…and GenCon '98
Back in the day, TSR put out some nice t-shirts at one point. I always loved the cover for the “Death’s Ride” module, so I couldn’t pass this one up.
October 20, 2010
In no particular order apart from how they popped into my head.
Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D through 3.5)
Castles & Crusades (was tempted to include this above, but kept it separate due to the SIEGE mechanic)
The Classic Dungeon
Magic: The Gathering
Call of Cthulhu
Gamma World (4th edition of GW, not the current one based on D&D 4e which I have not played)
Ambush Alley (made me realize there is such a thing as a rules-light war game)
Nite Life (and old RPG with vampires and werewolves)
Battle Masters (the old miniatures board game)
October 13, 2010
There are a lot of great tracks. I’m still working my way through them all, but “Random Encounter in the Cereal Aisle” and “Roll the Dice” are my favorites so far.
October 12, 2010
Here is what you get:
The panels are paper-thin, but they are basically big stickers after all.
Each panel is 12 inch x 12 inch and you get 8 panels total. That is a pretty good sized gaming area.
I put the panels down on my gaming table and they covered a large chunk.
I doodled a bit of a dungeon on them and they worked fairly well. Understandably, I had to hold down the panel so it wouldn’t move, but it wasn’t a problem.
So here is the skinny:
- If you want a grid, you’ve got some work to do. I know from personal experience, there really is no way to permanently mark this kind of surface apart from scoring it. These panels are going to turn into confetti if you score them. One possibility would be to mount the panels onto sections of poster board and then score them.
- A quick note regarding a grid, keep in mind games like D&D 3.5 and 4e work on a one-inch grid, so you can really just use a tape measure without much trouble (well, I’m assuming that is true for 4e. I haven’t played it). Savage Worlds operates on this grid too and, despite the emphasis on a battle map in the Savage Worlds rule book, the official demo I played at Origins used a tape measure.
- The panels stay in place reasonably well. I bumped the table a bit to test this and the panels more or less stayed in place. I’m guessing inadvertent bumps by players might be more problematic. Having not played with the interlocking Tact-Tiles, I’m not sure how much of an advantage they offer.
- The panels were covered with a clear film that came off. I initially wasn’t certain if this was suppose to happen. I’m still not sure, but the panels were still erasable after I removed the film (although shadowing did increase noticeably).
- You get what you pay for. These panels aren’t as snazzy as the original Tact-Tiles or the current Battlegraph Boards. However, if you can find a set, this kit is a hell of a lot cheaper, especially if you consider the amount of playing surface you get. You get 8 panels for a 2 foot by 4 foot playing area. In comparison, the Battlegraph Boards are $7.00 per 12 inch piece and a set of Tact-Tiles will run you several hundred dollars on eBay (no joke, check the ENWorld forums).
- If nothing else, these panels would be handy for those times combat spills off your regular battle mat.
October 8, 2010
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September 28, 2010
My good friend Polymythic Steve (not to be confused with Steve the Yuan-ti Party Hound) has posted an excellent “how-to” series about creating terrain and painting miniatures for miniature wargaming. Steve shows how he made his terrain and painted his miniatures for Ambush Alley, but this stuff is applicable for any game involving miniatures. I think the terrain creation is particularly ingenious.
Give it a look:
September 25, 2010
The contest was a lot of fun and generated some great content. I say we bloggers do something similar. It won’t be a contest, but rather simply a cool way to churn out some ideas.
Here is how it works:
1.) Take the name of a person, item, or location offered up by a fellow blogger.
2.) Write up your description for the name and post it on your blog. Include a link to the name’s source.
3.) Include a new name in your blog post for another person to use.
4.) Rinse, wash, repeat.
Obviously the blog-o-world isn’t centralized, so we’ll have some redundancy, but who cares? The worst that will happen is we’ll get alternate descriptions. That sounds fine to me.
I’ll kick this off with the description I used for the original contest.
Manistus the Scrivener
Manistus the Scrivener was renowned for his ability to transcribe magic writings, such as spells and scrolls. His transcriptions were works of art, containing beautiful calligraphy. However, the transcribed texts he provided were not quite the same as the originals: they were superior. A wizard casting spells from such transcriptions was able to empower his magics beyond his normal capabilities. Not surprisingly, Manistus' services were in high demand and he charged a pretty price.
Thirteen years ago, Manistus disappeared. Three wizards, clients of the scrivener, eager to protect their works (and possibly pilfer those of others) invaded his home, a nondescript outpost outside the city of Wavery. They discovered that not only was Manistus gone, but so were all of his instruments: papers, inks, quills, and so on. Much to their dismay, not one page of magic writing was to be found.
Although no proof has ever been shown, dark rumors still circulate as to the nature of Manistus' abilities. Some say that he made a dark pact with a devil. Others say that his transcriptions, often noted for their odd color, were penned in the blood of the innocent.
Next: The Green Gauntlet of Magla Lock
Go for it.
[*Fantasy World by EvilDemonAkira and Blood Ink picture by Minutestocountdown]
September 22, 2010
All of his stuff is great for supplementing your existing C&C game or perhaps easing the conversion from another version of D&D (e.g., 3.5 to C&C).
On his Rules Expansions page, he has rules for: