Wednesday, June 25, 2014
If there was any sort of cultural center for old school gaming with newer rules back then, it was definitely the Necromancer Games forums, accessible from their website, and one of the most active and creative message boards around. The forums were filled with homebrew stuff, great debates and discussions, dungeon design and campaign tips, and lore from old-school luminaries like Bob Bledsaw.
Now that Necromancer Games is no more (one half of the original partnership continues to soldier on as Frog God Games, while the other apparently bowed out of the business after an atrocious and unfair public scandal), there is no official maintenance of their messageboards, and these boards are doomed to decay and eventually disappear altogether.
Fortunately, board member Magoo has taken it on himself to compile most of the board's content into a single download, accessible here, so all this great stuff can be preserved. If you were a visitor to those boards back in their glory days, were a contributor and want a copy of your material, or are simply curious and want to read some great stuff, grab a copy while you can!
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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Thursday, October 3, 2013
Eventually, the show was replaced (by my local public radio station) with some sort of wonky New Age show, and visions of silver starships approaching slowly spiraling galaxies were replaced by visions of elderly nudists placing healing stones upon each others' wrinkled brows in the depths of a nightmarish patchouli-scented sweat lodge while toga-clad men with long beards slapped even hairier women around with tambourines. All under Yanni's deceptively benevolent-seeming gaze, of course. So, I quit tuning in.
Imagine my surprise, 30 years later, to discover the show is still in syndication. See if its on near you.
In the meantime, here's one of the giants of the genre to listen to.
All space-cadet; no patchouli or tambourines.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
gaming in historical Europe, and here's a cool hexmap of Europe I stumbled across online. Looks like it was made with Hexographer, which is a fun program to play around with, if you haven't before. Numbered and everything. Its pretty easy to cut up / crop, in Paint, into bite-size regions, so you can enjoy that road-trip from Brugge to Rome, or guard the pilgrimage trails of the Crusade-era Middle East: