Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My (New) World of Darkness Collection

 It's not as impressive as my original World of Darkness collection, but I'm happy with my NWoD collection. The only thing I'm really disappointed about is not owning is the Changeling: The Lost core book.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I Play D&D

This is not a post to say that Dungeons and Dragons is the best game ever. I'm also not saying that I only play Dungeons and Dragons, because D&D's not my favorite tabletop. This is just about an observation I made.

I have two biweekly games. One of them is a Freeport game using Pathfinder rules and the other is a D&D 5E game. However, if I'm talking about them, I talk about the D&D games I run. Recently I've been seeing people getting a bit worked up about D&D memes using Pathfinder artwork. I just kind of chuckle at that. Not to take away anything from them, but they're all just different versions of D&D. Unless I'm "talking shop" with another gamer, I'm just going to refer to it as playing D&D with my friends.

Did this need a whole blog post, probably not, just something I was thinking about today.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Free RPG Day and Petty Gods

Unfortunately this year I'm unable to hit a shop for Free RPG Day. This makes me a bit sad, because I really wanted a DCC GM Screen. I have an out of town friend that's going to try to pick one up for me. I also want We Be Goblins Free, but I'm sure I'll be able to pick it up on Paizo's website in print soon enough (that's how I got We Be Goblins Too).

I'm still having a good day. My copy of Petty Gods came in today. I know most of you reading this already know about it (and some of you have contributed) but to the unenlightened Petty Gods is a massive 378 page work created by the old-school role-playing community. It contains 327 petty gods, 118 minions, knights, and servitors, 12 cults, dozens of new items and spells, plus a other helpful divine info. Because it wasn't created to make money, it's also extremely cheap. You can grab all nearly-400 pages for less than 14 dollars.  Even if you're not running a game with OSR rules, this book could prove to be quite useful. I'm going to use it to populate the Temple District in my Pathfinder Freeport game.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Change Is In The Air

Tim over at The Savage AfterWorld proposed an interesting challenge. Could he fund an entire day at a gaming con with spare change? The idea was not to spend less at the con, just to see if he could do it with the change he's saved throughout the year. You can read his original post here. He went to Origins and it was a success. You can read about that here. I thought this was a really good idea. I know a lot of people that do this. My mom saves her change for vacation spending. I used to solely use my check card to pay for purchases, but I've found myself using cash a lot more. Perhaps I'll do this and see how much change I can save to do at least a day at Origins this year.

Starting out today with $1.30. Let's see how much I have by roughly this time next year.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Deadlands Minis

If you don't mind painting your minis, Pinnacle has some great minis that are appropriate for Deadlands. They also have some great looking minis that you can grab with their The Sixth Gun kickstarter. They also sell Figure Flats, if you don't mind printing your minis.

I like the figure flats and I think Pinnacle's Deadlands line of miniatures look great. However, I want something solid and I suck at painting. Fortunately for me there are several Heroclix, Horroclix, and Mage Knight figures that would make great Deadlands minis. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all appropriate minis, but these are the ones that came to my mind.

The Bioshock Infinite Heroclix set has a great selection of minis that look great for Deadlands.

They have a nice mix of late 19th century/early 20th century garb with steampunk looking tech. You can buy the starter which has six of these figures for less that thirty dollars or pic up the blind single boosters. The Motorized Patriot gives me some great adventure ideas.

Need some tech? How about a tank mini to represent a secret USA or CSA project. The Mage Knight Dwarven Steam Behemoth Tank from 2001 would be a great miniature to use. You can get them relatively cheap on Ebay. I just snagged one for 11 dollars after shipping.

Need abominations, Horrorclix has you covered, especially the Freak Show Set. Boosters and singles are relatively cheap. 

But you're asking, what about more cowpokes? Well Freak Show has a few that are appropriate, but The Jonah Hex quick force gives you three more. 

There have been a few Jonah Hex clix. The newest is a tournament exclusive, and will probably cost more than you want to drop but the original Hex mini from Collateral Damage looks cool and can be found for less than six.

If you want a lady with little modesty, Deadpool's Outlaw is a good common clix.
If you have any suggestions link them in the comments.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Still Alive and Still Gaming

I know I haven't posted much recently, but I'm still alive and kicking. Work has been really busy and this is my first summer being in charge during Summer Reading Club. However, I hope to be posting new material soon.

As far as gaming is concerned I still have my bi-weekly Dungeons and Dragons 5E game. However, due to various changes in plans, it seems like it's become a once a month thing. Hopefully that'll change soon. The party is almost 7th level now and they've almost finished The Chained Coffin. Next they'll be off to the Islands of Purple-Haunted Putrescence.

I also have a biweekly game with my homebound friend Chad. It's a Pathfinder Freeport game. He's playing a sylph freebooter (fighter/rogue hybrid class from the Freeport book). I'm  pretty excited because my other friends will be joining the game. We have a human sea reaver barbarian, an undine cleric of Besmara, a dwarven monk (that will be taking breaker feats), and possibly a dwarven gunslinger. The game has been a lot of fun so far and I think it'll be interesting with a full party.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Cheap Gaming Minis

I love all of my unique minis. I've spent many dollars on prepainted D&D and Pathfinder minis (not count Heroclix and all of the minis games I've played). Since I want to play Deadlands/The Sixth Gun I've looked at getting some old west themed minis. But then it hit me, why not just buy a bag of cowboys and indians like the ones I used to play with?

I've been looking at things online and you can get some sweet collections of things for pretty reasonable prices (considering the quantity). I found this tube of 97 plastic figurines at Target for $5.00. I don't have much use for the green army men, but the monsters are pretty neat.

Below you'll find pics of some of the favorites I've found on Amazon (hyperlinked to take you to the product page).

No they aren't painted and yes they're the little plastic toys like you played with as a child, but each of these packs is 17 bucks or less and if you don't mind the scale, they're a quick way to build a collection.