Thursday, October 30, 2014

My Other Blog

 I have started another blog. I know, I can't seem to post regularly on this one so why would I take on more. The other blog is just for war gaming. My other past time. I play more war games than role playing games. And I want this blog to be for just RPGs. Go give it a look sometime.

 Enemy Of Dice

Thursday, October 9, 2014


Mountain of Old Lead Behind Glass

 Some old miniatures I ran across at an antique store. It figures (ha pun) I would find a gold mine like this when I just don't have the cash to spare. I wouldn't normally care, however lately I've gone on a bit of the nostalgic kick for old lead. Since I discovered some old figs I had and decided to spruce them up by stripping them down and repainting them. There is really something to the old designs that I have come to like. The blocky oversize proportions and the cartoony style.  Maybe its nostalgia for those lost days of gaming way back . Around the blogosphere there has been the question of the OSR not supporting miniatures for play. If so then how do you explain all those miniatures released as role playing sets, even official D&D boxes. Back then not every game used figs. But I can remember some that did, and figure hunting was part of the fun. Nothing was better than the satisfaction of finding the perfect mini for your character. A wide selection of minis was hard to come by where I was and often some adaptation was needed. I recall once designing a character for a game based solely on the mini I had for him! Miniatures fell out of favor with my group and myself included as the cost and time to paint and difficulty in transporting them began to outweigh their usefulness. I don't use them anymore but and I have no plans to ever use them again but I still like them. Maybe now my collector side is coming though.  

Keep Smiling

I missed this post from my Great Grand Uncle's WW I diary, so I am posting it late.
Entry #2
I left for Finner Camp in the advance party. Finner is in Co. Donegal, an ideal camping site, as the soil is very sandy.Our first experiences of soldiering left nothing to be desired, as our daily training included a bath until the weather got too rough. We were in tents and experienced some very rough weather, as we were on the coast of a very wild part. Our training continued steadily and we had some very nice route marches to neighboring towns, including Ballyshnnon, Bundoran, and Beleek. We remained in tents until the December 3rd.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Keep Smiling

Keep Smiling, that was the personal motto of W. McCormack my grandfather's uncle. One hundred years ago on September 9th he enlisted in the British army. I know this because I have a copy of the transcript of his diary from that time. I will try to post all his entries on a day by day basis for the next four years. This is big project and hope I can stick it out till the end. Some Entries like this first one are only one line but others are longer. There are some large time gaps and you will just have to manage as I won't "speed up time" for this project. I know its not roleplaying ( and I was going to put it in its own blog ) but its something people might like to read. I might move it over to a separate blog later sometime.

Entry #1

Enlisted at old town hall and drilled in Davidson's Yard Until the 27th September.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer Time

As the song goes its summer time and the living is easy. Except it isn't. The kids are home from school (yes I have kids, and they are very distracting). Reenacting season is going full swing. I do War Of 1812 reenacting, or as a friend calls it "1 to1 scale wargaming". I don't game much during the rest of the year but during the summer it's even less than that. I still think about gaming and I could still write about gaming. But I hit a wall of sorts back in the spring. I stopped posting for a while (I didn't feel like posting) and the weeks went by. The longer I didn't post the harder it felt to try and post something. That's it. Nothing happened, I didn't get sick or die or my computer blew up. I just stopped. To those of you whom still check this blog for new posts; thank you for persistence and patience. Consider this an ice breaker to get things flowing again. I have written down some ideas for future posts.

Here is the list :

-Homeless demi-humans, making your Drawves, Half-lings and Elves vagabonds in your world
-Spells as living entities, something Vancian this way comes
-Divine PCs, something to explain the hit point problem
-Building a background for the rules, making your world fit the game
-A new look at armour, coverage not type matters more
-Game mechanics as story elements, letting them bleed for art

 P.S. now I will have to commit to these as they are in print

Friday, February 28, 2014

I'ts NOT Dead Jim

Yeah OK, a long time without posting makes you wonder. No I haven't gone the way of the dodo. And there hasn't been any big personal crisis. I had an attack of; laziness, apathy, writer's block, alien intervention or whatever. I still have things to say about RPGs but I have been thinking of including war-games as well. The inspiration for this blog was the other RPG blogs. But role-playing is only part of my gaming life. I do very little dungeon delving (space ranging, mystery busting etc.) right now so it makes sense to me to include the other stuff I do. I won't replace anything, it will just supplement it. I thought at first to create another blog to accommodate this other material. That is still possible, but for now I will post some stuff here. Kind of like a test run. I will sort stuff with labels to make it easier to find what you are interested in. Please feel free to post feedback on this or anything else.  And as Robocop says; "Thank you for your co-operation."