Tuesday, 27 December 2016


THE D20 COLLECTIVE

Hello again fellow Nerds and Dorks! This time the subject of the blog was suggested by my good friend and our Nerd-in-Chief, Jaime Pierson. These items might not make the life of the player or GM any easier. Nor will they make you more handsome, viril or more attractive to your preferred gender. But they might make you look cool at the table and incite a little jealousy from other around the table. 

The Hex-Dice-Boxes are a great way to carry your favorite, most lucky dice set around. Until they start rolling 1s and it's back to the plain old dice bag, and your next favorite, most lucky dice set then go into the box, riding around in luxury of individual compartments, kinda like first class on an airline. 




HEX DICE BOXES AVAILABLE IN THREE TYPES OF WOOD. 


They also have these nifty boxes that look like books that can double as dice trays.

And there are these ''Dragon Sheath'' boxes that can have various motifs (7 to choose from) on the lid and the interior can be cut in one of 14 different configurations. Available in three different types of wood.

Their site also has many other accessories and items, such as fantasy coins, T-Shirts, Hoodies, Swearshirts, mugs, etc.




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Friday, 28 October 2016

The Amazing Story Generator

The Amazing Story Generator

So this is a thing I did tonight. It's not great I'll admit, but hey, it's my first time. "That's what he said!"

But I felt the this product would be better reviewed thru video than via my written blog.

Let me know if I you think should've talked more about it, brought up other details or aspects of it.

Thank you. 



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Monday, 17 October 2016

Paper Tigers & Cardboard Dragons

Paper Tigers & Cardboard Dragons

This time lets talk about minis. They're cool, especially when they are well painted, but not all of us have the talents of +Karl Keesler,


So what is a busy GM, who lacks the painting and sculpting skills of the aforementioned artist, to do? Maybe he turns to a fairly easy solution,...Paper Minis.

Yes, Paper minis can be a godsend when you want a lots of minions and also when your funds are rather low. You want 50 skeletons, hit print. Easy peasy! 



And you don't need to cut them out as closely in the above example. Check out the image below.


I have found many excellent sources of minis that can fit almost any genre, without busting your budget. Check these links out:



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So there you go. Lots of choices and possibilities. It takes much less time to set these up. And speaking of setting them up, if you want something more stable than the cardstock, then don't forget the Litko website and the variety of bases. They have inexpensive acrylic bases and the wavy slots help keep the minis upright.




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Monday, 3 October 2016

Taking to the Mat - 2016-10-02

Taking it to the mat!

It's been a little while since my last post. I'm sorry for that but life has a way of derailing one's plans and schedules. Anyway...

I came across these very high quality battle-mats for your tabletop gaming. Instead of just being printed on glossy paper or laminated card stock with various fold-lines that you have to struggle with to lay down flat, these 23-1/2'' by 27-1/2'' are backed by a slide-resistant neoprene backing, and includes a travel roll.







The images above show you the ''CITADEL'' MAP, but you can also choose the SWAMP, the BOAT, the FORTRESS, the TAVERN and the VILLAGE. There's even an Ultimate Collection that includes all 6 maps.

The biggest drawback is that their site is only available in French. But I'm sure that doing a Google translate of just a few key words should help. And if you need a more detailed translation, feel free to email me, as I live in Quebec and am fluent in both French and English.




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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Dice, Dice Baby! 2016-09-06

DICE, DICE BABY!


I'm always on the looks out for the weird or unusual, especially when it comes to dice. I this it was way back at GenCon 1990, when it was still being held in Milwaukee WI (Yes, I am that old.) that I found round D6s (see picture below). I don't use them regularly, but once in a while I will bring them into the light and show them off.



In the same weird vein to these round D6s, someone developed D6s that have 12 sides (the 1 to 6 pips appear twice, i.e. DoubleSix dice) with the theory that a dice closer to a sphere rolls better than a cube. 



And pushing the idea a little further, these same people came out with their TripleFour dice (1 to 4 pips appear three times each). So you get a more random result and if you drop them on the floor, there's a lot less risk of stabbing your foot on the ''freaking little caltrops''. 

I've gotten myself set of both (see picture above). They are available in a variety of colors and finishes. Check them out, click on the link just under the logo.



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And there have been quite a few Kickstarters for dice that come in a variety of sizes, shapes and number of sides. I do not pass judgement on these in any way. I'll leave that up to each reader. Some are very cool, some odd and one is very different. I have included the links below for you to peruse.





A queer assortment of dice, inspired by the Wizard class, that are also available in many cool colors. There's even a Warrior inspired set.

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Very nice art in the center of each. I don't know if this will catch on but I wish them all the best. As a friend mentioned about the possible use of these, his concern would be if his own rather big digits might confuse the outcome of the numbers on the coins.
And if they can get funding, then having Dice Coins with different art could be fun. Right now its only Fantasy, but Sci-fi, Horror, or Superhero inspired illustrations could be cool.

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I guess it was inevitable that someone would come along and try to make some odd sided dice. I remember when the 30 sided die came out. Games were trying desperately to validate it's existence it seemed (random tables, dice mechanics, what-have-you,...), but according to their KS page, there is both a market as well as a demand for D13 and D15 dice. 
As of this writing, there are still 9 days to go on their KS campaign, they are fully funded and have reached quite a few stretch goals, so if you absolutely need a 16 or 22 sided die, hop along on this one.



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Friday, 2 September 2016

So many sites, ...so little time. 2016-09-02

This week's blog is about a variety websites that could be useful to GMs and Players out there.

There's a lot of stuff out there on the world wide web, more than anyone person can cover or explore, or even know them all. So if you, the reader, know of some not mentioned here, but that you think could be useful, that you've used before and should be shared with others, the please do.

Don't hesitate to insert the link as a comment to this blog, please.


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Gnome Stew? No it is not a new recipe by Gordon Ramsay.
Quoted from their own website;
‘‘Written by a team of veteran Gamers and Gamemasters, Gnome Stew is a widely read gaming blog with multiple awards and close to 3,000 articles. We're dedicated to helping gamers have more fun at the gaming table. Over 2 million visitors can't be wrong!’’
So, the stew is a collection of articles from people that have a lot experience in the Gaming industry, as players, GMs, publishers, editors, creators, etc. I have gleaned much wisdom and advice from their articles. Not everything was applicable to me and my games, but every once in a while, I stumble upon a useful article. The trick is to visit fairly often (once or twice a week, at least).


*Plus, the boys and girls at Gnome Stew have also published half a dozen books that can be a boon to all GMs out there. From preparing before the game to improvising and a resource for some quick plots and NPCs. All available as P.O.D. AND PDFs.


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For almost everything relating to tabletop gaming, LITKO Game Accessories can satisfy your needs. They have various bases for minis (including paper minis you printed yourself), tokens to represent special status on said mini (like stunned, wounded, etc.), templates and measuring tools, dice towers, terrain, battlefield hazard markers (smoke, fire, etc.)




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Dyson makes some very cool maps (not the same guy who does vacuum cleaners). I used one for my own campaign when I didn't have the time to draw one out. I downloaded it to my tablet, zoomed in to where the PCs where and scrolled in the proper direction when they chose a direction. It saved me lots of time, instead of drawing and erasing a mat multiple times.

He also has a G+ Collection, check it out (Dyson Logos on G+)



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Music, it can soothe the savage breast, or stir the soul to tears. Maybe even dispel fear and lend hope, or creep us out and make us leery of what may lurk in the shadows. Ambient Mixer has a wide variety of background settings. From taverns, sewers, forests, battlefields and more.
What's truly great with this site is that you can play with the sounds. You want more thunder strikes and less wolf howls on the moors? More rowdy banter in the tavern but less music? Go ahead and tweek it to your liking,




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Blue Face Games is also in the field of background soundtracks, similar to the one mentioned previously. My good friend Jaime Pierson over at TGoDorks & The Wild Die podcasts brought this one to my attention. They call their ''service'' DMDJ. 

And they even have an app for it for your mobile device, so you can still get the sounds & effects even if you're gaming away from home. But make sure you you're ready to use it because it costs 6.99$ on iTunes, 6.49$ on Google Play.
I will admit that I have not played with this one , but have only skimmed some of the features online.



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Finally, I include a website that I've referred to for a long time now whenever I wanted to get an honest opinion about RPGs (corebooks, supplements, etc.). The host, Kurt Wiegel, is a long time gamer and has worked in the gaming industry for many years. He has played a lot of different systems. 
He manages to keep an objective point of view most of the time, but will not hesitate to get his own ideas across when required. So you will find all kinds of reviews for many settings and rule-sets.



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