The Trouble With the OSR (Redux)

I’ve received a lot of, ahem, feedback on my last article critiquing the OSR. For those of you who don’t know me in person: I love feedback, especially the negative variety. In my last post, I made a few criticisms of the OSR, which drew the attention of a few OSR players seeking to educate…



The Trouble With the OSR

I am a fan of the Old School Renaissance. There are many fantastic games out built on the OSR’s foundations. Swords & Wizardry, Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, Stars Without Number, Dungeon Crawl Classics, and so forth–all unique games that bring something interesting to old-school D&D. The trouble with…



PODCAST #16: Dark Matter.

The Gang discuss whatever. 0:30: Ben discusses Just Cause 3. “It’s a big fun sandbox with explosions.” 1:10: Scott Buck is showrunning Iron Fist, and yes, this is terrible old news at this time. 2:25: Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor, and not in a good way. In fact, has Jesse Eisenberg ever been good? 4:50:…



Those Funny-Looking Dice: An Introduction to Gaming

Gamers get a lot of these questions: What exactly is Dungeons and Dragons?  How do you play it?  How about Pathfinder or Savage Worlds or Dungeon World? From the outside, these games seem weird or confusing.  I can help with that.  Whether you’re trying to introduce your girlfriend to the world of pants-on roleplaying or trying to…



Star Wars: The Mary Sue Awakens (Some Spoilers)

As the Internet gushes over the The Force Awakens, I’m left cold by the film. The newest Star Wars film had potential in the hands of J.J. Abrams, but it falters as a mere rehash of A New Hope with flashier visuals and weaker characters. By the end of the movie, you’ll be wondering what…



Crunch and Fluff, Some Piecemeal Thoughts

I’m a man with two hearts. The first is the party of me that likes leveling up and getting bigger numbers. The second is the part where I recognize that numbers are meaningless. All RPGs boil down to complicated games of “DM May I.” The player asks, “DM, may I do X?” and the DM…



Lessons from The Fortress Unvanquishable

Once upon a time, there was an evil sorcerer by the name of Gaznak, and he hid himself away in a mighty fortress, a dwelling that could only be vanquished by the sword of Sacnoth. The sword Sacnoth was not yet forged, for the sword was Tharagavverug’s spine, and his flesh was like iron and steel, and such a…



Five Fallout-Themed Adventure Hooks

You see movement in the distance, an animal form approaching. As it draws closer, you realize it is a dog. Occasionally, it stops to sniff, and when it is close enough to see you, its ears perk up, it lets out a happy bark, and it ambles toward you. A rotting ghoul head dangles from the dog’s ratty…



PODCAST #15B: Approaches to Character Creation

0:55: What’s the first thing you do when making your character? 2:50: The Idea Man, the guy who comes to the table with an idea of what he wants to play. 11:20: The Window Shopper, the person who looks through the book until he sees a picture he likes. 19:15: The Functionary, a.k.a. that dude…


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PODCAST #15A: Jessica Jonesin’ (And How Racist Was H.P. Lovecraft?)

0:53: What are the nerd things we’re up to? I wrote a scathing review of Jessica Jones (because it’s terrible). Ben is still playing Fallout 4. Ryan is sad that we’re missing U-Con. 03:30: We can’t stop talking about Jessica Jones! She’s a strong, powerful female character who definitely is not a self-destructive alcoholic bitch. What…


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