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Traveller 5: Second Impressions

Tweet I’m done. My frustration and disappointment with the organizational nightmare that is Traveller 5 has turned to anger. No, I haven’t read the full book. I won’t. I have other games that don’t require so many man-hours to learn. I want to play games, not sit around studying while having tennis elbow flareups. I resent the fact that no one stopped to suggest that this book should have a quick start section, an index, a incremental introduction to the game mechanics, a less random presentation of the rules. We get none of this. There are dozens of people listed in the credits. What were they doing? Didn’t anyone take a moment and look at the drafts as a new player might? Or did everyone learn the game at the table and just use the book … Read entire article »

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What I Leaned About Dungeons on My Summer Vacation

What I Leaned About Dungeons on My Summer Vacation

Tweet The family and I went to Sequoia National Park for a few days of camping. On our second day there, we took the Crystal Cave tour and for the first time, I got to actually creep through a dimly lit cave complex.  I’ve always wanted to go caving or spelunking. I love the idea of exploring places that have been locked away for a million years, the dark, creepy environment, the opportunity to see something unseen … Read entire article »

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JiB on GM’ing : An Option to Black and White Resolutions

Tweet     Valen’s eyes narrowed, matching his movements with his opponent. Circling left as the dark cloaked highwayman moved to his left. With every step of the dance they moved warily closer together until one or the other would decide they would move. The glittering rapier in his opponent’s hand dipped a bit weaving out to the side, a small mistake but a mistake none the less and with the speed of a striking viper Valen’s own rapier darted forward propelled by the powerful lunge that began with the ground upon which he stood. Too late Valen realized his own error in allowing himself to be baited by his enemy. Now though he stood at a forking in a road, either he would take the inevitable hit or he would roll … Read entire article »

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