Friday, May 27, 2011

Time To Catch Up

Wow...these last few

Anyway, enough of the mundane. Here are some things I have ran across in the 30 seconds I've had each time I tried to sit down and catch up.

First good news for those who were disappointed when WotC dropped their mini lines.

And then Troll in the Corner added a Q&A on the subject:

And the press release:

Paizo and WizKids Launch Pathfinder Pre-Painted Minis

And since we are talking minis:

A Cheapass Solution for Miniatures

Book an Advert in Oubliette 6!

After the success of the Oubliette Issue 5 giveaway, I'd like to continue to offer future issues as free downloads for several weeks after they come out.

Issue 5 of Oubliette has reached over 800 people so far, which gives me every confidence that Issue 6 will have a circulation of over 1,000 copies - within one month of publication.

Commencing with Issue 6, I have decided to offer a limited amount of space to advertisers interested in reaching our readership.

(Get all the details at: )

I thought there was a certain irony here:

Hasbro Doesn't Even Sell the Latest Version of D&D on Its Webpage

The D&D Lair Assault promotion from WotC continues to heat up on both sides:

Wizards of the Coast Acknowledges 4E is Aimed at Min-Maxing Twinks

Ok, enough for now. A lot of ground to cover but that will have to wait till next time...


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Happy Post-Armageddon Day!

Considering today is the beginning of year zero just a few thoughts.

There are times when this whole world of gaming drives me mad. I try to practice tolerance but there are times.

But then I remember why I like it, love it even.

I read a lot of posts, as many as I can everyday from the gaming blogosphere. I built The Eternal Keep just to try and keep up and love reading something that is just purely inspirational. I may not use every idea I read but it acts like oil to lubricate the bearings, to keep me focused on the fact that we make it what it is.

I remember back in the day if we went out to eat at a restaurant and knew we might have a bit of a wait we would just start playing right at the table. We always carried dice in our pockets and someone usually had pen and paper or we could get some from the waitress. (We would have LOVED having the ability to make pocket mods back then...that would have rocked!).

And to play that was all you needed. All RPGs are built around dialogue with bits of random events that are resolved with common sense or a die roll. That's it. Have fun. It was about imagination.

I feel sorry for many modern players that hate their game and blame the company that makes it for ruining it for them. No one can ruin my game but me. No set of rules is perfect. It's what you do with the concept that matters.

The looks we would get, especially from the waitress when the food came out, was worth its weight in gold.

And combat became so much easier (and healthier) when they started putting condiments out in packets. Plenty of minis and variety. Nothing like a horde of angry mustard orcs to make for some heroic tarter sauce action! :)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Hell Has Frozen Over

Totally non-rpg related but I had to post about this.

Hell has frozen over and I'm sliding over to give the devil a scratch behind the ear because now I know how long forever is.

23 years.

The band broke up in 1988, and Ocasek had always discouraged talk of a reunion since then, telling one interviewer in 1997 "I'm saying never and you can count on that."

Yes, the latest album from The Cars, the real Cars, drops on Tuesday and god help me it's even good.

The first single is Blue Tip. The video is here:

The second is here:

If you were ever a fan (and trust me, I burned through 3 copies of Candy-O on vinyl during my peak gaming period-you are one or you're not, you'll know) then show the love and have a slice of pure 80s synth pop.

(If only Benjamin had been here it would be a perfect moment. I hope if he is near a listening station he gets a little smile from this beast.)


Friday, May 6, 2011

Lawful Indifferent: Slenderman

Lawful Indifferent: Slenderman

Go check this post out. I did this thing till 3:30am and am still creeped out. As LI says 'not RPG related' but very cool.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Yeah, I Know...

Posting has been way off of late, what with Mother Nature trying her best to blow us off the map and holes in roofs and insurance adjusters and contractors.

Every spare minute has gone into finishing the alpha of Forsaken Souls Basic Edition / Fast Start. There are days...

(2 days later)

And now even more time has passed. AARRGGHH!

Ok...finish this time:

Pass out from no sleep


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Happy Anniversary To...Me?

There's been a lot of posting recently about which issue of the Dragon was your first and it got me to go look mine up. I always remembered covers but not numbers...and realized that April marked 30 years that I have been a part of this other universe where dragon's dwell, magic is real and heroes lived and died by their wits and their blades.

It ain't all that much to look at, but in 1981 is was the Holy Grail to me.

So, Happy 30th me.