Friday, April 18, 2014

End-of-Week...Tapestry? (4/18/14)


The Unicorn Defends Itself

The famous Medieval tapestry above provides a visual for what's been running through my mind for the last week.
 
The last two "End-of-Week" posts on this blog discussed my thoughts regarding running campaigns in either the world of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser or the world of Conan the barbarian.
 
Over the last week, my whimsical and ever-shifting mind migrated to thoughts of running a campaign set in some alternate version of the real-world Middle Ages.
 
So, of course, I ran out to the library and gathered up some source material. Of particular interest to me are the years around the year 1000. And coincidentally, there are several books I found that discuss life and events around that particular millennial milestone. These books include The Last Apocalypse by James Reston, Jr. Just the title makes my mind swirl with possibilities: a campaign that takes place in the years just before 1000 A.D., an Earth where magic has been a very real force, and God and the Devil are just as real.
 
Well, enough of that for now. Who knows what the next week will bring to my fevered brain! Until then, happy gaming, dear readers!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Update on Dark Dungeons: The Movie

 
I'd totally forgotten about the Dark Dungeons movie that was funded via Kickstarter about a year ago. I posted about it last April.
 
Well, I was tooling around the web for the latest news and info on the RPG world today, and I happily came across something wonderful: there's a slick website for the Dark Dungeons movie! Go check it out right now!
 
I love how this is not billed as a satire, but rather a straight presentation of Jack Chick's infamous tract of the same name. I cannot wait to see this film!

An awesome tidbit from the website: "...despite the lasting popularity of Dark Dungeons the comic, RPGs have continued to grow and grow. RPGs spread like a cancer over the last 30 years and Dark Dungeons the movie shall be like something that cures cancer."

Friday, April 11, 2014

End-of-Week Frazetta (4/11/14)


Yeah, so, last Friday I posted about my long-time dream of running a campaign in the world of Nehwon.
 
Well, there's another famous sword-and-sorcery world that has also cried out within me for a campaign: Hyboria. Yes, the world through which Conan strode in the tales of Robert E. Howard.
 
Both have their own appeal, and at the moment I've become torn between consideration of the two. Wow, that sort of indecision and ADD has NEVER happened to ME before, eh?
 
Anyway, I wish you all a good weekend. May you get some good gaming in! As for me, I'll be reading and dreaming...

Friday, April 4, 2014

End-of-Week Mignola (4/4/14)

 
I don't think it's a secret that I miss roleplaying. I know I've whined about it on this blog before of late. As you probably (maybe) know, I've taken a sabbatical from roleplaying for the nonce, so as to dedicate my time to certain personal and professional endeavors that have been hounding me for some time.
 
Well, things are going slow and steady in the direction of my aspirations. Buuuut...the yen for roleplaying has not left me. Indeed, I think it's getting stronger.
 
Which brings me to why I'm posting an illo of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser by Mike Mignola this week, in place of a selection from Elmore.
 
You see, I've long dreamt of running a campaign set in the world of Nehwon. However, I've talked in the past about using the Crypts & Things Swords & Wizardry variant as the rules for the campaign.
 
That will probably change. Indeed, I'm thinking of adapting my beloved Castles & Crusades to run a Nehwon campaign. The reasons? Well, most of the players I usually run with all have the C&C rules and are very familiar with them, as am I. C&C is a great system, and like all rules of the old-school mentality, it can be manipulated without too much fear of breaking.
 
Now, I haven't spoken to my long-standing Wednesday night group at my FLGS about a potential return to the table. I will have to run this by them, with the likely caveat that I'll only be running a session once a month for the foreseeable future.
 
Anyway, that's what's on my fevered brain on this particular Friday! I hope you all have a great weekend, and if you're gaming, roll some polys for me!

Friday, March 28, 2014

End-of-Week Trampier (3/28/14)

So, I've been reading here and there on the blogosphere that famed old-school D&D artist Dave Trampier has passed away. If this is true, then it's very unfortunate and sad news.
 
It's a hard blow for those of us immersed in the hobby, as the originators pass away. It makes us wonder about what effort we're exerting to help ensure the continued existence of roleplaying, does it not? Well, at least I know it makes me feel that way.
 
Rest in peace, Tramp. May you work for a joyful eternity on heavenly commissions, illustrating the games of the gods!