Sunday, July 31, 2005

Sunday Gifs

I enjoy a good animated gif every once in awhile. here are some cool ones I've found.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Wow, Summer is hot!

I can't wait for Serenity to hit the theaters. I love the series, the DVD set is excellent. if you missed the Firefly the series when it was on FOX you can now catch all 15 episodes on the Sci Fi channel.

Friday, July 29, 2005

The Russian Empire - in color

A few years ago I ran across this website. Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii was the official photographer to Czar Nicholas. He was given permission to travel the Russian empire and photograph people, places and things. What makes this collection so special was that he used a photographic technique that creates color pictures. Color pictures of people back in the 1900’s. there are some stunning photographs here. The gaming applications for these photographs are readily apparent.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Sword & Sorcery

A few months ago I heard about a sword and sorcery character named Imaro created by Charles Saunders. Since then I had been looking everywhere for the book, I found it on EBay of course but never for less than fifteen bucks. Cheap bastard that I am I blanche when I have to pay eight dollars for a paperback. I finally found it online at a decent price. I'm about halfway through and it’s a good read. It’s definitely a different approach to the traditional S&S hero. I also found a very well done website called Heroes of Dark Fantasy. There is a great deal of information on not only Imaro but also Karl Wagner’s “Kane” and David Gemmel’s “Druss”.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

The gaming is good

Over at the Basher’s game, Fred has taken the reins and is moving the game at a nice clip. Folks are posting and everyone seems to be falling into character quite nicely. I'm playing a Psionicist for the first time in ages. On paper she’s kind of weak offensively but that was the plan. I want to see what I can do with a thinking character, rather than a combat machine. Since it’s a brand new character for me I've been trying to find a hook for her, I found one yesterday. Still working on the details, more to come.

The Conan game has started. We have seven players; all but two are new to me. It seems like a pretty good group so far. All the guys are at my age range and have similar gaming experience or thereabouts.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

The Hell you say?

some of these places are great inspirational fodder for a good horror game. Could one of these actually be an entrance to Hell?

Friday, July 22, 2005


It's been a while since I last plugged Heromachine. It's one of the most entertaining programs out here on the net. and the 2.0 version allows you to create not only humans but Skeletons, fantasy races, and superheroes of all types. If you cant draw and you want a picture of your favorite character, this is the program for you. And here's a link for a free online copy!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

GI Joe and D&D (hey, it's all Hasbro)

A couple of months ago Dragon magazine came out with a cover that had a character that could only be described as the complete dungeon delver. It gave me the inspiration to come up with my own. Now this is still a work in progress so I’m still tweaking it. But here he is, so far…

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Geek Goddesses, I wonder if they print their character sheets on scented paper?

I always see these gals at conventions but never in a real honest to God game store...why is that?

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Pulp Megos versus the "Iron Assasins"

I ran across these Medablok robots over at Kaybee toys in the bargain bin. not bad for $5.00. they are a little too short to use with the 12" inch guys but they make a pretty formidable team of "Iron Assasins" for my pulp era team of Megos to go up against.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Hyborean Adventures

I'm starting up a Play by email (PBEM) game set in Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian era. Despite all the great support Mongoose games is giving their Conan D20 system, I decided to give the old Conan Role-playing game rules from TSR a try. I'm thinking the stripped down mechanics of the TSR system will translate well to the PBEM style of gaming, which relies a great deal more on flavor than mechanics. But as I said earlier, Mongoose is putting out some Top shelf support for their Conan game so I'm sure I’ll be mining those supplements for ideas as well. we should be into the adventure by Monday. if anyone is interested in having a look, feel free to Stop by.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

What the???

The other day on one of the many game/action figure boards I haunt someone brought up the subject of gaming in a “lost world” setting. I immediately informed the person of one of my favorite gaming supplements of that or any other adventure genre. “Lands of Mystery” by Aaron Allston. As I was writing about it I realized that it was published in 1985, 20 FRICKEN YEARS AGO! Where the hell did the time go? I cant believe I have character sheets older than most interns at medical school…