Thursday, November 30, 2006

Pistol Rig

One of my friends in the Nor Cal GI Joe club made this pistol rig for me. It’s inspired by the one worn by Teresa Moreno, a Spanish guerilla leader in the “Sharpe” BBC television series. Since at the moment I don’t have a female action figure that would do it justice It’s being modeled by one of my favorite figures from the “Power Team” line- Pedro.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

My "Lost World" team

I'm currently running a "Lost World" Pulp game on a message board, and I’m throwing together a few kit bashes of some of the characters in the game.

First up Anna.
Anna is the daughter of a Chinese warlord. Schooled in Europe, she later became an aviator skilled in piloting just about any craft of the period. She was the pilot of the airship which brought the team to the lost world.

Dr. Otto Hames
Doc is a brilliant doctor and medical researcher specializing in diseases. He recently lost his family in a car accident and has hit bottom. Hopefully this expedition will bring him back from his despair.

Thomas Kane
Kane is a soldier of fortune. He was recently re commissioned as an officer for the expedition. he is in charge of the squad of Marines who act as security for the team. Kane served in the Great War and also as a "Military advisor" in several South and Central American armies. Recently he was working as a bounty hunter in Texas.

the two I didn't have solo pictures of are in the team picture here . on the left is Professor Armstrong, a world famous geologist and explorer. And on the Far Right is Gunnery Sgt. Acosta a career Marine NCO and the squad leader of the security detachment.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Motivational Monday

Thanks to RPGNet.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

I got my wife to game (Sort of)

Mrs. Evil DM has never shown the slightest interest in gaming. She’s not opposed to the hobby as several of my Ex-girlfriends were when I was single (which is the most common reason they are EX girlfriends and not my wife). gaming just never interested her. I respect that, but like all gamers who are married to civilians, there is deep down, a part of me that would love nothing better than to have her by my side as we stormed the Darklords Keep or entered the Temple of Ultimate Evil. But after 10 years together I’ve pretty well resolved that it aint gonna happen. Until tonight- for the first time I cracked open a copy of Blackmorn Manor- a board game from a company called Pacesetter. Pacesetter is no longer with us and I have had this game sitting on my shelf for at least 4 years, so it was high time we cracked it open. Blackmorn Manor is a tile based horror game where one player takes on the role of a monster in the manor and the rest of the players are the intrepid explorers out to destroy it. There is combat, magic, and supernatural goings on a plenty. The “board” is made up of tiles that are placed in turn by each player; therefore no game board is the same. All in all it’s a fun game. My son and I sold it to my wife as a board game, which technically it is but there were enough RPG elements in it that we soon had her actually role playing her character- My son played the "Professor Challenger" type character and my wife was “Gina Diamond” professional singer and amateur supernatural sleuth. The minion I selected was a female vampire. After slogging through the rules for the first few minutes we were soon up to speed and chasing each other around the game board. The Professor eventually faced off against the vampire alone and was quickly defeated and turned to the Dark Side. We then proceeded to hunt down Gina who managed to thwart our efforts with skill and remarkable dice rolls-talk about beginners luck. In the end the Vampire absconded with the wooden stake (The item needed to destroy the vampire) and won the game, however Gina survived to the end without being turned into a servant of evil so it was a moral victory for the forces of good at least. The best part is that my wife said NEXT TIME she’ll win now that she knows the rules. There’s gonna be a “Next time”…WOO HOO!!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

TSR's "The Lost World"

Yesterday I was thinking about my next post in the Sword of Skartaris game and “Lost World” gaming in general, when I came upon an idea that makes perfect sense. First take the Hollow World Campaign supplement for the D&D Mystara setting, and then take characters from the Masque of the Red Death Campaign supplement for the Ravenloft setting. Combine them and you have a pretty sweet Victorian era Lost worlds campaign!
Man I wish I would have had this particular epiphany back when I had a regular gaming group. I always wanted to play a Pulp game but I could never talk my players into it. They were hard core D&D geeks, but I think I could have sold them on this idea. I get my pulp fix and they get to keep the same game engine and rules they were comfortable with.

While on the Subject of gaming I found this site that has some tools worthy of a look-
RPtools. There's a dice roller,a mapping program and an icon creator. The updates look to be frequent and regular and the forums seem to be active.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Gunfightin' Rules

1. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns.

2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.

3. Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.

4. If your shooting stance is good, you're probably not moving fast enough nor using cover correctly.

5. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral and diagonal movement are preferred.)

6. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a long gun and a friend with a long gun.

7. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.

8. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading, and running.

9. Accuracy is relative: most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on "pucker factor" than the inherent accuracy of the gun.

10. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.

11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.

12. Have a plan.

13. Have a back-up plan, because the first one won't work.

14. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.

15. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.

16. Don't drop your guard.

17. Always tactical load and threat scan 360 degrees.

18. Watch their hands. Hands kill. In God we trust. Everyone else, keep your hands where I can see them.

19. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.

20. The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

21. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

22. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.

23. Your number one option for personal security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.

24. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with a "4."

Monday, November 20, 2006

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Keeping busy

First off, in case you haven’t noticed the Lair has had a few cosmetic upgrades. We are now publishing in Blogger Beta which allows us to have a post subject header in the sidebar- so now If you want to see all the posts on this Blog regarding action figures just go to the sidebar and click on action figures. And Blogger will pull all the action figure posts and show them on a separate page. I also got rid of the “Starry background” gif and the dungeon movie and replaced it with a collage of images from past Blog entries. I also updated the links.
Please let me know what you think of the changes.

I’ve been very busy the last few days working on a variety of RPG projects.

The Legends of Steel players section is done-complete-finito! I’m working on the Game masters section now and then it should be ready for play testing, editing and layout.

For Broadsword, I’m writing three of the six adventure scenarios that will be released with the game. I want to get this done by Dec 1st so that we can roll the game out by the 15th.

I’ve also been working on my FASERIP Pulp expansion. This is where I take the rules engine from the Marvel Super Heroes RPG (commonly known in the RPG world as the FASERIP system) and adapt it to a Pulp Era setting. I’ve added a great deal of content and made some cosmetic changes to the font and graphics I’m using.
I also found a logo creation program and came up with this-

Friday, November 17, 2006

From K-Fed to Kmart

I don't follow the pop stuff too closely but you have to live on Mars in order to have missed the Britney Spears / Kevin Freeloader break-up news. Somebody seriously needs to slap that kid. He had This....


and he pissed it away. What the hell was he thinking? She's Rich, Hot, Blonde,Dresses like a cheerleader...

and she obviously plays D&D

Wave bye-bye chuckles,the parties over.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Do I really have to read another Comic book Blog?

You do if it's this one.

My buddy Jeff H. turned me on to it.

I tell ya man, The Jeff's are happenin', we post the best chick pix and we know where all the "Cool Blogs" are.

Here's a sample from the "Longbox"...

Now go check it out. And tell him The Evil DM sent ya.
(He'll probably say, "Who?")

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Finally an Action Figure post

Here’s the ad.

Here’s the link

Now move yer ass!

It ends tomorrow!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Taking it to the streets

I’m a big fan of street level superheroes. Guys like Union Jack, Dr. Midnight, Iron Fist, Wildcat, etc. So I’ve been really pleased with the titles that have been coming out lately.
JSA Classified, Moon Knight, The Black Panther, Union Jack, and the re-launch of Heroes for Hire. In the last few issues of Black Panther, prior to his wedding with Storm, T’Challa was hanging out with Blade, Luke Cage and The Falcon- we had the makings of a cool ethnic team there for a bit, I would love to see that premise taken further. Coming up is a re-launch of Iron Fist and a special Dr. Midnight limited series in JSA Classified. All this street level coolness almost makes up for the travesty that was the Warlord series earlier this year…almost.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Sci-Fi sale

Amazon has a pretty decent Science Fiction DVD sale going on. For those of you looking to fill a hole in your library it may be worth a look.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

If you’re not watching Heroes, you should be.

In my opinion this is about the best show on network TV at the moment. It’s well written, the characters are engaging, visually its crisp, and at the end of each episode you are left satisfied but still hooked and wanting more, unlike “Lost” which just fucks with your head, teases you and then leaves you there hanging for five weeks.

The official website is well supported with clips, interviews, games, blogs, and all kinds of geeky goodness to help you catch up to speed. They even have their own excuse me. Graphic Novel, thank you very much...

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Monday, November 06, 2006

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Free gaming magazines!

Heads up gamers! Mongoose games has released over a dozen issues of their Signs & Portents Magazine as free PDF downloads. Lots of great articles usable for a wide variety of genres. What a bargain!