Aug 252015

I do a post like this every now and then. I look at the shelf and say to myself, “Damn, I really want to play that.” A lot of times there isn’t much a change to that list but other times, there’s even stuff that surprises me.
D&D 5E The truth is I have been playing 5E every week at the FLGS but it’s been for WOTC’s Adventurers’ League. In case you, don’t know that’s the organized play. It’s all fine and good. Heck, I’ve met some really great people and have had a blast. I’ll even keep going. But there’s lots of restrictions on what you can and can’t do. It’s just part of organized play. You got have rules to keep things. I see a lot of potential coolness in 5E but I really want to kick the tires and do some wild and crazy adventures. Stuff that wouldn’t be allowed in organized play. I guess I’ve grown too fond of the cool insanity coming out of the OSR.
OSR: Speaking of which there’s just way too much cool stuff sitting on the shelf and on my hard drive. It’s there and it’s screaming. “Play me!” I don’t think that this urge will every go away.
And then there’s Faraway Land.
As you can see by the graphic, it’s pretty freaking wild and fun looking. The game itself is simple but hardy enough to stand a campaign. The rules handle just about any type of character that players can come up with. It’s also nice to have a game on the list that isn’t derived from the old faithful d20 type systems. You know what I mean. It’s gonzo. It’s bloody. And it looks like it would be a ton of fun. You can pick up the stuff on Drivethrurpg or their own store. So stay tuned in the future for that.
And finally, an oldie but a goodie. Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls! Yes the Kickstarter funded a couple or years ago. And it’s a little behind schedule but the hard copies are shipping now and I’ve already gotten by PDF.
Sure it’s buckets of d6. Who doesn’t have those? But it’s another fun game. I have very fond memories of running Dungeon of the Bear back in the day. It’d be fun to go back to it. And to honest those of who like to do games via Google Hangouts. I think T&T would make a good fit for that. If you didn’t back the Kickstarter. Check your FLGS, some of them backed the Kickstarter. You can grab the PDf over at Drivethrurpg.

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Aug 032015

If you’ve been keeping up with me on social media, you know that my mundane has taken one of those turns. Today is the start of new chapter of my life.
The good news is that I can take a couple of months and chase some rainbows. Hunch over the keyboard and write my skinny white ass off. It’s time to make a whole new routine for my life and get a whole bunch of little and big things done. That means it’s going to get interesting around the blogs and around the house. Stay tuned there’s gonna be some wild and fun stuff happening plus all sorts of crazy random thoughts.
Let’s face it. Chances are I can’t really make a living off writing stuff. But I just can’t pass up the opportunity to try. That’s my first bit of wisdom for you folks out there. If the opportunity comes up to chase your rainbow or live a dream. Grab it up and don’t let go.

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Mar 052015

Grab your Mountain Dew, dice, and Cheetos! It’s time to celebrate.
Cheetos are one of those junk foods that are comfort food. Well, to me any way. I don’t really eat them all that often any more (maybe this weekend in celebration) but I have fond memories of those familiar orange finger print smears on old D&D character sheets. They’re like ramen. I don’t and shouldn’t eat it but I do. Some may say I’m too old to still enjoy things like Cheetos, Mountain Dew, Twizzlers and the list goes on. And before anybody goes there. I enjoy in moderation and no I am not obese. Shit the drinking and smoking will probably kill me sooner.

But I have matured. I want to do something a little more grown up with those bits puffed cheese-like goodness. I just my try a twist on this crazy recipe the crew at The Nerdist came up with. Hey, Sriracha for the win! Now, go out there and enjoy some junk food. You deserve it.

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 Posted by at 10:22 am
Jan 172014

In a couple of hours, I’ll be heading out to Chupacabracon for a weekend gaming and fun.
Yes, I’ll probably spend most of my time volunteering and attending panels rather than gaming but I’ve got my slate clean for a Savage Saturday night and am ready for possibly an Old School pick up game. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a con and this one really has me excited. Austin needs a good gaming con.
Hope to meet a lot of cool folks, learn some stuff and have a great time. So maybe I’ll finally get to meet some of you Internet people there. Let’s have some fun folks.

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Jul 082013

One of the things that’s really been bounding around my head is managing what little time I feel like I have. Crap. Between day job, writing, gaming, game design, squeezing out a little fun time and making time for all those mundane have-to-do tasks, it seems like there isn’t really time to do any of it. Heaven forbid that something should go wrong and the shit hits the fan. It’s frustrating and I know damned well that things are going to be getting even more hectic and frantic. Throw in the fact that I’m a glutton for punishment, I’m even throwing more things to do in the mix. I’ve read lots of little helpful how-to’s and that sort of thing but none of that has ever worked for little old me. I know I’ve got to get things going so here’s my nifty little schedule.
The two things to schedule first are Must-Do’s and fun. Let’s face it. There’s stuff that you just have to do. Most of us have day jobs. Then you have to eat, sleep, pay bills, laundry, yard work, house cleaning, and appointments. Don’t fight it. Just schedule it and get it over with. And yes, I schedule may fun time too. Because if I didn’t I wouldn’t take a break until I fell face first on the floor or worse just staring at a computer screen wondering what the hell should I write. Better to have fun and unwind than sit there and beat yourself up for not “getting it done”. That also means making realistic goals. Emphasis on the REALISTIC!
Between all that comes the creative work. Writing, brainstorming, proofreading and so on. Of course, the key to schedule this one is when I’m at most creative. Oddly enough that’s usually Wednesday evenings. I’m not a morning or Monday person. So that day goes to Mundane To-Do/housekeeping stuff. But then’s there’s always those “Oh, shit” moments. Unplanned and unscheduled stuff that just well happens. Biggest failure is just not dealing with it and then beating myself for getting “behind”. Time spent beating yourself up is wasted. Learn. Correct. And move on.
Don’t forget those precious moments. That time when you just exhale and tons of stuff tumbles into your brain. WRITE it down.
Now on to the juicy bits of why even bothered to do this post. Dammit, I gotta to get more stuff done. Get that writing and game design projects out the door. Get that Swords & Wizardry game off the ground and have some laid back fun. And have some time to do some of the simple things in life like a normal person.
Heck, maybe I’ll even take the time proofread my blogs posts. Yeah, I know this was one of my crazy stream of conscience type posts. Hey, I do that now and then. Gimme a break. So don’t tell me to get a life. This is my life.

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