Friday Knight News – Summer Olympics Edition: 3-AUG-2012

Where did July go? It seemed to zip by with the power of ten billion butterfly sneezes… That said, my daughters will start the new school year soon, which means my life may yet return to some semblance of “normal” even though I have no idea what that word means. ๐Ÿ™‚

What’s in *your* . . . → Read More: Friday Knight News – Summer Olympics Edition: 3-AUG-2012

The Gassy Gnoll: The Scan Scam

The Gassy Gnoll is a fan boy sometimes. He even jumps at opportunities once in a while that he probably shouldn’t because he wants something so badly. His Kickstarter addiction is a perfect example. It’s amazing how quickly spending gets out of control if you don’t watch it, even as an adult.

So when Wizards . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: The Scan Scam

The Gassy Gnoll: Re-publishing Oddness

It’s a given that there will be some weirdness every day, regardless of whether it’s in the gaming community or not. There are distinct degrees of weirdness in my book… From “They took knives to a gunfight?” to the bizarre “He dressed up as a big rabbit and attended the board meeting…” And it doesn’t . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Re-publishing Oddness

The Gassy Gnoll: Where would you be without gaming?

The Gassy Gnoll is not always a pessimistic ogre. Sometimes he’s downright cheerful. When you ask? Usually when he’s gaming!

It’s funny how even after 30 years, gaming still brings a smile to my face. Playing a role-playing game pulls numerous qualities together all at once – creativity and imagination, friends and fun, plus the . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Where would you be without gaming?

Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: My Road to RPGs in Poland

Hi folks!

Sorry for my lack of an article last Saturday, but everybody needs a little vacation from time to time. And thanks to Brian for his patience. [Editor note: No worries, I need a vacation too!]

Today I’d like to share with you some of my thoughts about roleplaying games and how they’ve helped . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: My Road to RPGs in Poland

The Gassy Gnoll: Book Bloat

The Gassy Gnoll has come to an odd realization recently. He doesn’t like book bloat.

What is “book bloat” you ask?

Way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I started playing AD&D 1st edition in 1982. The first book I had was the 128-page hardcover Player’s Handbook (PHB). It was 128 pages offering everything I . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Book Bloat

Supplement Review: RPG Creatures – Bestiary 1 by Nicholas Cloister and Cloister Publications

Monsters. They’re a staple in tabletop RPGs and regardless of the genre or setting, it’s always fun to get inspiration from different sources. Whether you prefer yours to come from fairy tales, myths and legends, popular fiction, outer space, other planes, or the evening news, there are plenty of places for ideas.

My first exposure . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: RPG Creatures – Bestiary 1 by Nicholas Cloister and Cloister Publications

News from Around the Net: 30-SEP-2011 (Sponsored by Chaotic Shiny Productions)

Wow. It’s amazing how a few days in Las Vegas can a) tap you out of a few dollars quickly, b) realize you have forgotten about a large sea of humanity pulsing to and fro along the strip even in 100 degree weather, and c) exhaust you to the point where a few hours of . . . → Read More: News from Around the Net: 30-SEP-2011 (Sponsored by Chaotic Shiny Productions)

Game Review: Altered Earth: Science Fiction Role-Playing in the Far Future by David Caffee from Chaos Trip Studios and Avalon Game Company

Though I have to admit I’ve not been much of a fan of D&D 4e the way it’s been presented in the D&D Essentials line, I’ve been interested in the movement to make 4e work in different contexts. For example, Wizards of the Coast‘s Gamma World release is an update to the post-apocalyptic roleplaying game . . . → Read More: Game Review: Altered Earth: Science Fiction Role-Playing
in the Far Future
by David Caffee from Chaos Trip Studios and Avalon Game Company

Book Review: Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations by Steven Helt (Jon Brazer Enterprises)

Beasts. Whether you consider your domestic Tabby to be one or the ogre war party down the hall to be more your style, they come in all shapes and sizes. And some are probably more deadly than others. Though Tabby might scratch up your arm, the ogres are more likely to chop them off and . . . → Read More: Book Review: Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations by Steven Helt (Jon Brazer Enterprises)

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