Wednesday, July 25, 2012

About Done Moving + Current Readings

We're nearly done moving.  Everything is now out of the old place, now it's just a matter of moving into the new place.

So no more late posts. And my quality should be on the way back up.

With that said, it's difficult to write about games when most of them are in boxes in the garage.  So I'm re-reading a couple of books I really enjoyed a few months back.

The Bones: Us And Our Dice has really started to stand out in a few ways. Especially now that I've started reading a bit about probability.

Things We Think About Games is also leaping out at me. Several of the essays have more resonance now that I know who the authors are.

We also picked up the First Edition premium reprints from WotC. It says something about the hobby when I don't have to specify which game it is the First Edition of.  I only played 1E a few times, so much of these books is new to me, and there are things I took for granted that ... aren't in there.  Like the PHB doesn't tell you how to roll dice for character generation. It says to talk to your DM to see which rolling method he has approved.  I've had very little time to read through these, so I have a ways to go.

The Kobold crew has a series of monster books for Pathfinder that they are publishing, now, too. They call it "Monsters of Sin."  Each one (and there are three so far) has a small handful of themed monsters, a few paragraphs on including them in your game, and a bit of information on how they fit into their Midgard setting. There are three of them, and they're on sale (25% off) until next week as part of RPGNow/DriveThruRPG's "Christmas in July" sale.

I'd helped Kickstart Artisan Dice, and they arrived a week or two back. I'd ordered some purple heart oak FUDGE dice for my wife (who loves the color purple).  And then I forgot about them until they arrived last week. I'm pleased to report that they are beautiful. I don't know if they roll true or not, but I'm not too concerned.

... and that's what I've been up to over the last few weeks.

Next week, I'll be discussing some of what I'll be prepping for GenCon, and give you an idea how I prep.


  1. I just love first edition stuff. I'm sorely tempted by the new editions, even though all of my books are sitting on the shelf behind me as I type. I even pulled out the Monster Manual yesterday just to look at the pictures...

    I'm in the reverse of your situation. I picked up some free stuff at free RPG day for Pathfinder, 4th edition, and Dungeon Crawl Classics just to see how much things had changed. They all talk about modifiers, rolls, and special abilities which have totally lost me. But I did like that the Pathfinder module told you about the attack strategy of the monsters and other opponents. Very nice. I'm sure that I could apply these adventures to 1st edition... :)


    1. I keep meaning to pick up Dungeon Crawl Classics. I've heard some really good things about it.