Lazy Sunday’s with Carl: Ep2

Finally now things are slowly calming down so I can get back to digging into the site again. Automotive mechanics is a crazy business and for 4 months out of the year it’s pure mayhem but finally people seem to have finally gotten their tires swapped out.

You may have noticed we finally got Ordinem Ignota slowly getting it’s legs as I stir the guys awake from their slumber. I’m excited about where everything is going and I can see us getting close to the end of the first adventure. Now while I have been off dealing with cars and clients I have had some time to brush up on some reading. Primarily Cthulhu 7th edition which I will be writing up about as I go through it. Suffice it to say I am very happy about it.

I have to admit that my gaming mojo is getting back up there. Since having kids, getting a house and all of life’s adventures I have found that gaming took a back seat. My creativity lagged and I was in some sort of hibernation. Starting the PbP game helped jolt that and reading more books I just got that loving feeling again.

I am planning another game which should be relatively soon. I am aiming for a One Ring game but also an Exalted game. I think One Ring will come first but I go with my passion. Us OCD people are very indecisive but there are a lot of good games out there these days that deserve to be played.

If you have money to spend the Dark Souls board game is in it’s final hours and I highly recommend buying in. It looks like a lot of fun and with it’s huge success it has a lot of unlocked extras. Very impressive and I totally with have bought in for it but on a very limited budget for little while. Have to just love when birthdays, renovations and other tidbits fall at the same time.

Stay tuned to the RPG Hub where we always have something interesting and it is always growing.

Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Arrives!

I was surprised to finally have received my package for Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition in the mail. I was not even informed it was shipped with only having confirmation that it cleared customs with everyone else’s in Canada. I mentioned how long the process was to get the books via Kickstarter. The project was almost the demise of Chaosium if not for Moon Design Publication that ¬†took ownership.

I have only had time to peruse the books but I just have to say wow. From the books to the Keeper screen to the handouts, everything is so well done. You can tell with all the details that it was really a labor of love by all those involved. I for one know that I am going to get the Arkham map laminated for deco and home use and I am also sure this will help out with ideas for the play by post campaign.

Oh and for those wondering about the campaign we should be getting back in the swing of things. As I have perhaps mentioned work at a garage and we hit our season tire rush so I have been working 6 day week and long days. It sucks because it halts momentum but it’s the nature of the beast as the say but stayed tuned, fun times ahead.

D&D finally gets Lord of the Rings

This is slightly old news, but I’m sharing it anyway, damnit! Cubicle 7, the fine folks behind the Doctor Who RPG and the very cool Lord of the Rings RPG called the One Ring are now making a D&D 5th edition version of Tolkein’s setting that started it all. The book should be out this summer, and I’m looking forward to seeing it!

You can read the Escapist article about it here.

The Dresden Files card game on Kickstarter

Because everything is being funded through Kickstarter these days (and believe me, I’m not complaining!), you may be interested in knowing that Evil Hat has launched a Kickstarter for The Dresden Files cooperative card game. Having backed an Evil Hat Kickstarter in the past, I can attest to their prowess in putting these things together. They’re always a great deal.

Check it out here.

Magic: The Gathering comes to D&D

The ever-wonderful Critical Hits is reporting that the setting of Magic: The Gathering, Zendikar, has come to D&D via a free PDF. What’s more, WotC is running a survey to gauge interest in a paid book for the setting as well.

Read more on Critical Hits. And/or get the PDF here.

Roll for Shoes

In a combination of “hey, check this out!” and “I need to file this somewhere for later”, here’s an interesting micro RPG where you create your character through play. Here are the entirety of the rules (I’m not kidding):

Say what you do and roll a number of d6s.
If the sum of your roll is higher than the opposing roll (either another player or the DM), the thing you wanted to happen, happens.
The number of the d6s you roll is determined by the level of skill you have.
At start, you have only one skill: Do anything 1.
If you roll all sixes on your roll, you can get new skill one level higher than the one you used for the action. The skill must be a subset of what happened to you in the action (Say, Athletics 2 if you were climbing a wall, or Teeth of Biting 2 if you were eating a cake).
For every roll you fail, you get 1 XP.
XP can be used to change a die into a 6 for advancement purposes but not for success purposes.

And it’s from here, on Story Games.

The Fiascomputer et al

I found this really great little set of tools online. What stands out to me as especially useful and well-made is what the developer has termed the “Fiascomputer”, a tool for playing Fiasco online. Fiasco isn’t especially difficult to play online, but it’s certainly helped along with good visualization, and this web app seems to help along that line. I definitely recommend checking it, and the other tools, out here.

Midnight Syndicate’s music for Zombies!!!

The exclamation points are critical. Midnight Syndicate, you may remember, created an official (I think) soundtrack for D&D back in the dark ages of 13 years ago. Well, now they’re back and making “spoopy” tunes for the beloved space-hogging Zombies!!! boardgame that is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary this year (!).

Also, this just in: I’m old now.

More info on Midnight Syndicate’s website here.