Lazy Sunday Posting

Hello everyone, hope you`re all doing well. Things here have been pretty quiet. Been working on my Warhammer figures. The guys have an upcoming Warhammer weekend which is our yearly gathering of mayhem. I have very little in the way of a particularly army or so was the case. My friends have been stricktly 40k but I had only a fraction of a witch hunter army with the rest being a massive collection of unpainted fantasy.

Finally I got myself an older starter set from someone selling it dirt cheap and have been assembling and painting. Also I have been working on my fantasy armies as well being that if i  can get them done then we could play fantasy as well.

Suffice it to say it is a lot of work but I am using the assembly line technique to get things done. It makes things seem like they are going faster. We all know it’s taking the same time lol

A lot of you have been checking out our migrated Cthulhu campaign which is very cool and hope you all enjoy it. Posting has been slow but things have been going on with the gang so be patient. It’s one of those games where we need everyone involved, just that when your on hiatus for a bit it’s hard to get back into the groove.

However that is not a bad thing. I also have been reading through a lot of old AD&D material and been working on a campaign. Not sure where I want it to take place. I was hoping to run a big classic adventure however I have ideas for other things as well. I’m stewing over the ideas and seeing what will win out.

That said take it easy folks andenjoy you’re Sunday.

Guide to buying RPG Books

Since my high school days I have been collecting a multitude of RPG’s. This is largely in part because me and Curt loved trying new systems and new settings. Over the years we have both found some real gems but I also lost a few things as well. Now that I am older I have been getting books that I either traded or sold because I appreciate them a lot more now plus collecting RPG books is a bit of a hobby in itself.

Let’s face it, books are crazy expensive. Art and production values have skyrocketed book prices so that they reach easily $60 CDN. For someone with a family and a house to pay I have to find other means to get my books so here is what I do.

The used section of your local RPG store: 
My local RPG store has a section dedicated to used RPG books. Other stores I have frequented in both Quebec and Ontario have had sections similarly for old books and that is the number 1 place to find your used books. The assortment varies but you get some whoppers sometimes.

Ex: Return to the Tomb of Horrors…$10 and the same for The Ruins of Undermountain 1 & 2.

Sometimes your local store will also have a liquidated section. Books of older editions and companies that went under generally fill these sections.

Wait, it’s not that easy…there is the internet
Be aware of market prices. With Amazon, Ebay, Kijiji and Varagesale (here in Quebec) you need to know your prices to recognize a good deal.

On Amazon sometimes they have an older book in stock still and it’s at a liquidated price. They also have their marketplace however I find the prices on hard to find items get ridiculous.

Ebay is a great place for finding stuff in general and RPG books is no exception however be careful. Some items seem like a good deal but if you look at the shipping for some reason it costs $40 to ship your book. Makes no sense at all but that’s how people scam you into buying their product.

Kijiji is also a great place and generally the prices are much better. People tend to be more reasonable and it’s more personal.  Varage Sale is also the same in that your dealing with regular people just looking to get rid of their stuff at reasonable prices. Generally with these two services you arrange for picking up the items yourself or meeting the individual at a specific location so right there your cancelling out any shipping fee’s.

Patience is key
Often I have been wanting to grab a book right away. Who doesn’t get excited at new releases but patience is key. I don’t know how many times that I avoided buying something, felt horrible about missing out on it and only getting it weeks/months/years later.

Return to the Tomb of Horrors is a great example. In the days we played in person I always wanted to get that mega adventure. I looked online and found some at around $80 but for me that was way to much. However I eventually found it in mint condition for $10. It is weird but it happens…and often!

Keeping track
You also need to keep track of what you are looking for and what you have. When you have a lot of books sometimes things fall in a grey area where your not sure you have a certain book but then again you don’t want a double. Use your mobile phone and keep a list of have’s and want’s. Also there are site’s like Goodreads which is a virtual bookshelf of all you have read or want to read.

These days I have been focusing on collecting everything Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition. For me it represented a time where we played often and had some of the best tales. Also I find the books so much more detailed and user friendly. It’s probably because I am already used to them but I love that familiarity. To each their own though.

Finding RPG books both new and vintage at a reasonable price is not hard. It takes some work but if you are patient enough it will pan out in the long run.

Curse of Strahd is almost here

If you have been following any 5e news as of late it’s all been about Ravenloft’s return and Curse of Strahd. It’s set to release March 15th. I for one have mixed feelings on all of this. I am a huge Ravenloft fan and glad to see it’s return and while it’s got the original authors helping out with this grand adventure I cannot help but feel I wanted something more in the way of a fresh setting book on at least the core. On the other hand I also can’t complain having most of the Ravenloft releases throughout the years. I’m just glad to see it back but hope that we get more of the demiplane of dread.

Robert E. Howard’s Conan Roleplaying Game Kickstarter

Modiphius Entertainment has a Kickstarter for the new Conan RPG. It’s already been funded and I cannot help but want to back it myself. I always wanted to get in on the Conan universe as I find it very interesting. Maybe now is the chance I have been waiting for.

Robert E. Howard’s Conan Roleplaying Game

Ordinem Ignota now on The RPG Hub

Well the site has been dormant for a little while aside from the occasional post but you should see some more activity here as well as a few changes. One of the big changes is the Forums tab.  I used to have my Cthulhu campaign hosted on Obsidian Portal and while that was all good and well it was money being spent that could be saved. Now while it wasn’t a lot it had me thinking about this site. I wanted more activity and to try and revive things a bit. I migrated the Ordinem Ignota campaign which is my Play by Post Call of Cthulhu game to the forums here and also have a page for it in the Campaigns section.

Now the forums is not just for this campaign but hopefully others. Maybe even yours. The forums are open and ready to be used. The only rule is to keep things clean and have good time. Pretty straightforward. Some alterations may pop up here and there as we tweek some settings to maximize performance and user friendliness.

We really want to make this a community site dedicated to all things geeky. If you have any ideas, feel free to email us or leave a comment.

The RPG Hub Movie Review: It Follows

It Follows is movie I read up a bit about a few weeks ago and was under the assumption It was pretty good. I went to the local video store and checked my all too favorite horror section and grabbed me a copy and I cannot help but say that I slightly regret it.

It Follows is a very, very basic horror movie cliché that a creature / thing stalks an individual and does not stop. The story revolves around a girl, Jay, who after intercourse with her date is chloroformed and tied to a chair. The boyfriend explains that he has now passed this on to her. What did he pass aside from a possible STD? Well apparently a supernatural being can now be sexually transmitted.

Ok so let’s take a moment to absorb that for a second. A supernatural being out to kill you can be sexually transmitted.

If you have had enough time to compose yourselves let us carry on. The date in question explains that this thing will not stop till she dies or passes it on like he has. With that being said he dumps her back on her front lawn and we get into the group dynamic of escaping this thing while never really understanding what it really is.

We do learn this thing takes the forms of those that people know of so it can get closer but apparently it does so in a way that nobody would ever want to get close to. An elderly relative in a nursing gown chasing you at school? Perhaps your naked mom?

Now that we have a very unsubtle supernatural entity following our leading lady, she of course decides to “pass it on” so to speak *wink wink*. Somehow though everyone she passes it on to does not last as long as she does and the entity returns to the chase. This is supposed to lead us to believe that we should be on edge throughout the movie to see if the entity will be back but we already know it will.

Eventually the gang confronts the entity and apparently defeats it but of course like all horror movie clichés we get a final scene where we see it is probably not over with yet.

I have to be really honest with you that watching the movie doesn’t seem as absurd as when you are actually trying to talk about it with someone because when you do, that is when you realize how god awful the movie is.

I like the idea of going back to the core concept of an entity / creature type coming after someone like in the old slasher days but there is literally no soul to this film whatsoever. While more classic movies would at least try to explain without divulging too much about the protagonist we literally have no motive, not one single iota of information. In a sense that is good right? Leave something for us to consider and ponder over till the sequel comes out and clarifies things but no.

The acting is very mediocre. You never particularly care about one or the other and there is no particularly huge development to them except whether or not they decide to pass the entity on which makes them morally horrible individuals for saving their own asses and condemning another to certain death.

While I was hoping that It Follows was going to be a surprise movie that I would enjoy when I actually got to see it I was sorely disappointed though highly amused. I have seen some outlandish horror movies in my time but a sexually transmitted entity is a new one for me. A positive though is that they went for a slow paced movie without rushing into action and it does have the occasional creepy vibe.

If you are simply looking for a time waster of a movie then this would be it but you could also watch a number of other scary movies out there and probably get more out of it then this one.