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I've been gaming for far too long...30+ years...and I have to admit that it's been a formative, foundational piece of my character (me, not the ones on paper!). I'm also a professional, in higher education, and a father of kids who like games.

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Thursday, 29th March, 2018


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Thursday, 29th March, 2018

  • 04:35 AM - Slit518 quoted lyle.spade in post A Crunchy Take On Conan From Modiphius Entertainment
    I was introduced to 2d20 through Star Trek Adventures first, having read it from the playtest materials. I didn't like it then, and found the explanation of them in those packets to be confusing. Before buying the game I wanted to try out the system and played Conan at Free RPG Day last year, and that's where it clicked, convincing me to get STA, but also introducing me to Conan. The system plays far better than it might seem on paper. Try to find someone who runs it and play - that'd be a much better way than reading the book alone. It was for me. That was probably my mistake. I should try that.

Friday, 23rd March, 2018

  • 07:24 AM - MNblockhead quoted lyle.spade in post News Digest: Toys R Us Closing, Big Announcements from the GAMA Trade Show, and more!
    When my kids were young, TRU was the only place that carried aloe-free baby wipes. Which, due to an Aloe allergy passed on from me, was essential. And now you have Amazon and don't have to drive to a large store and wait in line just to get some baby wipes. TrU: Sad. I remember toystores when I was a kid - they were wonderlands where you could browse, dream, and discover. Shopping online is not the same. I think that there is still a play for toy stores, but they need to offer more than rows of shelfs. I think a game-store model could work. When I think what it would take for a toy store to get me to both driving and parking and waiting in line, etc.: * play areas where kids can play and try out the toys * tables for parents * sell food and drink * knowlegeable and friendly staff Make it a destination. Somewhere to hangout with the kids.

Saturday, 17th March, 2018


Wednesday, 7th March, 2018

  • 06:29 PM - VisanidethDM quoted lyle.spade in post Will Pathfinder 2nd Edition Be Based on D&D 5E?
    PF, especially in the 5e era, attracts a certain kind of gamer, in search of a certain vibe and flow at the table - and quite different from 5e, although they both share the same long-term roots. I don't see it being 5eFinder at all, either. I don't think there's been an egregious flow of players migrating from 5E to Pathfinder, in fact the opposite is probably true. People who saw reasons to play Pathfinder over 4E may have decided to give a shot at 5E; people who played Pathfinder and were disappointed by 5E aren't exactly "new buys" and 4E fans well, they don't really like PF generally. Keep in mind that Paizo only ever played the role of the newcomer "stealing" someone else's fanbase: this time they're in the opposite position, they have an "old" product that people may be dropping to try the new hot stuff. This move is quite likely a reaction to them seeing their sales suffer.

Thursday, 11th January, 2018


Wednesday, 10th January, 2018

  • 08:03 PM - mach1.9pants quoted lyle.spade in post RPG Crowdfunding News 079: John Carter of Mars, The Widow’s Tear, Children of the Apocalypse, A Night in Seyvoth Manor, From Beyond: Distress Call
    John Carter looks interesting, and I am a big fan of the 2d20 system, using it in both Star Trek Adventures and Conan games. I must admit, however, a bit of confusion as to what "planetary romance" is. Any takers? I mean, if you're on a planet, and engaged in some kind of romance, isn't that it? Trite or silly, maybe, but worth asking. In search of an answer or a sense of it I picked up a 7-book collection of John Carter novels on my Kindle for a whopping 49 cents. If I glean an answer from those, I'll post my thoughts. There is a lot of 'saving (space) princesses from (Maritan) savages' in the genre - but it is also pulp, so you can play it that way with a more modern idea of gender roles. Interestingly whilst Dejah is often John's Damsel in Distress, she is also competent and an adventurer too. Getting captured is a pulp adventure swashbuckling trope, John mostly makes his own way out tho! The juxtaposition is also in the technology and cultures too, lasers and lances, advanced 'humans' and ...
  • 07:49 PM - AriochQ quoted lyle.spade in post RPG Crowdfunding News 079: John Carter of Mars, The Widow’s Tear, Children of the Apocalypse, A Night in Seyvoth Manor, From Beyond: Distress Call
    John Carter looks interesting, and I am a big fan of the 2d20 system, using it in both Star Trek Adventures and Conan games. I must admit, however, a bit of confusion as to what "planetary romance" is. Any takers? I mean, if you're on a planet, and engaged in some kind of romance, isn't that it? Trite or silly, maybe, but worth asking. In search of an answer or a sense of it I picked up a 7-book collection of John Carter novels on my Kindle for a whopping 49 cents. If I glean an answer from those, I'll post my thoughts. They probably mean interplanetary romance. IIRC (been about 35 years since I read the books) John Carter and the Martian princess are an item.

Friday, 22nd December, 2017

  • 05:35 AM - PMárk quoted lyle.spade in post RPG Crowdfunding News 076: SIGMATA, Tome of Horrors: Reborn, The Idol of Cthulhu, Masters and Minions
    Never before have I seen a game that so ham-handedly seeks to ape contemporary issues and simultaneously give those of a certain sociopolitical stripe a vehicle through which to act out their sweaty-palmed fantasies. Do not take that as an endorsement or jab...I'm looking through my 'third person omniscient' at a certain offering on this list. Worth a chuckle...or several. The system sounds interesting, although the background has jumped on the all-things-80s bandwagon (which, really, is excusable since it was pretty much the best decade in living memory). Man, and they said WoD was political... It was and is, don't get me wrong, I always liked that, but it never went this deep into pandering to a specific real-world political group. It's just waaay too blunt and one-sided to my tastes. It's just saying "well, are you an activist IRL? Congratulations, you get to be a real superhero in this game on top of that and you get to fight a world which is literally as evil as the rhetoric says, with gu...

Thursday, 30th November, 2017

  • 05:35 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted lyle.spade in post Taking Nominees for Most Anticipated RPG of 2018
    Top Secret: The New World Order and Warhammer Fantasy 4e as well for me, definitely. For me, perhaps the new Top Secret, which comes via Kickstarter and is shipping a bit late, taking it into 2018. Maybe the new Warhammer RPG for other folks - and what a grand call back to the original cover, too!
  • 05:33 PM - BackInAction quoted lyle.spade in post Taking Nominees for Most Anticipated RPG of 2018
    For me, perhaps the new Top Secret, which comes via Kickstarter and is shipping a bit late, taking it into 2018. Maybe the new Warhammer RPG for other folks - and what a grand call back to the original cover, too!Agree. I missed the KS, but this is one I really want for next year (assuming I can find it).

Wednesday, 4th October, 2017

  • 05:53 PM - Michael Silverbane quoted lyle.spade in post Star Trek Adventures: Now that the full rules are out, what do you think?
    It doesn't appeal to all gamers. There's nothing foolish about that. Pathfinder doesn't appeal to me; that doesn't make Paizo foolish. I disagree with that statement on a couple of fronts. First, there is no such thing as a game that will appeal to all players, not even D&D. That's why there are so many different systems on the market today. Heck, the second-ever RPG, Tunnels and Trolls, came about because Ken St. Andre saw D&D and thought it was a great idea but hated the implementation and so went about doing his own thing. So designing a game that everyone loves is essentially an impossible task. Second, and more importantly, the game is trying to emulate the Star Trek TV shows. The show, and thus the game, are not about dungeon crawling. So if a dungeon crawl or hex crawl is the kind of game you want to play, no Star Trek game is ever going to give you that experience without completely moving away from the source material. Had Modiphius designed a game that appealed to Min-Maxe...

Saturday, 16th September, 2017

  • 08:00 PM - CNYGamer99 quoted lyle.spade in post Sean's Picks of the Week (0911-0915) - Heroes Will Rise Week!
    I can see where it could feel that way. I don't use the tokens that way, usually. What I've found is that the first flip to black - when the threat is nearby for the first time - serves the same purpose as, in a movie or tv show, of awareness of the horror by the audience, but not the characters. Our enjoyment is heightened because of the increase in tension, and I've found that well-timed flips like that, as meta signals, add to the excitement and tension at the table for the players, who know that something's coming at their characters. I also like that activating the Art requires a flip, as it makes clear the question of whether or not the Art is just dabbling with darkness and trying to make good of it. I've explained that to players as a story element, but having it create a mechanical challenge for them, or at least a potential one, and also being the use of a limited resource (light tokens) at any given moment in time, drives home the idea at the table, and in a very tangible way. I use ...
  • 07:06 PM - CNYGamer99 quoted lyle.spade in post Sean's Picks of the Week (0911-0915) - Heroes Will Rise Week!
    Always a plug from me for Chill 3e: it's got a great, easy system for investigations of different types that helps players achieve the same ends as in Gumshoe (automatically finding clues), but which operates differently and, I think, more effectively. The dark/light tokens are also a great means by which tension can be added to the table - it's one of the best such systems I've seen. I enjoy Chill 3rd edition. My D&D group takes occasional breaks for Chill adventures, which we really enjoy. As a GM, though, I was surprised that I liked the light/dark token system less in practice than I did when I first read the rule book. As a storyteller and game master, I don't need a mechanism to introduce calamity into a story or scene. I do so when doing so serves the narrative. The tokens create artificial and unnecessary pressure on the GM to throw roadblocks in front of the PCs because if they don't, then the PCs will quickly run out of light tokens to use for their purposes. But past that, we really...

Friday, 8th September, 2017


Tuesday, 5th September, 2017


Monday, 21st August, 2017

  • 05:36 PM - AngusA quoted lyle.spade in post New Releases In Stores This Week : 21st August 2017
    Maybe it's new to UK stores? That itself seems odd since Pelgrane is a UK company (right?). I backed the Kickstarter in 2014 and received that book and some others in 2015, and no later than early 2016 those same books appeared on my FLGS' shelves. I ran it for a few months well over a year ago and some of my players picked up the books. I bet Dracula has something to do with this - that's what the Pelgrane folks might say. No, UK stores have had it for some time now too. Thus not including it on their new releases mailshots. I think Esdevium either got mixed up or (more likely) got a restock and relisted it but the copy editor forgot to mark it as a restock on the retailer forms.
  • 04:20 PM - AngusA quoted lyle.spade in post New Releases In Stores This Week : 21st August 2017
    Odd...the Director's Handbook for the Dracula Dossier has been in print and in stores for over a year. That's really odd. Esdevium (the largest UK supplier) is listing it as new this week... was the original hardcover or could this be a need Hardcover edition? Being a year old does explain why it didn't appear on a number of the retailers 'new releases' lists I get through though.

Sunday, 13th August, 2017


Friday, 11th August, 2017

  • 02:57 PM - ddaley quoted lyle.spade in post #RPGaDAY Day 11: Which ‘dead game’ would you like to see reborn?
    +1 to Star Frontiers. I still have my original boxed set as well. I'll throw in this one: Star Frontiers. I'd played DnD as early as '79, and my dad got me the original SF boxed set, before it was recast as the 'Alpha Dawn' edition, and I loved it. Played it to death with my best friend Jeff, and added Knight Hawks when it came out and kick myself for not keeping my original copies.

Wednesday, 9th August, 2017

  • 11:23 PM - Shasarak quoted lyle.spade in post Three Acts And The Hero's Journey
    Years ago, when running the Kingmaker AP, my group decided to hand-wave almost one whole book - the Varnhold Vanishing - because it added nothing to the story and really served more as a way to build levels and enrich the party with magical items. Its connection to the metastory was almost non-existent, and it was more of a tedious dungeon crawl than anything else. I dont get it, adventurers that dont want to be enriched with magical items? o_O


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