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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.

So life's great.

Check out my current campaign (5e) on Obsidian Portal if you're interested.
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Tuesday, 29th January, 2019


Wednesday, 12th December, 2018

  • 07:03 PM - dave2008 mentioned lyle.spade in post Dragon Reflections #18 – Gamers Behaving Badly
    I agree with @lyle.spade , my wife and I have each attended conferences in our respective fields and witnessed some seriously out of line behavior. I think some people tend to take the "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" attitude whenever they engage in non-family related travel.

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Thursday, 21st February, 2019

  • 01:28 AM - gyor quoted lyle.spade in post Love and Sex in the Ninth World: A Review
    I get enough sex and romance in my real life (true statement: my wife was actually prom queen). What I want from my games is the stuff I don't get: limitless violence and destruction; court intrigue; monsters. And heaps of gold. Spaceships. Magic. Stuff like that. :) You married the Prom Queen, I feel like should high five you. Anyways, I saw nothing to interest me in this book either. It sounds like it's not titilliating in the least on a reading level, and filled with stuff most players will never use or need. Perhaps it's just the review making it sound as exciting as a cup of luke warm water covered in bubble wrap.

Tuesday, 12th February, 2019

  • 09:23 PM - lostsanityreturned quoted lyle.spade in post 90% of D&D Games Stop By Level 10; Wizards More Popular At Higher Levels
    Well said. I wonder if part of it is time, as well - that is, the time spent playing in and running a campaign that starts at 1st level, and how a typical campaign only lasts a few months, at most, before it gasses out for some reason or another. I've started a few campaigns at Tier 2, and even a few at 3, and they almost always tend to come to an end after 5-6 months, for any variety of reasons related to the game itself or life. Long campaigns will lead to higher character levels in DnD, and so perhaps that fact is a shadow cast by the lifespan of DnD campaigns, rather than deliberate efforts to not turn into superheroes with swords. For me, I don't like high-level play for that very reason: the characters are not relatable and the stories, in order to challenge the characters mechanically, easily turn into 'can you top this' encounter-focused affairs that lose the story. That seems really depressing dude, keep trying to find a group that doesn't fizzle out. The only times my games have ended...

Friday, 8th February, 2019

  • 10:25 AM - Azirahael quoted lyle.spade in post The Battle Continues Over "Childish Things"
    I think I fit into the 'elder statesman' category of gamer, having starting playing DnD probably around 1980, and so I remember - and probably still have social reflexes related to - the stigmatization of gaming in general, and RPGs in particular. It's equal parts refreshing, validating, and surprising that DnD is as close to mainstream as it is today. And yet...I think this is much ado about nothing. I care nothing about what Bill Maher thinks about anything, and my hobbies are my business. The time and resources they take are in part my family's business, and so if to anyone in this life, it would be to them that I am in some way answerable at all. Regardless, this is not worth getting worked up over. Pfft. Noob. :P

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019

  • 04:37 AM - Jay Verkuilen quoted lyle.spade in post The Mountain Goats Announces Dungeons & Dragons-Inspired Album
    All true! And did you know that Lemmy, late of Motorhead, was a roadie for Hawkwind? You created a transition back to Metal, and maybe didn't know it. :) Space rock wasn't all that far from metal back in the day. The great British metal band UFO started out as a space rock band and the great German metal band Scorpions were inclined in that way early on, too. Black Sabbath started as a psychedelic blues band that just got heavier and heavier. You can definitely hear some space rock influence on tracks like "Planet Caravan." (I love some classic metal.)

Tuesday, 29th January, 2019

  • 07:38 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted lyle.spade in post The Mountain Goats Announces Dungeons & Dragons-Inspired Album
    I had never heard of them before reading this, and so I listened to a snippet of their stuff on Amazon. If you're not familiar with them, they are a folksy mostly unplugged acoustic guitar-driven outfit with mostly slow songs. To me, RPGs, especially of the fantasy genre, will always be best scored with Metal. This stuff reminds me of the music that drove Bluto Blutarsky to smash that guy's guitar on the stairwell at the Delta house. If you like Lesbian Seagull, you'll dig the Mountain Goats. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BaKOluofCA ...and after watching that video, I think many of you reading it will recognize the ATF team is just a group of PC Murder Hobos, on the job. Good stuff - solving problems the way players often do. They’ve a couple/few hundred songs, so it’s possible you just heard the slowest, most low key songs they have. Alternatively: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrHgZRGLgo0 Or: https://youtu.be/anS6bcPpvoQ Or even: https://youtu.be/O66L5G9ccH8
  • 05:20 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted lyle.spade in post The Mountain Goats Announces Dungeons & Dragons-Inspired Album
    Roadie, bassist, and sometimes vocalist (See "Silver Machine," for example)! And did you know that Lemmy, late of Motorhead, was a roadie for Hawkwind? You created a transition back to Metal, and maybe didn't know it. :)
  • 04:20 PM - Aldarc quoted lyle.spade in post The Mountain Goats Announces Dungeons & Dragons-Inspired Album
    To me, RPGs, especially of the fantasy genre, will always be best scored with Metal.That explains the heavy metal scores that Howard Shore and Basil Poledouris composed for their highly acclaimed fantasy soundtracks.

Friday, 14th December, 2018


Thursday, 8th November, 2018

  • 07:14 PM - The Monster quoted lyle.spade in post John Wick Presents Lays Off 7th Sea Staff
    Wick shows up at my local con every year (I live in the same state as he does), and he's an odd duck: friendly enough, but also very strident in his views and seems to take pleasure in rubbing people the wrong way if they disagree with him. He's quite certain that he's right all the time, or at least that's how he comes across. I found his comment about how "awful" 2018 was for everyone strange, too - because he seems to imply the gaming industry. If so, he's way off, although there are some smaller companies, like Evil Hat, that have struggled (due to their own mistakes, in that latter case). This is pretty much my impression from reading Wick's stuff (mostly games, but a few articles and such). I (and my group) loved 7th Sea 1 (though even then I wanted to metaphorically slap Wick silly for his irrational hatred of maps!); we're running 7th Sea 2, and it's fun. But I almost regret backing the Kickstarter. It was so big - and JW has delivered practically every bit of what was advertised already ...

Tuesday, 6th November, 2018

  • 07:16 PM - Toriel quoted lyle.spade in post John Wick Presents Lays Off 7th Sea Staff
    I found his comment about how "awful" 2018 was for everyone strange, too - because he seems to imply the gaming industry. If so, he's way off, although there are some smaller companies, like Evil Hat, that have struggled (due to their own mistakes, in that latter case). I associated his comment about 2018 more with the political climate in the US than with the gaming industry. We would have to ask him to know what he meant exactly. I will say that I was a backer to both 7th Sea and Kitai and have been very satisfied with the way things have been going. I really like the system and find it makes creating adventures easier. It does take a different frame of mind to set the scenes but after a few games, things come more easily.

Friday, 24th August, 2018


Monday, 30th July, 2018

  • 03:57 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted lyle.spade in post Strange Machine Games Announce New Robotech RPG
    That was what bothered me about the Palladium system. There were tweaks here and there, but it's core never changed. It always stayed rooted in the era of high-complexity 80s RPG design theory. I ran a fair bit of the Robotech RPG back in the day, so I’m curious where the new licensee will go with it. I am happy for this and hopeful that the new system is a good fit for the property. I had the Palladium books for each of the three series way back in the olden times, but really...the Palladium system is terrible. It sucks.... Three decades of game design evolution later and we've got plenty of systems that are cinematic, handle social conflict well, and allow for high-action vehicle combat without being tied to a grid (check out Elite: Dangerous RPG for a simple, elegant starship combat system that fits very well alongside the character-to-character game for an example).

Friday, 18th May, 2018

  • 10:47 PM - nijineko quoted lyle.spade in post Getting Dangerous With The Elite: Dangerous Role-Playing Game
    I played what I believe was the original version, on 5.25" floppy disks, in the late 80s on my Apple IIc. I remember the space stations were all d20s and the dogfighting and trading made for a really interesting, immersive game. In retrospect, it was way ahead of its time, and was amazingly playable given (what we now consider to be) the limitations of the technology. :) I would suggest Oolite for those interested in an updated yet still true-to-core of the original Elite. Open source and mod-able.
  • 05:12 PM - Elfcrusher quoted lyle.spade in post Getting Dangerous With The Elite: Dangerous Role-Playing Game
    I picked this up a few days ago and have read the character generation rules as well as perusing the rest of the book, albeit lightly. It is similar to Traveller, which I've played extensively, in that it takes place in a large universe, with governments and worlds spanning large areas of space, and with variety between those governments. It is also similar in that trade is part of the foundation of character activity, if players decide to go that route. Beyond those, it is unlike Traveller in that travel is faster, meaning that a story can take place across a larger area of space without having to accept the months of travel that Traveller requires between subsectors, to say nothing of while sectors of space. The system is pretty light, and looks to provide for quick resolution of rolls at the table. There are no stats....read that again: no stats. Characters are defined by skills and a few others pools of points to account for damage and those used to increase the odds during encounters. The s...

Sunday, 13th May, 2018

  • 12:29 AM - aramis erak quoted lyle.spade in post Getting Dangerous With The Elite: Dangerous Role-Playing Game
    I played what I believe was the original version, on 5.25" floppy disks, in the late 80s on my Apple IIc. I remember the space stations were all d20s and the dogfighting and trading made for a really interesting, immersive game. In retrospect, it was way ahead of its time, and was amazingly playable given (what we now consider to be) the limitations of the technology. The RPG, based on the free Quickstart I read, looks pretty generic, with a system that seems, mechanically, to be almost a close of R. Talsorian's Cyberpunk:2020. I'd love to read a review and feedback from someone who owns and has played it. The Apple II version was a port from the original.

Tuesday, 1st May, 2018

  • 06:12 PM - Jester David quoted lyle.spade in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Accusations. Allegations. All someone needs to do is make the right accusation, and the court of public opinion screams "guilty!" and punishment is handed down. What a clean and efficient form of 'justice.' Think on that. Here is the disconnect for me. You say Fannon has "allegedly" harassed people. But you have, essentially, tried him in the court of public opinion for allegations and banned him from the site. Were his posts, that were merely compilations of his daily blog that popular? Until the situations are sorted out in their appropriate places, didn't this article create bias against Fannon? If multiple unrelated people told you someone had beaten them up at a convention, would you feel the same way? If several individuals told you that someone in the industry had stolen from them at a Con, would you also want that person freely invited back to other Cons? Would you want to attend a Convention with them? If numerous people reported that a individual flagrantly cheated at a ...
  • 06:06 PM - Dannyalcatraz quoted lyle.spade in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Accusations. Allegations. All someone needs to do is make the right accusation, and the court of public opinion screams "guilty!" and punishment is handed down. What a clean and efficient form of 'justice.' Think on that. False reporting of any crime is a justified concern. False accusations can ruin lives. See the Richard Jewel (Olympic bomber) case. Even though he was exonerated, many people “didn’t get the memo.” According to various studies, Only about 2%-10% of all sexual assault accusations reported to police turn out to be false. This is the same rate of false reporting as other types of violent crime. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1077801210387747 https://qz.com/980766/the-truth-about-false-rape-accusations/ https://endsexualviolencect.org/resources/get-the-facts/national-stats/ http://www.ndaa.org/pdf/the_voice_vol_3_no_1_2009.pdf And in addition to that, just as in any other case of false criminal accusations, false accusations of sex crimes- suc...
  • 05:45 PM - Dire Bare quoted lyle.spade in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Accusations. Allegations. All someone needs to do is make the right accusation, and the court of public opinion screams "guilty!" and punishment is handed down. What a clean and efficient form of 'justice.' Think on that. Multiple allegations from women unconnected to each other. Clear pattern of behavior. Think on that.
  • 05:13 PM - Mark Craddock quoted lyle.spade in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    The article didn't so much create bias against Fannon - it presented a conviction already decided. Which is confusing due to the word "Allegations" in the Article. ENWorld has every right to make whatever decision about their authors/contributors, based on whatever facts they find relevant. But this article confused me. Essentially, until whatever course the victims take on this is clear, I just don't see the need for the article, which basically comes down to the fact that allegations are presented against Fannon. Here are those that came forward, we are parting ways with Fannon and we are no longer sharing his weekly rundown of "reviews". I think this would be news once the victims achieved whatever recourse they sought.

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.


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