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Are print products like the phone book now?

Fail Squad Games - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 14:19
Digital Gadgets

I love electronic gadgets, tablets, and laptops, and they are handy for gaming. Searchable PDFs of modules, supplements, rule books, the E-version of RPG books are everywhere and usually quite a bit cheaper than the print version. It seems like a no-brainer to bring them to the table. Does this mean print books are becoming obsolete?

I sometimes feel like I should lead the charge in the switch to digital media for gaming. I have a degree in communications / new media, I write in Word, Layout, illustrate, and design in the adobe suite. All of our products from Fail Squad Games are in digital format. However, when I sit down at the table to game and see devices come out I start to lose the magic. Even tablets that I KNOW are there with character sheets and game rule books on them show up and I feel… kind of funny. In fact, I like having my laptop handy for maps. I can’t deny the usefulness of these tools. After about 10 minutes, I start to realize that this makes me feel awkward too.

There is some essence about the game of Dungeons & Dragons (and the variants of it) that resides in books, paper, and pencils.

What is it?

I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly. Newer players to the hobby don’t seem as inclined to feel it, but it’s different. I feel that when a player is looking up a rule or spell in a book, they still hear what’s going on and what’s being said. When it’s being looked up on a device, I personally feel like the table is being shut out. Even if someone tells me it’s not true, I feel like it is.

Is it just nostalgia that keeps me stuck to the idea of the feel of books? The sound of turning pages and dragging a finger across the words to find that spell – A piece of the game lives in that for me. Am I just a stodgy old fart resisting change?

My trouble with PDF

I personally struggle to read PDFs. I don’t like that sitting at my computer staring at a screen. They fit uncomfortably on a tablet, requiring me to scroll side to side. Even when reading on a tablet with a PDF that fits, I tend to put my feet up, squirm around, accidentally touch the screen or the power button, or get distracted by a comment on Facebook or Twitter. A piece of the game, even when I’m on my own time, is captured between the printed pages. Adventure and inspiration builds up in the air between pages. When I flip them open, I can SMELL it!! Sometimes it’s elven forests, sometimes it’s an otyugh – depends where I’m reading.

Even when I am writing adventures, I sit at my desk with MSWord open. My outline, rough maps, and mechanics books (Rules cyclopedia, AD&D, Labyrinth Lord) are in print. I know I can download and search them in pdf, and I lose the excitement of designing an adventure if I do.

While slowly learning Roll20 and preparing to run adventures there, I think I will continue to keep my books in my hand. Will it satisfy the itch that can only be scratched at a table?

The smell of chips, the fizz of soda, the side jokes, breaks where you talk about what’s happened. A piece of this hobby is certainly physical and I think that printed books will not go out as fast as phone books and Ma-Bell booths.

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He may have arrived on April Fools Day, but this mini boss is no joke!

Gamer Goggles - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 14:15

He may have arrived on April Fools Day, but this mini boss is no joke!

Third in our masterclass resin miniature series for Super Dungeon Explore is Randy, Lrod of Spiders! This made-to-order offering is available for pre-order throughout the month of April only! Get yours now!

“The last galaxy is a place where mighty knights clash with the forces of the void, and a battle for survival rages. But that doesn’t mean that the arcades will manage themselves. Randy has been charged with the sacred duty of managing one such arcade. Annoyed at customers who continually vaporize his place of work with high tech weaponry, Randy decided to program himself into his favorite game. But a typo prevented him from being a proper lord, even in a game…”

What’s more terrifying than a mini boss roaring down at you with clear intent for destruction? One that is laid back in a hammock eyeing you with mild annoyance for having disturbed him.
We all know it’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for.


  • 1x Randy, Lrod of Spiders Resin Model (Assembly Required)
  • 1x Mini Boss Card (Classic)
  • 1x Mini Boss Card (Arcade)
  • 1x Cheese Head Treasure Card

Randy, Lrod of Spiders is only available during the month of April.
Don’t miss out, order yours today!

Randy, Lrod of Spiders will be made-to-order after preorders close May 1. Anticipated delivery is June 2018.

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Bunches of Bobbles Blanket Tutorial

Moogly - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 13:52

The Bunches of Bobbles Blanket is a pretty easy pattern, with just a couple of twists. And now to help with the written pattern, I’ve got a pair of video tutorials! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; material provided by Red Heart and Furls Crochet Hooks. How to Crochet the Bunches of Bobbles Blanket – [...]

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The Alien King Coming Soon for AVP

Gamer Goggles - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 12:34
alien king

Box includes:
1x Alien King multipart model
1x “Bug Hunt” scenario booklet

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The Exfiltrators

Ten Foot Pole - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 11:14

God is dead and everything is sex.

By Lance Hawvermale
Hawvermale Paper & Pen
Levels 5-7

One of the doomed souls within Velgate Prison is innocent, but the only way to free him is to infiltrate the prison. And if that task isn’t difficult enough, what’s far more challenging is getting out.

This 42 page adventure is a prison break in an inescapable panopticon prison. The designer has no idea how to format an adventure. It has wall of text, mixes important data at random in to random bots of text, stacks the cards against the party, and, to top it off, the product description is inaccurate.

I once had a boss who was the most incompetent person I’d ever seen. I mean truly a fuckwit. He stayed on the job two years. The lesson learned is that you don’t have to be good at your job. You have to be good at GETTING a job. This adventure raised $2000 on kickstarter, with 100 backers. Any of you creators struggling with the quality of your product, the crippling self-doubt that comes from creating, need to learn a lesson from this product. Marketing baby, who gives a fuck about quality.

The ‘quality’ in question? It’s a mess. I don’t even know where to start. Room four of the prison describes the control room. That’s where we learn that the prison has only twelve guards. Because, obviously, if you needed that information you would not look in the “prison overview” section but rather in the control room entry. Clearly.

This club has everything. The hooks are mixed in to the long background text. Page long NPC’s.

This kind of shit happens over and over again. Worse, the descriptions for EVERYTHING are long and full of fiction writing. “This room is the prisons dark heart.” *yawn* How about justifying itself? “The door has been reinforced by strips of laminated horn so that any check to open it is at -4.” *yawn* People don’t hear the door chime/doorbell, but they always hear the door being broken down.

Speaking of … The prison is a panopticon. The party is searched and everyone disabled and scanned by magic. The ambush has illusions, a spellcaster wearing a ring of inviso, massmorph attackers, and other gimps. The walls take a 50% penalty to climb. It just goes on and on and on. You WILL play the adventure the way the designer intended! He’s going to be sure of that …

The opening ambush is three pages long. A column of tactics. Long NPC stat blocks. The entire thing feels more like a late 3.5 adventure than an OSR one. “You see what appears to be a weary traveller.” That is both a common way to write and a shitty one. Wasn’t there a good blog post about “appears” somewhere?

Finally, and just to show how petty I am, you don’t break in to free an innocent. You get captured. The entire blurb is wrong.

Abort! Danger! Abort!
This is just badly written and designed dreck. I will again use the most stinging rebuke I know of: Why would you attach your name to this?

This is $7 on DriveThru. The end of the review shows you the three page ambush and half of a LONG NPC description.

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Finished Knit: Heyworth Mitts

Knitted Bliss - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 11:00


Without a doubt, spring is the perfect season for fingerless mitts. Especially if they are the colour of flower petals. Pattern: Heyworth Yarn: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise Blend (70% merino superwash, 20% cashmere, 10%nylon) in ‘Romantisch’ Needles: 3.25 mm and 3.5 mm (US 3 and 4) Mods: None Not that you know it from the many, many

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Wednesday Comics: Stuff I Read in the Last Week

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 11:00

Injection Vol. 1
A thinktank of eccentric geniuses do a bad thing combining the occult with AI and the world may pay for it if they can't set it right. Typical Warren Ellis characters (very competent but flawed, unique protagonists) in a story that is a bit X-Files-ian (or really more reminiscent of the X-file progenitor Nigel Kneale) but with a more action-y flair.

The Terrifics #1
Four super-powered individuals (Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man, and a Phantom Girl) led by a genius get together to have fantastic adventures. Not a lot happens in the first issue but it ends with an appearance by [SPOILERS] Tom Strong, so they have my interest at least for a couple more issues.

WWE Adds 15 More Superstars to Greatest Royal Rumble Match

First Comics News - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 06:28

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia & STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Fifteen WWE Superstars, including Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle™, 2016 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner Baron Corbin™, four-time Tag Team Champions The New Day™, and three-time World Heavyweight Champion and nine-time Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho™ have officially entered the first-ever 50-man Greatest Royal Rumble match, which will take place at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Friday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. AST.

The Greatest Royal Rumble will stream live on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view outside of the Middle East with regional broadcast information forthcoming.

WWE Superstars Apollo™, Shelton Benjamin™, Sin Cara™, Elias™, Chad Gable™, Goldust™, Titus O’Neil™, Mojo Rawley™ and Dolph Ziggler™ have also declared for the first-ever Greatest Royal Rumblematch. Additionally, the historic event includes John Cena™ vs. Triple H™, Brock Lesnar™ vs. Roman Reigns™ in a Steel Cage Universal Championship match and six other championship matches.

General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia Chairman, His Excellency Turki Al Sheikh, WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, invite the world to celebrate this signature event. It is the first event as part of a long-term partnership between WWE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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JUSTA LOTTA WRESTLING: Meet Danielle Moinet (Summer Rae) At The Wrestling Guy Store April 14th

First Comics News - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 05:53

Want to meet former WWE Superstar Summer Rae? This Saturday she is going to be making a signing appearance at The Wrestling Guy Store!

April 14th, if you are in the Los Angeles area, make your way to The Wrestling Guy Store in Huntington Park as Danielle Moinet (known to the WWE Universe as Summer Rae). She’ll be there from Noon to 2pm meeting fans, taking pictures and signing autographs. It’s your chance to meet the North Carolina native and get a selfie with the stunning beauty. Here is the pricing info:

$20- 1 Autograph

$15 – 1 Photo Op (your own Camera)

$30 – Combo (1 Auto and 1 Photo Op- your own camera)

$50 – VIP- (Priority Entrance, 2 Autographs, Professional Photo Op, and Selfie)

So VIP is really the way to go. You won’t have to wait, you get TWO autographs a selfie and a pro photo op. It’s a nice deal and Danielle is simply gorgeous you’ll want to get as many pictures as you can, LOL.

The Wrestling Guy Store is located at 6085 State Street in Huntington Park, CA. You can pre-buy your tickets in advance from the store’s website HERE – https://thewrestlingguystore.com

I’ve been to The Wrestling Guy Store before for the Stu Bennett (WWE’s Wade ‘Bad News’ Barrett) signing appearance and had loads of fun. It’s a cool shop that has tons merchandise and collectibles from WWE and other wrestling promotions. So try and stop by! I might even show up!

Here are some pics of Danielle:


Tanya Tate

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Looking For Group - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 04:00

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More Black Moon Chronicles Maps

Greyhawk Grognard - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 02:09
Those of you who've been following my blog for a few years might remember the Black Moon Chronicles, a series of graphic novels by French author François Marcela-Froideval. That name might also sound familiar because he was one of Gary Gygax's cohorts, who did a first draft of Oriental Adventures (which was never used), was the co-creator of the Greyhawk quasi-hero Kelanen, Prince of Swords, and it is said that he was to be "given" a section of the far western portion of Oerik to develop.

The legend/theory then goes that his later Black Moon Chronicles graphic novels were an expression of that intent, and thus they assumed the status of sorta-kinda-maybe-canon. The fact that the much-maligned Dragon Annual #1 map of Oerik has some names in that very region that are very similar to his own creations (specifically the Empire of Lynn, as opposed to his own Empire of Lhynn), adds credibility to the case.

So, just today, over in the G+ Greyhawk community, W.K. "Icarus" Nolen discovered some new maps in the art of one of the newer volumes of the Black Moon Chronicles. Here's the whole panel in question:

As he puts it:
The main one the half-orc in red armor is holding looks to me like it could be Oerik, essentially from a latitude of the Sea Barons on an angle across to Thalos in the Sundered Empire on the western shore.   the big area of water in the middle would be the Sea of Hyperboria. 
I think the map the orc with the map in his mouth is holding looks like the coastline of Western Oerik, if West were towards his face.
So, the two would line up with the eating orc's right hand being at the same place as the red-armored orc's left thumb.  Hmmm. Let's see where this goes.

First of all, for reference, here's the DA1 map:

And here's the first map Icarus mentions, rotated and cropped as he suggests:

Even if we are charitable and say the orc's hand is covering up the entire Celestial Sea, I just don't see it. There are peninsulas where none should be, and what Icarus calls the Sea of Hyperborea comes way, way too far south, and is too wide. Plus the whole of eastern Oerik is completely wrong. Even accounting for the vagaries of Medieval-style maps, I think it's a stretch.
But what if we flip the map upside-down? We get this:

To my eye, this makes a LOT more sense. Bearing in mind that even if this is supposed to be an accurate representation, it's going to be an accurate representation of François Marcela-Froideval's western-Oerik-that-never-happened. So a close match to the DA1 map is not going to happen.
But here, we clearly see that big island at the southwestern tip of Oerik, next to the Barbarian Seameast. We see the islands of the Tharquish Empire, and we see the Celestial Sea (including the islands east of Erypt and the Gulf of Ra). 
It's not perfect by any stretch. The island of Thalos (which we know from the Sundered Empire setting) is turned into a peninsula. Nippon is smaller and moved very close to the mainland and south at the same time. The Flanaess is atrophied to the point of near-non-existence. But if one were inclined to make a Medieval-style map increasingly inaccurate as one got further from its point of origin, that might make sense.
Let's take a look at that second map, being chewed on by orc #2:

It's hard to tell when you zoom in like this, but the center of the map is actually overlaid by yet another map, so it's only the coastlines we're looking at here. Here's the relevant portion of the DA1 map zoomed in:

The Elven Lands (aka Empire of Ravilla in the Sundered Empire setting) get turned into islands, and Thalos is more peninsula than island, but we see the big triangular jutting-out of the Tarquis Dominions, and the coast seems to turn eastwards at the right point, even if the details are off. It's possible.
So I come to a firm conclusion of "50-50, but even if it's so, it's not Greyhawk, it's François Marcela-Froideval's setting that never made it into Greyhawk." Still, it's a neat addition to the lore and something else to chew on. Now I have to buy more graphic novels!
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April Brings Rain and….Comics

First Comics News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 23:13

Spring has arrived and, with the new season, we have a new issue of Rochelle from Antarctic Press! You can find the third issue of Rochelle in the latest issue of Diamond Previews. Issue #3 concludes the tale of the Key West terror, Zika, as Rochelle and friends do battle with the mutant mosquito menace in a final dramatic showdown. Be sure to pre-order your copy from your local comic shop before the end of the month, with Diamond Previews Code: APR181288. No local shop? You can pre-order from Midtown Comics and have Rochelle delivered to your doorstep, by clicking on the image below:

The titles don’t end with Rochelle. If you are a fan of comics, wrestling, or a combo of both, be sure to check out the Kickstarter campaign for the conclusion of my series Nikolai, the authorized biographical comic book miniseries of WWE Hall of Famer, Nikolai Volkoff. Click on the image below and pre-order your copy today before the Kickstarter ends on April 17.

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2019 Star Trek: The Cruise To Sail With Music/Tech Icon Thomas Dolby, Along With Trek Stars Wil Wheaton, Jason Isaacs and More

First Comics News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 23:08
MUSIC-TECH PIONEER THOMAS DOLBY JOINS 2019 STAR TREK™: THE CRUISE III Weeklong Immersive Star Trek Experience Also Brings Aboard Wil Wheaton, Jason Isaacs, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, John de Lancie, Nana Visitor, Robert Picardo, Rene Auberjonois, Connor Trinneer, Denise Crosby, Ethan Phillips, Chase Masterson, Casey Biggs, Mary Chieffo and Wilson Cruz Miami, Florida (April 10, 2018) – Thomas Dolby, a pioneer in music and technology integration, has just been added to the 2019 Star Trek: The Cruise III as musical guest and innovation speaker. He joins a crew of fan-favorite stars from both the film and television series, including Wil Wheaton, Jason Isaacs, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, John de Lancie, Nana Visitor, Robert Picardo, Rene Auberjonois, Connor Trinneer, Denise Crosby, Ethan Phillips, Chase Masterson, Casey Biggs, Mary Chieffo and Wilson Cruz.  The voyage marks the third annual journey for the only officially licensed Star Trek cruise in the universe, which immerses fans in the ultimate Star Trek experience.  Star Trek: The Cruise III will depart from Miami, FL on January 4, 2019, with stops on Great Stirrup Cay, Grand Cayman and Jamaica before returning on January 10, 2019. “Star Trek is the perfect fusion of technology, science and culture,” says Dolby.  “What the franchise has done for science and curiosity is immeasurable and I’m genuinely excited to be a part of this voyage that celebrates all things Star Trek.” Called a “music-tech icon” by Forbes magazine, Dolby has merged technology with music for over 35 years, epitomized in his hit song, “She Blinded Me with Science.”  He went on to revolutionize ringtone   technology and was Musical Director of the annual TED Conference for a decade. In 2016, Dolby published his biography, Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology.  He is currently a professor at Johns Hopkins University, where he is launching their first Music for New Media program this fall. Star Trek: The Cruise III brings fans together with their favorite actors to personally interact during innovative, original events and impromptu encounters.  Produced by Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC, under license by CBS Consumer Products, the voyage will include dramatic performances, comedy shows and concerts by Star Trek actors.  The ship will be transformed into quintessential Star Trek locations, with back-to-back events and activities for guests that are inspired by key moments in Star Trek history. Additional crew members expected to join Star Trek: The Cruise III will be announced in the coming weeks.

To reserve a stateroom for Star Trek: The Cruise III, January 4 – 10, 2019, fans can go to the cruise website or call 844-335-6515. The six-day voyage on the stunning Norwegian Jade will boldly go where no one has gone before, packed with special Star Trek-themed shows, events and programs including:

  • A stellar crew of iconic Star Trek actors and personalities
  • Incredible theme nights
  • Interactive celebrity hosted events
  • Actor led excursions at each port
  • Vow renewals led by a Star Trek star
  • Nightly shows performed by celebrity guests, including concerts and live game shows
  • Autograph and photograph sessions with your favorite Star Trek crew members
  • A Star Trek: The Cruise Museum exhibiting genuine pieces and classic memorabilia from the archive
Cabin prices start at $1,850 per person, and include all meals, events, parties as well as port charges, taxes and onboard gratuities.

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First Comics News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 23:06

Leah Moore, John Reppion, and Sally Jane Thompson Weave a Magical Tale at Dark Horse

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (April 10, 2018)—From Leah Moore and John Reppion, the writers of Damsels, The Trial of Sherlock Holmes, and Ghost Stories of an Antiquary comes an original graphic novel perfect for tween, teen, and adult fans alike! Conspiracy of Ravens joins Moore and Reppion with interior and cover artist Sally Jane Thompson (Atomic Sheep, Now and Then, The Ruby Equation) to weave a tale of magic, family secrets, and a mysterious legacy.

Anne is a teen schoolgirl who thought she was just like everyone else. But when she unexpectedly inherits her long-lost aunt’s crumbling English mansion and a strange ancient locket, she unearths a family secret that leads to the discovery of her mysterious powers. She picks up the mantle of her family’s magical legacy, but soon learns that she isn’t the only one whose powers are awakening, and not everyone wants to use their powers for good…

Conspiracy of Ravens HC goes on sale October 03, 2018 and is available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local comic shop . This 136-page hardcover retails for $14.99.

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Shot Down & A Review Of Adventurer, Conqueror, King's The Heroic Fantasy Handbook By Alexander Macris From Autarch Part I

Swords & Stitchery - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 21:21
One of the most important things I've told dungeon masters in forty years of doing this hobby  is to have a back up plan. I wanted to run an Amazing Adventures campaign with some friends from Litchfield Connecticut. I got the go ahead from these friends. Well I worked on a beginning adventure, new pulp villain, etc. And then I wanted a schedule commitment for a Saturday evening & no one could Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Box Breaking 243: Star Wars Legion AT-RT from FFG

Gamer Goggles - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 21:17

In this Box Braking Matt takes a look at the Star Wars Legion AT-RT from Fantasy Flight Games.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

I can’t wait to blow this guy up.  It’s kind of funny in X-wing I prefer to rebel or be scum but in Legion I think I’m a clone all the way.

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Rick and Morty Trading Cards Season 1 - Sketch Card Previews, Part 1

Cryptozoic - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 19:53

Cryptozoic’s highly anticipated Rick and Morty Trading Cards Season 1 are coming soon! In preparation of the release, we are excited to preview some of the fantastic Sketch Cards that will be inserted into the upcoming set. What are Sketch Cards, you ask? For those of you that are new to the trading card hobby, Sketch Cards are pieces of original artwork that are hand-drawn by artists onto a standard-size trading card (2.5” x 3.5”). They are then randomly inserted into various trading card sets.

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First Comics News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 16:55


(APRIL 10TH, SAN DIEGO, CA) In April, the doors of Castle Cornette are being opened to the public! Jim Cornette, in association with IDW Limited are tag-teaming to bring you 60 pages of unrelenting and uncompromising action in the form of a limited-edition graphic novel! Written and illustrated by Eisner Award-nominated Brandon Easton, and Denis Medri, the award-winning team behind Andre The Giant: Closer to Heaven, this new hit enters the Kickstarter ring on April 17th!

“I collected comics even before I got into wrestling, and as a collector myself I want to make this a real collector’s item! I’ve been telling stories for years in my columns and on my podcasts” says Jim Cornette. “But you know what they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words. So sixty pages of pictures should be enough room to tell a heck of a lot of amazing stories. I can’t wait to take people behind the scenes and have them SEE some of my favorite moments illustrated by an awesome team!”

The book will feature three chapters of tales, hand-selected and presented by Cornette and adapted by the team of Easton and Medri. Through Kickstarter, IDW Limited will be able to grant additional content and opportunities to Cornette’s loyal fans and fans of Pro Wrestling overall. Additional perks will include original art, personal conversations with Cornette himself, and even the ability to go down in infamy by being drawn as a heel character directly into the graphic novel!

“I’m a big fan of Jim Cornette’s storytelling – both in the ring and through his podcasts. I’m beyond excited to work on this project and explore the modern history of pro wrestling with a man who experienced it firsthand,”  said Easton. “Obviously we’re passionate about pro-wrestling, and the chance to return to the ring has us flexing our creative muscles!” said Medri.

Look for Jim Cornette Presents: Behind The Curtain – Real Pro Wrestling Stories on Kickstarter from April 17th to May 10th

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Women Who Game

Fail Squad Games - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 16:22
I am reading through the Rules Cyclopedia in short bursts. To the women who were gamers in the 80s through 90s and stuck with it and kept gaming: I truly salute you. It takes a real love of the game that not many have, to do what you have done. That is, to keep gaming with the wind pushing against you. The language in the Holmes, BECMI and AD&D rule sets is needlessly masculine, and I don’t mean just a little bit and I am not exaggerating “Needlessly“.


I am trying to imagine how it would feel if I sat down to a game with a table full of women. Then I read the rules and the entire text was “she” based, my character would be limited based on gender, and I STILL would return for weeks, months or years to play the game. Sometimes even with the men or boys ridiculing me for not “getting it”. I’m slow, but I really am starting to “get ” it. Maybe this article is long overdue from Fail Squad Games.
Women who game TRULY did and do love the game, because you are still here and playing after all this time. The Authors Before I continue, I would like to make it clear that this is NOT a personal dig at the original authors of any edition of D&D, BECMI, AD&D. I know many of them and have a deep respect for them as creators of my favorite game, and ultimately my career. I hope they consider this article as a constructive critique if they haven’t changed with the times, and as a sign post to personal growth if they have. The Excusing Text In all the old school books like Rules Cyclopedia, BECMI, and AD&D there is a paragraph that reads something like the following (from Rules Cyclopedia): Pronoun Note
The male pronouns (he, him, his) are used throughout this book. We hope this won’t be interpreted by anyone as an attempt to exclude females from the game or to imply their exclusion. Centuries of use have made these pronouns neutral, and we feel their use provides for clear and concise written text.

As a young teen / preteen reader this made perfect sense to me. I accepted this and never understood why girls or women would feel any twinge of issue with anything about the game. Ok, I could kind of get the chain mail bikini thing, even back then. but hey, images of Elise Gygax sold me the book IN a chain mail bikini!

Was it really THAT bad?

Yeah, it was that bad. As an adult, and an RPG producer in 2018 re reading the text, even I find it distracting as an aging white male. It really is that bad. Come at the text as if you were your daughter reading the book and it sheds a little light on it. Let’s look at a paragraph, there are so many, but I’ll just pick ONE. Rules Cyclopedia page 7

A Magic user is a character who wields magic. He has little or nothing in the way of fighting ability,  and in the early part of his career he has little in the way of magical ability either. But as he gains  in experience, he becomes a powerful character and can wield powerful spells. The magic user’s prime requisite is his intelligence.

For that one paragraph a masculine tense is used SIX times. there are only 61 words in that paragraph! Only the very first sentence doesn’t reference the magic user being male. This paragraph isn’t a cherry picked exception in the book. It’s a standard example of the text.

I know what you are thinking, “Oh dammit! another article by a ‘Social Justice Warrior'” or some such crap. Please, stop right there. This is an article by a long time gamer and a publisher of games and most importantly a DAD to a young woman who likes to game. I am writing this article mostly as a father, secondly as an author, and thirdly as someone who wants everyone to game at my table.

So how do you fix that?

I wanted to write, but the texts I read with the gender pronouns seemed the only logical way to build a sentence. When I first started writing in the genre, I recalled those excusing paragraphs, but something didn’t sit quite right. There were growing pains in the gaming world and a number of solutions came up.

  • Use she instead of he everywhere. [The same issue but in reverse. this just feels like vengeance]
  • Use he / she [ ok but clumsy to type and read. What about those who are neither?]
  • Use he in one instance, then she in the next. [Yeah, this happened around the 3.0 – 3.5 days and it is AWFUL to read and confusing as hell!]
  • Use they or proper nouns or reword the sentence to not need a gender. [This is the Fail Squad Games fix and many other OSR publishers are getting on board]

So how would the sentence above read if published in a Fail Squad Games module today?

A Magic User is a character who wields magic. They have little or nothing in the way of fighting ability and in the early part of their career have little in the way of magical ability either. But as the magic user gains  in experience, they become a powerful character and wield powerful spells. The magic user’s prime requisite is intelligence.

It takes about 15 minutes of thinking when you first start writing this way. It makes more sense, the text actually reads smoother when written this way. It is more “clear and concise written text.” The Game master is either “GM, they, their”. Why assume he/his/him at all? After about 1,000 words in, this is the natural way to write and when you read gendered text it’s almost painful. I cringe when I see new authors in the RPG genre writing this way.

Characters with a gender are of course referred to as their gender in the game, it’s a simple, easy thing to do that makes your product better.

Helmets off to the Women

All through this, there are women who loved the game so much, they let this slide. Even when the rules set their maximum strength less than their male counterparts. I always found this troubling and in poor design even as a teen player.

Here’s to you for sticking with the hobby. Here’s to you for gaming through in an instance where, if the tables were reversed, I doubt many – if any-  men would be left standing. I salute your strength of character. I salute you for your love of the game and some who changed perceptions from the inside out. I also humbly apologize for anything you have endured to get here. I love BECMI, truly love the game. I love AD&D, all its authors, artists and contributors. I don’t like this one aspect of it and what it has done.  It was absolutely not necessary to write this way. It is my job as an inheritor of the hobby to fix it.

I will still play the games. I will ALSO continue to produce gaming supplements for the old systems and their clones. I WON’T be using that language in any Fail Squad Games product. I hope I can invite those who aren’t on board, to get on board. You’re on a sinking ship if you think you MUST write he, him, his a half-dozen times in a brief paragraph of 60 words.

What this Isn’t

This isn’t the chain mail bikini debate. I know Tarzan, Conan, Red Sonja, and Caldwell’s babes. This is a pronoun debate. A simple change in literary thinking that improves our hobby as a whole. As a young reader, I didn’t realize what this does to a line of thinking. As an adult dad, I do. As they say in Goonies, “This is OUR TIME! Down here!”

This is OUR time. We are inheriting this hobby from the previous generation. it’s time to fix this. With a couple of minutes of thought, any text can be written without the he, his, him bit. I don’t care that it was used my Shakespeare, Defoe, or any others for centuries. It’s not an excuse to use it now. It’ REALLY is not an excuse to purposefully use it in a hobby that wants to be inclusive. If anything, gaming incorporates the disenfranchised and this language should be something that our hobby leads the way in changing.

I welcome your comments below. If you think you must write with gender *fight me* I’ll rewrite your example text.

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Saturday Sweater and Ficstitches Yarns Kit Sneak Peek!

Moogly - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 16:04

Hey everybody! I jumped on Facebook Live today to give a sneak peek of Friday’s pattern, the Saturday Sweater! And also, a peek inside the latest Ficstitches Yarns Kit – watch below to get the scoop! Watch this site for the pattern – it will go live on  April 13th, and feature (you heard me [...]

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