The Mecha Hack Actual Play Ep. 4: Ambush!

If you haven't read any of my previous posts from this series, I'm playing The Mecha Hack, an OSR take on BattleTech style games, with my wife and my 7-year-old son, Xander. Here's the setup... We're using the off the shelf Mech Hack "mini-setting." There are three main factions from Old Earth. Our scrappy heroes, … Continue reading The Mecha Hack Actual Play Ep. 4: Ambush!

An Apocalypse for Two, Maelstrom Dreamers – Ep. 1: Village of Notor

I've wanted to play Davide Pignedoli's Maelstrom Dreamers for a long time. This underrated title features one-to-one play where the protagonist's real life dreams are a key component in the game's highest stakes moments. As I mentioned last week, Maelstrom Dreamers riffs on some of the implied setting for Vincent Baker's Apocalypse World without relying … Continue reading An Apocalypse for Two, Maelstrom Dreamers – Ep. 1: Village of Notor

Irreverent Reading: D&D 5E Monster Manual – The Letters N & O – It’s not if you Owlbear, but how.

Thanks once again for stopping by my weekly feature, Irreverent Reading! It's where my son and I read the D&D Monster Manual and ponder what we find interesting... This week we crossed over the 250 page mark, leaving us with a mere 100 pages to go. By my estimation we're creeping up on 42 hours … Continue reading Irreverent Reading: D&D 5E Monster Manual – The Letters N & O – It’s not if you Owlbear, but how.

Weekly Round-up: GUMSHOE Kids Playtest, Maelstrom Dreamers – Session 0

It turned into "moon" week around here as Jupiter's Io and our very own Luna featured in the storytelling in two very different ways... GUMSHOE for Everyone! If you haven't heard, Pelgrane Press is taking their GUMSHOE engine into the little gamer market with a title called, currently at least, GUMSHOE Kids. Their playtest runs … Continue reading Weekly Round-up: GUMSHOE Kids Playtest, Maelstrom Dreamers – Session 0

Irreverent Reading: D&D 5E Monster Manual – The Letter M – “Daddy, what does Gnoll sex look like?”

Thanks once again for dropping by my weekly feature, Irreverent Reading! It's where my son and I read the D&D Monster Manual and ask the, ahem, hard questions that others are afraid to... Dear Reader, whether or not you have kids of your own, you're probably aware of their ability to ask genuinely thought-provoking questions. … Continue reading Irreverent Reading: D&D 5E Monster Manual – The Letter M – “Daddy, what does Gnoll sex look like?”

Irreverent Reading: D&D 5E Monster Manual – Letters I, J, K, & L – All the Mind Flayers’ Men

Thanks once again for dropping by my weekly feature, Irreverent Reading! It's where my son and I read between the lines of the Fifth Edition D&D Monster Manual to find gameable story-telling opportunities for you, Dear Reader! Even though I Hit the Wall last week I managed to fight through the malaise and get my … Continue reading Irreverent Reading: D&D 5E Monster Manual – Letters I, J, K, & L – All the Mind Flayers’ Men

Weekly Round-up: I Hit the Wall, Big Damn Hero 2, & One-to-One Play

I suppose the way to sum up this week is to talk about last Saturday morning. I didn't start my day with a hike or a jog, or a nice breakfast, or even a terrible breakfast... I literally crawled out of bed, started a bath, and got in the tub. My wife was like WTF? … Continue reading Weekly Round-up: I Hit the Wall, Big Damn Hero 2, & One-to-One Play

Irreverent Reading: D&D 5E Monster Manual – The Letter H – Home of the Tiny Construct

Thanks once again for dropping by my weekly feature, Irreverent Reading! It's where my son and I plumb the depths of the Fifth Edition D&D Monster Manual for those glistening narrative pearls... Now that we are rolling downhill, Xander seems more into the MM than he's been in awhile. We are reading a creature or … Continue reading Irreverent Reading: D&D 5E Monster Manual – The Letter H – Home of the Tiny Construct