Thanks once again for stopping by my weekly feature, Irreverent Reading! It's where my son and I dive deep into the D&D Monster Manual and daydream about what we find... Xander finished 1st Grade last week. We could never have imagined back in the Fall what the end of the year would look like. Two … Continue reading Irreverent Reading: D&D 5E Monster Manual – The Letters P,Q,R – The pointy-point killer from Point Town
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!
Think about what's at stake if we get this wrong, again.
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
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.
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
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?”
To orient you if you're new to these pieces, I'm playing The Mecha Hack with my wife and son, and these are our session reports, along with my observations about the game. This Saturday we picked up where we left off a couple of weeks ago. (GM Dad just didn't have it in him last … Continue reading The Mecha Hack Actual Play Ep. 3: Bows & Curtsies
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
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