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!

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

The Mecha Hack Actual Play Ep. 2: Hard Lessons

Picking up where we left off last week... Starian and Thumper came out of their simulated battle to discover that their lunar base was under attack. Since they were already suited up, they headed out of a rupture in their hangar and onto the edge of the battlefield. LEEROY JENKINS!!! In classic 7-year-old aggro fashion, … Continue reading The Mecha Hack Actual Play Ep. 2: Hard Lessons

The Mecha Hack Actual Play Ep. 1: A Little Simulation

I've often wondered when I'd open the door to the realm of in-game violence for our son. Up to now we've played RPGs that either don't have a combat system, or that just aren't about physical conflict. I've known for a long time I was going to hold off on introducing him to the play … Continue reading The Mecha Hack Actual Play Ep. 1: A Little Simulation

Weekly Round-up: My Podcast Premiere, BattleTech/The Mecha Hack, We Play How to Host a Dungeon

Hunh, turned into kind of a big week around here when I wasn't looking! Champions NOW, right now! So I guess it took a pandemic to do it, but you can find me on my first ever podcast this week. MadJay Brown and I have been whiling away our Tuesday nights in the seedy meta-human … Continue reading Weekly Round-up: My Podcast Premiere, BattleTech/The Mecha Hack, We Play How to Host a Dungeon

Weekly Round-up: Wicked Mazes, D&D, Champions Now, & Deep Dungeon History

Now that we are home schooling and I'm working on getting the taxes done, there was very little time this week for much of anything. My wise wife says, "Write about what you're doing!" So here goes... a roundup of the week in my corner on the gaming cosmos... Roll20 FTW My regular group has … Continue reading Weekly Round-up: Wicked Mazes, D&D, Champions Now, & Deep Dungeon History

Playing Atlas Games’ Once Upon a Time with the Kid + embracing online gaming

Greetings Dear Reader! Picture me shivering slightly in the outside office I mentioned last week. I'm very much regretting having lost my fingerless gloves. Didn't realize they'd become a mission-critical accoutrement! My thoughts are with our gaming brethren in NYC. I hope you are all safe, sane, and healthy. Fingers crossed when I say this, … Continue reading Playing Atlas Games’ Once Upon a Time with the Kid + embracing online gaming