Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New Post at CROM!

I published the second and final part of my look at The Dark Man: The Journal of Robert E. Howard Studies. It can be read here.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day Gaming

This little blog has been neglected as of late. My energies have been directed towards writing for CROM!, which is something I enjoy. This blog was originally supposed to be about my role playing games, particularly those in an old-school vein; however, I just have not had the time for role playing as of late, and do not see myself being able to alleviate that anytime soon.

I am gaming, but my gaming energies have been directed towards board games. Tonight being no exception. I just returned from a camping trip, and am hosting an after Memorial Day BBQ with a romping game of Smallworld.

I had intentions of reviewing those board games I do play, but keeping track of "hits" on my posts, and a lack of comments, it seems my few readers who do frequent this blog take no interest in that and that is fine. I can place those elsewhere.

In the mean time, I am going to find the energy to do some actual gaming related posts, role playing that is. I don't feel I have much to offer the old-school community; there are others who do a wonderful job at that.  I am going to gear up my energies to produce gaming aids that are universal towards game systems.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

New Post up at Crom!

In this post, I explore The Dark Man journal. It can be found here.

Monday, May 7, 2012

REVIEW: Mansions of Madness

Mansions of Madness
Introduction: The group and I got together last week to try out Fantasy Flights, Mansions of Madness. From the product description:

During each game, investigator players explore an eerie location in the hopes of solving a mystery before it’s too late. Investigators win or lose as a team, and need to keep their wits about them to find the artifacts, weapons, and clues needed to stop the keeper’s diabolical plot. The keeper’s goal is to fulfill an evil scheme, which can range from driving the investigators insane to bringing about the end of the world. The keeper’s weapons are fear, paranoia... and terrifying monsters. Can a handful of brave investigators uncover the truth in time, or will the wicked plans of the keeper come to fruition? 

It is a game for 2-5 players that plays in 2 to 3 hours. Our game lasted 2.5 hours.

The Skinny: Similar to Arkahm Horror in the sense that players take on the role of Investigators, the addition of a competing player, as the Keeper, gives the game an odd, yet cool feel of being a cooperative game, yet being competitive at the same time.  MoM is a Lovecraft Mythos inspired board game.

The game comes with several scenarios and there are expansions available to add more. Many of them are print on demand.

The Good: The four of us had a blast with this game, and that is the most important judgement of any game. It is very handsome, and the plastic figures included with the game would work well with Arkham Horror as well (which I reviewed here), Call of Cthulhu, and/or your favorite fantasy game. As to how lovely it is, I will let my shoddy pictures, taken from my game table, speak for the game.

The Bad: MoM is a tile based game and as with any tile based game, the tiles slide around easily. Our Keeper solved this with an inexpensive mat, the kind you line your kitchen cabinets with to keep dishes off the bottom of the cabinets themselves. This worked splendidly, and I plan on stealing his idea the next time I play a tile based game such as Settlers of Catan.

The Ugly: I have nothing "ugly" to say about this game. It really is that good!

Summary: This is a great game; especially if your are a H.P. Lovecraft/Mythos enthusiast like me. Buy it. Play it. I guarantee it will not collect dust on your shelf.

New Post at CROM!

Over at CROM! I posted my review of Andrew J. Offutt's Conan: The Sword of Skelos. Check it out, and while you're there, check out a lot of other great stuff that is there and has been there for some time now.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

New Post at CROM!

I have a new post at CROM! If you're a long time reader of my little blog here, it may seem eerily familiar. It is a re-write that I posted here about the Sword & Sorcery tales of John Jakes. The original can be found here.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


I have been invited to blog at CROM! I am excited to be a part of that team, so if you enjoy Conan and/or Robert E. Howard, please join me there. I will continue to post here as well, but there will be changes. More on those when I figure out what exactly they will be.