Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup - KC Game Fair, Evil Hat, Fright Night, & Max Mayhem Kickstarters

The KC Game Fair 2014 Kickstarter needs just a little bit of help getting over the top in its final week, so check it out here.

The already extremely well-funded Kickstarter project, Designers & Dragons by Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions has a free preview PDF of the first of four books.  See more here.

Fright Night by David Guyll of Awful Good Games has a modest goal for its rules-lite horror role-playing game so see what he is up to here.

Maximum Mayhem Dungeon #2: Secret Machines of the Star Spawn by Mark Taormino of Freak Show Games is just getting under way and has already exceeded its modest goal.  See more here.

Keeping an eye on those Kickstarter & IndieGoGo
projects plus other crowdfunding efforts.
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Friday, August 29, 2014

The Friday Grab Bag - Madness at Gardmore Abbey: The Patrons at Winterhaven

This post is about a post at the that has aspects that could put it anywhere on the CMG Blog Triad, so I thought I'd put it up as part of The Friday Grab Bag.  It's part playthrough report, part adventure and setting, and part model and minis making, so you can understand my dilemma for where best to share it.  The blog post title over there was "Madness at Gardmore Abbey: The Patrons at Winterhaven" and it went up back in July of 2103.  It's a real treat when you stumble across a GM who puts so much effort into running a game, so follow the link here to have a look for yourself.

Essentially, a clearinghouse for topics not covered
elsewhere or needing a particular focus.
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Dungeons & Dragons Park

Originally set up as a memorial for a fallen gamer in 1993, Dungeons & Dragons Park opened to the public in 2005.  Read more here then go and pay your respects in Carbondale, IL.

A look back at early tabletop hobby gaming
 or gaming-adjacent topics of the past.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Events & Play Wednesday - Upcoming Conventions, Gamedays. and Misc Gaming, Sept & Onward

Focusing on September, there are many events around the country.  I know I'll be attending a couple here in the Southern Wisconsin & Northern Illinois, so check to details out below.

In September, and I mention this ta the top because of my own connection to it, you can join in on the 39th EN World Chicago Gameday (three happen each year).  It will take place in Mount Prospect, IL, at the excellent Games Plus gamestore on September 13th, mostly RPGing but sometimes other gaming types.  I've scheduled to run an afternoon slot of 1E AD&D from 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm and I am working on the details of likely running a miniatures battle in the morning slot.

Overlapping the end of August and into the first weekend of September, Fremont, CA is the place for CelestiCon. Online, beginning September 1st through the 7th, you can also participate in the free Let Us Game Convention (L.U.G. Con).  More details are here.  September 12 through the 14th at the Masonic Lodge No. 43 in Lancaster, PA, check out Save Against Fear, a fundraising for which there are details here.  The Boston Festival of Indie Games takes place on Sept 13 from 10 am to 8 pm in Cambridge, MA.

Don't forget that September 18th, the "Thor'd Thors'day" of September, is the monthly Game Like a Viking Day!  It's a chance, no matter where you are, to break out your Viking-themed tabletop games and have at it.  See more of this ongoing monthly day of fun on the Facebook page here.

Sibcon Gaming Convention & Expo takes place from September 19th to 21st in Butler, PA.  September 20th, at the Newport Centre, in Newport, Wales, UK, the Dragondaze (one-day) Games Convention raises money for Barnardos Young Carers.  September 19th through 21st, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, hosts the Queen City Conquest.  The HMGS South is heralding Hurricon September 25-28 with more info here.

Continuing with September, and of particular interest to me, there is the Fall Gaming Hoopla.  It has tons of boardgaming plus a fair amount of RPGs, card games, and some wargames, from Sept 26-28, at the Johnstown Community Center, in Janesville, WI, with more information on their Facebook event here.  Their kitchen and excellent menu is always a highlight for me and make it possible to get there early and stay until the wee hours!  I've scheduled to run three slots of 1E AD&D for Friday and Saturday at 6 pm - 10 pm (possible to run later), and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.

In October, from the 3rd to the 5th, it's Xenocon in the Quad Cities with more info found here.  Also, check out Con on the Cob, on the 16th through the 19th in Hudson, Ohio, "a Four Day Celebration of Games, Art, Freaks, & Fun!".  October 11, 12, and 13th, including Columbus Day, which is that Monday, you can game at Trident Con in Odenton, MD, the details of which can be located here.  BobCon happens in Kansas City, MO, and more info is found here. October 24-26   Look for more info, hopefully forthcoming soon, for Dan's Con of the Vale 15 for October in Brookfield, WI.

In November, check out U-Con in Ann Arbor, MI, and GameHole Con in Madison, WI.  November 7-9 at the Killington Grand Resort, Canage on the Mountain present A Fist Full of Carnage.  TsunamiCon 2014, happening November 7th-9th, has hit their Kickstarter goal (and has a few days left to get on board here) and takes place at the Hotel at Old Town in Wichita, KS.  The HavenCon Games Day is being held at the Urbana Volunteer Fire Department Banquet Hall  in Frederick, MD, Saturday, November 15, from 10 am to 10 pm.

The Gaming Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania has monthly gamedays but their annual GASPCon meant to happen in November is still ironing out details.  Check out their site for gamedays information and to keep informed for GASPCon here.

Some of this information is gleaned from the excellent lists (which you can check for even more event information!) on (the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society), and  as well as many, many gamers on Facebook and Google Plus, to whom I am grateful for the help in this compilation.  Thanks so much and great gaming to you!

News of Conventions and Gamedays as well as pictures
from those I have attended and games I have played.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tech Tuesday - Sweat-Powered eTattoos, Self-Assembling Robots, & Hoverbike Drones

Coming soon as eTattoos that can be powered by your perspiration that in turn can power electronic devices.  Read more here.

Next, watch these two following videos to see the continuing development of self-assembling and other complex robots.

Finally, Hoverbike drones are well into development and you can jump in to support them through Mehta Websolution here.

News focused on Technology
as it might interest gamers.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Media News Monday - The Quest (2014- )

There is a new (quasi-)Reality Show being shown on ABC and online called The Quest.  Those who know me know that there is but one Reality Show I watch, Survivor.  Some might call it a guilty pleasure but I look on it as an exercise in GMing prep for tabletop RPGs.  I find the directorial organization of so much recorded footage into discreet episodes and an ongoing story while taking into account the dynamic characters and randomness of contests and rivalries among contestants an interesting study in how to GM a tabletop RPG.  The Quest takes a similar tack as Survivor while overlaying the formula with a Medieval Fantasy setting and elements.  I've only caught the first episode thus far but will watch the first season in hopes they capture the spirit of Survivor and not fall flat like the pirate-themed effort Pirate Master (2007).

News for Movies, Television, and more
of gamer-relevant Media.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Funnies - Pottermore-or-less, Wild Thing Walken, & Michael Bay's Up

What if we looked at each year of Harry Potter's schooling through the eyes of a fellow student on the fringes?  See how that question is answered on here.

Over on the Randumbify YouTube channel, a video uploaded a few years ago features a Walken-ified Where the Wild Things Are written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak .  Enjoy.

A recent video uploaded to the MrStratman7 YouTube channel asks "What if Michael Bay Directed "UP"?"  Enjoy.

Humor, often gaming-related,
to start the week with a chuckle.
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