Monday, April 30, 2012

Stop Motion Effects - Flames, Missiles, and Flying Shields

Over on StormThe's YouTube channel, there's a cool new video showing off some stop motion animation special effects titled "Flames, Missiles, and Flying Shields - Special effects in stop motion animation" that might be fun to mess around with for a video project if you have the time and inspiration.  Enjoy!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hobbitual Success's most excellent by-liner, Alex Knapp, penned an article recently called "The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Hobbits."  Read more here!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Catching Up with LeVar Burton on CNN

There's a very nice CNN interview of LeVar Burton that's well worth a read and quite inspirational.  Read more here!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Discworld Crocheting

On Facebook, and linked from, I spotted a very cool crocheted piece of Great A'Tuin with the four giant elephants on his back holding up Discworld.  Check it out further here including some crafting tips on how to make one for yourself!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gam3rCon Gameday

There's a gameday coming up this weekend put on by the good folks at Gam3rCon in their usual location, the 10th Ave. Theatre in downtown San Diego.  If you're in the area, check it out!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Speech Jammer

At the beginning of last month, ran an article about a Japanese speech jamming gun that I bookmarked and forget to include in an earlier blog.  I found it to be a pretty wild idea but one that I also thought gamers would get a kick out of noting.  Read more here!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Becomes Reality, More or Less

There's a great article on about a team that has come up with a working csonic screwdriver that, while not has powerful as the one the Timelord carries, justifies the physics long thought to be possible.  Read more here!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Magic Hoodie

You've got to check out the Technomancer Digital Wizard Hoodie being offered on  It's one of those bizarre items that is both weird and cool.  Find out more here!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Wand Company

There's a website called The Wand Company that not only has some cool features and gaming accessories, mostly, to do with wands, but is also a wonderfully inventive website in its own right.  Do take a look here!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Year of RPG Crowdfunding

Over on the Geek Industrial Complex, Neil Carr has compiled data on the last year of RPG crowdfunding projects in an attempt to make some sense of how it's been going and where it might go in the future.  Read more here and here!  (He promises a Part Three is in the works!)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Human Bird Wings

You've really got to take a look at what's going on over on and I'll bet you can guess but will still be amazed.  Read more here!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

North Texas RPG Con Event Registration Open

For those who can attend this North Texas RPG Convention event registration is now open.  Read more here!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

5 Captains, No Phasing

Looks like London Trekkies are going to be the first of the lucky faithful to see all five Star Trek television series captains at one convention next October.  Read more here!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Kids Dungeon Adventure

You really have to check out the wonderful fun they are having with Kids Dungeon Adventure.  If you have some young would-be tabletop gamers, this is definitely for you.  Read more here!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Roloff Castle

There's a neat article on from a few years ago about a building project that is constructed as a castle, done for the Roloff family in Oregon.  Aside from the castle, on their farm they also have a pirate ship and other attractions.  Pretty sweet!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Glowing Wounds

On the blogs, there's a fantastic story about how some Civil War soldiers' wounds glowed after the Battle of Shiloh, and how that might have even saved some lives.  Read more here!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Shameful Dice

Over on is a fun little article titled "The 10 Most Shameful RPG Dice" which is a must-read for any tabletop gamer.  Enjoy!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Reviews of 30 Things Can Happen!

It's been a little over a week and some really great reviews have come in for 30 Things Can Happen!  I'd like to thank all of the reviewers, everyone who has given this product a look and, of course, those of you who have made the purchase.  If you've been on the fence or are just finding out about this now, please do take a (second) look and check the reviews to see if they might sway you.  Thanks agian to everyone!
Out of the gate, Erik from Tenkar's Tavern gave "30 Things" a very good Featured Review.  David Morrison, aka nedjer of Thistle Games fame (check out his Corruption rules!), had some great things to say too.  Robert Miller had some very nice things to say, as well, and even rolled a few bones to see what results might be generated here.  I also sent a copy to the most excellent YouTuber, tetsubo57 as a little gift for all of the fun videos he produces (subscribe!) and which I enjoy on a regular basis, and he had some kind things to say also which you can view for yourself.  Thanks, again, all!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Caine's Arcade

Here's a heart warming story about someone named Caine who loves games.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

2006 D&D Fan Film Contest Finalist

I guess I missed this at the time, but the D&D Fan Film Finalist "C" is up on YouTube here!

Monday, April 9, 2012

The High Cost of Stuffed Dragons

A Facebook Friend pointed me toward a rather interesting item, a plush, stuffed dragon from Hansa, and the cost nearly cost me a keyboard, as I was sipping some iced tea at the time.  Read more here!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Gaming Hoopla Spring 2012

I wanted to be sure and mention that the 2012 Spring Gaming Hoopla registration has gotten underway.  More can be read on their website here!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

What Almost Happened in Vegas Never Stayed in Vegas

20 years after it almost happened, a huge Start Trek attraction designed for Las Vegas can now be revealed on  Read more here!

Friday, April 6, 2012

John Cleese on Creativity

Some time ago, John Cleese gave a lecture on creativity.  Some of the jokes might be a bit dated but the overall message of the lecture stands true.  Watch it on Vineo here!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Firefly Arcade Game? Not Really!

One of the cooler April Fools Day gags from this year was the Firefly Arcade game dreamt up over on and it makes me wish it wasn't a joke.  I am a leaf with a quarter.  Read more here!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

"Michael Chabon Attacks Prejudice Against Science Fiction"

Over on is an excellent article and interview with Michael Chabon who discusses literary prejudices against science fiction and his screenwriting of John Carter.  Read more here!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Table Top Episode 1: Small World

The first episode of Wil Wheaton's new web series Table Top is now up on YouTube.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 2, 2012

30 Things Can Happen - System-Free Sourcebook

Today I thought I would mention the first product in a new Creative Mountain Games product line, a System-Free Sourcebooks (for Medieval Fantasy RPGs) called "30 Things Can Happen!"  It includes thirty tables of random Medieval Fantasy events and findings in urban, rural, and underground locations.  Each thirty entry table is divided into three ten entry categories, some with additional sub-options, making for nearly one thousand random results including the fun and fantastical.  Use these pages to help flesh out locations during prep or to perk up a flagging game session.  This invaluable resource is system-free and ready to help with any fantasy roleplaying game.  Please have a closer look and see if this can be useful to your gaming.

Sunday, April 1, 2012