The Strange RPG – First Thoughts, Part 2

Last time, I discussed various aspects of Monte Cook Games’ Cypher System.  There were a lot of really interesting mechanics that lend themselves well to storytelling and roleplaying.  This post will focus more on the setting and adventure that I ran to give you a glimpse into the weird and fantastic world that is The…

The Strange RPG – First Thoughts, Part 1

Ever since I learned about The Strange RPG from Monte Cook Games, I have been so excited to see it in action.  There are so many aspects about the Cypher System and the settings used within The Strange that intrigue me.  And, supposedly, the system encourages more roleplaying than typical combat-oriented RPGs, like Dungeons &…

Using D&D 4E’s Skill Challenges in 5E

I just ran across another blog post about utilizing D&D 4th Edition’s skill challenges within D&D 5th Edition.  This really struck a chord with me, as I had just tried doing this in my last D&D session, running a conversion of 4E’s Remains of the Empire (found in Dungeon Magazine #165).  This module has multiple…

Tabletop Review – Defenders of the Realm

Time for another board game review!  This time around we’ll be discussing Defenders of the Realm from Eagle-Gryphon Games. DotR is a fantasy-themed cooperative game designed to test your luck and skills at defending the main stronghold of Monarch City.  Four evil generals are marching their armies toward the city, aiming to conquer it for…

Tabletop Review – Firefly: The Game

Despite only running for a single season, the TV show Firefly has spawned quite the pile of merchandise.  After watching the show, I couldn’t help but wonder how great the board game would be.  Then my wife came home with it!  We’ve now played it quite a few times, and it’s about time I sat…

Painting Minis – Dark Elf Sorcerer

Time for another mini painting session!  Dramorion, the dark elf sorcerer from Reaper. (I actually painted this one before my previous post, but I couldn’t let the secret out of the bag. This is another surprise mini for one of my players in my Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign.) Believe it or not, trying to…