Friday, July 11, 2014

A Fail, A Busy Week and A Much Needed Vacation

#1 - A Fail

So,  If you are a regular reader, you will have noticed that I have not posted an unboxing video, nor a Hump-Day Hildebrandt this week.  Well, first off, the unboxing video failed.  The unboxing happened, but the store's camera,)which is what +Adam Muszkiewicz  and I were using to tape, lost power once and during the second recording, ran out of memory.  The incomplete mish-mash that resulted is pretty bad.  We were lucky in that +James DeYonke was taking pictures during the unboxing.  I hope to get them up, along with a good description of the unboxing when I return from vacation.  Instead, we played Swords & Wizardry.  That was fun.  I always appreciate some face to face gaming with Adam.

# 2 - A Busy Week

I had meant to get this posted during the week, but I have been very busy wrapping things up at work in anticipation of my vacation and just have not had the time this week.

#3 - A Much Needed Vacation

Between the real job, the occasional edits I've been getting in on Petty Gods and my writing/playtesting of "Fear of the Dark" and other "Earendel Vale" material I really haven't had a free moment. Yesterday was my last day at work for a bit.  I kicked off my vacation with a Styx concert (if you follow anything I do on Facebook, you probably realize how much of a Prog Rock and Uber Prog guy I am.)  That was pretty sweet.  Their show was fantastic.  They are currently touring with Foreigner, whom I was less enthused about but actually rocked pretty well and impressed me anyway.  I packed today and will be off for Oscoda this weekend with my daughter and parents.  I likely won't blog, but I will be reading through Rob Kuntz "Original Bottle City" (which Adam picked up for me at Gateway Games in Cincinnati when he was down for Free RPG DAY,) so I may get froggy and post a review (assuming I have cell service.)  

When I return, I hope to be refreshed.  In a couple weeks look forward to our Unboxing info, and a U-con OSR Track update.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Gamehole Con

I have been asked to promote Gamehole Con in some way, though I won't be able to make it this year (it falls just before U-Con, which will have a full OSR Track this year.  More on that this weekend.) What I will do is say that it looks to have quite a few good OSR events.  I would love to attend the TSR with Gary seminar with Frank Mentzer  and the Q&A with the +Stephen Chenault. Here is the entire Gamehole Con Event Listing.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hump-day Hildebrandt: Initial Thoughts; Hildebrandt Does Frazetta

Hey folks!  For those curious, yes there will be an unboxing, and possibly a nit-picking.   We will start 3-ish.  We may, completely unprofessionally, tape this and post it here.  We may not.  I'm froggy like that.  Following the unboxing, which should run from 3-ish to "no later than 4:00" I will be running PacesetterGames The Screaming Temple using  Swords &  Wizardry complete as the ruleset.  Those who played in the playtest of "Fear of the Dark" a couple weeks ago will be able to use the same characters.  It should be a fun time.  Hope I see you there.  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Gamers & Grognards Dungeons & Dragons Unboxing Event

Good evening all.  This is a little post to let all of my Michigan OSR folks know that this Saturday July 5th, I intend to do a live unboxing and critique of the new D&D Starter Set.   I'm very interested in doing my own quick look to see how this thing holds up to OSR standards and tastes, as WOTC seems to keep targeting us, and from what I am hearing, it sounds like that have taken some of our own rules and tweaked them.  I also want to tape this and post the video here if at all possible.  Essentially I want the event to be gamers opening a box and having a fun doing so, whether we like the contents or not, I'm sure we can have a good time with it or at it's expense, and some good talk as well.  Now, I have chosen to do this at store that doesn't pander to OSR folks, but is partially owned by a good friend of mine.  I owe him a visit, so this is it.  If you want to come by for the broadcast be at Warriors 3 Comics & Games in downtown Wayne, MI this Saturday at 4:00 P.M.  Also, if there are any volunteers our there to run the camera (if I can wrangle a decent camera) it would be appreciated.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hump-day... Gamers & Grognards Logo?

In the news today:

I hear Jim Ward is pulling through, which is absolutely awesome.  Keep sending him good vibes.

The OSR Track for U-Con is official.  I will be posting on that very soon.

Also, we're getting  a new logo.  A member of the Gamers & Grognards family, that will also be working on some art for the modules that I am currently writing, has created this thing of beauty.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Dice & Gel Pens

So, I finally got off my duff and decided to re-ink my Gamescience (and a few Diamond Dice) dice.  Sharpie and crayon never really hold up for me.  This time around I went gel pen.  I've seen a few examples of this, and they always look sharp.  Right now I'm playing the waiting game, as I'm told (and it seems true) that it can take three to five days for the gel to dry completely.  Here are some semi-blurry pics.