Gaming

I love tabletop RPGS, and am currently in Pathfinder, GURPS, and Traveller campaigns. I love GMing but time restraints limit me to mostly convention games and one-shots. For video games, I play mostly MMOs and games with a fantasy or comic book theme. Master of MMO guild politics since 1997 and host on the Happy Jack’s RPG podcast.

Skyrim Wedding Picture

What happens when a costumer and a photographer/VFX artist fall in love? EPIC PICTURES! This visual celebration of our nuptials and our obsession with Skyrim, has been a long time in the making and we debuted it on February 17th in honor of...Read More »


Achievement Unlocked: Learning from Video Games

This week, a fellow teacher asked me to help her grade the California Mission projects that are a staple of 4th grade. She explained that the students were allowed to make models of their assigned mission out of whatever materials they liked, most chose Legos, cardboard, or food items, but...Read More »


Review: Drinking Quest RPG

I take my gaming and my drinking very seriously. You have to when you’re on a podcast with the tagline, “Pursuing the RPG Hobby with Reckless Abandon… and beer.” Perhaps because of this, I was recently sent a review copy...Read More »


Herding Dragons: My Wild Talents Con Game

I love adding a unique twist to my convention games, and my Wild Talents game for Gateway 2012 was no exception. Months earlier I had been inspired to set my game in the world of Skyrim (mostly because I was playing it...Read More »


The Legend of Drizzt Board Game

I don’t know anything about Drizzt, so when my friends pulled out The Legend of Drizzt board game at a recent tabletop night, I was a bit clueless. I didn’t know anything about the characters or the setting, but it didn’t matter. I ended up having...Read More »


Empowering Players

We all have seen players completely take their GM by surprise. Usually, the GM has planned one or two specific ways for the players to handle a challenge… and the players try something completely different. This creates a crossroad for the game. Is the GM willing to consider alternative solutions...Read More »


Dealing with Player Ignorance

Running one of my convention games. (Not the game in question)

I have GMed many convention games, but I ran into a new problem a few months ago. One of the players in my game had a fundamental misunderstanding of a pretty simple scientific principle. I...Read More »


System Spotlight: Traveller

Are you a fan of Firefly? Do you love the idea of gunslingers on the edge of civilized space? Traveller might be the game for you! In fact, Firefly is so similar to the Traveller universe that I would bet money that Joss has played in a campaign or two.

Traveller...Read More »


The Geek Girl Problem

The problem with the geek girl subculture is the unrelenting expectation of uniformity.

I have seen countless articles and posts about the problems with the geek girl subculture. Some are written by geek girls and some are simply commenting on us. Many cast stones at select groups of female geeks for...Read More »


Comprehending Cross-Gender Characters

Cross-gender role-playing can be a controversial topic at the gaming table. Opinions are as varied as one could imagine and while some gaming groups are very open to cross-gender characters, other groups are flat out against it. So why is something that has been around since role-playing began such a...Read More »


Jumping into GMing

GameMASTER. The title itself has a way of excluding about half the population, and that fact is reflected in every game shop and on every convention floor. The number of female gamers may be rising, but the number of female GMs is still pathetically low by comparison. This has to...Read More »


Acquiring Accents for RPGs

Accents are one of the most powerful tools in a role-player’s arsenal. Using them can make characters stand out at the gaming table, and differentiate between in character and out of character comments. They can also be the difference between a good GM and an incredible GM...Read More »


Diving into Diablo III

After finishing Act II in Diablo III, I finally feel like I have experience enough of the game to write about it. I’m having a blast, but there are definitely some pros and cons to this long-awaited game.

First off, if you aren’t playing in elective mode, you...Read More »


Farewell to Fear... or Fun?

 

Many people love to complain about what is wrong with the world, but do little or nothing about it. That is not the case with David Hill Jr. of Machine Age Productions. He didn’t like the accepted norms of the average fantasy RPG’s setting, so he...Read More »


Skyrim, Dawnguard, & Kinect

Skyrim has been a huge success for Bethesda Softworks. The average person’s playtime for Skyrim has been about 90 hours since its release in November. The nonlinear gameplay provides endless hours of entertainment. This is not a game that you “finish”, this is a game that you...Read More »


RPG Podcast Listener Survey

The 2012 RPG Podcast Lister Survey is up! Please visit rpgpolls.com to fill it out. This information is very useful to podcast hosts and gives great information on the demographics of our audience members. It should take you less than 5 minutes...Read More »


Thou Shalt Not Play with Assholes

Should subjective tabletop RPG rules be eliminated since they can allow the GM’s biases to influence the game? This rather hot topic has arisen lately, especially regarding mechanics where the GM can reward players for their role-playing. This discussion was started by site called Gaming...Read More »


RPG Inspired Comedy Music

Stu is a great song writer, but a crappy graphic designer.

My good friend Stu has put his lyrical genus to use for RPGers everywhere. “Let Me Tell You About My Character” is a collection of five EPs...Read More »


Middle School History RPG

It is a constant challenge to keep students engaged in middle school. You know the age, spring has sprung and suddenly girls no longer have cooties. In fact, they are darn attractive. Suddenly, school is the last thing on your mind when you are sitting in class. It’s Mother Nature...Read More »


OrcCon 2012 - Laser Ponies Game for Adults

I didn’t know what to expect when I ran my adult-theme Laser Ponies convention game at OrcCon 2012. Convention games are an unpredictable beast. You never know who will show up at your table, or if they will buy the concept that you have spent endless hours prepping. This concept...Read More »


Laser Ponies Review - Gateway Game for Girls?

“Feel the Pony Power! On a faraway magical world, in the heart of Glitter Valley, there lives a tribe of beautiful creatures known as the Laser Ponies.” – Hex Games Website

Hex games created this very simple RPG in 2009. Laser Ponies is aimed at very young players, but...Read More »


Laser Ponies RPG

For the next Strategicon gaming convention, my friend Casey and I decided to run a game called Laser Ponies. No, I’m not kidding. It’s an actual RPG game that you can buy. It was mentioned in the first season of the Happy Jack’s RPG podcast (which...Read More »


Wild Talents Review

A review I wrote in March of 2011 for The Douchey DM, my friend Stu’s gaming rant-blog. It is also the official rant-blog of the Happy Jack’s RPG podcast. I had just run my first Wild Talents game at OrcCon 2011 with my buddy Frey....Read More »


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