When we play our family Harry Potter roleplaying game, we each bring a wand to the table. My daughter's character is Henrietta Voclain, a first-year student at Hogwarts, and this is her wand. Hand-carved magic wand: Silverberry, 14 1/2 inches As you can see, it's quite simple, but I like to think it's also elegant... Continue Reading →
For the past few weeks, I've been working on starting up an Etsy shop. It's going to be called HufflePuffery because we're starting out with magic wands and other Harry Potter themed crafts. And also because, as we've been playing our Harry Potter roleplaying game, the whole family has fallen in love with Hufflepuff house.... Continue Reading →
So a sciency type of guy who works at the Oxford Future of Humanity Institute actually wrote a paper on what would happen if the Earth were instantaneously replaced with an equal volume of closely packed (but not compressed) blueberries. Right away we get a Monty Python-esque question: Are these American blueberries or wild European... Continue Reading →
Have you ever heard of the Warcholak Guide? No? (Yes? Well, too bad, I'm going to tell you what it is anyway!) Basically, it's a simple rule-testing rubric invented by a guy with the last name of Warcholak who develops war games for Academy Games. (With a last name like Warcholak, of course he does.)... Continue Reading →
After a few months of following some diehard OSR bloggers, I've come to the conclusion that they're right: I've been doing tabletop roleplaying wrong. So I'm changing course with the FAR System and FAR Western. From here on out, I follow in the hallowed footsteps of Saint Gygax. No more percentile dice or fancy critical... Continue Reading →
John Adams wrote in a letter to his wife: I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews,... Continue Reading →
Slowly, ever so slowly, I've been building up the FAR Western armory... Thanks to a book titled The History of Winchester Firearms, 1866-1975 (full info on the FAR Western bibliography page), I finally got some decent information on Winchester rifles, thus filling in a gaping hole in the game's equipment list. It's not that examples of... Continue Reading →
Medieval Demographics Made Easy is a concise guide to populating a medieval-ish landscape, written especially with tabletop gaming in mind. It's great for writing and general world-building purposes, too. Check it out.
Currently on the third book in the Monster Hunter International series, Monster Hunter Alpha. If you haven't tried Larry Correia's books, you need to. They're a lot of fun.