A compact random personality generator

Reading through the Chimera roleplaying system rulebook, I came across this nifty little chart for quickly generating NPC personalities. Two D12 rolls, one on each column, give you a range of random, unique personalities. Roll Outlook Roll Demeanor 1 Bigoted 1 Violent 2 Paranoid 2 Overbearing 3 Bleak 3 Arrogant 4 Fearful 4 Capricious 5... Continue Reading →

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When I win the lottery…

I will buy one of these. Or better yet, that one. Because those things are difficult to find, and even if you did find one, it wouldn’t be as nearly flawless as this one. And I will buy a whole bunch of land out here: And I will build a nifty house, not big, but... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Memorial Day

Well, not on Memorial Day literally, as that's come and gone...but I was catching up on my reading at According To Hoyt, and Sarah's Memorial Day post made me think. (AtH always makes me think, which is what I like most about it.) On Memorial Day, the daily MSN home-page poll asked if you flew... Continue Reading →

State of the FAR System

With warmer weather, fragrant blossoms, and new leaves, this seems like a good time to assess the state of the FAR System and what's next. First, a bit of new news: We're on RPGnow.com and drivethrurpg.com as Two Far Publishing. Nothing uploaded yet, but I'm working on a gaming aid that will probably go up... Continue Reading →

The Allen Pepperbox: A “cheerful weapon”

I rewrote my post on the Allen & Thurber pepperbox pistol and submitted it to The Truth About Guns for their spring content contest. Here's the article I wrote for the contest: A "Cheerful Weapon": The Allen Pepperbox. They're publishing the best submissions (mine got published the day after I sent it in, so I... Continue Reading →

The thing you need most is always to be found where you fear to look. Don't let fear and doubt -- or even simply the lure of comfort -- hold you back. Go out into the storm, enter that dark cave, and face down the monster inside. h/t Searching For Dragons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5zdal1MKf0 This song always gets the juices flowing. Maybe it's a bit incongruous, but although I love the Old West, I have no liking for country/western, bluegrass, or any other music that commonly evokes those bygone days. I'm a metalhead through and through. Which is where Volbeat comes in. This is where bluegrass, Johnny Cash, and... Continue Reading →

Friction checks: A way to add realism and excitement to your game

It's like the fog of war—but different. Where the fog of war usually refers generally to battlefield confusion, the concept of friction goes a step farther, quantifying the natural unpredictability of human reactions to threat, surprise, and stress. People who study human performance in combat have found that a predictable percentage of people—even trained soldiers—will fail... Continue Reading →

Drinking from the well

A strong defense of Tolkien from Searching for Dragons: Tolkien's Appendix N. READ IT. Especially if you're not a Tolkien fan. And also if you are a fan. And even more especially if you're a fan of tabletop roleplaying games and fantasy novels and movies. Take a few short minutes and reconnect with the well from which... Continue Reading →

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