What gives a roleplaying game “staying power”?

Apparently August is the annual RPG-a-Day month, where bloggers post their thoughts about a specifice tabletop roleplaying each day, a different question/prompt every day. Of course I'm only finding out that this is a thing at the END of August...but hey, at least I found it. The Geeklife Balance blog had a great, brief response... Continue Reading →

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A behavioral analyst takes on tabletop roleplaying

I stumbled across a very interesting article in which a certified behavior analyst (basically a clinical psychologist) takes an interesting look at why roleplaying gamers love their weird hobby so much. Read it and tell me what you think. If you hadn't played before and never saw the appeal, would this help you see why someone might... Continue Reading →

Streamlining RPG rules: A modified Warcholak guide

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 →

I’ve been doing it wrong

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 →

Winchester rifles and the Nipple of Knowledge

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 →

My own old west(ish) rifle

I happen to have a lever-action rifle of my own, but it's a Marlin, not a Winchester. The Marlin company produced its rifles beginning in 1870, playing a very distant second in the lever-action rifle market. My particular Marlin is definitely not an Old West relic; it was manufactured in 2009. And it's chambered in... Continue Reading →

A quick look at the 1873 Springfield rifle

With the Model 1873 Springfield Rifle -- commonly called the Trapdoor Springfield -- the US military officially entered the era of metallic cartridges (an era we're still in today). It could have done so at least ten years earlier, but as is often the case, military leadership was planning for a different kind of combat... Continue Reading →

Confederate cavalry pistol with custom sights

From historynet.com: Graham Gilmor, brother of famous Confederate cavalry officer Harry Gilmor, modified his .44 caliber Remington revolver with a loop at the base of the grip for a lanyard, and more uniquely, with a custom rear sight. The large round sight would make it much easier to focus on a target while riding a... Continue Reading →

Time got away from me last week and I didn't post, but I didn't just do nothing... And the nothing I didn't do...er, the something I did do...was to start a bibliography page, in which I'll keep an annotated list of the sources I find useful as I continue to research the history and weaponry... Continue Reading →

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