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 →

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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 →

An intro to tabletop roleplaying games

Tabletop roleplaying is a very unique kind of gaming. If you've never played a tabletop RPG before (or seen others play one), the terms and concepts can seem disorienting. So, to get you started, here's a quick primer on tabletop roleplaying games—the most fulfilling and endlessly creative kind of game you'll ever play. Tabletop roleplaying games... 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 →

Try a new game: Tableau!

If you're in the mood for trying something new, check out Tableau. It's set in an alternate-history version of the Victorian era—not steampunk, but circa-1880s society and technology with myths and legends come to life, secret societies, and all that good stuff. It also has a bit of a Lovecraftian vibe, which I like. Or... Continue Reading →

Gaming tip: Making good use of “session zero”

Even if you've never heard of a "session zero," you've probably participated in one before. Basically, session zero is a gaming session (or part of one) in which everyone discusses the options and agrees on what kind of game play they'd like to have before the players finish making their characters and before the DM spins... Continue Reading →

Try these games–recommended by the FAR System

The FAR System was inspired by the great features of several other tabletop roleplaying games. We highly recommend that you try them and buy them. And when FAR Western is ready, we hope you’ll buy our game too. If you enjoy any of these, you'll probably enjoy ours. In no particular order, here they are:... Continue Reading →

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