Saturday, May 30, 2009

Twilight 2000

Started a new campaign for the group. Since no one has played the original, we are going through the first edition boxed set, starting with Escape from Kalisz (although I have them escaping from Lodz instead). They've headed south (I let them choose) and are dealing with all sorts of issues related to "no food and fuel."

Everyone made soldiers in the British army, so it's been interesting to see the AUSSIE search and rescue Sergeant (Aaron) running the show. Colin is a Cavalry Scout (with a knack for overcomplicating everything) and Jason is Intelligence, versed in six languages, I think.

Session one was short, so I'll be combining one and two into one report in my next blog post.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Update : Gaming and Such

This weekend is Strategicon, Gamex at the Sheraton (one time only at that hotel) at LAX.

I will be playtesting a few games at the show — my designs in fact — with some of my friends. If you're going to be at the show, let me know. We can play/schedule a time for you (the reader) to game with us.

I ordered a copy of WIN PLACE and SHOW from ebay and it just arrived today. Near perfect condition, considering it's over 30 years old.

If you've never played it and are even remotely interested in horses, I highly recommend it. One of the best board games ever made.

Still holds up, unlike it's cousin Circus Maximus, which fails to do what it's supposed to do.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Ultimate Toolbox PDF is coming

While researching FINNISH names to fix one of the charts in the book, I came upon this...
ILMARINEN: Finnish name derived from the element ilma, meaning "air." In mythology, this is the name of a sky god.

ILMATAR: Finnish unisex name, derived from the word ilma, meaning "air." In mythology, this is the name of an androgynous virgin deity of the air.

JOUKAHAINEN: Finnish myth name of the rival of Väinämöinen, possibly meaning "great, large."

LEMMINKÄINEN: Finnish myth name of a hero of the Kalevala, a sorcerer or magician said to be able to "sing the sand into pearls." The meaning of the name is unknown but it is probably related to the name Lempi, meaning "love."

TŠERNOBOG: Finnish form of Slavic Crnobog, meaning "black god." In Slavic mythology, this is the name of a god of evil and darkness, the counterpart of Belobog ("white god").

VÄINÄMÖINEN: Finnish myth name of a magician and hero of the Kalevala, who is challenged by the youth Joukahainen. The name means "wide and slow-flowing river."
These sound like great villain/hero names for your fantasy adventures (insert weird music). Enjoy.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

WWII Monopoly?

Although I would barely classify Monopoly as a game, I think this news article is interesting enough to gamers to merit inclusion on the site.


Also, check out a board game called Skedaddle or Escape from Colditz, depending on what you can find.