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What a Game or a Story Can Be

Gaming can be a place to show that you understand complex things and can implement your plan towards success inside a framework or against these complex rules (things) toward success.  For some, this is the ultimate feeling.  Power, excellence, pride for yourself and your team. Satisfaction.

Games provide a place for companionship,  camaraderie and competition, often all together in one time and place.  These games are my favorite, the ones that happen with multiple people in one place at the same time.  For me, many of the best moments of my life were spent ‘in game.’  Not just RPGs and board games, which I do enjoy the absolute most, but backyard football, volleyball and many, many hours spent building MtG decks and playing them against friends.

Now, as I have finally, and with much backsliding and resistance moved into adulthood.  I would like gaming to provide me an income.  Gaming and writing. But, not for nothing, I want to provide people with quality games as I have seen them throughout my life.  I want to give people the chance to connect to others in one of the few ways I know how, through games and stories.  In the next few days I’m going to post a couple products here. A game, and a story.  The game I made for a friend.  Because that is what gaming has always been to me, a friend. The story was going to be a game, but became a novella.

I consider games to be sacred. First, because they bring us together.  Even solo games bring people together to discuss rules and strategy etc. That makes games good, and of course this is what makes stories good too.  And to me a story is a game too.  A game of, can I surprise you, can I put you in suspense, or bring forth an emotion in you. Can you relate to this series of events, people and places that I have described?  Second, games are sacred because for a short time at least, games and stories give us purpose.  Purpose is why we are here.  What purpose?  Well, it depends on the game.

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Solo Gaming

So, after ditching your gaming group. You may find yourself looking to game, but have no one to game with.

What’s a fella to do?

There are a bunch of games set up for this. Here are a few of the ones I own.

Catan Dice game
This one is fun. I don’t like the whole pad of paper thing. Like Yatzee I always think I’m going to run out of paper but I never do.

Four Against Darkness

Just discovered these. Simplified D&D, more randomized, fun, but time consuming. I have not gotten through a full round yet. Cool thing here is, there are many books based on the core book, a whole world of stuff to discover, and I’m pretty excited to have found these.

Dungeon Roll

I’ve not kept up with Tasty Minstrel, but I remember when they first came out and I watched them grow, the owner guy wrote up some nice posts. Great games, all are good quality and fun as far as I know, I only played a couple here and there at Gen Con. My kids and I play Dungeon Roll once in a while. Rules were a little confusing at first but still super fun.

For more solo gaming check out ‘The Youtube’ https://youtu.be/u4NgWKD2Lnw

This guy is great. My kids want me to do videos and smile and stuff, but I assure you that I simply can’t be this animated and excited about, well anything.

Please send me a message about Solo Gaming or anything else here: Email Me I’m working on a PnP game and would like to send you a free copy.  I call it: Toadstone.  Don’t you really want to know what that is about?  Yep.

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Getting Back to Games

So I created a separate site for my personal and rant-y stuff. Stay here for games guys. Games, writing, creative stuff. Just getting focused. If you like rants. They are here for sure, and I will continue to bless you with game, writing and creativity rants. Don’t you worry.

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More On Remakes

I had planned on a week of daily, interesting re-make board game posts. Came up with two posts, which I’m happy with! Because usually, I just think of stuff and never write anything down. I do my day job like a good cube jockey. You probably wanted to see lists or remakes, I was going to do that But BGG does it better here:

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1237477/what-official-game-remakes-or-re-themes-are-better

I’m in the FFG club, make the game beautiful. Make it functional but high end. I sincerely hope that board games continue to explore new themes though, and not just do remakes.

Speaking of which, I have a game that explores the full human psychological\actual life, from birth to death where you try to ‘fix’ death. I call it Immortality: The Game.

I’m still play testing. but check out the board art (by Jeremy McHugh):

Immortality: The Game Board Art by Jeremy McHugh
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Gen Con Cometh

Comic Con is great, but I can drive to Gen Con. Fuck yeah. I’ll be there. And if you have a Savage Worlds game you want me to play. Let’s do it. Also check out this game and these guys: both rock http://www.brokenrooms.com/ These guys are Ennie Nominated and should get it.

I’m kinda pumped to see an X-Files movie, if that was real. I’m really pumped that Saga did well, I like that comic. I’m pumped that Sandman will be back and will start re-reading that little slice of awesome. I really would like to fly out and go to Comic Con one year. As much as I love Gen Con, I’m falling out of the game and into the story. I mean I was always a setting nerd, I used to read the Magic: The Gathering novels, so…you know. But I used to want to be active so bad that I had to game so I could do something in the world that I enjoyed. But holy shit if you write, you do everything in the world that you enjoy not only do but make, and control and own. And look, if you don’t enjoy it what the fuck are you writing for? Go read Sandman or watch the Avengers movie.

Stay tuned.

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D&D Next

So I was the one sucker that bought D&D 4th edition.  Then when I told people I had it they asked why I didn’t have Pathfinder.  Dang!

So I was invited to play D&D Next which was really fun.  I like the expertise die.  It gives me a chance to roll more dice and just generally have more options.

The guys I played with were all impressed in October how powerful their characters were, but then complained in November when said characters were scaled back.  I was like whatever, we knew there would be changes, it was a peek behind the curtain and I really dug it.  We are older so it  tough to find the time play at all, so I can see the difficulty they are having.  But it’s worth it to me.

That is all for now though.  Waiting with bells on for the next session.  Holidaze were too busy.