Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Updates, May 29th

     Here we are, two novels read and working on the third in regards to mining literature for game ideas. My podcast on reading Don Rodriguez can be found here! I originally hesitated doing an actual Appendix N author, but the it isn't the first one that comes to mind when someone says Dunsany and Appendix N. I just couldn't resist. Apologies if I have stolen anyone's thunder.

Work continues on updating and streamlining my GM's notebook. Currently looking at having random on my tablet, and game specific tables printed and/or written. I like to have stats for creatures and NPC's written on index cards (when running a published adventure) so that I may switch pages without worrying that I lose track of them. I also do this with equipment and magic items, so that once they figure out what they are and how they work, I can just hand them the index card. I will keep you all updated. Take care, and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Dark Trails Steam Train!!

     Dave Baity's Weird West juggernaut, Dark Trails, blasted it's way out of the gate and he's shocked but grateful at how well it's been received. He recently had a guest spot on Glowburn that you can catch here, and I am sure he'll be popping in other podcasts as well. The next stretch goal, I believe is an additional adventure penned by the daring Daniel Bishop. In addition to Kickstarter stretch goals, Dave has merch in the form of t-shirts, dice and can coozies. These may be sold out by the time you read this but rest assured that there will be more on the way.
     In the future, I will be looking for plot hooks for Dark Trails and returning here (and my anchorcast here) feel free to leave comments and questions. Thanks for checking this stuff out and take care!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Updating my GM notebook

     Some time ago, I watched/listened to Glenn Hallstrom explain how he put his GM notebook together. Basically it is a place to put any important tables and lists you may need, as well as holding dice, index cards or whatever ephemera you can fit in there. Here is mine, of course I picked pale blue.
With my dog for contrast
     I have some pregens stuck in the front pocket, index cards and extra pencils (and a couple of dry erase markers) in the pouch.
     From there it gets a bit chaotic, I have plastic sleeves to protect papers from wear and I can use the dry erase markers to make notes. I need to go back through and organize/swap out the pages.
     It starts off with dungeon/ruin environmental hazards, a few more ruins related pages (from Aeons n Auguries) as well as page on generating random terrain. Then some d30 random tables (courtesy of New Big Dragon Games) and then it descends into several bits and bobs including the Labyrinth Lord equipment table and copy of the YE Fast Pack page from B4 Lost City. At the end, we have my copy of Everyone Everywhere and Shady Dragon Inn.
     What happens is I end up not using it, so my new goal is to take it apart and put it back together so that it has an ease of use. Anyone out there have their own GM notebook, or your own idea of what it should contain? Leave a comment below and we'll see what we can come up with.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Deathworld! (and game inspiration in literature)

     So later on my anchorcast, I will be talking about finding inspiration for your games using Deathworld (by Harry Harrison) as an example. First I want you to see the cover.
     The art is by Richard Corben of Heavy Metal magazine fame, the book is a collection from 1968 (original story was released in 1960). I recommend this series if you want adventure without over thinking the plot. I will be back later, hopefully tomorrow, with  stats and expanded thoughts.

     The big thing that needs sorted out is what story to try out next? I have have a plethora of titles to choose from, though many are Appendix N and those are being covered already. Maybe I will check and see what folks thinks. In the meantime, feel free to leave comments and thanks for checking my blog out!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

I have a Podcast! (plus my top 3 fave dice)

    And just like that, he had no more need for a blog. Wait a mo, I still do. My anchorcast (as I prefer to say) is my thoughts on different things game and book related, but my blog can show you things. Oh, we have such sights to show you! This will operate in concert with the 'cast so that you can see some of the stuff I talk about. To start off...

Top 3 Fave Dice!!!
Coming in at number 3, we have the amazing D30!! This is my favorite of mine with it's red translucence (and a slight cream swirl that you can't see in this pic) and gold numbering. My others are serviceable Impact d30's but some day I wish to own an Armory or Game Science one.

Number 2 is my big old D20!! Here is a pic for size comparison.
If I am not gentle rolling it, there can be a lot of noise. I mainly use it when I am running games, and sometimes it will start rolling high. Therefore I like to swap between this and my most favorite...
... is Game Science dice! The solids, translucent, and transparent lines. The crisp edges and corners and the fantastic Col. Lou Zocchi is such a wonderful character that it is just nice to say hello and strike up a conversation. The dice though, the dice are just amazing!! Here is a link to check it out!

     I am hoping to operated to operate this in tandem with my anchorcast to provide a complete experience. well, as complete as this can get. You can find my 'cast on Pocket Casts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and more, as well as good old Anchor. The cool thing about Anchor is the ability to leave voice message with other Anchorites.

     I am going to leave that there, if you have any questions feel free to leave my a message. I hope to hear from you all soon!