Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SATURDAY IN HOLLYWOOD

If, for some reason you happen to be in Los Angeles this Saturday afternoon (11-4pm), I'll be here:


ZINEMELT @MELTDOWN COMICS
7522 W Sunset Blvd. 90046

I'll be peddling all the RPG zines I got. I might try and run a demo or two for the uninitiated. Not sure what I'll run. But thinking either a mini-OSR/DCC compatible thing, or straight up DCC RPG. We'll see. Come on by and check out RPG zines!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

1 – Make a Top 10 list of reasons why your love zines

I will give this a fair try, but don't expect anything amazing. (That typo is annoying.)

  1. Three letters, DIY.
  2. No middle man.
  3. Safety
  4. Compact
  5. Fun
  6. Fast
  7. Dangerous
  8. Efficient
  9. Easy
  10. Material

http://www.stolensharpierevolution.org/international-zine-month/

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Too Old For Numbers

Today is my forty-sumtin'th birthday. If you're in Los Angeles, and you have a minute. Come find me +Dak Ultimak [@reverend_dak on twitter] to catch up. As a birthday wish all I ask is you take a few moments to read and understand the TPP, and why it's bad for your freedoms, health, and the Internets: https://www.eff.org/issues/tpp for details, and learn what you can do to fight this bullshit.
Or for something lighter, check out the song premier of our neighbors from the past year and for the next few:
http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2015/06/09/412933181/song-premiere-gardens-villa-fixations . It's on NPR, and we listened to them work on this song for several months, and I'm really excited for them. Congratulations dudes.

Rough Itinerary:
11AM - TW Stronghold @reverend_dak for details.
12-6 - a healthy combination of beer, bikes and Tonk. Lunch & Dinner...
7PM - TW Stronghold
8-12 - a healthy combination of beer, bars, parks and beer.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Deck of Cards and Pair of Dice

A while ago I was trying to come up with an RPG that used simple playing cards (and naturally a fancy deck of tarot cards) instead of dice. Simply, a set of cards can be found anywhere (I've seen them in gas stations and novelty stores), and with minor work, tarot cards can easily be used too (and since they come in tons of "themes", lots of flavor can enhance the game-o-sphere). Recently I've seen a few attempts at using these readily available game tools for RPGing, it piqued my interest. But the other day, while fiddling with a deck of cards (I think we were playing Tonk) I came to realize that if you remove the face cards (and Major Arcana, if using Tarot), you have a simple 1d10 and 1d20 generator. Add a pair of dice (also readily available in the same places, or stolen from American family games) you have all you need to play OD&D or Swords & Wizardry Whitebox (and naturally White Star!). Why re-invent the wheel when you have perfectly fine games that only use d20s and d6s! 

[I see this being handy in the prison system...]

Rolling a d20 with a deck of cards is simple, remove the face cards (and Major Arcana) and designate red cards as either high or low, and draw a card. Add 10 if the color indicates "high", then you got a random number from 1-20. Done. Technically, to retain "true" randomness, you should re-shuffle the deck after each draw, but I'd argue that it'd be fine to reshuffle after every 2-4 draws (or whatever). Obviously d10 and d% can be "rolled" by ignoring the colors/suits. Using suits, I guess, you could go 1-40, and 1d4 with just the suits... (but that might be too fiddly...)

Not sure what to do with the face cards or Major Arcana cards (though I guess the Major Arcana cards can double as a Deck of Many Things...)