Monday, April 13, 2015

Landsknecht Arquebusier Mini Conversion

Oli at Camisado posted pictures of his Landsknecht arquebusier figure conversions.

I painted my fair share of minis over the years, but I never really tried anything like these kinds of conversions, and I have tremendous respect for the modelers who tackle them..

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Black Flag Comes Calling

The following appeared on ICV2 a couple of weeks ago -
Paizo Publishing has inked a distribution deal with French company Gob In Tux Publishing to release the company's tabletop RPGs, boardgames, and novels in North America. . . . Paizo will release Pavillon Noir, a new Gob in Tux RPG, in 2016. The 500-page Core Rulebook will feature full-color interior, with new illustrations. A collector version with leather binding is also planned. A series of support products will follow.
First released in 2000, Pavillon Noir is a historical piracy roleplaying game, spanning the period from the 15th to 18th centuries. This feature in itself makes the game remarkable - most piracy games focus on the "golden age," full of Blackbeard and William Kidd but noticeably short on Henry Morgan and François l'Olonnais.

Ruleswise the game is fairly light - task resolution is d10s rolled based on attributes and skills, with the target based on number of dice above a target number, eg, 3F5 means three of the dice thrown must be five or better for success. But what makes PN great is the setting details and the ship-to-ship action rules.

For those who can't imagine playing pirates without sea monsters, spells, and skeletal crews, there is a supplement for magic as well.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Couple of Swashbuckling Blogs to Check Out

A Danish gamer named Christian, who goes by the handle Battle_Mad_Ronin at Big Purple, started a Tumblr of actual play reports for his The Queen's Cavaliers campaign, The First of Their Names. There are five "sessions" described so far, in abundant detail; I'd like to see more about how the rules work, a 'behind the scenes' view of the actual play reports. I think this is really helpful for a new game with novel mechanics.

Tom, who goes by the handle BluSponge at Big Purple, blogs at . . . and a Brace of Pistols, a blog "dedicated to swashbuckling, fantasy, and horror gaming." Tom plays Witch Hunter: The Invisible World, and includes some great game-specific materials for that game, but he also writes about gaming and refereeing; his post, "The Art of Letting Go," is a good read.

Please show these guys some love and some clicks.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

DVR Alert

On Christmas Day, the Sundance Channel is running a marathon consisting of just one movie, The Princess Bride, hosted by Cary Elwes. Mr Elwes is also the author of a book released a couple of months ago, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, filled with anecdotes from the making of the movie, its initially tepid response, and its status as a cult phenomenon.

Mr Elwes sat for an interview with a local radio station back in October and talked about the book and the movie, and because of that, I'm probably not going to watch the marathon next week. It's not that Mr Elwes isn't an interesting storyteller, or that I'm not a huge fan of the movie - even if I have misgivings over its influence on the cape-and-sword genre generally - but too much 'inside baseball' can spoil a thing for me.

As long-time annual passholders to Disneyland, my wife frequently suggests taking a behind-the-scenes tour. My answer is always the same: have a wonderful time, and don't tell me anything about it afterword. I don't want to see how the sausage is made; I just want to recharge my inner seven year-old's sense of wonder.

So instead of watching the marathon, I'll pop in my well-worn DVD instead, and scale the Cliffs of Insanity, navigate the Fire Swamp, escape the Pit of Despair, and have fun storming The Castle once more.

Check your local listings for times et al.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Queen's Cavaliers Kickstarter Is Live

With my son's baseball team deep in the playoff chase and All Stars just around the corner, I failed to notice that The Queen's Cavaliers Kickstarter is live at last.

Since it's already fully funded, that early backer excitement and mystery is put to bed, unfortunately, but hey, sometimes a sure thing is just what you're looking for.

Given Caoimhe's track record and the way she's approached this project to date, I'll put my own rep on the line and say. unlike so many other crowd-sourced roleplaying game projects, this is a no-risk Kickstarter - you'll get exactly what you back, and in a timely fashion.