Archive for the ‘Retro Gaming’ Category

My love-hate relationship with random encounter tables

Of all the skeletons in my GMing closet, perhaps the darkest is this: I almost never use random encounter tables, even when running games with a deliberately “old-school” vibe. Why do I ignore this staple of roleplaying? Well, my experience with using random encounters can be summed up in these two memories, both of them […]

Scimitars and flying carpets: what "Arabian Nights"-style roleplaying games exist?

I just saw the mediocre Prince of Persia, and now I want to play a roleplaying game with flying carpets and sinister viziers. Where should I look?

Getting Tolkien into the sandbox, cont'd

Randall at RetroRoleplaying has written an interesting post on doing “save the world” fantasy in a sandbox setting in response to my own post on the subject. He argues that it can be done, and lays out how to do it. Go give it a read! by

Weekend game report: halfling zombie edition

I ran a game of Castles & Crusades on Friday evening for my wife and a friend. I realized two things: It’s not a good idea to GM when the only thing keeping you conscious is a melange of cold medications. C&C is pretty darn close to my perfect ideal of Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve […]

Sandbox gaming vs. adventure paths: in defense of highly narrative adventures

The distinction between “sandbox” and “storyline” D&D modules has always stood out. Here are some of the reasons I like those much-reviled, railroady, choice-restricting adventure paths!

For that much money, it had better come with a clone of Gary Gygax to GM it for me

In which I learn that only the rich can explore the Temple of Existential Evil.

Cool gaming finds #2: Space Master extravaganza!

My last post recounted one of my favorite used-game-store discoveries. Here’s another one, which differs from the last story in that it involves a game I might actually play someday.

Unexpected gaming finds: a journey into the dark heart of Cyborg Commando

There are few things more fun than browsing through a big used game collection at a hobby store—you never know what you’re going to find. I found an awesome surprise in the pages of Cyborg Commando, of all things.

Remembering Infocom's Enchanter

Congrats to jeffro on beating Infocom’s Enchanter! (OK, that’s a really old post, but sometimes I get way behind on my blog reading.) I played the Zork trilogy like crazy back in junior high and high school, but for some reason I never picked up any of the Enchanter trilogy. It’s too bad, because playing […]

Two more Gygaxian links

The Gygax story is starting to fade from the headlines by now, but if you can stand to read just a bit more about the Man and his Legacy, here are two items worth checking out: First up is D&D 0: a fun look at the very earliest incarnations of what would become Dungeons and […]