School Club Update

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Session 3 was held today at the school D&D Club, and it was a blast! Sixteen students showed up and one of them, the lad who took the D&D5e Player’s Handbook and Monster Manual last time, rocked up to run a game. I gave out three more sets of products – two Starter Sets and another Basic Fantasy bundle – and it looks like some of the other six students who now have product may begin to run games too.

My favourite moment was talking to the aspiring GM who said, “I’m not sure I know how to run this game, but I do have a cool idea.” I told him to set a scene and describe the opening situation, ask the players what they want to do, and if he needed to roll to adjudicate make it a D20 roll with high being good and low being bad…

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Uktar Atoll

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Uktar Atoll
Uktar Atoll

The Uktar Atoll sits about two days travel by boat from the Eastern Isles of the Dead. These low islands are set with a few hills, a rocky plateau, and a lot of jungles. They’ve been used as a secret pirate stronghold, have been home to a number of strange and esoteric cults, and have a small populace of halflings living on the northernmost isle – descended from the halfling servants that survived an earlier sinking of a pair of pirate ships. One of those ships somehow ended up not quite “sunk” so much as “propped up” on one of the islands (item 4 – The High Seas).

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Winter Is Coming

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Back in September, I realised that I was moving towards winter and there was a likelihood that I would need to hibernate – at least in terms of my hobby. As we enter the first week where temperatures outside have dipped below 5 degrees centigrade and my days have finally become bracketed by darkness and moonlight, it seems my prediction was correct. I have begun to slow and even stop playing.

In recent weeks I’ve taken the decision to park my Mystamyr game and I’ve even shifted away from other games in which I was planning to be a player. The last remaining area of play is the Sunday solo sessions which have themselves been reinvigorated by the fact that this play is entirely for me. No one else is involved and so I’ve been feeling liberated to play whatever I fancied.

But I am also hungry. As the activity…

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20 Great PC Games That Actually Deserve a Remaster

Fine Aged Gaming

Remasters are all the rage these days, aren’t they? In concept, the idea of updating an older game to be enjoyed by current generations is fairly popular among gamers, and it certainly has a better track record than doing the same to, say, movies(as a thousand “Han Shot First” T-Shirts can attest). But in the last few years, the gaming market has become increasingly oversaturated with remasters, and the games that developers choose to update don’t always make sense. I don’t think The Last of Us for instance, released in the distant year of 2013, on a console that’s still being sold in stores, was desperately in need of a facelift. More and more, I see people becoming increasingly frustrated with the idea of remasters, which is a shame, because there’s plenty of games that could genuinely use some love. I have gathered some of them here. They aren’t necessarily…

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My Time With The Gameboy Advance

Tales From The Backlog

This is it. This is the device that kept me in the gaming sphere until the mid to late 2000s. While most people were enjoying the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Gamecube, or whatever the hell the N-Gage was, I had this pocket sized gaming machine by my side. 

Growing up in a low income household had its challenges; one of them being not being able to afford some of the things other kids your age had. We were very fortunate to have a mom that worked her hardest to allow me and my brothers to have some of the things that we wanted. We had every Nintendo system up to the Gamecube at the time, but finding time to play is hard when you have to share one system and tv with two other people. That is where the Gameboy came in handy. Instead of fighting over who’s turn it was…

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Wave 3 Date Announced

On December 7th, the third wave of Mario Kart 8 Delux courses will be available to play. Nintendo has a total of six waves (48 courses) through the end of 2023. These DLC courses are available free for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members. If you’re not a NSO + Expansion Pack member, these courses are $24.99 USD.

What courses can you race through this December? Check out the list (and trailer) below:

  • Maple Treeway (Wii)
  • Rainbow Road (3DS)
  • Boo Lake (GBA)
  • Berlin Byways (Tour)
  • Rock Rock Mountain (3DS)
  • Peach Gardens (DS)
  • London Loop (Tour)
  • Merry Mountain (Tour)

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On Creating Characters

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When I was a teen, I used to spend a lot of time in my bedroom, door closed, playing games so that I could escape the attention of my parents. I didn’t want to watch TV (at least, not their choices) and I certainly didn’t want another lecture on how inadequate I was as a son, brother, and student. I’d go to my room and, especially once I was at secondary school, I’d spend many an evening creating characters.

I have notebooks filled with old character ideas. I found one featuring Star Frontiers characters some months back and it was fascinating to peruse. I remember designing character sheets too – drawing them out by hand with a ruler and pencil, then filling them out. This was, of course, before photocopiers were widely available in the UK and I could afford to design a sheet and get a bunch of copies.

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The Dragon Den

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The Dragon Den
The Dragon Den (300 dpi promo)

“This illrigger’s base looks like a giant stone dragon!
“So what? It just reinforces that we’re in the right place to SMITE EVIL!”

The Dragon Den
The Dragon Den (1200 dpi)

The Dragon Den looks exactly as described above – a massive stone dragon with horns and mighty claws emerging from the hillside. The beast’s mouth is open and there are gaps between the teeth, then a tongue to climb up to get into the throat and the structure proper. Within we have a fairly typical dungeon structure for a big old quest – a two-tiered central hallway with various rooms off of it including a strange pool, a temple of some kind, a study or library, a secret chamber with access outside, and so on.

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The Dragon Den (1200 dpi, no grid)

The 1200 dpi versions of the map were drawn at a scale of 300…

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