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Gen Con 2012

Gen Con 2012

Steampunk folk music? Heck yeah!

Gen Con 2012 was pleasantly exhausting. Three days later and I am still recovering from the flurry of activity but I still have a big smile on my face. It was a great year. I got to play a lot of my favorite games while also trying out some new ones as well. I probably spent way too much in the exhibitor hall but what the heck, it’s Gen Con baby!

Wizards of the Coast impressed me with the new spread for the Dungeons & Dragons Experience. While I will lament the move away from Baldman’s con in Fort Wayne I think the new setup does a better job of highlighting D&D and bringing it to the fans, old and new alike. Now Baldman can expand his convention beyond D&D and WOTC can spread the love for their game. This is a win-win for everyone.

The crafting seminars were moved deep into the Crowne Plaza this year which was very strange. It felt like we were somewhere else besides Gen Con and with the constant string of trains passing over interrupting workshop instructors it was bothersome. Although I still managed to complete a cool chainmail dice bag before my class ended so I am happy about that.

Foam weapons will be a permanent part of my Gen Con experience. The whole family loved it.

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Gen Con 2012 is coming

Gen Con 2012

“The Best Four Days in Gaming!”

“No Game Left Behind!”

While technically Gen Con does not start until Aug. 16 there is already a lot going on in the city of Indianapolis right now. Gaming industry insiders are having meetings, making deals, working on projects and all that good stuff they do behind the scenes. There is even some gaming going on here and there which is awesome.

I love this week of the year because Indianapolis really comes alive for the gamers. This is an especially important convention because we are celebrating 45 years of Gen Con. Gen Con LLC and the Indiana Convention Center (and surrounding hotels) are really rolling out the red carpet. I will be going downtown tomorrow to start taking photos (another hobby I geek).

I feel like a kid the night before Christmas!

While exploring the interwebs I recently stumbled across an interesting website, Each week the website provides a new fantasy adventure with statistics for Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. These adventures can be played in their unique world which is being revealed piece by piece as each module is published each week. Or game masters can easily adapt the adventures to be played in any fantasy setting they desire. These adventures can be run straight from the website using unique features (like embedded audio) or you can download a PDF of the adventure.

For free users can gain limited access to the website to check out the service. Two adventures are available to try out which can be downloaded one-time only. For a monthly subscription of $9.99 users gain access to every adventure on the website and you can download two adventures a month. An annual subscription for $99 (a savings of $19.98 over the monthly sub) user gain access to everyone on the website, bonus materials and unlimited PDF download. They also offer a PDF purchase option for individual adventures.

For gamers still playing D&D 3.5 of fans of the Pathfinder RPG this is a great website because the non-stop stream of adventure modules is more than enough material to keep most gaming groups busy having fun. A quickly growing community has formed on the website as well.

Not too long ago started organizing the Community Dungeon Build #1 on the forums. Jonathon Nelson produced a dungeon map with 30 rooms. Members of the community choose which room they want to develop into a deadly chamber worthy of being called old school. Submissions are still being worked on and there are still several rooms to be selected.

Gamers looking for a great resource with a growing community should check out this website. I geek and I think you will too.

The Expanded Shaman

New Paths 2: The Expanded Shaman from Kobold Press

The fine folks at Kobold Press sent me a copy of their newest release, New Paths 2: The Expanded Shaman for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. The Shaman first appeared in Kobold Quarterly, issue 21, and KP has added new material to the class including three new archetypes as well as new powers and feats.

I won’t keep you in suspense. I gave The Expanded Shaman five out of five stars. Check out the full review at


A science fantasy roleplaying game set in a post-apocalyptic future.

When Monte Cook left Wizards of the Coast due to creative differences he hinted immediately that he was already working on a new project. For several months now we have been hearing whispers about this secret project and just in time for Gen Con he has finally revealed his next creation, Numenera. Numenera is a science fantasy roleplaying game set in a far future post-apocalyptic world (approximately one billion years).

Yesterday Monte launched Numenera: A new roleplaying game from Monte Cook on kickstarter to fund the production of this game. In less than twenty four hours the project has more than doubled its initial funding goals in pledges. The project has already passed its first stretch goal and is moving on towards its next one.

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Falling Scales Chapter Two

The final chapter in the Falling Scales chronicle.

If you thought Denver was a rough city (in the World of Darkness) you haven’t seen anything yet. Welcome to Washington D.C., capital of the United States of America and home to a million and one conspiracies. One of those conspiracies has ruined your life… forever. The least you can do in thanks is to bring down the shadow organization responsible for your ruination.

This is the second and final chapter of the Falling Scales chronicle. Originally the plan was for the series to have four chapters but after much consideration behind the scenes it was cut short.

Check out my review on Flames Rising DOT com.

Hell's Door Opens

The first novel in Jon Creffield’s ‘Hell’s Door’ series.

I recently had the pleasure of reading Jon Creffield’s Hell’s Door Opens for review. Check it out on Flames Rising DOT com.

Reaper Miniatures

This fire giant is one of the miniatures Reaper will be releasing as part of the Bones line.

I love miniatures. I love miniatures a lot! I play quite a few miniatures games including Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, and Warmachine (man, that is a lot of “war”). I also play several games which are not considered miniatures games but which include miniatures in game play like Dungeons & Dragons 4E, Savage Worlds and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Even outside of playing games with miniatures I rather enjoy the process of painting. It is a very zen-like, calming experience for me. The only drawback to this hobby is the cost which can be quite substantial.

In March Reaper came to the rescue! They launched the Bones line of miniatures which consists of the same minis I have enjoyed over the years but they have been molded in plastic instead of metal. Needless to say this has dropped the cost of each mini substantially and it put a smile on my face. Slowly more and more minis have been leaking into the line… until now. Reapers has launched the Reaper Miniatures Bones: An Evolution of Gaming Miniatures on Kickstarter.

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Ambush in Absalom

Paizo’s first PSQ.

Paizo recently launched their revamped “Get Involved!” program which was previously known as the Open Call for writer submissions. I could go into the long and the short of it but basically the old program was not working well for Paizo. Nor was it working well for writers who were submitting their work for consideration. Out with the old! In with the new!

Under the new program writers submit 2000-word mini-adventures which showcase the skills of the writer for Paizo and provides the company with adventures which only need a little bit of work to be ready to publish. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Ambush in Absalom is the first Pathfinder Society Quest (PSQ) scenario and is being used to demonstrate the kind of work Paizo is looking for. Download it for free and check it out.

See my full review of this PSQ on

Pathfinder RPG Advanced Race Guide

Options, options, options…

Finally! After a long period of development and an open playtest involving more than 50,000 gamers the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Advanced Race Guide has hit the shelves. To cut to the chase this book lives up to all of my expectations in every regard. Not only does it provide an immense number of options for the standard races but it also presents thirty new races as well as a system for gamers to create races of their own.

Check out my complete review here.