Three Cars Enter! One Car Leaves!


Holler was watching Zeke’s eyes droop. The old codger was nearly asleep on his stool behind the long counter that also served as the store’s bar. Behind him on the wall were dozens of mismatched bottles all full of his patented wasteland whiskey. That wasn’t what Holler has his sights set on today though. He glanced over to where his brother and partner in crime was lurking in a corner of the store.

Hoot stood ready at the pile of unsorted goods Zeke had traded off a new group of settlers who came in last week. The group had arrived in an 18 wheeler pursued by not one but two motorcycle gangs. According to Zeke’s account the fight had been surprisingly short. The trailer of the battered 18 wheeler had a pop up turret equipped with a grenade launcher and many windows slits from those inside fired AV rifles.

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Just Another Day In The Apocalyptic Wasteland

Old Zeke left the relatively cool interior of The Hilltop Saloon and General Store and settled his weary body into a chair in the shade of the porch. He wouldn’t normally be outside this time of day, but he had heard survivors arriving in the dusty depression below. He didn’t dare step off the porch though. With the ozone layer mostly gone the Arizona sun blazed down far too hot for an old man.

The rad dust winds ain’t too bad today though, he noted, scratching his sun spotted mostly bare scalp. What little there was of his hair was dry and brittle and gray. A wisp of it came out and floated away on the wind.

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Kill Crazed Woman Commits Act Of Patricide by Vehicle!


It was a landmark night at our game table this weekend. I introduced my daughter to a game from my childhood and she thanked me with 50 cal. bullets and a LAW rocket.


It all started when I found my old Car Wars stuff and realized that I hadn’t played that excellent game in nearly thirty years. My friends and I played it a lot when I was younger and enjoyed many a game of autodueling goodness, but I had forgotten about it and never played it with my children. Having found it again I decided to correct that mistake and play with my daughter.

Not sure I should have done that.

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Warhammer Quest: Dungeon Crawling Tabletop Excellence


Way back when I had my own gaming store one of my old gamer buddies asked me to order him a copy of a new game he wanted to play with his family. They had been playing Milton Bradley’s Heroquest, a copy of which he had picked up at his local Wal-Mart. I had played it with him a couple of times and enjoyed it. The game play was smooth and innovative and the miniatures were eye catching. The mechanics of the game board that was partially obscured differently at each session to simulate a different dungeon was unusual and a bit confining though. Still it was a good game even if the PC’s were the stereotypically bland quartet of elf, dwarf, wizard and obligatory barbarian.

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A Find as Rare As Mi-Go Minerals in the Himalayas!

Given that there is a copy of the true elder sign emblazoned on the symbol for this web page you may surmise that we are fans of games based on the highly original and imaginative writings and dark philosophy of H. P. Lovecraft; and you would be right.

In an earlier post I detailed our disastrous first attempt at playing Call of Cthulhu and I have a post upcoming on both editions of Arkham Horror(1987 and 2005), both of which I am fortunate enough to own. Today though I want to talk about 1996’s Mythos, Chaosium’s collectible card game.

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Local Man Dies under Mysterious Circumstances!

Local Man Dies under Mysterious Circumstances!

One man arrested. Another fled and sought by authorities.

Asylum alienist questioned!

   That was the headline of the Arkham Advertiser that day after my group’s first Call of Cthulhu game session.

It was not an auspicious start to what I was hoping was going to be a long campaign in Chaosium’s Lovecraftian universe.

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Tribute to D&D

Dungeons and Dragons is the Greatest Game Ever!


RPG gamers love to argue about which game system is the best and I am gamer. In my long career at the game table I’ve played many of them, from original D&D to White Wolf’s very engrossing storytelling system and beyond and I will argue night and day that Steve Jackson’s Generic Universal Role Playing System is the best thing to happen to our hobby. It’s skill based mechanics make for effective but balanced characters and realistic situations rife for dramatic role playing opportunities. It is the game system for which I left D&D over two decades ago.


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