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Dungeon Attack Kickstarter

Posted in Gaming Culture, Product Review with tags , , , on August 19, 2013 by boccobsblog

The guys from Attack Dice, the makers of When Zombies Attack, are funding their second game through Kickstarter. The newest game, Dungeon Attack, follows the same AD premise of fast paced, easy to learn, and easy on the wallet, but with a fantasy flavor.

Funding a game on Kickstarter is a great way to get the games for a cheaper price, get them weeks before they hit the store, and a chance to get exclusive content.

Curious about Dungeon Attack? The rules can be downloaded for free from AD’s website.

Check out the Dungeon Attack Kickstarter!

Personal Effects: Dark Art

Posted in Gaming Culture, Product Review with tags , , , on October 24, 2011 by boccobsblog

I picked up a copy of this book over the summer and was really blown away by the premise. The book is a work of experimental fiction by J. C Hutchins and Jordan Weisman. It is no doubt that the book turned out so well, it has two amazing authors attached to it. J.C Hutchins is the writer of the 7th Son series, and Jordan Weisman is the creator behind Earthdawn (1993), Shadowrun (1989), Wizkids games, FASA games, and the several Mechwarrior projects.

This book takes place mainly as a set of doctor’s notes about a serial killer patient, but it also contains phone numbers, websites and documents (ID cards, crime scene photos, etc) that all add to a twist the plot. If you find a phone number in the book or on a prop, you can call it and get clues, listen to voice mail messages, etc. The same is true for the websites, they are all real sites that serve to answer and create questions, deepen the experience and lead you to the ending of the book.

Several months back in a post about props, we talked about the game Witness, this book has that feel by providing actual props. But the book goes even father with the phone numbers and websites. If you read a name or a business, google it and it will probably lead you to a website. This is very cool stuff, check it out.

Personal Effects Website

Death Star Trench Run

Posted in Gaming Culture with tags , , on September 2, 2011 by boccobsblog

One of the coolest games I saw at Gen Con this year wasn’t published by a major gaming company. It wasn’t even put out by an indie company; it was a homebrew game being played in the miniature games free play area.

Take command of Rebel squadrons as you attempt to destroy the Empire’s powerful new weapon, or scramble TIE fighters and activate the turrets of this technological terror in order to put down the band of upstarts. Using modified starship combat rules from the Star Wars Saga Edition RPG, two teams of players face off in this epic battle event.

It is called Death Star Run Game. It is exactly what is sounds like. Using ships from the Star Wars Miniature game, and a homemade Death Star trench these guys have manged to create something amazing. And the best part about the game is that the creators share all their infromation on their website: Deathstarrun.com.

This site and its forums will help you recreate your own Death Start trench using foam core board and PDF print outs that mimic the surface of the space station. Also, they have availabile, simplified stat cards for the ships (one for each faction).

Very cool and worth a look.

Here are some shots I took at the Con, but the images on their site give a better picture of the trench.

Worldwide D&D Game Day

Posted in D&D 4e Content, Dungeons and Dragons, Gaming Culture, Gaming News with tags , , on August 1, 2011 by boccobsblog

August 6th is D&D Game Day. Every year Wizards of the Coast celebrates Dungeons and Dragons and debuts a new product, this year that product is the Neverwinter Campaign Setting. According to Wizards.com:

D&D Game Day is a one day event spotlighting a key product release in an exclusive adventure. This year, D&D Game Day spotlights the Neverwinter Campaign Setting with an exclusive adventure entitled Gates of Neverdeath. Hired on as caravan guards to protect precious cargo bound for the city of Neverwinter, the characters are introduced to the intrigues and danger that await in this fabled Forgotten Realms locale. For the first time, players will create their own D&D characters at the event and play in a prelude adventure to the upcoming D&D Encounters season!

What Do I Need to Play?
Just bring your dice and a copy of either Heroes of the Fallen Lands or Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms (or both if you’d like). Character sheets and other materials will be provided. At the store, you can pick up your copy of the Neverwinter Campaign Setting if you want additional options for your character. You’ll make a 1st-level character as a part of the D&D Game Day experience, and will be able to continue to play your character in the new D&D Encounters season, the Lost Crown of Neverwinter!

So if you’re unable to attend Gen Con this year you can still head to your local game store and join in on the action.

Need to know where the nearest participating store is? Click here

Bristol Rennaissance Faire 2011

Posted in Gaming Culture with tags , , on July 29, 2011 by boccobsblog

The Bristol Renaissance Faire never disappoints. This year’s trip was one of the best yet (which is saying something since I’ve been attending for the last twenty years). Every year the faire seems to have gained some new shop or attraction that keeps the it vibrant and exciting.

Many of the buildings have been given facelifts and new roofs and the landscaping was the best I’ve ever seen. While I was sitting on a bench resting a hummingbird dressed like a tiny dung-sweep swooped in and drank from a flower inches away from my face.

My friends and I took in a show by Christophe the Insulter where he decimated audience members with filthy verbal abuse that left me laughing and greasy-feeling.

We ate faire food until we were about to burst: BBQ ribs, cheese fritters, turkey legs, Gyros piled with fresh veggies, etc. And we drank enough booze to float a Spanish galleon. (This year the Faire added hard liquor to its many pubs and taverns.)

We marveled at the costumes and the weapons, (and at the bearded old man in a chainmail bikini and purple fairy wings).

All in all it was an amazing day that I highly recommend to anyone in the Midwest. With tickets costing on 17 dollars and parking a mere two bucks, it is much cheaper than a day ay an amusement park.

 From the website:

Where is the Faire?

Just west of I-94 at the Illinois/Wisconsin border, the Faire is open Saturdays and Sundays and Labor Day Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine, from July 9 through September 5, 2011.

What are the dates and hours?
We are open Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday, July 9 through September 5, 2011 from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm.

All photos by Paul P.

 

RenQuest

Posted in Dungeons and Dragons, Gaming Culture, LARP with tags , on July 28, 2011 by boccobsblog

On our trip to the Bristol Renaissance Faire my friends and I tried a role-playing event they offer called Rennquest. What is RenQuest? Well according to their website:

Be among the first to get a glimpse of the latest chapter of RenQuest™, the live action fantasy game many have credited with setting a new standard for multiplayer role-playing events everywhere. Originating at the Bristol Renaissance Faire in summer 2008, RenQuest™ draws upon the unique resources of one of the country’s top Renaissance fairs to create an interactive theatrical experience that provides gamers with an unprecedented opportunity to test both their mental and physical skills, beyond the realm of their computer screens.

After a three-summer struggle to rid the hamlet of Bristol from the threats of the barbaric Draco Disciples and the legacy of the Dragon Bloodtharken, this summer’s RenQuest™ finds new forces of evil emerging, amidst mounting chaos and a prophetic warning to all would-be protectors not to be fooled by unlikely foes.

RenQuest™’s playing field is an entire 30-acre village with 1,200 period performers, artisans and merchants, and a professional production staff, ready to engage patron-players in an evolving adventure of riddles, spells, hunts and other challenges. As players advance through the levels of the live action game, they earn individual player achievement rewards and accumulate points toward the advancement of one of two factions with which they’re aligned.  Some quests last a day; others extend over multiple weekends or the entire Faire season.

Overall the experience was enjoyable. The quest took the better part of the day (though we did stop several times for drinks). It was cool to interact with NPC’s that were in full costume (though some were more “in-character” than others).

The puzzles were challenging and the cast did a great job.

I would highly recommend RenQuest to gamers in the Midwest.

Check them out on their Facebook page, or on the Bristol site.

All photos by Paul P.

Fellowship of the Boobs

Posted in Gaming Culture, Gaming News with tags , , , , , on July 13, 2011 by boccobsblog

pic via the GTT website

Yes you read that correctly. At the Gorilla Tango Theatre in Chicago they are showing The Fellowship of the Boobs a “A nerd-themed burlesque show pays homage to “Lord of the Rings,” World of Warcraft, Dungeons and Dragons and role playing games”.

According to their website:

In the beginning there was the Bosom, and from the Bosom sprang forth the ancestors of the Four Buxom Warriors. In this burlesque send-up of all things Fantasy, we join Bruste Oakentits (a Dwarf), Isdra Silverbosom (an Elf), Pectus Ironchest (an Amazon Warrior) and a mysterious Fourth Companion as they journey over sea, under mountain, and right out of their semi-protective armor. Will there be Epic Battles? You betcha. Wit and Wizardy? In spades. Sassy, Sexy, and Sultry Striptease? Quite possibly more than your Bag of Holding can handle. A great show for anyone who’s ever wondered what that Birch Nymph is hiding under her sexy bark, just how much mischief a Dwarf can get up to inside a Faerie Ring, or really, for anyone that’s ever seen a movie with a dragon in it and happens to like boobs.

The Gorilla Tango Theatre also hosts, A Nude Hope: a Star Wars themed burlesque, The Boobs of Khan: A Star Trek themed burlesque, and Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario themed burlesque.

I have been meaning to take in some culture…

Much thanks should be piled upon Dan R. for sending this gem our way! May his D20 roll crits for seven generations.

Gorrilla Tango Theatre
1919 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647-4320
773-598-4549
 
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