08 January 2018

All the Dice

I was pleased to support the latest Kickstarter project by Impact Miniatures (being that it fulfills my dream of having all the dice: d3, d4, d5, d6, d7, d8, d9, d10/d%, d11, d12, d13, d14, d15, d16, d17, d18, d19, d20, d22, d24, d26, d28, d30, a.k.a. the "One of Everything" reward level), but there is one catch to this wealth of randomizers: keeping them properly sorted. Keeping six different dice sorted can be challenging to a novice, 14 Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG dice can get confusing even to an experienced player, but 24 dice can vex anyone. A dice organizer for this many dice would be time-consuming to make, take up too much table space, and require fastidious attention to ensure that each die was in its proper place. Instead, I opted to make them easier to sort by re-inking the highest number on each die. I used a red Micron pen, which works well enough, but I think I will try using a sable brush and some paint to do a more thorough job.

Does it work? Yes it does and quite nicely, too.


NB: I chose not to ink the d3 and d10/d% dice because a.) both of the d3 dice are obvious and b.) the high numbers on d10/d% dice can vary depending on how they are used.

31 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 31

31. What do you anticipate most for gaming in 2018?

Finding the means to attend some gaming conventions, and doing much more gaming with my own groups. Oh, and finishing some of my projects.

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30 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 30

30. What is an RPG genre-mashup you would most like to see?

Supernatural or cosmic horror meets the War of 1812 or the French and Indian War.

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29 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 29

29. What has been the best-run RPG Kickstarter you have backed?

I can't really say, as different projects vary in scope and difficulty, and I lack firsthand experience in running a Kickstarter project. Pass.

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28 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 28

28. What film or series is the most-frequent source of quotes in your group?

I've been lucky to have groups that don't indulge in excessive film or television quotations, but when they do quote something, it's usually from a wide variety of sources.

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27 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 27

27. What are your essential tools for good gaming?

Index cards, maps, dice, dice tray, writing utensils, GM screen (preferably landscape format), notebook, table, chairs, beverage. Often a rulebook and an adventure. Sometimes poker chips. Sometimes handouts.

In my earlier gaming days, I also tended to burn incense, and sometimes used miniatures and a battlemat. Cheese and crackers were often present, too.

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26 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 26

26. Which RPG provides the most useful resources?

Ringworld (along with the Ringworld Companion, which was originally intended to be part of the box set).

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25 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 25

25. What is the best way to thank your GM?

The best way is to say, "Thank you."

For GM's Day or birthdays, gift cards are fine gifts that I guarantee will reap benefits for the entire gaming group (especially gift cards for Lulu, OneBookShelf, Wayne's Books, Noble Knight Games, Half Price Books, Barnes & Noble, eBay, Michaels, Staples, or Office Max).

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24 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 24

24. Share a PWYW publisher who should be charging more.

This requires more research than I have time to devote to it. Pass.

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23 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 23

23. Which RPG has the most jaw-dropping layout?

Clarity. That's the only quality I respect with regard to a role-playing game rulebook's layout. Visually, everything else is secondary. I'll take the layout in Pits & Perils over the layout in Dungeons & Dragons 3e or 3.5 any day. I don't require "jaw-dropping" layout. Competent is sufficient.

DEATH TO BACKGROUND IMAGES IN RULEBOOKS.

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