Monster Week is returning to Nuketown. In honor of Guillermo del Toro's giant robots-vs-giant monsters flick Pacific Rim's release on July 12, we're going to be talking monsters -- and nothing but monsters -- for a solid week. The event will run from Sunday, July 14 through Saturday, July 20, 2013.
The iPad has become an essential tool at my gaming table. I use it to look up rules, randomly generate NPCs, rolling dice, and controlling music on my Mac while my friends use theirs to run digital character sheets. When a critical hit or fumble occurs, I'm rolling up the results on my iPhone. This page lists the iPad RPG Tools and iPhone RPG Tools that we use at our table. I'm looking for suggestions to add to this list; send your suggestions to email@example.com.
I've been playing Dungeons & Dragons and other pen-and-paper role-playing games since I was in grade school, and I've been using Apple's Macintosh computers at least as long. Thirty years later, both RPGs and Apple computers are still a part of my life, only now I'm use Macs in every aspect of my game, from writing the adventure to tracking combat to maintaining my web site.
Check the batteries in your motion trackers, refuel your flamethrowers, lock and load your shotgun, and make sure you've everything you need to make a few dozen pipe bombs.
Monster Week is here.
The week-long celebration of speculative fiction's monster movies is running July 25-31 at Nuketown. It focuses on "creature features", movies like Aliens, Predator and The Thing that pit humanity against overwhelming horrors. It will include movie reviews, audio commentary, game reviews and RPG reviews and anything else we can shove out the airlock.
What is the Geek Tree? It's a Christmas tree with a speculative fiction theme. And what's speculative fiction? Speaking broadly, it's a uber-genre comprised of science fiction, fantasy and horror, though in the case of the Geek Tree, it's primarily sci-fi. The tree is re-built annually by Ken Newquist, Nuketown's editor.
Geeks love role-playing games. They also love computers, so it's not too surprising that the two interests have converged to spawn numerous tools for aiding in the creation of pen-and-paper RPGs.
The impetus behind this page was a speech I gave at a meeting of the Pocono Libertarians a few years back on "Libertarian Themes in Science Fiction." As a life-long science fiction fan, and later a libertarian, the unity of the two subjects always seemed obvious to me. But at that meeting I discovered that many of my fellow libertarian-minded citizens either hadn't heard of the books and movies I was mentioning, or hadn't thought of them in a libertarian light.
Over the years, Nuketown has evolved into an increasingly libertarian webzine, but it never had a full-blown section dedicated specifically to the intersection of libertarianism and sci-fi. Now, with this page, it does.