My family's big Christmas present this year was an Xbox One. The kids and I are loving it -- I'm battling my way through the Halo: Master Chief edition, and the kids are questing for the Lonely Mountain in LEGO: The Hobbit.
Unfortunately while Halo looks great and the voice controls are very 21st century, the damn thing unexpectedly turns itself off for no apparent reason. No overheating warnings, no next generation Red Ring of Death, no debug on restart telling me something bad happened.
Every hero’s path to glory to starts somewhere. In The Crypt of the Everflame, a 32-page, 1st-level adventure for the Pathfinder RPG, that path begins with a centuries-old crypt and an initiation ceremony gone horribly wrong.
Five years ago, I wrote about the dangers of the mega dungeon. Now my group has returned to Dungeons & Dragons, and I'm contemplating the role of dungeons in the campaign. Time has shown that the folks in my group aren't big fans of mega dungeons, but I think we still enjoy the challenge of subterranean complexes ... we just don't want to get trapped there.
Zombie Dice is Steve Jackson's fast playing, push-your-luck dice game in which players take on the role of zombies hunting human prey.
The mechanics are straightforward. The game's namesake dice represent the not-so-helpless humans and have three possible faces: brains, feet, and shotgun.
Santa's come and gone, leaving behind a small armada of games for us to try out: Zombie Dice (and Zombie Dice 2) and the Mars Attacks Dice Game, both by Steve Jackson Games, and Star Fluxx by Loony Labs.
I owe most of my esoteric knowledge of mythology, religion, art, and culture to role-playing game. Much of it was learned at the literary knee of Gary Gygax in the form of the Dungeon Master's Guide and Monster Manual, both of which were packed with strange monster names, advanced vocabulary, and random loot tables.