Star Raiders – Ready Player One Video Game Replay

A first-person view out of starship cockpit.

Atari released Star Raiders for the 2600 in 1980. Somehow, someway … I never played it, yet based on Wikipedia’s accounting, it inspired many of the games I love including Wing Commander, and Star Wars: X-Wing. In the novel Ready Player One, it gets a single mention alongside such 2600 classics as Yar’s Revenge and The Empire Strike’s Back as well as the … Read more

The Empire Strikes Back – The Ready Player One Video Replay

An 8-bit snowspeeder flies toward an Imperial walker.

Parker Bros.’s The Empire Strikes Back Atari 2600 game is – according to Wikipedia – the first-ever Star Wars licensed video game. It takes place on the ice planet of Hoth, with the player on a doomed mission to destroy imperial AT-ATs (aka imperial walkers) before they can reach the rebel base. It plays a minor role … Read more

Geek Christmas Tree 2022 – Star Wars

An X-Wing Fighter in a Christmas Tree. The cockpit glows blue.

Behold the firepower of this fully armed and operational Geek Tree! Continuing Nuketown’s new tradition of themed Geek Trees (because I have way too many geeky ornaments), this year, I went with a Star Wars theme. It features 48 ornaments ranging from Luke Skywalker (1997) to Obi-Wan Kenobi (2021). The geek tree itself is a 9-foot tall narrow artificial tree … Read more

RPG A Day 2022 – What situation is your character currently in?

A hand-written character sheet in a notebook rests upon a printed character sheet.

Three characters, three campaigns, three current situations: Zor Nabat (Star Wars: The Republic): Czerka Corporaton acquired a government license to extract water from the ocean world of Glee Anselm, home of the Nautolan species. Czerka, being the epitome of the evil megacorp, doesn’t care about the ecological fallout. Zor, who’s family business was destroyed by Czerka, … Read more

RPG A Day 2022 – How long do your games last?

Several overlapping rolepllaying game books (D&D, Mutants & Masterminds, GURPS, Scum & Villainy, Fate)

My main gaming group, the Blackrazor Guild, are serial campaigners. We almost can’t help ourselves; if a campaign gets past the first few sessions, it’s very likely to run for for a year or two. Our biggest, most memorable campaigns were all multi-year affairs: Our namesake Blackrazor Guild campaign The Redshirts (aka Return to the Temple … Read more

RPG A Day 2022 – Who is your current character?

A hand-written character sheet in a notebook rests upon a printed character sheet.

I’m playing in three games right now, so I’ve got three answers, plus two honorable mentions. Star Wars: The Republic Zor Nabat Male Twi’lek Corporate Officer (Level 3) Background – Bankrupt Focus: Inspiring Leader The upstart corporation Cobbatha Collective Designs excelled at developing aftermarket add-ons for commercial starships. Cobbatha had its start in the slums of … Read more

RPG A Day 2022 – Past, Present or Future? When is your favorite game set?

Map of Greyhawk

For this post, I’m going to substitute “game” for “campaign”. My all-time favorite campaign is also my longest-running: The Blackrazor Guild Campaign for various editions of Dungeons & Dragons. Set in the World of Greyhawk, the initial campaign kicked off in 1996 and started in the Common Year 586 … which at the time was Greyhawk’s … Read more

RPG-a-Day 2021: Stream

Four men (Ghostbusters) shoot energy streams from wands attached to high-energy backpacks

Egon: “Don’t cross the streams” Pete: “Why?” Egon: “It would be bad.” Peter: “I’m fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean ‘bad’?” Egon: “Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.” Raymond: “Total protonic reversal.” Peter: “That’s … Read more

RPG-a-Day 2021: Inspiration (Alternate)

Lines of text which make up a random table-based generator

When it comes to inspiration, I love a little chaos. I often turn to online generators and random tables when I’m brainstorming session ideas (or just need a quick name for my game … which inevitably spawns a new NPC + backstory) Here are a few of my favorite online generators: Donjon: A venerable generator … Read more

@NuketownSF: Married Spider-People, Sci-Fi Tombs, Geeky Podcasts, The High Republic

Three people in spider uniforms swing toward the viewer.

A recap of NuketownSF’s tweets for the week of May 16, 2021. RPG | WORLDS WITHOUT A NUMBER – A fantasy version of Stars without Number that bills itself as “gritty, hard-edged adventure in the fathomless future of the Latter Earth, a fantastic realm of time-lost sorcery, savage foes, and barbaric splendor.” https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/348791/Worlds-Without-Number?src=hottest COMICS AND COFFEE … Read more