Friday, November 22, 2019


I swear I'm working on trying to create longer, more substantial posts, and I have one in draft.  In the meantime, enjoy this pithy comment:

I found a couple of Traveller character generators online, and in messing around with them, I just continue to validate my stance that generating characters for Traveller is faaaaar more interesting than actually playing or refereeing Traveller. Thanks for coming to my TED Talk.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Golden Voyages

I picked up a used copy of the Golden Voyages boxed set for Al-Qadim. I have approximately 0% chance of running it with anybody around here, but I've always loved the A-Q stuff and I'm happy to have it on my shelf anyway. If nothing else, the art is cool and I can study it for ideas. I've always liked the idea of an island-hopping campaign, even though I've never run one. I guess you could say that my efforts at running the first Mongoose edition of Traveller and my much-missed Stars Without Number campaigns were similar in that the planets were often stand-ins for islands, but I'm talking classic we're-on-a-boat island hopping.

In my brain, the soundtrack to Al-Qadim is the soundtrack to the SNES port of Prince of Persia. The skeletons are also the herky-jerky Ray Harryhausen variety.

I'm still kind of hoping that WotC will give Al-Qadim some love in 5e. Based on the recent survey, however, I'm not holding out hope. The survey gave me the chance to select what older settings I'd like to see more of, and Al-Qadim wasn't even an option. I did write it in under "other," but aside from that I pretty much had to just say pls more Ravenloft.

...and yes, I know Zakhara is technically part of Forgotten Realms, but I fucking hate Forgotten Realms.


I also chanced upon a trove of Spelljammer stuff, but the store that had it wanted $155 for the boxed set and haaaaaaaaaa no. Spelljammer was an interesting idea, but no way I'm paying that much for it.

Monday, November 4, 2019


The group that drafted me decided they just want to do 5e, specifically Curse of Strahd.

I think at this point I officially give up on the idea that I will ever again play my preferred editions of the game around a table with human beings. It seems like I can either have a full table of people who won't touch the editions I want, or the editions I want, but playing online (which I really don't like to do.)