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Forbidden Alchemy is sure to concoct a draught of devilish delight!

You put de lime in de coconut and drank 'em bot' up...

“The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.”
–H.P. Lovecraft

Folks, there’s no hiding my love for all things Lovecraft in gaming. I’m a true sucker for a game of Arkham Horror, and now many of us have had the opportunity to go mad for Mansions of Madness. This great storytelling board game has become an instant favorite with me, and for a short time, some of us out there wondered if this fabulous game was ever going to see an expansion. Until I truly dug into the meat of the game, it looked pretty self-contained. The parts and puzzles that came with the game didn’t allow for much leeway in mixing things up. There would always be rune puzzles and wiring puzzles to solve, and the weapons and gear were pretty straight-forward, allowing little variation, or seeing anything new. There are but FOUR spells in the game (much to my chagrin), and they seem to cover every aspect of gameplay. Worse still, there were FIVE stories in the core set, and even though there are several choices to make in these stories that could be radically different, each premise was still the same. Mansions looked doomed to be a one-hit wonder.

Shame on me for having so little faith in the creative team over at Fantasy Flight Games… Read the rest of this entry

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Keeping the spirit of Halloween alive

A rare +5 Nerd Pumpkin of Awesome

Greetings, fellow gamers!

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday of the year. It’s one of those things that is the perfect amalgamation of good vibes. Aside from the obvious religious reasons for liking the holiday (and before you email me, YES, I know Christ wasn’t born on Dec. 25th), Christmas has always been that one time of the year where goodwill is a universal currency. People go out of their way to be nice to each other, and forget for even that short time that they would treat each other like crap at the drop of a hat on a different day. I like Christmas because people treat each other like humans (for once). Sure, some people get hung up and offended if you tell them “Merry Christmas” rather than be thankful for the well-wishes, but hey…some people thrive on misery.

Anyhoo, my SECOND favorite holiday is Halloween! Sure, I have a religious reason for that too, being what we Lutherans call “Reformation Day,” but it’s also been a load of fun growing up. Unless you’re Richard Dawkins or some other soul-less fun-hating douche-nozzle, humans have a natural fascination with all things paranormal. While Halloween, like Christmas, started as a pagan seasonal festival, it slowly over the years became a “secularized” holiday that remained an American tradition for decades. Read the rest of this entry

Eldritch Lament

Oh, Arkham Nights, how I long to attend thee…

Arkham Nights is one of the many themed “mini-conventions” that Fantasy Flight Games hosts at their expo center in Roseville, MN. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be attending THIS year, either. Of all of the themes, such as “Days of Ice & Fire” (Game of Thrones), “Realms of Terrinoth” (Runebound, Descent, etc), and one for Lord of the Rings which I can’t remember, I’ve wanted to attend Arkham Nights.

Arkham Nights, contrary to the above picture, is being held this year on October 14th – 16th. It’s packed with plenty of Mythos goodness, and best of all, swag for the various Lovecraft themed games that have done so well for Fantasy Flight Games.

Here’s a bit of info from the site itself: Read the rest of this entry

Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun

Growing old sucks. This isn’t just the blatantly obvious ramblings of an aging nerd realizing he’s just a few short years away from graduating from being “young” to being “middle-aged.” You notice many things about yourself and the world around you. You step on the scale and realize that you no longer suffer from that being underweight problem. Nothing works the way it used to; your joints start to creak every now and again, you start taking multivitamins to keep up your energy, and you start getting up in the middle of the night to take a piss. Sure, I complain, but I’m still a “young” man. I’m not giving up on youth completely until Ensure becomes a regular part of my diet.

It’s not just the physical things, either; You start to dread your own birthday, most of your favorite music is considered “the classics,” and when you’re in public, people stare at you because you jumped off the fashion train when the Miami Vice look was still en vogue. You start to feel out of place, like you’re part of a bygone era; or perhaps part of a Dr. Who prank in which you were drugged and dragged into a TARDIS and the “random” button was hit, and now you’re marooned in a different time. Even your hobbies have “evolved” (and I use the term loosely) with the times, leaving you to be that cantankerous old geezer with a shotgun sitting in his rocking chair on the porch yelling at the young’uns to “get the hell off his lawn.”

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A wild Dr. Belmont appears!

A picture taken by what was then a random stranger at the Michigan Renaissance Faire in 2010. It just so happens that a month or two later, we met at The Board Room Game Center and have been friends ever since! Small world, no?