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Posts tagged ‘role playing games’

In the last installment of this feature, I talked about the giddy accumulation of stuff which comes when one dives head-first into a new hobby. This week, I’m going to discuss a regrettable adjunct to that strain of over-exuberant consumption — the signal-to-noise ratio which causes the occasional jewel to get lost amidst the torrent […]

I got into role-playing games during the market correction which followed the fad-driven boom times of the early 1980s, when ads for the D&D Basic Set dropped out of “respectable” publications and slid back into the realm of funnybooks. There were no dedicated game shops within biking distance of Woburn, and the places which did […]

Though my attempt to run Tomb of Horrors turned out to be a glacially paced fiasco, it did result in a new friendship with yet another kid named Scott. Scott lived two streets over from me and that geographical proximity led to Scott spending a good deal of time at my place during the summer […]

I was going to hold off on further installments of this feature until I made it past my personal life’s present logjam, but the news of Loren Weisman’s passing compelled me to crank out a bit of commentary regarding one of his most famous creations – – one that just so happened to be the […]

This installment is going to wander a bit, so let’s get the basics out of the way first. I purchased my copy of AD&D’s Monster Manual II at the Paperback Booksmith at the Woburn Mall, right before a Saturday afternoon daytrip with my family to Lowell. Even though the store had the original Monster Manual […]

From the flames of this fallen world, the Ultimate Powers Jam has risen anew. It probably won’t help things, but it certainly can’t make them any worse. So, with that in mind….are you ready to rock and roll all right, my faithful gods of thunder? Because it’s time to strut out new installment of… …in […]

After trying — with most mild success — to create a homebrew military-espionage RPG, my lazy teen self decided it would be less of a hassle to just purchase the genuine retail article. I picked up my box set of TSR’s Top Secret at Eric Fuchs (pronounced “feeyooks,” you filthy-minded gits) Hobbies, across from the […]

While Dragon Magazine broadened my exposure to the wider world of role-playing games, it couldn’t do much to overcome the two major obstacles keeping me from going all-in on the hobby — a profound shortage of cash and a dearth of local retailers who stocked more than the typical TSR fare. Being an ambitious and […]

My paternal grandmother had lived with my family for seven years before she finally decided to relocate to my aunt’s house. To celebrate our return to nuclear status, my parents decided to take Lil Bro and me on day trips every weekend. It was rarely anything elaborate, mostly drives in the family’s lemon yellow station […]

New jam from old jars

January 9th, 2017

One of my reasonably ambitious plans for Armagideon Time in this grim new year is to revive a few of the features that have fallen by the wayside for various reasons. While Nobody’s Favorites is at the top of that list, I’ve also decided to bring back…. For those of you who’ve arrived here after […]

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