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Publicly embracing a niche fandom means having a dozen people inform you whenever there’s some new development within that fandom. That’s not a complaint. While it can be a little reductive in the sense of “you = thing you consume,” it’s nice to discover folks know and care enough about your nonsense to connect with […]

Ever since my first fumblings with Champions’ third edition rules and TSR Marvel Super Heroes in junior high, I dreamed of discovering a superhero-themed roleplaying system that accurately captured the spirit of the source material. Comprehensive power lists and character creation mechanics, while complex, are the easy part of such games — rack your brain […]

I picked up the Bubblegum Crisis and VOTOMS manuals more out of interest in the licensed source material than anything else. I picked up Champions: The New Millennium because it happened to be racked next to those other two games. Okay, maybe there’s a little more to it than that. The third edition of Champions […]

After scoring the full set of Bubblegum Crisis RPG supplements, I decided to splurge on another of R. Talsorian’s anime-themed licensed efforts… ….the Armored Trooper VOTOMS: The Roleplaying Game published in 1997 and still warming a shelf at Pandemonium Books half a decade later. VOTOMS was one of the bigger entries in the mecha-themed space […]

My first “real” PC was a Celeron II eMachine purchased during the wild and wooly dot-com salad days of 1999. It was sold as part of a incredibly cheap bundle (including monitor, scanner, and printer) by Value America, who subsidized the too-good-to-be-true sale price with its rapidly shrinking pool of investor capital. (This was probably […]

A somewhat long time ago

June 25th, 2018

During the process of sorting and disposing of the stuff in my grandmother’s attic, I unearthed my copy of West End Games’ Star Wars Sourcebook. The book and its core rules companion (as soon as I locate it) will both be spared the sad fate destined to befall scores of other less cherished articles from […]

Sometime during the 1996 primary season, I decided to pay a visit to Excalibur Hobbies in Malden Center. The shop had been my go-to place for all things role-playing during high school and my early college years, but fell by the wayside after my undergrad wanderings settled into the Allston-Cambridge-Somerville axis (a.k.a. the Used Vinyl […]

After my second college-era attempt at a Warhammer Fantasy Role Play campaign got derailed by Lichemaster‘s unbalanced experience awards, I had the players in my group roll up a new batch of characters to make a fresh start of things. The shadow of Dungeons & Dragons hung heavily over my previous runs with the group. […]

The close triumvirate of Leech, Maura, and me remained tight up until the final week of the Spring 1992 semester. There were plenty of signs that things were leading up to a regrettable outcome, but most were only clear in hindsight. As Maura and I grew closer, Leech’s role transitioned from useful buffer to third […]

As great as I’m told my memory is, things to fall through the cracks on a regular basis. This is especially true when there isn’t a Big Event to help me fix the proper sequence of events, and I don’t notice the omission until some stray stimulus eventually jars it loose. The early months of […]

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