Monday, January 22, 2018
Today marks the 112th birthday of Robert E. Howard. Though he saw less than a quarter of those years, his influence on sword and sorcery fiction is undeniable. So, on this auspicious day, drink to his shade and to the shades of those who followed in his footsteps!
Friday, January 5, 2018
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
These are excellent miniatures for any fantasy game, but I particularly love them for Dungeon Crawl Classics. If +Goodman Games is ever planning on doing an official line of DCC miniatures, then +Darcy Perry is the guy that they should look to for the sculpting! I mean, just look at these miniatures:
|Miniatures from the first Kickstarter|
|Miniatures from the second Kickstarter|
Oh, and did I mention the Beholder with an optional party hat? Or the Dragon? Yes, if funding reaches $10k NZ, there will be a dragon add-on available...
Also, there is a pledge option of around $370 US where he will sculpt a custom miniature for you! That pledge level is limited, and there are only 3 left. If someone doesn't claim those last slots, I may need to scrape together some more cash and subject my gaming group to a Skullsword miniature. ;-)
Let's be honest guys. Nobody wants to see that, so hurry up and get on board while there is still time!
PS: Here are some more photos that I took of miniatures from the second Kickstarter.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Friday, July 28, 2017
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
There are just over 5 days left in the 2017 Purple Sorcerer Games Free Tools Pledge Drive. If you are a Dungeon Crawl Classics fan, this should be a no-brainer. If you aren't, well then you should be. ;-) Purple Sorcerer makes some incredible RPG tools. The free 0 level DCC PC generator alone would be enough, but add in the iOS and Android Crawler's Companion, or the Demon Generator, the Dragon Generator, or any of the other free tools that are available, and it's tough not to part with a few coins to support +Jon Marr in his efforts. So come on guys, if you can afford it, reach into your coin pouches and send some gold pieces (or silver pieces) over to help support these tools!
Skull Sword Compels you to spread the word! :-)
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Adam West, best known for his portrayal of Batman in the trippy 60s television series has died at the age of 88. :-( While his was never my favorite version of Batman, I have very fond memories of watching him and Burt Ward socking villains after school when I was a child.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Look what has arrived from new Zealand! These are latest miniatures from Star Hat Miniatures. Another great set from +Darcy Perry I still need to assemble the troll.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Wow. It's hard for me to believe that Star Wars is 40 years old today. I was 7 1/2 when it was released, and I was already a fan of science fiction and fantasy films. I loved the Buster Crabbe Flash Gordon serials that our CBS affiliate would run as filler for movies that didn't cover their entire time slot. I watched Star Trek reruns on Sunday afternoons, because football was boring. I was glued to the TV on Saturday afternoons to watch hokey sci-fi films from the 1950s. Monsters in rubber suits and ray guns that fired sparks were kind of my thing, but none of that prepared me for what I saw when my parents took me to see Star Wars. It was awe inspiring. I'd never seen anything like it before. My imagination didn't need to fill in the blanks created by poor special effect and black and white film stock. It was all there on the screen, and it looked real!
As great as the film was, there was still another surprise waiting for us in the autumn of that year. The toys. My friend Keith had pre-ordered the first set of action figures, and I remember him brining them in to school in second grade. They were the coolest toys ever, but of course, nobody wanted to get stuck with the droids! :-) My own collection of toys started soon after. I had 4 Boba Fetts from sending in proof of purchase labels from other action figures. I had an X-Wing and lost the clear canopy somewhere. I had Darth Vader's tie fighter, and like everyone else, I struggled to keep its wings on. I had the Death Star, and I can't count the number of times that Boba Fett and his three clones shoved farm boy Luke into that trash compactor. I spent hours recreating the movies and making up my own Star Wars stories. Those were great times, indeed.
More films followed. The Empire Strikes Back was a thing of beauty, even better than the original. Return of the Jedi was a little bit of a letdown though. I was almost 14 by that time, and the Ewoks just weren't cool to me. Star Wars had begun to lose a bit of its magic I guess as I got older. Other things were just cooler to a teenager I guess, but fortunately, that didn't last. Somewhere along the line, in college, I managed to recapture what I loved about Star Wars, and I'm a fan to this day. I doubt that many people would have predicted that 40 years later we would still be getting new Star Wars films, or that there would still be Star Wars action figures on my desk. The later films of course have been a mixed bag, some good, some less so. But when I hear that John Williams score, I'm reminded that even a so-so Star Wars film is still Star Wars.
Happy Birthday Star Wars!