August 15, 2004: 7:25 pm: Miscellaneous

This weblog has certainly suffered from a lack of attention since I posted about TBR, but hopefully I’ll be able to get it going again at some point. That may not happen in the near future though, as I’m heading off into the wilds of the Adirondacks later this week, and then there’s Worldcon at the start of September, and then it’s off to Toronto for Ambercon North not long afterwards. I’ll try to at least get in a post or two here and there though.

For now, I guess I’ll just give a quick update on my gaming activities.


I’m currently in one face-to-face game, Lou’s Against the Tide of Darkness, which is a D&D 3.5 campaign. My character, Marcellus, has just started in on a new prestige class, Fortune’s Favored Few, after unwittingly acquiescing to right some things on behalf of his goddess.

I’m also in one pbem game, Strangers Still to Come, a more or less systemless game run by my friend Jennifer. In that one I play Lord Graeme Dreyhaven, who has sort of blindly thrust himself into the middle of all sorts of politics and intrigue, managing to get well in over his head without actually realizing it. At least not yet.


I’m working on an idea for a Buffy game which will be set in a near-future dystopian version of New York City, and right now I’m planning on it only having one player (who will play a Slayer). It’ll be my first shot at running a one-on-one ftf game, and my first try at a campaign since back in college, so we’ll see how it goes.


I recently bought a pdf copy of Jared A. Sorenson’s InSpectres, and it looks to be as good as everything I’d heard about it indicated it would be. Now I just need to figure out how to run an Amber/InSpectres crossover game, so I can run it at an Ambercon!

I’m also hoping to soon have copies of Matt Snyder’s Dust Devils and Nine Worlds (his new one), which my friend Lou has kindly offered to pick up for me at Gencon. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll likely just order them both anyway.

June 23, 2004: 10:15 pm: Miscellaneous

Well, TBR is this weekend, and I’m more or less prepared for the games I’m running. I just realized though that I’ve managed to not post here since the beginning of the month, despite my best intentions, so this is just to let you all know that I am indeed still alive.

Hopefully this will still be true after TBR, as I intend to post about the con and a few other things next week.

May 19, 2004: 8:16 pm: Miscellaneous

What style of GM are you?

Narrative GM: You like the sound of your own voice
and you talk, talk, talk. Your game is rife
with information – usually more than necessary.
Every detail is verbalized and you love

What style of GM are you?
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There were no good answers, as apparently there are no good styles of GMing, but I don’t think this one’s even the correct shade of bad for me.

[via many people on Livejournal]

May 17, 2004: 9:15 pm: Miscellaneous

As was mentioned here, there’s actually a mention of Flaming Monkey in KODT 91 (in the “Summon Web Scryer” article), along with such illustrious blogs as 20′x20′Room, Perverse Access Memory, and Wil Wheaton’s weblog.


Though there [fortunately] was not a URL for this blog listed in the article, it’s still prodding me to try and actually post more often (and with actual content). We’ll have to see if I can actually pull that off.

May 3, 2004: 8:52 pm: Miscellaneous

There’s now a Livejournal feed of Flaming Monkey, for those who prefer to read their weblogs via LiveJournal. My thanks to Jennifer for helping me get it set up!

April 6, 2004: 10:35 pm: Miscellaneous

Game designer Jonathan Tweet played some My Life with Master and wrote about his experience here.

[via Paul Czege’s post to The Forge]

February 23, 2004: 7:50 pm: Miscellaneous

It started simply enough, with a review of the game Dead Inside that was posted over on 20×20 Room. After reading the review, and then the material over on the official Dead Inside page, I decided to head on over to RPGNow and buy myself a copy.

Eventually Dead Inside showed up in my mailbox (as I’d bought the POD version), and I liked what I saw. It was different from anything I’d seen in an RPG before, and I realized that there were probably other gems out there in the indie RPG world. This realization led me to head back to The Forge, a site I’d visited only briefly once before, and read some of the reviews posted there.

As a result, yesterday I ended up buying a PDF copy of kill puppies for satan, which seems to be a brilliant, dark, funny little game with a scary title, and now I’m thinking of buying Dust Devils, and maybe Le Mon Mouri or InSpectres too. It’s just so easy to drop $5 or $10 on the PDF of a game that sounds interesting, especially after seeing people praise it on some online forum.

Hopefully at some point in the future I’ll actually end up running or playing in one of these games myself, but for now I’m just enjoying exploring a part of the RPG hobby that I barely even knew existed.

February 22, 2004: 5:53 pm: Miscellaneous

Wil Wheaton is teaching his step-sons how to play D&D:

If everything goes according to plan, Ryan, Nolan and I will embark on a new and wonderful phase of our lives together this evening. We will grab some root beers, sit at our dining room table, and I will take them on their very first dungeon crawl.

We have spent the last week or so creating characters, discussing the rules, and building excitement for tonight’s adventure. I have been staying up an extra hour or two each night after the kids go to bed, pouring over websites and my core rule books, simulating combats and creating NPCs. I’m pretty nervous, because I’m DMing an adventure for the first time since The Isle of Dread in 6th grade. And back then, I managed to kill everyone in the party pretty quickly, and never got to sit behind the screen again.

He is, as you’ll see if you read his whole post, an exceedingly cool step-dad, and it’s good to see roleplaying portrayed as the sort of activity that can bring families together.

February 6, 2004: 10:32 pm: Miscellaneous

Promote your cool indie RPG with a quiz…..

Free Spirit
You are a Free Spirit, a twist of soul-power with
will and personality, neither alive nor dead.
You are prey for any Being who hungers for
essence. You work hard at your play to discover
just who you are. If you are able to improve
your nature enough, you can join the Source to
be born into to whatever new life awaits. You
can appear in almost any shape and size
throughout the Spirit World; Second Sight may
reveal your hidden talents and abilities. If
killed, you evaporate into nothingness.

What Type of DEAD INSIDE Being Are You?
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And there’s a review of the game (Dead Inside) here.

January 27, 2004: 9:31 pm: Miscellaneous

The small list of RPGs that I’m likely to buy in the not too distant future is slowly growing, though so far it only includes Nobilis, My Life With Master, and maybe HeroQuest (which would be a more likely purchase if the rulebook was hardcover).

I’m thinking of adding Unknown Armies to the list, and I was wondering if anyone had any comments (positive or negative) about either the system itself or the second edition rulebook.

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