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And so 2019 in gaming begins…


Tonight is our groups first gaming session after the holidays and the FLGS finished up their inventory, so it’s time to get the year rolling. To be honest, I don’t remember which of the games that we’re supposed to play. It’s either Call of Cthulhu (Horror on the Orient Express) or 5E (Dragon Heist). But I’ve also my own little bit to-do.
I’ve been geared up to run an OSR game again for a long time now. I’ve done a lot of little things for White Box but then I just got my copy of Advanced Labyrinth Lord. So it’s time to put it up to the group which one they want to play. No mater their choice it’s going to be fun. Oh and in case you were wondering..They are going to start…

Man, I’ve been anticipating this for a while. I’ll let you know how it goes folks.
Til next time. Roll dice. Kill monsters. Take their stuff. And have fun out there!

Episode 2: DM Notebooks

Ah yes. Episode 2 of Playing It Wrong is release into the wild. This time I rant about my DM Notebook. This isn’t my campaign or adventure notes. And it’s not even my DM screen. This is a notebook that I have with various system neutral charts and tables from all sorts of sources. The thing that I notices is that there’s a bunch of those tables, while neat, I wasn’t even using. So it’s time to slim that thing down. I mean why carry extra stuff around. I probably already do carry too much stuff. Heck, it’s thicker than most of my OSR core books (except Dungeon Crawl Classics). So here you, give the episode a listen and share your thoughts.
Episode 2: DM Notebooks

Five DM Tips

Matt Finch of OSRIC, Swords & Wizardry, and now Uncle Matt’s RPG Studio had this little interview with Jim Wampler of Mutant Crawl Classics and Marvin the Mage. Yeah it’s long but well worth the watch and, of course, I thought this was a good idea.

So here you go. My five DM Tips:
1. Yes and…: Yep I agree with Jim Wampler on this one. I blogged about it before on the old blog that has long gone away. Always give the players the opportunity to do something. You don’t have to say, “Yes, and..” There’s always, “Yes, but..” or “You can try.” So avoid giving the players a flat out “No”.
2. No Plan Survives Contact with The Enemy: That’s an old military saying. To apply it to gaming. No adventure survives as written when the PC’s get involved. The same is true for rules. Don’t be afraid to improvise and change things. No game designer can ever anticipate all of the crazy plans players come up with. The same goes for your tightly plotted adventure or the fascinating NPC that you came up with.
3. Sometimes it’s more important to know the players rather than the rules: At first this seems like a bad thing but it’s easy look up rules. But knowing what the players like, dislike, and what makes them angry or upset and then use that familiarity to customize the adventure will lead to better sessions.
4. Preparation beyond reading the adventure: Have a full set of tools on hand to improvise when the PC’s leave the plot train. See No 2 above. It’s makes your job easier and keeps things moving rather than everyone running for snacks while the DM comes up with an encounter.
5. Kill Batman Do NOT have a Batman NPC to show up, kill the monsters for the characters, and then slip of into the night. Don’t have this guy bail them out if things get tough. Murder Batman.

What’s Cool Wednesday: Old Skull Publishing

I mentioned this in the most recent episode of the pod cast and here we got the first What’s Cool Wednesday of 2019. Old Skull Publishing and the games of Diogo Nogueira.
I guess it was about a year ago that stumbled upon Sharp Swords and Sinister Spells. I had downloaded long before that but it took me a while to really look at it. And dang it’s a pretty cool game. I did a review a while ago on it and wrote up a bunch of house rules and other stuff plus I’m working on my own setting for it. Go ahead and read that over. I don’t need to go over the basics of the system again. But any way, Diogo is a pretty cool guy and has done a lot for his own games plus for Dungeon Crawl Classics. But he isn’t done yet.
He’s two more games coming out that run on the same rules chassis as Sharp Swords and Sinister Spells. There’s Dark Streets & Darker Secrets. A sort Buffy-esque modern urban fantasy RPG. And there’s Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells. What’s the best way I can describe this one? Heavy Metal Space Fantasy. That should be coming out soon too. A busy guy who can pretty much do it all; writing, art; and layout. A hell of a lot more talented than me.
Any way, you can look up his stuff on RPGNow and you can’t beat those prices. Or follow Old Skull Publishing on its MeWe Group or its Facebook Page.
There you go. It’s 2019 and let’s share the fun.

Happy New Year! Make 2019 Cool

Well, it’s a new year and here’s a new episode of Playing It Wrong.
For the link or podcast weary, I’m going to go into the main thought of this episode here. There was a lot of crap at the 2019. Dumpster fires and cess pools abounded. I really want 2019 to be about gaming as fun and cool. A place where people come together and have fun, make friends, and not worry about whatever labels get stuck onto somebody.
So what am I going to do about? Well, I’m going to start “What’s Cool Wednesday”. At the old blog, I did Webclip Wednesday and I ran with this idea for here. Every Wednesday, I’m going to post about something that I find cool and fun in gaming. It may be a person, publisher, product, podcast, or blog. And I encourage other folks to do the same. Share somebody else’s neat stuff that gets overlooked because there’s Internet drama.
Hello 2019. Share the fun. Share the good.

This is the year that was

You can read the rant or listen to Episode 43. Or you can both.
I’m late getting this out because life was busy yesterday. We started making tamales all afternoon in order to get ready for Christmas Eve. Yes, that’s a thing. And a post like this is something I like to do, many to clear my own thoughts.
So what happened this year? Not as much as I would have liked. It’s another that I didn’t get a single published on OBS. I’ve barely kept the blog alive. Real life and the day job still keep things interesting but not in a good way. Throw that in with the nearly monthly dumpster fire that is social media. It’s like crap why bother? I really have felt like after messing with work stress and life stress, why bother even deal with the crap online? But there is hope for next year. I’ve trimmed both Facebook and Google Plus contacts way down. And with the announcement that Google Plus is going away it makes things a lot easier. And with many folks (including myself) moving to MeWe, I’m rebuilding connections and finding even some new folks that I hadn’t really interacted with before. And then of course, there was the rise of Anchor podcasts. I’ve jumped into that too and am really liking it and glad I started doing it.So that pretty much sums up 2018.
What’s the plan for 2019? Lots. Maybe even too much.
Get some stuff up on OBS: I’m nearly done with the first editing pass on Skarynth. That’s my setting supplement for Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells. I wanted to have done by now but I think a safer bet would very early 2019. I’ve got five other projects in various stages of development. I’ve got no definitive schedule but that is one of those things you get to do as a little one man show. I can work on things as I feel and when I feel passionate about what I’m writing. I’m also planning a reviving the Gazebo Gazette. That’s my own little E-zine that’s mostly content based posts from the blog neatened up and put together in one handy PDF.
The Blog and The Podcast: Well, I need to post here more often. That’s all there is to it. I need to get my creative brain back into action. The podcast will continue on it’s weekly schedule and pretty much stay them same. It’s take me a while to get my voice and figure out what I want to do and how to do it, both content and technical wise. I’ve thought about the sponsorships and the podcast subscriptions available through Anchor. I’m still on the fence about those. I’m much more likely to start a very simple Patreon to help back both.
Social Media: Like I said before, I’ve trimmed down my contacts list massively but unfortunately I also haven’t interacted as much as I would like. I’m on three Discord servers and I hardly go there. There’s multiple communities on Facebook and Mewe that I don’t post or even comment in but I belong. This isn’t about pushing blog posts, a podcast or a product. It’s about missing out on potentially making new friends.
Now for the downside. For the past few years, I’ve picked myself and said, “Cheer up. Things are going to be different and better next year.” And well they aren’t. So that’s why this time next year, it will be time for some really deep reflection. I mean how often can I say that and finally learn that maybe I’m wasting time and money.

Episode 41: Wild West RPG’s

Old Man Grognard got me thinking about Wild West RPG’s and that lead me down a worm hole of old notes and thoughts about doing a sort Weird West thing along with looking at some inexpensive pdf’s. But more on the nitty gritty of that later on when I get those notes organized.
Here you go Episode 41: Wild West RPG’s
And the links to the games mentioned in this Episode:
Six Shooters & Wagons
Wild West Light
Shotguns & Saddles
Tombstone
Westwater