Archive for April, 2012

  • In our day and age, when people say vampire the first thing that comes to mind is a sparkling, sulky young lad with bad hair and his pasty belle who can’t seem to realize that to become a better person, one needs to learn to stand on one’s own… I say, for shame. For shame. Back in the years when I grew up and fantasy was still a wonderfully exclusive genre which took up only one book case in the bookstore, vampires were mean and nasty and cunning. They were the night dwellers, the beings of fear. They were blood thirsty and they were brutal. They were real. And they didn’t sparkle. They were a piece of what could be […]

    Anno Dracula by Kim Newman, A Book Series Review

    In our day and age, when people say vampire the first thing that comes to mind is a sparkling, sulky young lad with bad hair and his pasty belle who can’t seem to realize that to become a better person, one needs to learn to stand on one’s own… I say, for shame. For shame. Back in the years when I grew up and fantasy was still a wonderfully exclusive genre which took up only one book case in the bookstore, vampires were mean and nasty and cunning. They were the night dwellers, the beings of fear. They were blood thirsty and they were brutal. They were real. And they didn’t sparkle. They were a piece of what could be […]

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  • Weighing in at 15 pages (Front cover -1 page, credit/PID – 1 page, 2 pages of tracking sheets, OGL) we’ve got roughly 10 pages of new material here to work with. A spell-less Ranger….this class has long been plagued by the fact that whereas any class tossing spells about is kinda cool in its own right, the iconic characters who inspired this particular class were men existing by their own skill, and their ability to utilize the lands around them to some amazing feats. I’ve seen a few attempts to go spell-less with a ranger in the past, and it has always come out looking very much like a pigeon-holed fighter….so let us take a look and see if Mr. […]

    Open Design’s New Path – The Expanded Spell-less Ranger

    Weighing in at 15 pages (Front cover -1 page, credit/PID – 1 page, 2 pages of tracking sheets, OGL) we’ve got roughly 10 pages of new material here to work with. A spell-less Ranger….this class has long been plagued by the fact that whereas any class tossing spells about is kinda cool in its own right, the iconic characters who inspired this particular class were men existing by their own skill, and their ability to utilize the lands around them to some amazing feats. I’ve seen a few attempts to go spell-less with a ranger in the past, and it has always come out looking very much like a pigeon-holed fighter….so let us take a look and see if Mr. […]

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  • There are few things worse than dedicating hours of your life, attention, and finger dexterity to a video game only to get to the end and be enormously disappointed. It feels like being robbed of sweet victory, and it amounts to having your built-up expectations shattered. Be forewarned that the following list is a compilation of plot-spoilers, but also know that these plots were spoiled long before this list was ever written. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault After days of fighting Nazis in Africa and France, being challenged by enemies who become increasingly clever in their assaults, and completing nearly thirty levels, this game ends on a flat note. One would expect a game with such nuanced graphics and detailed […]

    8 of the Lamest and Most Anti-Climactic Video Game Endings Ever

    There are few things worse than dedicating hours of your life, attention, and finger dexterity to a video game only to get to the end and be enormously disappointed. It feels like being robbed of sweet victory, and it amounts to having your built-up expectations shattered. Be forewarned that the following list is a compilation of plot-spoilers, but also know that these plots were spoiled long before this list was ever written. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault After days of fighting Nazis in Africa and France, being challenged by enemies who become increasingly clever in their assaults, and completing nearly thirty levels, this game ends on a flat note. One would expect a game with such nuanced graphics and detailed […]

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  • Today NERD TREK interviews Steve Nibbelink of Alien Graphics   How are you Steve?   I’m fine.  Busy but fine, and you? Same as you!  I’m working the self employed life where one man attempts to do the work of 10!    Please tell us a little about yourself and your business. I’m a Trekker from wa-a-a-ay back.  I’ve got 5 kids (my three and Angela’s 2) 21, Nearly 18, Almost 18, Almost 14 and just turned 13.  Been married to the most beautiful woman in the world since Oct 2010.  She inherited the title after my first wife passed from cancer in May 2010. I opened the doors to my own business after being layed off from a small town […]

    Interview with Steve Nibbelink of Alien Graphics

    Today NERD TREK interviews Steve Nibbelink of Alien Graphics   How are you Steve?   I’m fine.  Busy but fine, and you? Same as you!  I’m working the self employed life where one man attempts to do the work of 10!    Please tell us a little about yourself and your business. I’m a Trekker from wa-a-a-ay back.  I’ve got 5 kids (my three and Angela’s 2) 21, Nearly 18, Almost 18, Almost 14 and just turned 13.  Been married to the most beautiful woman in the world since Oct 2010.  She inherited the title after my first wife passed from cancer in May 2010. I opened the doors to my own business after being layed off from a small town […]

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  • Everyone knows just how important it is to be prepared for the apocalypse; especially when it’s the catalyst of such a scenario is caused by zombies. When dealing with the undead you need to make sure that your survival gear is top quality or you will be joining their ranks before you can say, “There’s a Zombie on my lawn!” Ultimate Survival Shotgun Forget axes and cricket bats, when you need to lose a group of zombies on your tail you need to have some heavy artillery. Shotguns are cool and are guaranteed to knock the block off any zombie who ambles your way. The Mossberg 500 pump action shotgun is easy to use and easy to re-load if you’re […]

    10 Gadgets and Gear You’ll Need for the Zombie Apocalypse

    Everyone knows just how important it is to be prepared for the apocalypse; especially when it’s the catalyst of such a scenario is caused by zombies. When dealing with the undead you need to make sure that your survival gear is top quality or you will be joining their ranks before you can say, “There’s a Zombie on my lawn!” Ultimate Survival Shotgun Forget axes and cricket bats, when you need to lose a group of zombies on your tail you need to have some heavy artillery. Shotguns are cool and are guaranteed to knock the block off any zombie who ambles your way. The Mossberg 500 pump action shotgun is easy to use and easy to re-load if you’re […]

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  • With con season fast upon us, one of our licensors and I were discussing the games they plan to run at Gencon this year, and I realized that I had forgotten (or blocked from my memory) the great secrets of Gencon gaming. Convention gaming is its own special creature, and none more special than Gencon. Usually people run roleplaying games at conventions for one of the following reasons: 1. To show off their mad GMing skillz; 2. To evangelize a game that they really like; 3. To promote a game with which they are involved; 4. To get into the con for free; 5. To have fun; or 6. They don’t know any better. Running a game at a con […]

    GMing the Con (not Conning the GM)

    With con season fast upon us, one of our licensors and I were discussing the games they plan to run at Gencon this year, and I realized that I had forgotten (or blocked from my memory) the great secrets of Gencon gaming. Convention gaming is its own special creature, and none more special than Gencon. Usually people run roleplaying games at conventions for one of the following reasons: 1. To show off their mad GMing skillz; 2. To evangelize a game that they really like; 3. To promote a game with which they are involved; 4. To get into the con for free; 5. To have fun; or 6. They don’t know any better. Running a game at a con […]

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  • Weighing in at 52 pages, with 6 pages going to the basics (cover/OGL/etc.), 1 page going to a fully linked TOC, which I love to see, as sometimes I don’t want to waste my screen space with the bookmarks (which this PDF is fully stacked on as well by the way) dashboard open. One nice touch added throughout the PDF is a link BACK to the TOC, so that if you are using it in-place of the bookmarks, you actually can navigate via this method. So, counting with me? We’re down to 45 pages currently, from there we have 15 pages of maps…yes, 15. Two of those are the same full ship, dissected by levels (with a style that reminded […]

    Grave Undertakings: The Ship of Fools

    Weighing in at 52 pages, with 6 pages going to the basics (cover/OGL/etc.), 1 page going to a fully linked TOC, which I love to see, as sometimes I don’t want to waste my screen space with the bookmarks (which this PDF is fully stacked on as well by the way) dashboard open. One nice touch added throughout the PDF is a link BACK to the TOC, so that if you are using it in-place of the bookmarks, you actually can navigate via this method. So, counting with me? We’re down to 45 pages currently, from there we have 15 pages of maps…yes, 15. Two of those are the same full ship, dissected by levels (with a style that reminded […]

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  • The Vanguard….. I’ve read through the revised edition of this Genius Guide, planning out a character concept here, an NPC idea there….in short, I did what I always do, I read through the material and tried to decide for myself, would I use this concept in my game. The answer is yes. In a heartbeat. Yes, from a purely meta-gamer point of view this is a concept that has now been done three times over; the archon, the magus and of course the vanguard itself, so why the need right? Simple answer, because there’s more than one class swinging a sword isn’t there? We play in a game that is built on versatility and option. It is that wealth of […]

    Genius Guide to The Vanguard gets an Overhaul

    The Vanguard….. I’ve read through the revised edition of this Genius Guide, planning out a character concept here, an NPC idea there….in short, I did what I always do, I read through the material and tried to decide for myself, would I use this concept in my game. The answer is yes. In a heartbeat. Yes, from a purely meta-gamer point of view this is a concept that has now been done three times over; the archon, the magus and of course the vanguard itself, so why the need right? Simple answer, because there’s more than one class swinging a sword isn’t there? We play in a game that is built on versatility and option. It is that wealth of […]

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  • In a role-playing game industry flooded with a multitude of time saving tools, Lone Wolf Development has accomplished not only standing out; but setting the standard. For those of you out there not in the know, Lone Wolf Development is the driving creative force behind several different software based tools, including the one this review will be covering: HERO LAB. Now officially speaking, Hero Lab is available for several different game systems ranging from various incarnations of D&D (with 3.5 and 4e available), to Pathfinder, Shadowrun, Call of Cthulu, Savage Worlds and 2nd/3rd editions of Mutant’s and Masterminds all being available as core systems one can purchase for use with this program. Why do I point out the officially speaking […]

    Hero Lab, best GM tool on the market

    In a role-playing game industry flooded with a multitude of time saving tools, Lone Wolf Development has accomplished not only standing out; but setting the standard. For those of you out there not in the know, Lone Wolf Development is the driving creative force behind several different software based tools, including the one this review will be covering: HERO LAB. Now officially speaking, Hero Lab is available for several different game systems ranging from various incarnations of D&D (with 3.5 and 4e available), to Pathfinder, Shadowrun, Call of Cthulu, Savage Worlds and 2nd/3rd editions of Mutant’s and Masterminds all being available as core systems one can purchase for use with this program. Why do I point out the officially speaking […]

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  • The phrase that comes to mind is: Back to basics. It’s very easy to get caught up in big games. We live in a day and age where gaming has become more than just hacking and slashing but has evolved to be an almost cinematic effect. Graphics, art, storyline, game play all combine to give us a unique and thrilling experience with which to spend our time. When one considers the ruckus that the Mass Effect 3 ending has caused it’s clear that gaming has moved beyond just being a means of procrastination and has become a way of chosen life. Families now play Wii together, room mates lan across the hall and people, like myself, will spend over 40 hours immersing them in a world […]

    A War with Words – Game Review

    The phrase that comes to mind is: Back to basics. It’s very easy to get caught up in big games. We live in a day and age where gaming has become more than just hacking and slashing but has evolved to be an almost cinematic effect. Graphics, art, storyline, game play all combine to give us a unique and thrilling experience with which to spend our time. When one considers the ruckus that the Mass Effect 3 ending has caused it’s clear that gaming has moved beyond just being a means of procrastination and has become a way of chosen life. Families now play Wii together, room mates lan across the hall and people, like myself, will spend over 40 hours immersing them in a world […]

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