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Interview with Jeff Dee of Monkey House Games

Writing for this blog (and through it and our efforts with Puerto Rico Role Players) has allowed me to interact with the greater RPG community in ways I did not think possible. There have been many rewards, one of those is getting to talk with game creators I greatly admire, some of which I’ve been in awe since I began to play RPGs. Some time ago I interviewed one of my favorite writers Bruce Heard, and this time around it one of my favorite artist/writers Jeff Dee!

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Let’s do the no elves… again!

I’m doing a bit of post necromancy here; over 5 years ago I posted about Talislanta. It was a trip down memory lane, and you can read the original post for all the details. Let me tell you how I got here.

Talislanta dance

Yesterday Michael posted about the beta rules for the new edition of Traveller from Mongoose Publishing, which got me thinking about old school games so I visited a Facebook group on Old School games to see what people thought about it. Turns out there was no discussion about it there, but I participated in a couple of discussions, and found out that the official Talislanta site recently posted a bit of important news, they have almost all the Talislanta books available for download, including the Italian and German editions. That’s a pretty impressive collection!

So if you want to discover what Talislanta is all about, head over to their downloads page and enjoy. Let me know what you think… Did you play Talislanta? What did you think?

And as my friend Rodney from Game Master Toolbox would say “Still not using the word elves, but they got them!”

Talislanta Rodney

RPG a Day 2015 Challenge – Day 31

And so we come to the end of #RPGaDay2015, this has been a great month, I’ve gotten back to blogging, reconnected with a lot of people, and I’ve pondered lots of interesting bits about RPGs I don’t usually think about. A big thanks to David F. Chapman for coming up with the idea, also to Michael Wolf, our very own Stargazer, for keeping the door open to me here in the blog, even when I disappeared for a long time, and most of all, a HUGE thanks to all our readers who turned up to read my ramblings, especially to Johnkzin who’s been a regular poster on the comments.

I hope to keep on posting after I untie Michael and let him out of the basement. Any particular topic you’d like to me to cover or write about? Are you interested in reviews, more background information about my campaigns, like I’ve posted before? Feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments. Now, to the final topic for 2015…

Day 31 – Favorite non-RPG thing to come out of RPGs

The big picture well thought out rational response would be RPG computer, console and MMO games, tabletop games sowed the seed and to this day you can see the influence of the tabletop hobby in the electronic medium. But in a way that is an RPG thing.

Second choice would be the Knights of the Dinner Table comic. KotD started in gaming magazine, but became its own comic. Yet again this is somewhat RPG related. I was wracking my brain thinking about this topic, and then the answer was so clear…

My favorite non-RPG thing to come out of RPGs has been life-long friendships!

(Warning, this is where I get a little sappy! I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again…)

Through RPGs I’ve met some of my longest lasting friends. Gaming I’ve met people with whom I share far more than the game. RPGs keep me in contact with friends with whom I might have drifted apart due to real life. Having that one day where we meet to roll dice and tell stories means we have one day a week where we see each other and get to know what’s happening in each other’s lives. I’ve gamed before important events, after tragic events, it’s the glue that’s kept some friendships going.

Thanks to RPGs I’ve been involved with Puerto Rico Role Players and shared my love for role-playing games with many people who I would not have met were it not for this group. I’ve been lucky enough to write about my hobby here in the blog and to become friends with a person I’ve never met in person, but whom I consider one of my dearest friends in the world, thanks Michael.

That’s my favorite non-RPG thing to come out of playing RPG games for almost 30 years, and I hope I will be able to make many new friends and share my love of gaming with many more people. Thanks for reading, may you also meet lasting friends at the table!

PS – This post is dedicated (again) to all the people who’ve played at my table, with whom I’ve been lucky enough to game, and to my current players. That’s them in the blurry picture down below. Have a great week!

Gaming Group 2015