My Pendragon guide was very popular. One of my top three blog posts! So I'm doing more for other RPGs I love. Thus, I present to you, Alan’s Unofficial (& Totally Biased) Essential The One Ring RPG Book Guide! I adore The One Ring (also called TOR.) My love of Tolkien runs deep and nostalgic, and … Continue reading Alan’s Unofficial (& Totally Biased) Essential The One Ring RPG Guide
Cooking with Alan Time! Some folks asked for the recipes I used for the Pendragon Halloween Game. Here they are! You'll have to bear with me, I've never written recipes on this blog before. These recipes are deliberately medieval-styled, but obviously benefit from modern advances. I used this site to do my best to use … Continue reading Pendragon Halloween Game Recipes
This is a really late update, but hey. Here we go. I ran a Pendragon one-off for my Halloween game in 2017. Rules Changes for MOAR HORROR I introduced a new "Curse" mechanic to the players. I had a giant d20 on the table set at '1'. Every time a player rolled a result equal … Continue reading Halloween Game 2017 – Pendragon
It's been a very long few weeks. If I'm being honest, it's been a very long few months. It all started with some fairly large misses on my end on the production of Tiny Dungeon 2e. In fairness to myself, I'm working two jobs, while conducting a job hunt. But fairness to myself isn't something … Continue reading On Impossible Standards, Failure & Success
Planet Mercenary is a game I helped to write and did a majority of the rules design on, especially the initial engine and concepts. It's a game I'm very proud of. Exceptionally so, and I consider it firmly in the "Best Work" category of my career (which while small, is growing rapidly.) Last night, the Game Chief Secrets … Continue reading Planet Mercenary – A retrospective?
Like last year, I’m doing a non-review of my favorite RPG products of the year. I don’t review RPG products anymore, but I can certainly tell you what I loved. This is simply my impressions and responses to products that have come out. Consider these recommendations, but there are so many great RPGs out there. It … Continue reading Top Ten RPGs of 2017
At LTUE 2017, I got a chance to sit down with the talented Writing Excuses crew and talk about how to turn ideas and stories into games! You can listen to it HERE. We talk about Planet Mercenary, Tiny Frontiers, and various components of games. Luckily my fantastic hosts make me sound smart, and we had a … Continue reading Alan talks on Writing Excuses
So what's going on in the life of Alan these days. This poor blog has been a bit neglected. Moving The wife got a new job, so we're moving! As I can work anywhere, it's really irrelevant where we live. However, this means my day is filled with work. Frantic packing. Stress. But it'll be … Continue reading A boring life update post.
I've received a few questions on what is happening to the TinyD6 line, and the products I had brought with me and created with Nocturnal Media in the aftermath of Stewart Wieck's passing. This is the official statement: Effective August 1st, Gallant Knight Games will be stepping back out from underneath the Nocturnal Media publishing umbrella. As Stewart’s brother Steve steps in … Continue reading Gallant Knight Games and the Future
Another Vinyl review. You're welcome. Today I'm reviewing Popular Problems by Leonard Cohen (one of my absolute favorite albums). It's Cohen's 13th studio album and was recorded when he was 80 (!). Popular Problems was released in 2014. I got my copy from a local Barnes & Noble. It's a single disc, ten track album. PHYSICAL IMPRESSIONS This record … Continue reading Vinyl Review: Popular Problems by Leonard Cohen