30 Dec 2013

Table Top - Legend of the Five Rings (4th Edition)

This is originally an article that I did up for the folks at Beasts of War but I never heard back from them. Either it wasn't what they were looking for or with all their recent issues my post fell through the cracks. Since it's been a while I figured I'd clean it up a bit more and throw it here.

Known for their successful Japanese inspired Collectable Card Game, the Legend of the Five Rings, Alderac Entertainment Group decided in 1997 to print the first edition of their role-playing game that took place in the same setting of their CCG.

Example of the gorgeous art
art by AEG - used without permission
Rokugan is a unique setting. Instead of drawing from European medieval styles and tropes, AEG looked at inspiration from medieval Japan with some influence from China, Mongolia and Korea. Like classic fantasy settings, players took on the roles of heroes who fought vile corruption, foul beasts that roamed the country, and participated in epic quests. Unlike those settings, it was not filled with armor clad Knights or eccentric and wise Wizards. Instead kimono clad masters of the Katana and elemental spirit priests were given as roles to the players.

Familiar and fresh all in one, the Legend of the Five Rings RPG became a hit. It won the Origin’s Award in 1997 for best game. They expanded the world with a collection of books for each clan, a series of adventure modules, and a pair of campaign box sets. With the world expanding the rules needed a clean up to adjust for some of the weaknesses in the rules.

23 Dec 2013

Dreadball Damn! - plus baggage

Dreadball is that game.

You know the game you want to love. The game you want everyone else to love. The game you bought up like crazy so everyone can come over and play. You've decided to paint the whole set of minis yourself and keep them all for when someone is willing to play...

You know that game... right. Right ?


13 Dec 2013

Media - Hooray for Earth

I've never done a music review. I've never even read a music review in recent decades. Seriously my last music review was from the Columbia house monthly letter when I was buying a slew of CD's at discount.

Them was the days.

Well this post will be the first of maybe a few album reviews.

First off a sample of the album I'll be looking at, see you after the video.

11 Dec 2013

The bad side of the Table

I don't get to spend much time with my local gamer club since work is made up of overnights and weekends but alas 'c'est la vie'. I have been lucky to show folks some games that includes Warmachine, Hordes and a few other. Meanwhile I've also been introduced to some games or newer versions of games that have been out for a while and have changed since I last played.

Getting behind the dice with a new player or with a vet who's an expert in their particular game for the first time can be a bit unnerving. The whole experience is up in the air. Will you have a good game, will you have fun, will the other player be nice or a jerk once the numbered plastic spins across the table...

Well I've had a few good experiences but then I saw this again.
From: Penny Arcade
used without permission
Then I paused and wondered why? Shortly with a beer in hand the question vanished and I figured there are some dark sides to the table and I guess it's a good topic to bring up.

8 Dec 2013

What's going on at imDozer?

Ok here is the skinny of the household and the Dozer's life.

This last week has been shit, problems with the banks, last minute guests, and the wife's cell phone was stolen... The various posts I've been working on were pushed to the side and even then I'm not happy with the last one I posted.

I think I can do better.

I hope I can do better.

I'll see you next week. Many of the posts I've been working are so close to done it's crazy.

5 Dec 2013

The Woman seen by a man

This post has been in the works for a long time. The delay has been due to life and trying to make sure I get this out the way I want and intend. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to fully and properly express how I feel about this with a single post. 

I am a man.

I have earned the love of my wife, been blessed by a wonderful mother, and haply gained a brilliant sister through my own brother's efforts.

I am surrounded by women. I know Lady J an author and a mother of four souls and partner to a brother from another mother. I know her mother in law who is a one of a pair of sisters - both of which have fought long and hard, earning the lives they lead now. I know AW a gardner and best friend to her husband. I know K8 a survivor who keeps living out loud without shame. I know the Lady in Red who has been to places of war and leads men and women in uniform.

I know more women...

I'm lucky to call many women friends and family.

I am just a man and yet I may have a daughter one day. I may have to show a young girl around the room and help her discover the world.

I am not an expert but I've been looking at the women in my world and I've been seeking and talking over with my wife about the positive women in my worlds of games, comics, and flicks. If you are a woman and you are looking for something to read or experience without being treated as something else of being equal I have put together a list of things I would show a growing woman.

I'm not perfect, I like some of the things that do not show women as positive equals to our demented little race. I hope they get better and I hope those creators are encouraged to change how they present ladies. Their games and stories may be great but the image they present needs some work. I don't want to make note of the negative images the folks who generate my hobbies create, instead I'll yammer on the parts where they did good who would I introduce to a young lady if she ever took up the comic, die, and controller.

See you after the break and enjoy the video.