Friday, May 27, 2011

Paizo and WizKids to make Pathfinder Pre-Painted Plastic Minis!!

Great news! Read the official press release. If all the new minis look as good as the one shown in the press release, Paizo will have me as a customer.

With the announcement made by WoTC last year about cancelling production of pre-painted plastic minis, I think it was only a matter of time before someone would pick up the ball and run with it. Let's face it, Paizo is a much better company that has good rapport with their customers and they put out great quality products. If there was anyone who I think could do the pre-painted plastic minis well, it's Paizo. I'm crossing my fingers that this venture with WizKids goes well and a truly awesome product is made. If so, I will lay down cash for their minis.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Not Missing WoTC Website so much

Since my 4E campaign died (after wanting to change the game format to more episodic play than a continuous story format), many of the players were not interested and left. I looked for replacement players, but didn't have any luck, so I just abandoned the whole thing. That was 4 months ago and I haven't ran a game since.

When I was running the 4E game, I used to visit WoTC's website alot, but I haven't visited it for months. I've had my gripes with the ever-changing scope of their rules and errata, and I decided to play something with a different ruleset that is more stable and more old-school.

I went to WoTC's site the other day just out of curiosity and found that there was a new podcast. Lo and behold, the subject was about even further changes to classes, specifically the Cleric. Ugh. Can't these people just stop pissing around with their fucking game rules already?!? Give it a rest! How is anybody, especially a new player to the game, supposed to grok anything if the D&D developers and designers keep changing the rules every 15 minutes? I didn't even listen to the full podcast and turned it off in disgust. Now I know why I ditched 4E and went to Castles & Crusades.

Don't get me wrong. I like aspects of the 4E game and I wouldn't mind playing in a 4E game. But at this point the rules have changed so much and unless you have a DDI account (which I don't and have no plans to ever get one), I would be hard-pressed to make a character that would be considered "legal". It seems to me that WoTC does more to alienate their customers (or potential customers), with their schizophrenic marketing and merchandising skills.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

World of Thool Rises Again?

Strangely, the old World of Thool blog has reappeared. This was Scott's (of Huge Ruined Pile fame) old blog from around 2009. I think with the hiccups that Blogger has been having lately, it has burped up part of the blog from the electronic aether.

Scott transferred alot of his blog posts from that blog to a wiki site. Really cool stuff. I think he was going to repurpose some of the material for his game setting, and I recall he was going to maybe work on re-organizing the wiki site and maybe add some new material. I haven't seen anything new regarding Thool posted on Huge Ruined Pile, so I'm sure this was forgotten about. Scott was working on his Thool wiki some time ago, and I think he flipped a switch somewhere as the wiki isn't accessible currently.

Would be cool if the wiki was viewable again, to give those not familiar with his work an enjoyable read.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Oh goody the Hamsters have been fed finally...

...and Blogger is running again. Keep those hamsters fed and keep them running on the treadmill there Blogger.

Yeah, so I have been away for a while. I got sidetracked with other things and just when I wanted to check in on the blogs, I found it was down, for a whole friggin day!?! Geez, imagine the lost ad revenue if there were ad banners on Blogger. Shhhhh. Don't give them any ideas....

I made two purchases from a couple days ago, Mongoose Publishing's Traveller Core Rulebook and Wildfire's Chthonian Stars, a setting for Traveller with Cthulhu Mythos mixed in, looks very interesting. The book is published by the same folks who publish the Cthulhutech RPG. I'm still reading this and will post a review of it soon.