Origins was last week and I’m still walking around in a gamer high haze. There were games galore and many, many people to see and talk to—so many people! As I made my way through the convention center to a variety of games, both scheduled and off-book, I realized I know a crap-ton of people. […]
Celebrate the 150 year anniversary of Canada becoming a country this July by building this cardboard maple leaf display. Read more on MAKE The post Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday with a Giant Cardboard Maple Leaf appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.
Welcome to the Gnomecast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. This episode we we’re at Origins and Ang is talking to as many Gnomes as she can find.
In fantasy settings with sufficient magic, there is likely to be a low level spell to send a simple message from person to person. Consider that a permanent magic item with this power is essentially a one way cell phone. This is such an indispensable item that no one who could afford it would be […]
There are more pre-created settings in role playing supplements than you can shake a stick at. There are even more settings out there in other creations outside just the role playing industry. These include TV shows, movies, novels, graphic novels, comic books, and video games. Some of these have already been adapted to a […]
Maker Camp returns for another summer. This year's theme is Start Making! and features DK Publishing's "Out of the Box" and "Maker Lab." Read more on MAKE The post Join in the Fun, Maker Camp Starts Today! appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.
This week, Adam Savage toured Artisan's Asylum, Stuck at Prom finalists were announced, and Jordan shares what he saw at E3. Read more on MAKE The post This Week in Making: Adam Savage’s Makerspace Tour, Duct Tape Prom Dresses, and More appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I've been working on the Zombology artwork for the next version I'm making. The picture below shows the art for the version I released in November 2015 as part of NaGa DeMon. Along the top are an...Show More Summary
Plays: 3Px1. The Game Great Western Trail is one of the more popular games within the past year. It is designed by Alexander Pfister, also a hot designer in recent years. I have tried his other popular games Mombasa and Isle of Skye, but I didn't like them. Show More Summary
Hi SYSK fans! Just a few quick notes on Josh and Chuck’s podcast about Camp X, the top secret World War 2 secret agent training camp in Ontario, Canada. I just wanted to mention the discrepancy the guys found between...
Welcome to the second installment of Gnome Spotlight, where we highlight gamers doing good. Today I’m excited to share the really cool programs and practices of a convention that consistently gets rave reviews: Big Bad Con. It’s a tabletop and live action gaming convention, boasting a wide variety of RPGs, larps, and card/board games. It’s […]
Use JJ Robots' kit and your Android phone to build an air hockey partner who's always game. Read more on MAKE The post Assemble a Robot Opponent for Air Hockey appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.
Sometimes players zag when you expected them to zig. It happens to all of us. Often it’s easy to just adapt your current adventure to the changing situation. However, sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes they go off into a totally different part of the world (or another plane or planet altogether). For those situations, you may […]
This weekend, Maker Faire comes to North County San Diego. If you love fighting robots, you'll want to check out San Diego Maker's Guild's Cardboard Combat Bots. Read more on MAKE The post Build Cardboard Combat Bots This Weekend at San Diego’s North County Mini Maker Faire appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.
After reading very positive reviews on BGG and getting agreement on Twitter I bought the Kobold Guide to Games Design by Mike Selinker. It's a series of essays by gaming giants (Richard Garfield, Steve Jackson, Dale Yu, Rob Daviau, Andrew Looney and several more I'd never heard of, but should have!). Show More Summary
Two weeks ago, I teased you with how different the cabin areas of the Camp would be for the campers. Rather than try to spend wrds describing them here, I’m going to give you the description directly from the text. The Cabins The cabin at Camp Adventure are perhaps the most unique and adaptable part […]
Plays: 3Px1. The Game Pax Porfiriana is based on the rule and the eventual fall of Porfirio Díaz. He ruled Mexico as a dictator for 35 years, from 1876 to 1911. You are one of his lieutenants, a local warlord. You and your fellow colleagues are all plotting to overthrow Diaz to become president yourselves. The card at the top left is my character. Show More Summary
In level-based fantasy rpgs, trying to match the power level of the big bad adversary to where the player characters will be at that point in an adventure is like trying to thread a needle with your eyes closed. As the GM, you’re anticipating where the PCs are going to be in terms of hit […]
A maker delves into the whimsical world of adult kiddie car racing and ends up taking home some serious hardware. Read more on MAKE The post Taking a Power Racing Car from Concept to Finish Line appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.
Welcome to the Gnomecast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. Today we have Chris and myself, Ang, and we’re going to discuss one of Chris’ articles, The Eight Types of Fun. […]