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Bayhaven: A Hero Kids Contest!

CompassRoseI’ve been hard at work getting things ready for the release of 24 Hero Kids adventures this year. Right now I’m waiting on the cover art for the adventures, and once I have that in hand, I’ll be mostly ready to release the first two adventures. Target date: January 17th and 31st. We’ll see if I can hit the target. Once I get into the flow of things, releases should happen twice a month (or maybe more, if you’re lucky!) In the meantime, A Contest!
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The Gamer Effect is Running a Contest!

The Gamer EffectIf you’ve been following the blog for a while now, you’ll know that I recently dropped off in my posting activity. Part of that is a redirection of my attention towards other things in my life. However, I have also been directing a lot of my blogging energies to articles I’ve been writing for The Gamer Effect. If you missed it, I’ve been doing a series over there about an RPG experiment I conducted over the summer with my gaming group. You can check out the first post in the series here.

Also, check out all the other great articles – there is quite a collection of bloggers that have been putting up some great stuff there. Plus, there’s a contest going on - just comment on this post, and you could win $25! Win-win-win! (That first win is for the joy you will get from reading my series.)

Gamma World One Page Dungeon Winner!

gardengang-thumbI am pleased to announce the winner in the Gamma World Deck of Many Things contest! The winner is John Quirk, with his entry “Tangling With The Garden Gang.”

In this delve, the PCs are sent to a labyrinthine garden to recover an artifact stolen from the nearby settlement of Galt. Something about a deck of cards or something. Continue reading

Gamma World Deck Of Many Things Contest

Today is the last day to enter the Gamma World Deck of Many Things contest. So get on it!

In other news, I’ve been working on a system for “buying” Gamma World starting items, as an alternative to rolling randomly on a table.

I was hoping to post it today, but I really don’t feel it’s ready for prime time yet. Instead, to give you an idea of what I’m working with, here’s the list of starting items from all three books: Continue reading

Gamma World Deck of Many Things – A Contest!

DSC_0004 A few months ago, Michael Robles, the WotC Magic: The Gathering Community Brand Manager, posted a project on his blog. This project had nothing to do with M:tG however. No, it was a Gamma World Deck of Many Things. I was quite excited to see this, and even more excited to see that friend of the blog Wes Hall had done the awesome artwork for them. I wanted me a deck of that goodness.

But I didn’t want the “print and cut out yourself” version of these cards that was being offered in Microsoft Word format. No, I wanted cards – professionally printed, glossy, poker sized cards. So I contacted Wes to see if this was a possibility. He put some files together for me, and I sent them off to Superior POD to be printed.

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100 Posts! A Giveaway Ensues!

You know, when I started this blog back in October of last year, I didn’t know if I had enough “blog material” to write about.  And here we are, 100 posts later with a few popular series, a new podcast, and the once monthly Game Night Blog Carnival.  And all I started with was enough topics to cover two month’s worth of articles.  Funny thing is, I haven’t posted all of those original articles yet.  Things just keep coming up that I want to write about more.  Don’t worry though, the original list will eventually see the light of day.  I think.

At any rate, to celebrate this milestone, I’ll be doing a giveaway.  This won’t be a traditional giveaway where I buy something and give it to someone.  Instead, I’ll be handmaking the prizes.  Whether you’re a player or DM, you’ll find something on the list to use in your D&D game.  Here is a list of the potential prizes:

  1. Up to 3 customized “invisible” minis that look like your regular minis.
  2. 10 3D trees with bases (5 Deciduous & 5 Pine)
  3. 15(ish) squares worth of Hirst Arts dungeon floor, in any configuration you want (e.g., 4 2×2’s, or 2 3x2s, or 2 3×3’s…)  This stuff is compatible with Dwarven Forge.
  4. Any dungeon accessory from our Dungeon Accessories series.
  5. Miniature modification: you send me the mini, and I’ll modify it according to your specifications.  (This one is subject to veto based on complexity.)
  6. If you like something you’ve seen on the site, and I made it, ask; check the “Arts & Crafts” category.  Also, if you have a dungeon accessory in mind, let me know, and I’ll see what I can do about making it.

Anyone, really, except for authors.  Sorry, Hamblin and Gregwa.  I’ll be picking 3 winners at random.

Just leave something in the comments.

The contest ends on Friday, May 20th at 11:50 PM EST.  I will announce the winners in Saturday’s Weekly Roundup.

You can get one bonus entry by Tweeting the following:
RT @bandofmisfits: Roving Band of Misfits is 100 #DND #4e posts old! We’re celebrating with a giveaway! http://trunc.it/ggr75


A Review of the New Gamma World Novel, “Sooner Dead”

Have no fear, avid reader of the blog. Our series “Where to find Gamma World Miniatures” will return next Thursday.  This week, we wanted to bring you a different sort of Gamma World content.  Enjoy!

We’re giving away a copy of this book!  Read on…

First, some background.  I’ve read a grand total of two D&D novels. One of them I’ve completely forgotten, and the other was a Drizzit novel.  I enjoyed neither, which is why, I suppose, I’ve only read two.  I’m not sure I can put my finger on what exactly I didn’t like about them.  Perhaps it’s simply because they didn’t live up to the “Lord of the Rings” standard.  Perhaps the authors were trying too hard to make sure each and every character fit into a neat D&D template, and never broke any of the game’s rules.  Or maybe the dialogue was just bad.  Who knows.  At any rate, I’m not a fan of the D&D novels.

I should also say that the idea of “sponsored” novels kind of turns me off.  When a company commissions a book to promote another product, it makes me not want to read the book.  In short, I guess you could say that the first Gamma World novel was already behind the eight ball in my mind.  Still, I decided to pick up Sooner Dead by Mel Odom, partly out of curiosity, and partly because I thought doing a book review might be fun.  Let me say, I was glad I did.

Note: Like any good reviewer, I’ve kept this review spoiler-free.  Also, in the spirit of full disclosure, this review contains affiliate links.

Sooner Dead follows a pair of wilderness scouts, Hella and Stampede, as they escort a team of scientists across the Redblight, which is a part of present day Oklahoma.  In game terms, Stampede is a Bisonoid (not a real origin) Seismic, and Hella is…well, aside from humanoid, I’m not sure what Hella is (though I have a theory).  And that’s one of the really cool things about the novel.  The author doesn’t go out of his way to rub your face in the fact that the book is based on the Gamma World game.  He takes the concept behind the game, and elaborates.  Which, come to think of it, is one of the things that makes the Gamma World game great – the amount of latitude given to the player’s imaginations.

The characters are believable, likeable (or unlikeable, as the case may be), and developed for the reader as the novel progresses.  Also, the cast of secondary characters is broad, both within the scientific expedition, and in the groups the expedition encounters.  The plot takes the reader to plenty of interesting locations that set the author’s vision of Gamma Terra, and the action is very well described.  There’s plenty of it, too.  Plus, an ending that leaves us wondering what happens next.

Gamma Terra in this book has a good mix of technology, guns, alien creatures, and low tech postapocalyptic wasteland.  The Redblight is a mostly wild area of the world, with sporadic trading outposts that may or may not be safe to stop in.  Very “wild west” meets “Terminator,” but not in the trainwreck way that we all know “Cowboys vs. Aliens” will be.  I mean, come on, does ANYone think that will be a good movie??

Finally, the one small gripe I had with the book.  And it’s a small one.  At one point, one of the characters mentions that something is “like rolling a 20 on a d20.”  While the narrative went on to justify why the character would say something like that, it was jarring enough to knock my imagination out of its “suspended disbelief.” I get it – the author is winking at the audience, but I don’t think it was necessary.  See?  Small gripe. 

Pick this book up.  No, it’s not classic literature, thank heavens, and it doesn’t try to be.  Of that I’m glad.  This was a really fun read, and I hope that Wizards of the Coast has Mel write more Gamma World for us.  Especially if we can find out more about Hella and Stampede.  In case anyone is listening….

And now, the contest

I am giving away a copy of “Sooner Dead” by Mel Odom to one lucky reader.  You can enter the contest a total of twice; you get one entry for each of the following:

  • Add a comment to this post. I will frown at your comment if it is not funny, but it will count as an entry nonetheless.
  • Tweet the following: RT @bandofmisfits Read the review & win a copy of the new #GammaWorld novel “Sooner Dead”! http://trunc.it/ebagk
  • While you’re over at Twitter, go ahead and follow us; it won’t help you for this contest, but the next contest we have planned will pick its winner out of our Twitter followers.  It’s kind of like entering that contest ahead of time.

The contest ends on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. We’ll post the winner as part of this Sunday’s Weekly Roundup.  Good luck!!