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Transmision Interrupted

Greetings True Believers!

Real life has been very busy, so the Belfry will be empty for a while. Posts will resume once things ease up again, probably in June.

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Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Blog News


Save vs Deletion

*grumble grumble* WordPress *grumble grumble* 1000 word post *grumble grumble* Hit the ‘save as draft’ button *grumble grumble* Ate my post…

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Posted by on November 17, 2015 in Blog News, Uncategorized


Year Three

“The ghost was her father’s parting gift, presented by a black-clad secretary in a departure lounge at Narita.”

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Posted by on August 15, 2015 in Blog News, Cyberpunk


New Years, Reflections on Gaming

Happy New Year!

Okay, okay, I’ve been busy.

Looking Back:

2014 was a mixed bag for my gaming life. On the down side, I did less face-to-face gaming in 2014 than in the previous years. Commitments for many of us consumed our precious free time, leading to dust gathering on the dice. On the bright side, when we did manage to schedule a game the table was full and more than one game pushed the boundary of how many players we could accommodate. Not to mention how many people would fit around my table.

We got creative with bar stools.

My Sunday night Google Hangout games did good service and helped take the edge off the lack of face-to-face gaming. I even got to switch to the players’ side of the screen, which was a nice change of pace. Our DM ran a Lamentations of the Flame Princess game, where my cleric survived in defiance of all the laws of reason and sanity. I also got to launch a Stars Without Number campaign, checking another box off my GM’s bucket list.

In fact, my wish list for 2014 didn’t turn out too badly, with three out of the seven games I listed making it to the table. That’s not too shabby given our schedules and my gaming ADD. Of particular note have been the Top Secret S/I games, which have been a hit. Board gaming also made out well in 2014, with games like Sentinels of the Multiverse and Pandemic hitting the table regularly. After many years of absence Car Wars returned to my table for my birthday gaming bash. I also attended some board gaming nights at a friend’s place, where I was introduced to several new games. Two of particular note are Boss Monster and The Resistance. I also finally got to watch a game of Betrayal at the House on the Hill.

Next time I’m getting in on one of those games. Oh yes, it will happen.

It was a good year for gaming acquisitions too. Flash Point Fire Rescue, which I actually got last Christmas, is a hit in our house. Sentinels Tactics arrived early, breaking some cosmic rule of Kickstarters. On the RPG front the Bundle of Holding sucked many coins from my wallet, but in return yielded a trove of Delta Green and Pendragon books. I am still eagerly awaiting Stonehell Dungeon II to be released, though that has never had a release date and is not a wayward Kickstarter. I’m just such a huge fan of the first Stonehell Dungeon that I can’t wait to read the second.

Speaking of Kickstarters, the infamous Dwimmermount finally arrived! Fulfilling years of anticipation, only to dash them when my book arrived damage. A situation that the folks at Autarch did an excellent job of rectifying and I soon had a pristine copy in hand. I am delighted to finally own this megadungeon, not only because of the long wait but also because it’s a damn fine product. I’ve been meaning to do a proper review of the book, but given how long it took to get it I can be excused for not being prompt on a review.

In other Kickstarter news, Mekton: Zero is still in development. I’m a fan of R. Talsorian Games and Mekton Zeta has the distinction of being one of my most beloved and least played games. Due out this past march, the new edition of Mekton is still being completed. Though Mike Pondsmith is posting relatively regular updates and I’m hopeful we’ll see more before too long.

Looking Ahead:

For various reasons I haven’t had much time to think of a 2015 wish list, at least not as organized as the one I had for 2014. However there are several reasons to hope that our face-to-face gaming schedule will improve this year. Here’s hoping. Meanwhile my Google+ game is still on hiatus for the moment.

So to keep things simple my gaming wish list for 2014 is simply to play more. More RPG sessions, more board gaming, and maybe get a few more bucket list games to the table.

I hope you’ve all had a good holiday season and I wish everyone good gaming in 2015!



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Posted by on January 6, 2015 in Blog News, Gaming


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Wandering Thoughts Table – November Projects

1. Technical Difficulties – I have had several friends do NaNoWriMo over the years. I have not and won’t be this year, but I do feel like I need a project.

And, more importantly, a deadline. This Bat does a poor job of finishing things without a deadline.

To that end, I’ve decided my goal is to finally get my scanner figured out and get some of my maps into digital form. Maybe actually start putting together a couple adventures for download, possibly making my own contribution to the One Page Dungeon format I discussed in my previous post. We’ll see, but figuring out how to scan and clean the maps up to my satisfaction is the first step.

2. Nose in a Book – Another thing I want to do is to get some post ideas off the back burner and onto the blog. To do that I need to get some more reading done, not a task I’m averse to doing but I need to organize my time better. Fortunately this month looks to be a lot slower than previous ones and I should have more time. Also we have a family vacation coming up and I always catch up on a lot of reading on this trip.

3. Facetime – My G+ gaming has been going well this year and that’s been great, but our group’s face-to-face games have been few and far between. I would love to get a game in this month. I’m not too picky about what, but I’m leaning towards another Top Secret S/I game. For this the family vacation is working against me, so we’ll see what happens.

4. Construction Ahead – One other gaming related thing, after the success of running Car Wars with Matchbox cars and a papercraft city, I’ve decided to pull out another old game and see what I can do with it. This is a western gunfighter skirmish game called Desperado. I have a bunch of western-themed lead minis, but none are painted. However I also have some good paper minis from Okumarts Games that will print out nicely on card stock. I just need to find some suitable buildings. Unfortunately Fat Dragon doesn’t have anything in a western theme. I do have some old Microtactix sets from way back, their Vulture Gulch series. They’re pretty cool, but in black-and-white. Not the end of the world and I’m sure I can color them in if I really want to. I also have some flat floorplans that might suffice.

So those are my ambitions for November. Any gaming projects you’re working on?



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Posted by on November 6, 2014 in Blog News


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Year Two

“They set a slamhound on Turner’s trail in New Delhi, slotted it to his pheromones and the color of his hair.”

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Posted by on August 17, 2014 in Blog News, Cyberpunk


Once More Unto The Breach

Vacation time!

Next week I’m off to Pennsic War!

This is the biggest event the Society for Creative Anachronism puts on. For the rest of this week I’ll be busy preparing.

Places to go, people to hit, packing to be done.

My old, faithful friend.

My old, faithful friend.

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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Blog News, SCA


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Real Life Car Wars = Not Really Fun

You Know You’re A Gamer When:

You look at the diagram of your traffic accident and immediately think, “Hey, Car Wars!”


I’m okay and in better shape than my car.

Fortunately he didn’t have a ram plate, but I wish I’d had linked rear mounted flame throwers.

We’re heading into the holiday weekend here in the US. I will resume irregularly unscheduled posts next week.

Have a good weekend everyone! And I hope you all get to roll some dice!

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Posted by on July 3, 2014 in Blog News, Gaming




Sick kids and no sleep for me. Yuck.

We will resume irregularly scheduled brain dumps next week. Until then, here’s a little dose of Batman Beyond to keep you occupied.

The awesomeness of seeing anything new from Batman Beyond is made even more awesome because that android comes from an old Batman TAS episode.

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Posted by on April 25, 2014 in Blog News



Technical Difficulties

Excuse the multiple postings. For some reason the formatting on my last post came up all wrong and I had to redo it.

And it’s still not right, but I’ll let it slide rather than redo it again.

It seems fitting that things would go wrong with a post about curses.

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Posted by on March 13, 2014 in Blog News