September Settings at DriveThruRPG - D6xD6

posted Sep 20, 2017, 10:13 AM by James Pearson   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 10:15 AM ]

So, apparently September is a "Settings" month at DriveThruRPG.  I've been playing around a lot with Lester Smith's D6xD6 system lately, and it's quickly becoming one of my favorites.  It is quick, easy, and really flexible.  There are two very cool things that Lester did with this system.  First, he worked with a bunch of authors to translate their fiction into ready-made settings for the book!  Thus the reason I'm talking about it here during September Settings.  Currently, all the settings are on sale at DriveThru.

The second, super cool thing that Lester did was to publish the base rules, and a couple of settings on the site for free!  Check them out at:

And, if you're at GameHoleCon this November, I'll be running 3 games using this system!

RPG a Day - Day 31: What do you anticipate most for gaming in 2018?

posted Aug 31, 2017, 3:36 AM by James Pearson

While I suspect the original intent of the question is about some upcoming project or new release, I'm approaching this from a more personal note.  For 2018, I'm looking forward to:
  • More gaming in general.  Now that my first child is off to college, and the other will be driving in 2018, this leaves me with more free time than I've had in many years.  The availability to game more frequently seems realistic.
  • More Cons.  GaryCon has become one of my favorite cons, and it's local (well, very close).  A close second is GameHole Con.  Finally, I hope that I can make it to Origins for the first time next year.
  • The start of a new ETU story arc.  We will finish up the Degrees of Horror story arc for East Texas University this year.  We've decided, if the characters survive, to continue the game.  My players thought it would be great stick around Pinebox and continue investigating, and protecting against the paranormal.  A sort of Buff/Angel slant.

RPG a Day - Day 30: What is an RPG genre-mashup you would most like to see?

posted Aug 30, 2017, 3:51 PM by James Pearson

Ok, so I couldn't really think of anything out there I'd want to see done, so I'm going to share with you a con-game mashup that I'm going to be doing at GameHole Con this November.  Honestly, it's not really a true genre mashup, as you will soon see.


That's right, play your favorite 80's horror film character, such as Freddy Krueger, Pinhead, Chucky, and more as they fight evil with evil!  You see, a small town in Nebraska has been experiencing some pretty odd things lately, and it just may be an invasion of Killer Klowns from outer space!

Tales from The Terror Tomb - Progress

posted Aug 29, 2017, 7:49 PM by James Pearson

I made a great deal of progress on my D6xD6 scenarios for GameHoleCon.  Two of the three scenarios for my Tales from the Terror Tomb are complete!

RPG a Day - Day 29 - What has been the best-run RPG Kickstarter you have backed?

posted Aug 29, 2017, 3:44 AM by James Pearson

I don't back a lot of Kickstarters.  But, I want to give a shout out to my friend Chris Spivey, who I had an opportunity to meet at GenCon a few years back!  Chris is one of those guys who really has a vision, and a mission, for his life and pours all his passion into seeing it come true.  He knows more about pop culture than I ever will, and has a deep love of Cthulhu.  Most importantly, Chris has started his own gaming company, in order to help our hobby become more diverse, and more inclusive.  A worthy, and necessary cause, if there ever was one!  And, he gets to do it with RPGs!

Chris ran a Kickstarter for one of his projects Harlem Unbound, which I highly recommend you pick up!  You can check out more at his site here:

RPG a Day - Day 28: What film/series is the biggest source of quotes in your group?

posted Aug 29, 2017, 3:33 AM by James Pearson

I doubt either of these will come as a surprise, but the two most quoted lines in our group are the following:  "...We are leaving" from Aliens, and Admiral Akbar's "It's a trap!"  After that, we often quote each other, or re-quote the stupid, silly stuff we've said before.   Often times, someone says something extra funny, or appropriate, and it becomes the quote of the night.

RPG a Day - Day 27: What are your essential tools for good gaming?

posted Aug 27, 2017, 11:06 AM by James Pearson

This one seems a little open for interpretation, so here's mine.  Today I'm going to talk about my "kit".  
My gaming kit is perfect for playing at the table, or on the road at Con's.  I took an old Backgammon game, which you can usually find at rummage sales or Goodwill for around $1.00, and I took out all the insides.  Next, I've lined one side with some felt.  This is the dice rolling side.  The other side has a dry erase board.  I purchased a very inexpensive dry-erase board from the dollar store, cut it to size, and glued it to the box.
My kit contains:
  • A blue Sharpie Pen (my favorite writing tool)
  • A Kuru Toga mechanical pencil.  By far the best pencil I've ever had
  • A dry erase marker, fine tip
  • My GameScience dice.  I have a real love for these dice right now and have abandoned all others.
Of course, at the gaming table I usually have a notebook, prep sheets, gaming books and the like.  

Someday, I'll figure out some cool way to decorate the Kit, but for now it's very functional and looks decent.

RPG a Day - Day 26: Which RPG provides the most useful resources?

posted Aug 26, 2017, 5:12 AM by James Pearson

When I first started playing RPGs again, after college, I found GURPS.  I honestly, even now, love a lot about GURPS.  One of my favorite things is the depth of its source materials.  There seems to be a GURPS book for just about every setting, time period, and geographical location imaginable.

At GenCon, years ago, I ran into a woman at the Steve Jackson Games booth.  We discussed how well written the books were and she stated that she used many of them in her classes because the research was so impressive.  I own, and continue to purchase, GURPS worldbooks solely for their detailed content, even if I'm using that content for another game system or setting.

RPG a Day - Day 25: What is the best way to thank your GM?

posted Aug 25, 2017, 4:09 AM by James Pearson

Well, as the GM, the best thanks I can get is that you show up for my game, and let me know if you are having a good time.  If you're enjoying the game, and want to play more, that is thanks enough!

RPG a Day - Day 24: Alternate Question: What is the game you are most likely to give to others?

posted Aug 24, 2017, 5:31 PM by James Pearson

One game that deserves some honorable mention, is the game Faery's Tale.  This is a great game, even for (especially for) children.  The rules are simple, and the game is so story driven that kids just go with it.  I played this game with my daughters during a road trip.  They had to be around 6 and 9.  So, if I were looking for a game to give to a new player, that wanted something quick and easy to play with their children, this would be it.

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