Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Economic Stimulus, from a gaming perspective

I don't like most of the newer games I see out there. I've tried 4e D&D and was not impressed.

Yeah, sure, I'm just a curmudgeonly old fart. But that's my problem, not yours.

So, anyway, I decided to use my state tax refund to stimulate the economy a bit, gaming-wise. I've ordered stuff from both Amazon and RPGNow, so that I either have now or will soon be getting:

* Empire of the Petal Throne. I've always wanted this game, just to see what all the fuss was about. Got it as a download (the only way I'll ever be able to afford it), along with the maps and the first issue of the Tekumel Journal (or whatever it's called). It'll probably take a whole ink cartridge to print the silly thing out, but we'll see. I might not need to print the whole thing.

* Through Dungeons Deep. I remember reading this book out of the library once upon a time, back in the 80s. It seemed to be more about D&D than AD&D (which is what I played at the time), so I never sought out a copy for myself. But now I really want one, so I'm getting one.

* Game Night, a novel about gods doing a bit of gaming, by Jonny Nexus. Jonny was the guy behind the Critical Miss online fanzine for dysfunctional gamers, which was brilliant. So I have high hopes for this novel. Hey, anything to help out a fellow gamer, right?

* Space: 1889. I dunno, I've just always loved the whole Victorian thing. And the whole Mars thing. So when you mix the two, hold on! This is a game I've always wanted, but couldn't afford back in the day. I'm glad they're reprinting them, but I doubt if I'll buy any of the supplements. Again, we'll see.

I may or may not review any of these here in this blog. Who knows? But I'm happy to be getting them. I'm doing my bit to support the economy, at any rate.


Sham aka Dave said...

Let me know how you like Through Dungeons Deep. Checking it out has been on my to do list for a little while, and I'd like to hear if you think it is worth it.

Will Douglas said...

Sure will!

Victor Raymond said...

I'm very interested in your impressions of Empire of the Petal Throne - not only because I had a hand in putting it online, but also because I am curious what you would notice, coming to it fresh, as it were.

Will Douglas said...

Sure, I can do that. I'll be reading that one first, since it's a download and I therefore already have it.

But it may take a while to get through it...

kesher said...

I imagine you found this, but if not,

I had forgotten about this book; I think I'll pick up a copy, too...

Will Douglas said...

Um, no, I hadn't seen that.

This was just a book I remember from a while back, I think I read it out of the library, and it's always kind of been in the back of my mind.

So when the opportunity arose, I pounced on it.

Anonymous said...

So I have high hopes for this novel. Hey, anything to help out a fellow gamer, right?

Thank you! And I hope you like it.