A blog about games, gamers, and various and sundry geek culture-related ephemera and paraphernalia.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Instead of sitting around like a lump, I've decided to use the Rust Monster's hiatus to start another blog - one focused on miniatures gaming. That blog will perform the same basic service the Rust Monster has - specifically, it will allow me to share with the whole wide world all of the gaming goodies I've created over the years - and will also act as a place where I can get away from the craziness of the OSR when need be. (Rest assured, I will still be updating the Rust Monster - once I'm feeling a little less burnt out on the OSR stuff.)

So, if you're at all interested in miniatures games (I hesitate to call what I do "war gaming," because the games I like are more about story and character than military "strategerery") please visit "A Hard Won Thing."

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Meanwhile, in the News

My fiancee has an interview with Nathan Caroland, the creator of the miniatures game Malifaux, on her blog, Lili's Lair.

Oh, and in case you missed it, my latest installment in the Dungeon World setting for The Escapist's "Days of High Adventure" column went up last Thursday.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Worth Repeating

Found this article on CNN this morning:

(CNN) A pack of protesters gathered at the village park in North Hakenslach, Minnesota this morning, braving the frigid weather to stand up for the rights of, as one protester put it, "old school gamers everywhere."

The seven people, each one hailing from different locales such as Texas, Chicago, and even as distant as Ontario, Canada, carried signs, beat a drum, and shouted pro-"old school" slogans to show their solidarity, and to raise awareness for their cause.

"People need to be made aware that there are more of us around than they think," said Jim Grognardi, the group's unofficial spokesperson. "Beneath the thin veneer of today's gaming populace is a much larger, much older foundation of gamers, and we demand that our voices be heard."

Although the protest group consisted of only seven members, Grognardi claimed that many more like-minded individuals had indicated that they would be arriving to join the protest.

"We're expecting about another 130 people," Grognardi maintained.

No residents of North Hakenslach, population 372, could be reached for comment. However, one person in a passing vehicle voiced his dissent to the protesters' loud message:

"Get a life, weirdoes!" he exclaimed as he sped by.