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My Haul from My Local Board Game Store’s Ding and Dent Sale

My local board game store has an annual ding and dent sale where you can get some great deals. Everything is from 50% to 90% off! I got there early so there were a lot of tempting games. I had to talk myself out of so many games but here were what I was most excited about.

All that in the picture above only costed me about $40. I have been getting back into Dungeons & Dragons and have some new players who never played before so I was very happy to find the Starter Set for 80%. They also had a couple of DnD books and I got the Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount solely because it had the best discount (70%). My friend got a ton of DnD/ RPG minis and I was able to only find one blind pack. But it is from a set I really wanted and I pulled the Death Tyrant which is probably the mini I wanted most from the set.

I also found a board game, Ricochet Robots that a friend really wanted for some time now and I also got more escape room type games including the Star Wars themed Unlock games which I was always kind of interested in.

Overall I am very happy with what I got!

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Thrift Store Hauls: Pathfinder Strategy Guide, Signed Kids Book and More!

I found a couple of interesting books in my latest thrift store haul. Here are some of the highlights.

First off I am very excited to find this Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Strategy Guide at a thrift store for only $1. I honestly don’t play Pathfinder but I am always excited to add any RPG book for that cheap to my collection. I like to read these RPG books and see if I can use any of the stories, characters or mechanics and adapt them to my heavily modified Fate Accelerated system. This book is like new and in fact I don’t think it has been opened at all.

I am a huge Scooby- Doo fan so Daphne and Velma: The Dark Deception intrigued me. Plus from what I read on the little blurb on the back it reminds me of Mystery Incorporated which takes a darker look into the Scooby- Doo universe and it is my favorite series by far. Mystery Incorporated only had two seasons so I have been craving for more. I also found the first book in the Enola Holmes series (so now I have the 1st, 5th and 6th book in the series). Both the Daphne and Velma and Enola Homes books were $1.

The Spy Next Door: The Curse of the Mummy’s Tummy is signed by the author and illustrator, Jay Cooper. I got it got from Strands Book for $3 so this book cost as much as the other three books combined. I was on the fence about getting this book but the little mummy mouse drawing sold me on it.

I actually bought a bunch of other books the last few weeks or so and my to read pile of books is getting quite high…

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Thrift Store Hauls: Star Wars RPG, Beyblade and More!

I check the thrift stores near me maybe once or twice a week and I have gotten quite lucky the last couple of weeks.

First up I found this Star Wars RPG: The Force Awakens Beginner Game from Fantasy Flight for $10 sealed. I actually ran a months long campaign in the Star Wars universe but I used the Fate system. I have finally gotten back to meeting in person for RPGs and I am definitely looking forward to check out the official Star Wars RPG system.

One thing I have always kept an eye out for in thrift stores but couldn’t find until now was Beyblade stuff. I got this arena, two Beyblades, one broken knockoff top (that I threw away) and two launchers for only $5. It is probably one of the best deals yet! I thought I was only going to get one or two Beyblades when I first started just to check it out and now I have quite the growing collection.

Finally I also always take a look at the books section and in the past, I have gotten a lot of random books. One of my favorite finds lately has been the 5th and 6th book of the Enola Holmes series. I wasn’t expecting much but I really enjoyed it and read both books in one day. I hope to find the rest of the series in thrift stores or used bookstores some time soon.

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Thrift Store Hauls: Dungeons & Dragons DVDs, Board Games, Signed Comics and More!

As I was sorting out some of the stuff I got at thrift stores recently I felt kind of sad that physical media like books, comic books, DVDs etc are being phased out. I will miss the collecting side of things and I will also miss the interesting little bonus items and freebies that are included. For example, I recently got two Dungeons & Dragons DVDs from a thrift store and they both come with a D&D campaign.

Dungeons & Dragons DVDs

The first movie simply called Dungeons & Dragons comes with a video game demo of Baldur’s Gate II and The Sewers of Sumdall D&D campaign which uses a very simple D&D quick play ruleset. I ran it with couple of players who never played a RPG before and it was a lot of fun. The second movie, Wrath of the Dragon God came with the Servant of Decay campaign. I haven’t tried it yet but I skimmed it and looks fun. I may have to modified the rules to either D&D 5th Edition and maybe even Fate. Both DVDs came with mini documentaries about the game D&D which I enjoyed. By the way, the first movie is terrible but almost in a fun way and the second movie is an OK movie. I can probably write a whole blog post about them.

Similarly I also got this Yu-Gi-Oh Volume 7 manga. It is about the main character trapped playing a Yu-Gi-Oh themed RPG and it is quite meta. Most Yu-Gi-Oh mangas are a chaotic mess but this story line is a very fun read. Anyways it came with a little game called Dungeon Battle in the back of the book. I was looking for a good scan of it and I can’t find any information on it anywhere. That is what I fear; as everything goes online, we lose fun little things like this. Here are bad scans of the game if you are curious about it.

Dungeon Battle Game Rules

Dungeon Battle Game Board

Some other cool items I found recently are signed comics (Heathen NYCC edition signed by Natasha Alterici and Yi Soon Shin #4 signed by Onrie Kompan) and the Joking Hazard game with an expansion. Everything here costed me about $10!

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Dungeons & Dragons Icons of the Realms Storm King’s Thunder Prepainted Plastic Figures Booster Pack

I used to buy a lot of Heroclix packs just for the collecting side of things but the latest sets have some serious quality issues. The plastic Wizkids uses seem to be too soft so every figure has a lean to it and damages way too easily. The Dungeons & Dragons figures/ minis are placed next to the Heroclix packs at the board game store close to me and I was thinking it can be a fun pack break. So I picked up this Dungeons & Dragons Icons of the Realms Storm King’s Thunder prepainted plastic figures booster pack. I know both Heroclix and these D&D figures are from WizKids so I am a little worry about the quality but luckily, Storm King’s Thunder is an older set so I don’t think this will be a problem. Anyways, each booster pack has a big figure and 3 smaller figures.

Dungeons & Dragons Fire Giant Figure 1

Dungeons & Dragons Fire Giant Figure 2

Dungeons & Dragons Icons of the Realms Storm King's Thunder Prepainted Plastic Figures

My big figure is a Fire Giant 32A/45 and my small figures are Thri-Kreen 16/45, Yuan- Ti Malison 37/45 and Darkmantle 4/45. I was a bit curious and I was surprised to find that the Fire Giant is worth about $12 and the Yuan- Ti Malison is a rare and worth about $20 so I got quite lucky! I am very happy with the sculpt and the paint job on the Fire Giant. I am just worried about the Fire Giant’s hammer since it is a tad bent. The smaller figures are OK too. Overall they are all much better than the Heroclix figures I got lately.

I honestly don’t play much RPGs lately and I haven’t played D&D in like a year. When I do get to play RPGs I tend to DM Fate one shots but here is the beauty with Fate. You can make any story work in the Fate system and it is a sure bet I will work a Fire Giant in my next one shot!

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Free RPG Day: Level 1 An Indie RPG Anthology

Free RPG Day played a big part of me getting into RPGs so I was very happy it wasn’t canceled this year. Unfortunately I am unable to meet in person to play RPGs right now (and probably for some time) so I was looking for something a little different. It has to be a rules light, story first system that is faced paced with little upkeep so that it can be played in a Discord chatroom. The system I have been using is a Fate Accelerated system but the problem is the aspect mechanic. Playing in a chatroom, it is very easy to lose track of all the aspects created. Anyways I was looking at the offerings for Free RPG Day this year and Level 1, an Indie RPG anthology with 15 games seemed promising.

Level 1 Indie RPG Anthology

One thing I really hate is reading RPG rulebooks. I usually have to slog through it but Level 1 is actually fun read. There are a lot of weird games there though (which can be a good thing). You can role play as dice and their relationships, migrating birds in space, algae in a tank or moose on psychedelic mushrooms. There is also some interesting mechanics like a social deduction game that remind of the kids game 7 Up but of course in a Hellevator and a game that ends with a game of liar’s dice. I am unlikely to play most of them but one I want to try is Savage Sisters which uses the Polymorph system.

Basically in the Polymorph system each player only rolls one type of dice for the whole game, d4, d6, d8 or d10 and this represents the different classes so you don’t really need a stat sheet. Basically there are four types of challenges which pairs well with one of the four types of dice. If a player hits a target number it succeeds and if not they fail. For example, a wisdom test (called book) target numbers are 2 and 3 so a d4 has the biggest advantage here and on the other hand a constitution test (called bones) the target numbers are 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 so a d10 has the biggest advantage. Also a 1 always succeeds so you always have a shot. It is quite clever and of course, there are more rules but that is the main selling point.

All in all, for me Free RPG Day is another huge success and I can’t wait to try and tinker with the Polymorph system with my own setting and stories.

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Fate Accelerated RPG is So Much Fun!

Does anyone feel like role playing game are getting more popular lately? It could just be me paying more attention to it but I see tons of Youtube shows and Twitch streams like Critical Role, Acquisitions Incorporated, Tabletop in the forefront. I always thought it is would be a lot of fun to get my own group together.

One thing though about Dungeons and Dragons, the most popular role playing game is that it seems quite intimating to learn to play. There are so many little rules and it just seems like it would be a ton of work to run a campaign. Anyways I came across Fate Core from a Tabletop show and it seemed a lot less intimating. It emphasizes on the story telling aspect of RPGs and to me that is the most fun part. From doing a little research I learned there is an even simpler version of Fate Core, Fate Accelerated.

I love Fate Accelerated because you can teach the system is like 10 minutes so you can get right into the story (even with people who have never played a RPG before). Here is a real quick rundown of the rules. There are four types of actions: attack, defend, overcome an obstacle and create an advantage/ aspect. On your turn, you would describe your action and the player and the GM would decide which approach best applies. The six approaches are careful, clever, flashy, forceful, quick and sneaky and it can give you a bonus. Fate Core and Fate Accelerated uses Fate dice with has two -1 sides, two +1 sides and two 0 sides. You always roll four of them and compare it to a ladder of success after all the bonuses (the higher the better of course). You can also take advantage of aspects which are elements of the story which can give you further bonuses. Aspects can describe a person (like weakness to kryptonite) or describe the environment (like a dark room). That is the gist of it and if want to learn more, check out these guides. It is a very flexible system and it is a very easy to tweak for whatever campaign you had in mind.

Fate Accelerated

So when I first pitched the idea of a role playing game my group were a bit hesitant. But I have been getting more and more people interested lately and they seem very excited and invested into the story I am been crafting. In fact I have about 10 people in my storyline (not all at once though). The most people I had in a single campaign was 6.

So what is my story I have crafted you may have asked? Think a post apocalyptic John Wick world with a bit of Bioshock and Mad Max sprinkled in. So the Big Event wipe out most of humanity and made most of the world inhabitable. But through the strength of humanity, technology and science, pockets of civilization began to emerge from the rubble. The story take places mostly in New New York City. Quickly people found that there is strength in numbers so they formed factions and where there are factions there is faction warfare. There is also the Wasteland, which is beyond the city walls and it is where criminals, thieves and the insane live. The main storyline is a group selected to be the next class of mercenaries. They have to pass a series of trials and pass Merc School to earn their full status and when they do they can take contracts which can lead to all sorts of trouble…

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