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Bob Walkenhorst and Jeff Porter: Buried American Treasure

Two of the best most never heard of. By the time I finish this piece, Jeff Porter will be finishing his packing. He’s bound for Norway, to do solo gigs and a few songwriting clinics. In a few weeks, Bob Walkenhorst and the rest of The Rainmakers will join him for a tour. In one of life’s little ironies, two …

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Me And The Box: A Classic At 23

  Please don’t misuse this information now…. Back in 1995, two very significant events happened in my life. My best friend and then roommate decided he wanted to dissolve our partnership and have a place to himself, and Scat Records announced that the first four Guided By Voices albums would be issued in a single boxed set (or five, if …

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Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Eric Bloat’s Zombie Hack RPG

Sometimes, a little At is all you need.  Back in the 80s, I ran the first zombie horror game I’d ever attempted. The genre wasn’t omnipresent at the time, the Romero films were mostly what we had available. I used the Chill RPG from Pacesetter as my base rules. We had fun. I never once imagined a day when there …

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Avremier From Here: A Series of Gems for a White Box

http://drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/12971/Mothshade-Concepts David A. Hill presents new worlds to conquer for fans of the original White Box edition of the game. Being a review of the first in David A. Hills “Avremier” series of supplements for Original Fantasy RPG.   The creation of fantasy worlds is a tradition among roleplaying enthusiasts as old as the hobby itself. Gygax, Arneson, Bledsaw, and …

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Ogre’s Trumpet: Guided By Voices Live

When a double album seems too short, you’ve got something.   The first true Guided By Voices live album is an essential purchase for fans, and a good starting point for the curious. There is a point in most old-growth artists careers when the release of new records slows to a trickle or stops. The new records either fade from …

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The Trogotronic 679 Gran Fury: Some Necessary Exposition

http://www.trogotronic.com A handy discussion for the perplexed. An intriguing red box. Knobs. Switches. Buttons. Inputs. A solitary vacuum tube protrudes. The eye is drawn, this is a visually intriguing unit. Trogotronic should be given a great deal of credit for making their product eye-catching, and for producing hype interesting enough to make you curious about their products. There does seem …

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Hunting Grounds: Dracula’s America expands–plus minis!!

This is a review of the first expansion for Dracula’s America and the accompanying line of minis. Read the review of Dracula’s America first for best results! “He don’t look like no priest to me.” The gunfighter smiled, revealing the fangs he’d had capped in gold. His posse, near-mindless thralls that had been the townfolk of Redemption, hissed and awaited …

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The Refuge: Zombie Fun for the Whole Family

Classic board game play with a focus on simplicity.   The Zombie genre is perhaps the most improbably popular pop culture phenomenon of my lifetime. If someone had suggested back in the eighties when I was running a zombie campaign using the rules for Chill that the Romero films would spawn scores of imitators in film, television, and comics, I would have …