Wolsung (2009/2012)

IMG_20200130_112632My turn to write something, and I’m in a bit of trouble. Reading non-genre, doing overtime at work and playing games, there’s simply not that much new stuff to review. I wanna rant about the Witcher show, but I’ll have plenty of space for that in our upcoming two-shot. I’m not happy with the TV version of one of my favourite sagas, I can tell you that in advance. Not the worst show, but not a good adaptation.

Then I thought about reviewing a very interesting non-fiction by S.C. Gwynne, Empire of the Summer…, about the Comanches, their rise to power and their fall. It’s a very interesting perspective on Native American history, and a new one for me. But then I thought it might be a pretext for another two-shot, as among Ola’s favourite non-fictions of 2019 were Richard Slotkin’s more scholarly works on similar issues. Lets do a take on another genre, one of the classic ones!

So, I decided to write a few words about a non-computer role-playing game I recently started that I think is fun and accessible for people without much experience. As tabletop RPGs are destined to forever be an elusive niche, I’ll start with a few words of general introduction. Still, it’s not designed as in-depth review, these can be found on the rpg sites. Just a glimpse into a field of activity that keeps me from reading and reviewing more books 😉 and perhaps a suggestion of a fun group activity.

A simple (if that can be said about something with 400+ pages of rules… most players only need to read 16 pages, though), fun game. Less known than it’s boardgame version, but also less expensive and easier to play. And a shortened, but still allowing for a test play, version, is available online for free.

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Silva rerum (5) feat. computer games

It is a very slow summer here at Re-enchantment. And now, with my new super-powerful PC I’m finally going to play Witcher 3… and Total War: Warhammer, two video games that made me spend… way too much money on a machine I don’t really need for anything else. Open Office & Firefox work on my old laptop well enough…

I experience genre fiction in several complementary forms. Books might be most important, but movies, tv series, tabletop & video games are also great. For social gatherings tabletop games are just perfect, but when I want to immerse myself in a fantasy world and influence the events (and not only let my imagination go wild with wonderful stories prepared in a static form by writers) – I go for c(omputer)RPGs and strategies.

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Elizabeth Moon, Divided Alliegiance (1988), Oath of Gold (1989)

Ok, so last week I ranted about Halloween and also reviewed Sheepfarmer’s Daughter by Elizabeth Moon. Book I liked very much for reasons then explained. So now, having finished the rest of the Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy, I feel like I should follow up.

I’m not enthusiastic about this task.

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2nd and 3rd books are not bad, but slightly disappointing. The warning signs were there, but it could go either way. What happened is a transformation into something similar to good tie-in novels, Pathfinder Tales or classic D&D titles come to mind. Not bad, but not very demanding, mass produced fun for specific target group. In this case I’m in the target group, but after book one I hoped for more.

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Will Wheaton’s Valkana – Tabletop RPG show for beginners and veterans.

RPG, tabletop RPG (we’re not talking about video games here, this is serious stuff 😉 ). Short introductory text is available here. I’ve tried to sell the idea of RPG to many people, many times, sometimes with some success. To me – it’s the highest form of social entertainment. Board games, fun as they are, are only a substitute 😛 Other lesser activities, aren’t worth mentioning here…

But, I don’t want to drone about my favourite pastime. It’s not a big post, there will be another, proper one, soon. I just want to recommend a new youtube series, by an actor and geek celebrity, Will Wheaton (Star Trek, Big Bang T.), from the great Geek & Sundry channel.

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Introduction

Episode One

See, how great an RPG session can be, and do try it yourself, at home. There are games for everyone out there, fantasy, s/f, history, present times, any genre imaginable. It’s fun you share with friends.

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