Monday, December 17, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Here are some highlights:
Sunday, November 11, 2012
This sort of generosity and support is humbling and wonderful. Thank you.
The event is on November 17th in Garrettsville, Ohio. Here's the link:
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Run, don't walk, over to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/timh/the-habitition-of-the-stone-giant-lord-and-other-a
With the goal of $4200 we'll be able to do a good print run with fancy covers, and if we somehow pull $10,000 there will be an awesome game party/book release in NYC.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
So the Habitition of the Stone Giant Lord & Other Adventures from Our Collective Youth is in the last three days. The big goal is $4200 which would let us do a print run of 500 copies with a fancier cover and more pages. Help us make it!
Friday, September 28, 2012
Big news for us: A spot on the project in Wired magazine, written by Mark Wallace. Keep an eye out for the web version!
Big news for you: A book release party in Brooklyn to celebrate the release of Everything is Dolphins by Ray Weiss. This Sunday at Shea Stadium BK at 20 Meadow Street, games start at 5pm and music starts at 8. Free admission, all ages, bring some dough because you know you're just going to have to buy a t-shirt or two.
Kickstarter: We are overjoyed to announce that the Habitition of the Stone Giant Lord & Other Adventures from Our Collective Youth has quadrupled its admittedly modest funding goal. Help us get to our next goal, which will let us do a traditional print run with more pages and a fancy cover.
And don't miss a post about all this over at The Mule Abides, it's sure to horrify and charm.
Friday, September 21, 2012
- Launched: Sep 20, 2012
- Funding ends: Oct 10, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
– Nicholas Mizer
PhD student in anthropology at Texas A&M University
Monday, July 16, 2012
Fractured Atlas is now the fiscal sponsor for the archive, all donations are tax deductible.
Monies donated to the archive will help us do amazing things like:
-purchase historically important documents
-acquire a faster, better scanner
-arrange exhibitions of the holdings in art galleries and schools
-help offset the costs of presentations at educational institutions and conferences
I've also officially changed the email address of the archive to collections at plagmada.org.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
So I am excited to be participating in a project called "The Shadow Out of Providence", a book being Kickstartered by Ezra Claverie. Ezra is not just a long time chum of mine, he's also a significant PlaGMaDA contributor and a great help to the project. The book is about the way Lovecraft writes, I think, but it isn't striving to be Lovecraft. From Ezra:
...it is “Lovecraftical” (to coin a term). It treats Lovecraft the writer, the thinker, and the cultural phenomenon, rather than the sliver of his work on which most writers fixate (one that he sometimes dismissed as “Yog-Sothothery”)...
Three separate fictional universes challenge the reader: if the oldest and strongest source of fear is the unknown, what, in each setting, counts as unknown?The book has stories which wander in and out of reality, confusing what's true and what's not. The story in which I am featured is a fake interview between myself and Ezra, in which I talk about an underwater art installation I am making about the reservoir which flooded the town of Dunwich. Reality has been tweaked to fit the HPL in a way that I found unsettling when I first read the article.
This is not a conventional parody, but a metafictional re-working of Lovecraftical material, especially Lovecraft’s intellectual concerns—such as the power of print and visual media, the unknown as a source of fear, and ignorance (willful and otherwise) as a defense against the new.
Plush-Cthulhu jokes are out. Shoggoth-literacy jokes are in.
There also might be some Cthulhu-horror gaming material involved, if the project takes off...
Oh. And I almost forgot to mention that the book has a bunch of original artwork by Erol Otus.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Chris does a good job of detailing the why's of the pieces he's put up, which is important. It's these sorts of detailed explanations that make documents come alive.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
So The Hutchingsonian Presents has reached the super bonus goal of $4000 for Everything is Dolphins, meaning that everyone from the PDF Pledge level on up will be receiving a free PDF of scenarios. These scenarios should be just as good as the book itself, with more amazing art by a second group of smart artists.
Should be pretty cool.
And because the process of making should be as interesting as the process of playing or reading, I'm going to be doing something extra cool: Some of the artists will be invited to do a handful of illustrations for a scenario and then I or Ray (the EiD author) will have to tie them together into a coherent adventure. How ridiculously awesome will that be? Why is the dolphin wearing that comical hat?, let's find out...
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
No big, though - this is pre-sales and not begging. We made the goal and things are good.
Nice mention of the project here, too.
Friday, February 24, 2012
The ludicrous idea of playing dolphins lends itself well to forming the imaginative space that the best RPG experiences require. Pretending to be non-anthropomorphic animals is such a foreign idea that it puts me in a bizarre mindset for actual game play – it’s almost allows more childish, primal play. I mean, seriously, when’s the last time you pretended you were an animal? Imagined that you didn’t have arms? The game taps that way of thinking and puts dice on it.The Kickstarter for Everything is Dolphins is ongoing.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
First off the Everything is Dolphins Kickstarter got Boing Boing'd, which is always exciting.
Next off, we settled on an Extra Bonus Funding Reward for the Kickstarter:
To celebrate, a Bonus Funding Reward has been set. If we double our current pledge amount we will give everyone from the $12 Reward Level up a free PDF of four or five adventures. This might include mystical wonder adventures like "The Lilly of the Marianas Trench", nailbiters like "Everything in the Ocean Wants to Kill You", and the SC1-4 series "Against the Shrimp Cult" series.
So there you go: $4000 in funding gets EVERYONE a PDF! Whoohoo! Because we all need more PDFs in our lives.
"The Lilly of the Marianas Trench" has been written and playtested, though it needs to be nicely formatted. And yeah, I know that "Lilly" seems to have an extra L - it's not that kind of lily, silly. "Everything in the Ocean Wants to Kill You" is written out and not playtested. So don't think I'm promising adventures I can't deliver - I swear this stuff is in the mail.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Help fund the flagship project of the publishing arm of PlaGMaDA
Pre-order your Everything is Dolphins copy right now.
However you want to look at it.
Regardless, we are now talking about what to do for a Bonus Goal. Can't wait to figure that one out.
Friday, February 10, 2012
From my afterword in the book:
"PlaGMaDA brought me into contact with Ray Weiss, the author of Everything is Dolphins. He donated a notebook containing a mishmash of stuff: dungeon maps, Gamma World monsters, notes from a political science class, and a hilarious game which you now hold in your hands."
Friday, January 27, 2012
And yet gamers had to play Palladium Fantasy to get
the skill Book Binding, Leather.
Another neat player made modification of rule books from Oban of New York Red Box:
First I have combined the PDF files of the books I want to bind, then print them out as signatures - in this case ten signatures of five folios each. The signatures are then sewn together on cords to form the book block. Hand sewn headbands are added to the head and tail. I cut front and back covers, and the cords are woven into the covers, binding the whole thing together. The resulting book is then quarter-bound in leather - I have been using Hewit goatskin for these books. The remainder of the cover is covered in decorative paper. Recently I have started tooling the leather.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
On one hand, the information is often vague, a first name and phone number without an area code on a twenty year old document is probably not going to lead to an invasion of privacy. On the other hand, I am not going to take a chance - such documents are always removed. If something absolutely spectacular included a piece of private information, I would simply blur or bar out the offending section.
For the record what I tend to find are phone numbers and email addresses. I myself have jotted down emails on character sheets or note pages while at cons, it's fast and convenient.
If anyone does find information like this on a document hosted on the site, please let me know by posting here - I'll fix it immediately.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
A recent character sheet acquisition from Black and Reade near Denver had something that I found interesting. Here's the first page, which isn't terribly important, and here's the second page below:
A hum drum list of magical items, complete with misspellings. Not that exciting, but then under "livestock" we see an attack bear listed. An attack bear is a pretty fantastic thing to write down on the character sheet as two simple words. If it was my attack bear I'd have written it in giant letters surrounded in lightning bolts, and probably bothered to give it a name. Heck, I'd give an attack bear its own character sheet because it deserves it.
Torn the Elf needs to put a little effort, a little pride into his pet.
This piece is part of a series of homemade character sheets all neatly filled out by the same hand and seemingly never used, it's a reasonable guess that some hopeful DM made a bunch of characters for a scenario that never developed or friends that never came to play. I see a lot of this in the collection and it would probably help to make up a name for the phenomenon, maybe "Empty PCs" because it sort of sounds like "NPCs" when spoken aloud.
You saw a lot of ready-to-go characters with Judges Guild stuff, and with people who were influenced by Judge's Guild. Here's a list of novelty filled 1st level fighters from David McLouth:
Thursday, January 12, 2012
These are the first edition books used by Jolly Blackburn back in the day, here's what he has to say about them...
"Was organizing my bookshelf and came across this monstrosity -- my original AD&D GMG. I bound ALL the AD&D books as one huge book along with my own house rules/notes. I was such a geek. (Okay I still am)."
The neat thing is that I've seen this before, it's not an uncommon impulse.
"Its actually a great way to bind the books -- it was a Maytag Washing Machine parts manual originally -- three hole punch with four inch spleens. You can open to any page and it lays open by itself. I ended up binding three or four friends' books the same way back in the day."
Smart, simple, a super nice touch that he put the spines inside the spine piece of the binder.
"It has allthe following books in it: DMG, PHB, Unearth Arcana, Deities and Demigods, Monster manual and the Fiend Folio [and the Monster Manual II - ed.]. Once you removed the hard covers you could reall pack them in . ;) Oh I think the Rogues Gallery is in there too."
I love how nicely they all fit.
"I'll confess -- my original inspiration was to thwart players who were always asking to borrow my books."
Ah. Well then.
This item is not from the archive, the photo was provided by Mr. Blackburn for this posting. There are items like this in the archive, but none so grand. It's fantastically interesting when an item is intensely worked and personalized, customized for a specific task.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Just to let you guys know I am always in the field, doing research and working hard, I'm one of the guys in the front row. The D20 Burlesque group is a great show.
This photo appeared in the printed paper, attached to "Players Roll the Dice for Dungeons & Dragons Remake" by Ethan Gilsdorf. The photo is from an art and gaming event called "Dungeons and Dragons, On & Every Onwards" which I curated at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art. The event organizer was the remarkable Tavis Allison.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Two new folders are up in the PlaGMaDA archive: a donation by RB and material collected from the games played during the Dungeons and Dragons On & Ever Onwards exhibit at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art in Jan 2012.
an original member of the Gygax game group.