Monday, July 27, 2015

State of the Blog

So, I haven't posted in a minute or two...or close to two months, which is about the longest stretch I have ever gone without posting since I started this thing.

I've been a little busy, finishing a freelance gig I can't say much else about, then started working on a couple of other freelance gigs I can't say much else about.

Turns out, I only have a limited amount of time in the day, meaning something has to give. As of late, it has been game reviews. Combine that with how entangled I have become with multiple game companies, and - though I have always been honest about any conflicts of interest, even before "Ethics in Game Journalism" became a thing - I feel like my reviews would begin being put under an exhausting microscope.

I don't actually know when - or if - I will resume regular posting at the blog. Obviously, I do have to go where the pay is, so that stuff comes first, and the truth is, Reality has Ensued over the last couple of months due to a life decision or two on my part, and it is very likely I will be unable to continue many of my side activities due to financial reasons (I somehow failed to do the math and realize that making more money is great, but if it's also noticeably less hours, you make less money in the end. Oops).

To those people that I still owe reviews to, I will try to ensure that I eke them out down the line, but I make no guarantees to that effect. Even if I never come back, the blog isn't going anywhere until Google decides it is, so there's that.

Anyway, just wanted people who did not follow me on social media to know I'm not dead or dying, I'm just not blogging, with no timetable set for a return.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Tommy's Take on The Sixth Gun RPG

Last year, Pinnacle announced that they were releasing an RPG based on The Sixth Gun, by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt. On the surface, this seems like both a brilliant, and potentially puzzling, move as Pinnacle's flagship setting, Deadlands, occupies very similar genre real estate as The Sixth Gun: Weird Western. Well, The Sixth Gun RPG is now being Kickstarted, but the big questions are "How is it different than Deadlands and do you need it if you already have Deadlands?"

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tommy's Take on Camp Grizzly

I like slasher films. I pretty much think Halloween (the original) is the perfect slasher film, but I am a big fan of the Friday the 13th film series (for the most part).

Camp Grizzly is, largely, Friday the 13th with the serial numbers filed off...and it is also an absolutely crazy amount of fun.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Tommy's Take on D&D 5th Edition Dungeon Master's Guide

I have reviewed the Player's Handbook, the Monster Manual and the Hoard of the Dragon Queen...but I got sidetracked before I reviewed the Dungeon Master's Guide. Honestly, I think this review is going to be a bit better than it would have been, because the first impressions have washed away, and I've been using the book in play since it was released.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What Do You Want In Reviews?

I am in a bit of a quandry. I am rapidly reaching the point, at least right now, in which I am unable to keep up the pace of my reviewing (right now, anyway), certainly at a deep depth, but I am loathe to abandon my Tuesday-Friday schedule which has proven to be great for blog traffic.

So I am now in the process of revising my review procedures, and I thought it would behoove me to ask: When you read a review, what are you looking for? What information are you trying to glean from the review? More importantly, what are you hoping to get out of a review I post on my blog?

This applies to consumers and publishers alike. Are you looking for a chapter by chapter breakdown of the book? Are you interesting in what I believe are the high points and low points? Do you tune out when I write too much? Do you feel cheated when I write too little? Are you interested in more board game reviews?

Help me out here. I want to know what you want to read from this blog. Do you even want to read my reviews anymore? Is there something else you would rather see when you visit here? Are you just here for the free stuff? I will consider all honest, constructive feedback. You can post it in the comments below, or you can email me at tommybrownell(a)gmail(dot)com. If you follow me on social media, feel free to let me know what you think there. I am not threatening, implying or hinting that I am closing the blog, but as I have more opportunities in front of me, and more outside projects on my plate, I want to make the energy spent here to be as fruitful as possible for as many people as possible, myself included.

Thanks for your time.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Tommy's Take on Winter Eternal

As you may have seen, we are giving away copies of Winter Eternal here on the blog. As I tend do, I like to have a look at anything I'm giving away, and so I'm setting out to review Winter Eternal for Savage Worlds.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Winter Eternal Giveaway, Wicked Lies & Alibis Winners and


I feel, once again, incredibly blessed to offer my readers yet another opportunity to win a part because last month was the single highest traffic month in my blog's entire existence! How cool is that?

And that seems like a perfect segue to lead into my next giveaway...Just Insert Imagination is offering two digital copies of their new Savage Worlds setting Winter Eternal! Enter to win it now, and I will be back on Friday with a review of said setting!

What is Winter Eternal?

Friday, May 1, 2015

Tommy's Take on Barbarians Versus... 2nd Edition

Who doesn't love Barbarians? Precis Intermedia has released the second edition of Barbarians Versus... (Vile Reptilian Invaders from Outer Space), a fairly lite and light hearted rpg about barbarians versus, well, vile reptilian invaders from outer space.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tommy's Take on Corporia

This is an interesting book that came across my virtual table: An adventure RPG centered around Arthurian myth in a near future, corporate-driven world. I thought that seemed like an interesting combination, so when I was approached about reviewing it, I agreed, as it definitely seems like it would hit a different niche than any other Arthurian game on the market.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Tommy's Take on Wicked Lies & Alibis

First off, I have to say how pleased I am at the response to the giveaway and how pleased I am that one person has managed to deduce the clues I left in my post as to my favorite Great Detective. You still have time to win, so enter!

Now, let's take a closer look at Wicked Lies & Alibis, if you will.