December 18 2016

Kickstarter Spotlight – Unknown Realm

Are you a fan of the 8bit RPG classics, such as Ultima? Then this is definitely going to appeal to you! Available for PC or Commodore, it captures that modern-classic feel with 8-bit graphics yet retains some of the modern brains behind the game we have come to expect today. A lot of people I know signing up for this one, even developers!

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December 10 2016

Kickstarter Spotlight – Papers and Paychecks

Role Play Game systems fall into some primary categories for me when I am picking one. As you dig in deeper, it’s like a skill tree that I follow.

That first option though is always, do I like this system and concept best for:
-A long campaign
-A short Campaign
-Random play (play a game, drop it somewhere and whenever it makes sense pick up where left off).
-One-shot

Optional
-Good for newbies, if we have them?

I can’t answer all these questions about this one yet. It looks like a lot of fun, but based on the concept I CAN remove “long campaign.” This looks like a blast, but don’t think id want to do 6+ months of it!

I also remember this!!

Three decades ago Will McLean brought us many laughs with the “Papers & Paychecks” illustration in the ‘Dungeon Masters Guide’ for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. A cursory search will reveal that on more than one occasion the thought has entered the heads of others that “Papers and Paychecks” would make a great roleplaying game.

It’s almost funded when I write this but could use a tad bit more. So please be sure to check it out if it’s something you may be interested in!

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November 23 2016

Kickstarter Spotlight – Mythic Battles: Pantheon

Already fully funded with 7 more days to go, at over a Million Dollars, this game has a following already!

Become an Olympian God and fight beside the greatest heroes and monsters to ever live in this beautiful miniatures board game.

$99.00 gets you the most basic pledge which is called the “God Pledge” which may seem a lot, but you really need to take a look at what you are getting! $99.00 for a gigantic miniature plus another 69 (good number!) miniatures, is one heck of a deal in my book.. Wait, AND you get an awesome game? I see why this is funded already!

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November 19 2016

RPG Auction Spotlight – X-Treme Dungeon Mastery by Tracy Hickman


Tracy Hickman has a long life of gaming experience and he puts some of that wisdom to use here.

I personally love X-Treme Dungeon Mastery because the majority of it matches my play style, and how I like to run an RPG game. While tastes and styles can vary, there’s something that will help everyone that likes to game in this book and it is one I tell every gamer I know, that they should have in their library.

x-treme-dungeon-mastery-by-tracy-hickman-and-curtis-hickman-2009-hardcover

On Ebay
X-Treme Dungeon Mastery by Tracy Hickman and Curtis Hickman (2009, Hardcover)

On Amazon:
http://amzn.to/2fsvBHf

Quest for the Tavern, Story Quest!
http://amzn.to/2g5QOGT


At one time I know that Tracy Hickman was working on a players version of this book. Although I completely recommend this book to all of my players as I feel there are lessons for both the MG and player in it.

I am not sure if that is still the case, but certainly, hope we see that additional volume some day!

November 18 2016

Why I Just Got Excited About VR!

VR is something that I have kept on, as I do for almost anything to do with gaming or technology. It is not something that I have ever done much more than give a head nod to, though.

It’s not that I do not feel we have a place for VR yet, I do. It is that anything that I would be interested in is outside of my access for one reason or another.

That has somewhat changed! I still have a roadblock in that this is not something I foresee being able to budget for a long time, as I need a PS4 first (or another platform choice)! Still though in a couple of years I may be able to bring this into the home. At this moment, is the first VR application I plan to try!

Link to Star Trek Bridge Crew on Amazon


I recently had attended the Griffoncon 40 Convention in South Bend, IN. One of the events that took place throughout the convention was a demonstration fo the game “Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator“.

I loved it! You had five people playing the game at the same time. The way they had set it up was the captain in the center with two crew members on each side of him.

Each player plays one of the roles of the crew from Star Trek. The game is different for each of you, as your goals are related to the position and station you are playing from.

While it looked like a great game, I couldn’t help but think I would love to see a more graphical version of the game.

While it has some differences, it looks like wishes do come true as Star Trek Bridge Crew sounds like it may do a good job of this. Reviews I read about it have been positive so far. It may be a long way away until I get to try it but it’s going on my wish list!

On Amazon: Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator

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July 16 2016

Ultimas Auction Spotlight – Maps, Lots of Cartridges, and a Non Ultima for The Big Box Collectors

I was out hitting garage sales today, something I will be doing again tomorrow and have not done nearly enough of yet this season. Garage sales are the pot full of gold for the poor video game collector. When you can score a console and a bunch of games for a flat price as a bundle, it can be superb. Sometimes I am wanting to start collecting is Retro Video Gaming and I am on the lookout! They are getting hard to find.

I was at a sale that had a nice assortment of cartridges. Some SNES, some Sega Genesis, others. Unfortunately, I couldn’t come to a deal I could walk away with anything on, especially since there were no systems involved and I don’t have any. I will continue to be on the look-out, though!

If you’re looking for some Ultima Cartridges, though, here are a couple of lots that caught my attention on Ebay.


This one caught my eye because there is an Ultima Exodus in the lot. It is for 12 cartridges, though, and the other eleven are not Ultima. With a starting bid of $0.99, someone will walk away with a good deal. If you don’t want those other cartridges, send them to me!

12 NES Games and a Satellite ULTIMA DEFENDER OF THE CROWN MARIO 3 GRADIUS

12 NES Games and a Satellite ULTIMA DEFENDER OF THE CROWN MARIO 3 GRADIUS

If you just want SNES Ultima Cartridges this may be more up your alley. Be warned though its going to hit your pocket book quite a bit more!

ULTIMA SNES Lot Runes of Virtue II, False Prophet, The Black Gate games only

ULTIMA SNES Lot Runes of Virtue II, False Prophet, The Black Gate games only***


You map collectors should get excited about this auction with eight maps all in one lot!

Origin Ultima Map Lot I II III VI IX Underworld Online T2A Cloth and Paper RARE

Origin Ultima Map Lot I II III VI IX Underworld Online T2A Cloth and Paper RARE


Not for the Ultima Collectors exactly, but this showed up on my sonar and It caught my eye as I remember the game. I wouldn’t mind haveing this on a shelf in the home.

Adventureland By Scott Adams Graphic 1983

Adventureland By Scott Adams Graphic 1983*Adventure #1*Pre:Ultima*Wizardry*SSI*

June 24 2016

Geek Recommendations From Stile Teckel, Fun For The Weekend

A Game recommendation from Stile’s Basement:
So many great games, what to spotlight next? Let’s go with a card game this time. This particular one, while residing in my basement, is one that belongs to the wife. She picked it up at a convention, we liked it and have since picked up many expansions for it.

KILLER BUNNIES!

Killer Bunnies is a game that is fun for two people up to many. I have primarily played it with just my wife and I although we have also introduced it to a lot of individuals. It’s easy to learn, and anytime you want to mix it up more, you can get another expansion. There are an LOT of expansions!

You can get it here on Amazon, though, this is the starter kit. If you scroll down, you will see expansions galore! I recommend just starting out with the starter set. Maybe one or two expansions at most. It can get confusing quick if you add a lot at once!

http://amzn.to/28Sx8C5


Prefer a movie this weekend? Here is a must watch if you want uber geek cred!


Want to lay in bed with a good book instead? Be sure to read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, if you never have. If you enjoy it, there are additional books in the series.

June 12 2016

Game Recommendation from Stile Teckel’s Game Room – Dragonlance Saga 5th Age

I haven’t done one of these for a while, and while it’s not something I want to take time for right now, I feel the need. It’s one of my more favorite articles. I mean – sharing games with gamers, how can I not love that?

This one also has some cross-over with some of my other hobbies and other crowds. Shroud of the Avatar, reading, and even movies!

This particular recommendation is for Dragonlance Saga. Of course, the big cross-over is that this RPG pen and paper style game is set in the Dragonlance Universe. Tracy Hickmany, Shroud of the Avatar developer and author, was one of the creators of this fantasy universe.

Dragonlance Saga 3

This system is an RPG system made by TSR in which they did away with the traditional dice, and instead you have a hand of cards. It does not use a traditional card deck but instead they created their own. You will find some commonalities regarding having suits and other things. Additionally, they created a unique spin on your hit points also relating directly to your health size.

Not the only universe TSR did this system with they also created Marvel Saga, which was set in the Marvel Game world that they created as a dice-based RPG. The card system served as a reboot for that as well.

I think it did not get nearly enough respect when it was out. I’ve played both Marvel and Dragonlance Saga extensively and while I agree they can have some serious balance issues, if you have a good GM, put those aside, this game offers fun and unique away to approach your success and failures regarding mechanics.

I do in fact have this game in my game room and it is one I collected. I have everything ever produced directly for it as well as a lot of other material that only has small or minor references to it.

They did do a “deck” expansion for it so you could buy extra card packs. Those came with a random adventure module. There was a total of four made, so you get one in four per deck. I have one of the decks so have one module. Whether I will acquire the last three remains highly in doubt! If I ever do, I can call the collection truly complete.

Alas, while I have played it extensively I have yet ever to run it or put my collection to use. It will happen one day!


The photos below arm Amazon links and the text are be eBay. It does not tend to sell for a lot in terms of used value, it can just be hard to search out all the accessories.

You have a core set and a LOT of expansions. Something TSR was great for!

Dragonlance Fifth Age Dramatic Adventure Game 1996 OOP TSR Saga RPG COMPLETE

Heroes of Hope – Dragonlance 5th Age Game – Saga Rules System – NEW!

Heroes of Steel – Dragonlance 5th Age Game – Saga Rules System – NEW!

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April 25 2016

Amazon Having Big Sale on Card and Board Games Today

Last time Amazon did this I picked up a great game. There are several in this sale I recognize that I wouldn’t mind picking up myself. Here’s the link, and I will also make some recommendations to you.

Coup
Gets a huge recommendation from me. I was originally introduced to this game by Shroud of the Avatar developer Scott Jones. Not only was it a lot of fun but since then I have had at least a half dozen people try to “introduce” me to this game. Everyone loves it!

They also have the Rebellion Expansion for Coup, on sale.

7 Wonders
I haven’t played this but I have heard good things from people that have.

Nightmare Chess 3rd Edition:
I played the discontinued first edition and loved it. I have not played the 2nd or 3rd but being it’s Steve Jackson Games, I doubt it’s any less fun!

Munchkin:
Also Steve Jackson Games, there are two Munchkin games on sale. This is a great card game the finds the humor in or makes fun of (depending your viewpoint), In Role Play Games such as Dungeons and Dragons. Lots of fun and you can mix cards, expansions, to expand the game as much as you want.

They have a lot of other great games on sale, these are just my pick! If I was spending today, I would go with Coup personally.

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April 2 2016

Games From Stiles Basement – Vcr Clue & D&D Clue

I swear I haven’t gone off the deep end!

Put your stereotypes aside for all the lousy VCR games of that era aside for a moment and hear me out.

VCR Clue is a game that if you try it out, play the advanced version NOT the traditional version, and make sure you have at least four players. You will have some of the most family and friend game playing fun ever had!

Many of the VCR games of old, let’s faced it, sucked. Also, WTF Stile? Since when.. Really? I mean.. CLUE?

Yeah, you got me. IT’s THAT GOOD! Ok, I will try to explain how it works.

You are all dealt cards with hints on them. They refer to scenes and chapters in the video. You watch episodes of the video together and then taking turns your able to request individual segments to be replayed.

The way the outcome of the game is determined works very much like the board game. Being able to add a memory element of remembering scenes from the game so you do not have to replay them adds a skill factor beyond what you have in the board game. Thus increasing the fun on a classic game yet while keeping it’s core values. The result is a hell of a good game.

You can pick it up on Amazon by shooting this target.


If I need some Redemption, then I also own Dungeons and Dragons Clue!

This is also a game I would recommend. It takes the traditional Clue, changes the setting, and adds some game mechanics to improve further the game to give you an improved version!

This Thumbnail takes you to Amazon.


P.S.
Anyone who is a Patron of The Caverns at the 1.00 or higher level, anyone that has ever donated $10.00 or more, and anyone in the future that donates $10.00 or more. If you own or purchase VCR Clue I or II (also good although I no longer have it). You pay shipping costs but send me the tape and I will dub it to DVD for you and send it and the DVD back. Please note this offer only extends for as long as I own a working VHS to DVD recorder and I run this blog.

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