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Thoughts on the New Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set

D&D Starter Set

Here’s my take, review, or just general ramblings on the Wizard’s of the Coast’s new Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (D&D 5th Edition if you will).

I like it. No really. I think it’s quite well done.

All reviews exist in comparison to other works and I’m specifically measuring this set against basic D&D from the early 80s. Specifically, the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set.


In this context the new Starter Set fares quite well. Yes, the writing is dumbed down (sometimes to wincable levels) and some explanations carry on a bit long, but as an introductory book for children it’s fine. The rules are clear, streamlined, and presented in a nicely organized manner. Guidance is provided for more contentious gaming situations and tricky conventions avoided (no vexing polymorph spells). The set contains literally all one needs to get started with the game: rules, dice, and an adventure. The only oddity is the strange size of the box itself in comparison to the wafer thin contents. I assume this was due to some standard box size being the most inexpensive to produce.

Now that they’ve provided for the kiddies I’m curious what our Costal Wizards will offer us adults with the upcoming Players Handbook…

Back From RT. 66 and Burning Man

Travel map

About six thousand miles and almost a third as many photos and I’m back home and ready to brew up some new music. It was a fantastic excursion and I’m feeling very recharged. I think I might do a 4-song EP just about Burning Man itself.

Many pictures and travel blog post to come.

Tales of the Gold Monkey

If you enjoy rousing 1930s-style pulp adventures then you should really check out the 1982 TV show “Tales of the Gold Monkey”. It’s a lighthearted and sunny romp – almost an Indiana Jones of the South Pacific.

It can be a bit formulaic (you know eventually some villain will hunt out heroes for sport) but it’s gorgeously shot and with a strong-jawed hero, plucky heroine, an exotic locale, and a Jack Russell terrier mascot as well. How can you resist?

I really love the 1982 TV show “Tales of the Gold Monkey”. Okay, it’s no “Breaking Bad”, but it is a lighthearted and sunny romp thru 1930s pacific-pulp adventures. A strong-jawed hero, plucky heroine, an exotic locale, and a Jack Russell terrier mascot as well. What’s not to love?


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Back Pack Essentials

I’ve always liked those travel essential pix floating around the Web so here’s my own:

Essential backpack gear

The Book of Skulls

The Book Of Skulls

Interested in a sci-fi pulp adventure dealing with travel, immortality, and woven with a strong gay theme? Yes? Then Robert Silverberg’s “The Book of Skulls” is for you.

Seeking the immortality promised in an ancient manuscript, The Book of Skulls, four friends, college roommates, go on a spring break trip to Arizona: Eli, the scholar, who found and translated the book; Timothy, scion of an American dynasty, born and bred to lead; Ned, poet and cynic; and Oliver, the brilliant farm boy obsessed with death.

Great stuff.