Baseball's Back!

Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014 by Games_and_Sports

Moneyball Spring is here: the flowers are blooming, love is in the air, and the World Series hopes of millions of fans are flying high before they get pummeled back to earth by reality. That's right, baseball season is underway, and Bay Area fans have much to look forward to. The Oakland A's come into the season with high expectations, having won the American League West . . . more »

Continued Adventures in Hyperborea!

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Games_and_Sports

The Return of the Sorcerer In my last blog, I wrote about the role playing game "Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea", a new system based on original Dungeons and Dragons. Perhaps due to malign influence, I did not include their website where you can find more information from the author(s) themselves! Visit http://www.swordsmen-and-sorcerers.com/ Today, Iets talk about the primary author of the world of Hyperborea itself, Clark Ashton Smith. . . . more »

The Dipsea Run

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014 by Games_and_Sports

Dipsea, the Greatest Race Fast approaching is the Dipsea Race in Mill Valley, maybe America's most unique and fun running race. Started in 1905, the Dipsea is this country's second oldest running race. This 7 mile run features the famous 688 stairs you climb to start the race. You must be in good shape for this but in the end you'll have so much fun . . . more »

The Savage Word of Solomon Kane

Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Games_and_Sports

The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard The Savage World of Solomon Kane, is one of several horror games that take place during the 1600s. It is a roleplaying game using the Savage Worlds roleplaying system and based off the stories of Robert E. Howard. Kane is a "landless wanderer", from the late 16th century. He travels around the world in the somber garb of a puritan, defending those that are oppressed . . . more »

"Do You Believe in Miracles? Yes!"

Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 by Games_and_Sports

Miracle The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are underway, and while figure skating and downhill skiing have their appeal, for many winter sports fans (like me), there is only one event that truly matters: hockey. It’s a testament to the sports growing worldwide appeal that there isn’t a clear cut favorite out of the twelve nations participating in the tournament. Certainly, the Canadian team is a powerhouse, . . . more »

Adventures in Hyperborea!

Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Games_and_Sports

The Bloody Crown of Conan One of Arnold Schwarzenegger's most iconic film roles was as Conan the Barbarian, from the 1982 film of the same name. The character Conan was originally featured in a pulp series written by Robert E. Howard around the 1930s. Less well known is that Robert E. Howard corresponded heavily with fellow author H. P. Lovecraft, who is well known for his horror stories involving the . . . more »

Games for Grownups: The Last of Us

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 by Games_and_Sports

The Last of Us Video games aren’t just for kids anymore. For those of us who grew up playing Pac Man or Super Mario Bros, the gaming bug hasn’t left us as we’ve gotten older. Fortunately, as our tastes have matured, so has the gaming industry. In the “Games for Grownups” series, I’ll be featuring and reviewing some “not for kids” games available at the Santa Clara County Library. . . . more »

Historical Gaming Resources

Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by Games_and_Sports

The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Regency and Victorian England, from 1811-1901 As a game master/storyteller, one of the more difficult challenges that I face when I'm designing a game is setting the stage of a different time period. It is especially difficult to do this in a believable manner for my players when the game is set in a historical setting. I have found a collection of books that help with this challenge. Each series begins . . . more »

Games for Grownups: Bioshock Infinite

Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by Games_and_Sports

Bioschock Infinite Cover Video games aren’t just for kids anymore. For those of us who grew up playing Pac Man or Super Mario Bros, the gaming bug hasn’t left us as we’ve gotten older. Fortunately, as our tastes have matured, so has the gaming industry. In the “Games for Grownups” series, I’ll be featuring and reviewing some “not for kids” games available at the Santa Clara County Library. . . . more »

Sports Gaming: Athletic Glory for the Common Man

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 by Games_and_Sports

Madden NFL 13 Some people are blessed with amazing physical gifts: blazing speed, astounding leaping ability, precise hand-eye coordination. These incredible human specimens often end up playing sports at high levels, and go on to become the athletes of legend, gaining immense fame and adoration for their skill and achievements ...and then there are the rest of us. Most of us will never know what it's like to . . . more »

Ultra Marathoning

Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 by Games_and_Sports

Eat & Run I've been thinking about doing an ultra-marathon next year and have been reading a lot of good books on the subject. If you're interested here's a few that I've really enjoyed. These are fascinating books even if you're not a runner. This is a great book on what it takes to be a top level ultra runner. In this book Scott recalls his rough childhood . . . more »

What Made Lance Armstrong So Popular?

Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 by Games_and_Sports

It's Not about the Bike Lance Armstrong is undoubtedly one of the most controversial sports figures in our recent history. Multiple sucesses at Tour de France seemingly secured his spot in bicycling history and yet his recent fall from grace has not diminished his notoriety. Want to see what made him so popular? Check out these titles: It's Not about the Bike Lance shares the difficult life and death struggle . . .