Tuesday, August 1, 2017

RPGaDay2017... made it to Day 9 then quit

August 1st

What published RPG do you wish you were playing right now? TOON, playing, not the animator


August 2nd
What RPG would you like to see Published ? Dangerous Journeys (Mythos) 2.0 and Pirates of Dark Water...both excellent settings


August 3rd
2017 - Day 3: How do you find out about new RPGs? I try not to unless it interest me.The new Top Secret, I found by via TSR site

August 4th
What RPG have you played the Most - I've been playing AD&D 1st ed for the last year Running a game every other week.. Lucky ME !!


August 5th
2017 - Day 5: Which RPG cover best captures the Game's spirit ?Tough one.. Nostalgic- Dungeons and Dragons, Blue Cover


August 6th
game for a week? Extend GaryCon, play FireflyRPG ,Metamorphosis Alpha, Pathfinder, Hackmaster, C&C/run lots of TOON & AD&D


August 7th
2017 - Day 7 Most impactful RPG Session... hurling a D20 foam die at someone's head during a game


August 8th (My Birthday)
2017 - Day 8 Best RPG for 2 Hours or less... THis is a no Brainer.. hardest and most serious RPG - TOON, The Role Playing Game


August 9th

#RPGaDAY Aug 9th - What RPG for 10 sessions - Vampire, AD&D, Several others...


August 10th
2017 Going forward, I will be participating as I find the questions to lack imagination and are not inspiring - best wishes !!


And so ends my RPGaDAY for 2017.. I wanted to continue but the questions were so blah that I had to stop. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Garycon Update - (Updated July 13th)

GARYCON Update       July 13

but I did get my GaryCon GOLD badge and my Friend at Origins got his too...

Now the Serious Planning begins as I put effort in rewrites and creations

The following are games I am writing for GaryCon

The Master Stoke
             I am fairly well along in the story and the pregens

The Pirates Of Dark Water Saga 
Ø  Changed to Use Cortex Prime Rules
o   Pregens are in Motion, waiting on the Cortex Prime Rules... 
o   Writing the adventure in Mid August
§  Picks up where the Series ended all those years ago

The Hour of the Wolf
            Dangerous Journeys
                       Starting work has begun... 

Rewrites and Transcriptions

AAAHHHH... revision completed for 2018
So you think you have an Attitude, Too -  completed

As of now, here is what I am planning to run

My Goal is to be finished writing the new stuff and revisions by the end of Summer

The Pirates of Darkwater is going to be amazing, I will be using the Cortex Prime system for this and the rules have not come out yet ... I am hoping to persuade Cam Banks to send me an early copy of some of the stuff 

I am Exited to present The Master Stroke, I love taking something and bringing it to life... in this case, a song (Billy Squire ?)


 6        8:00 AM-2:00 PM           PODW, The Lost Episodes
           2:00 -6:00           OPEN
 8        6:00 -8:00                    Daytoona Beach Party Bingo Blast
12       8:00 -Midnight               So you think you have an Attitude


16         8:00 AM-Noon                Pizzatoon/ Toon Love Story
20         Noon- 4:00 PM                Hour of the Wolf -Dangerous Journey
24         4:00 - 8:00 PM               AAAHHHH... revised for 2018
28         8:00 - Midnight              So you think you have an Attitude, Too


32       8:00 AM-Noon                PODW, Lost Episodes, part 2
0         Noon- 4:00 PM      OPEN          
36        4:00 - 8:00 PM               The Master Stroke
40        8:00 - Midnight              AAAHHHH... revised for 2018

40 Hours of running games over 3 days, although it will most likely be paired down to 32

(Titles in bold indicate that these are completed)
GAME Descriptions

Cortex Prime - 

Pirates of Dark Water, The Lost Episodes Part 1 and Part 2

Based on the Cartoon, 
The alien world of Mer is being devoured by an evil substance known as Dark Water. Only Ren, a young prince, can stop it by finding the lost Thirteen Treasures of Rule. The evil pirate lord, Bloth, will stop at nothing to get the treasures for himself 
Pregenerated characters provided.

Dangerous Journeys - The Hour of the Wolf

The hour between night and dawn. The hour when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are most real. It is the hour when the sleepless are haunted by their deepest fears, when ghost and demons are most powerful, the hour of the wolf is also the hour when most children are born.

AD&D - So you think you have an Attitude!

Only Dwarves need apply... 13th-15th level... bring your own or be issued a generic.... The followers of the God of Attitude and Drink are sent on a quest for the Ultimate Ale.
Beginners welcome.
Age 13+ please.
Pregenerated characters provided are lame

AD&D - So you think you have an Attitude, Too !

Only Dwarves need apply... 13th-15th level... bring your own or be issued a generic.... The followers of the God of Attitude and Drink are sent to acquire the ingredients.
Beginners welcome.
Pregenerated characters provided are lame


Pregen Characters Provided... I promise a truly Epic adventure that will generate stories for you to tell in the tavern
This features some of the greatest concepts and Role Play that I have ever put together. The characters provided are all high level
and saying anything further goes would ruin the integrity of the game.
Age 15+ please.
ONLY Pregenerated characters will be used.

AD&D - The Master Stroke

Pregen Characters Provided..
The celebration of the New Cycle of the kingdom is at hand according to the calendar of
the druids...once Every 100 years or so is the Celebration of Marmistal, the Hatching of the
Golden Nut at Nights Noon Time.  You have been selected to find and escort the Golden
Nut to the ceremony

TOON - PizzaToon / A Toon Love Story
2 Shorts
Pizzatoon, deliver pizzas to ....
A Toon Love Story, where is the groom ?
Levels Mild Insanity to Outright bambooled

TOON - Daytoona Beach Party Bingo Blast

Beach Olympics... 'Nuff said
Bring your own or use one provided
Levels 1-1220

No one under age 3 and a half permitted due to goofy content, ability to roll 2 6 sided dice and drool occasionally recommended... bring your best gookie!

Of course all of this is subject to change but so far I think this will all be done... 

The hardest part is convincing a few people to try Dangerous Journeys so I can relearn the mechanics of the game... It has been years since I played with the system

Free RPG Day

So Free RPG day was a bust completely for me. Went to a participating store, was supposed to run a FIREFLY RPG game... I got there just as the store opened and 3 peopel were waiting outside

they did not give anything away (And were listed as a participating store) and one one person showed up for the game... total bust and missed out on all giveaways...   I do not know if the other store got everything but it was disappointing

I am not going to name the store, but I will take my money elsewhere to spend

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Gary Con 10 and I am intending to go

I have been gaming with Luke Heller and we are making plans to go to GaryCon 10

I have decided on running the following games

So you think you have an Attitude ? 
So you think you have an Attitude, too ?    (Rewrite needed)
AAAAHHHH - Version 2018 with a revised ending     
The Quest for the Gate between worlds
PizzaTOON / A TOON Love Story

The following are games I am developing for GaryCon

The Fairy Fellers Master Stoke
             I am fairly well along in the story and the pregens

The Hour of the Wolf
            Dangerous Journeys
                       Starting work has begun... 

The Pirates Of Dark Water Saga 
            Using Dream Park Rules (Cyberpunk 2.0 Engine)
                       Have not begun to write it, but picks up where the                            Series ended all those years ago

I also have a few other games that I may or may not run depending on how I feel about progress

These may include (titles only)
The Tower and the Keep
The Elves of Sanatoga
TOON Whom it may Concern

Or I may decide not to run any games and just show up to play....

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Poor Treatment from a one day Convention - Legacies Game Day


Unfortunately, due to lack of interest, Legacies is officially cancelled for this year. Refunds are being issued. If you have questions, send them to info@legaciesgameday.com

HA HA HA !!!!!!!!!

So, I attended Legacies gameday in Havertown, PA last year..  I was going to run TOON and AAAHHH (AD&D 1/2 edition)

Anyway, because of Soccer that day, I was running late.. and no one signed up for my toon game anyway.

I did play in a Mutant and Master mind game.. and Ran AAAHHH that night

AAAHHH is a difficult game in that it is Role playing intense and requires puzzle solving... There are lots of player notes shifting around.. .I have also ran it at over a dozen conventions.. and it features several revisions (including a new ending I am creating)

Pregen Characters Provided... I promise a truly Epic adventure that will generate stories for you to tell in the tavern
This features some of the greatest concepts and Role Play that I have ever put together. The characters provided are all high level
and saying anything further goes would ruin the integrity of the game.
Age 15+ please.
ONLY Pregenerated characters will be used.

So I was planning on going back this year (April 22), sent in my games and found out that none were listed...

So I posted about it on their webpage and Facebook page  - See Below

GREG BARRYMarch 1, 2017 at 8:25 pmComment awaiting approval
Ok, I registered to run events but none of mine are listed here or in the sign up. I got a confirmation email… I will assume I have been uninvited…
Confirmation for form GM Sign-Up
Submitted at 01/04/17 4:20 PM
and got this reply

From: Carl Bussler [mailto:timelessadventures@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 3:33 PM
To: Greg barry <gmbarry@msn.com>
Subject: Legacies Game Day

I knew I forgot something...

At the end of last year's convention, I sent every attendee a Feedback form. I even made a point to speak with people after the games.

Overall, the feedback was positive, but I received numerous complaints about your games.

It's for that reason, that I decided not to include your games in this year's event.


I sent this reply

From: Gregory Barry
Sent: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 4:39 PM
To: Carl Bussler <timelessadventures@gmail.com>
Subject: RE: Legacies Game Day

OK, nice way to let me know, but no hard feelings on the part of 6 or 7  people who did not get what the game was about

Game... single game. It's ok, the game was not for everyone. It's a hard old school adventure.  I thought people had fun, I have had great reception on that game from numerous places

Saves me time and energy. I will just let people I have spoken to know that I will not attend

Good Luck,


Anyway, I volunteered my time to come and support the convention, I had already mentioned it to many more people who were planning on attending...  



So the games running at Legacies Game Day are as follows

  • D&D 5e – Adventurer’s League
  • D&D 5e  – TBA
  • Palladium – “A.E.G.I.S. Rising”
  • WWII: Operation Whitebox 
  • D&D 5e – Adventurer’s League
  • Ghostbusters! – “Who You Should’ve Called”
  • Dungeons & Dragons Fast Play – “Doom)
  • City of Mist 
  • Savage Worlds/Rifts 
  • Mutant Crawl Classics
  • D&D 5e – Adventurer’s League
  • Savage Worlds/Rifts
  • Dungeon Crawl Classics
As you can see, there are no Legacy Games Listed (Meaning AD&D TSR, or 80's/ 90's) 

I have never felt a need to trash a Game master, even if the style is not to my liking.  I am not a big hack and slash person.  I love to create puzzles and challenges. 
Now if you want to complain about me being an asshole or my personality.. go for it... Tell me what you do not like about the game. Not every game is to everyone's  liking and I know when one or 2 players are not "into" the game

So yeah, it chaps my ass that Carl responded AFTER I had inquired.. So every year when he has this, instead of directing people to his event, I will run my own game... I hope people realize that people volunteer to run games because they want to and if you treat them like I was treated, you get stuck with people who will not want to run games and you end up with only your friends playing

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Firefly.. updates and Cargo Crate

Since playing in the Firefly game at GaryCon last year, I have been getting into the show and collectibles 

It started with the Firefly RPG that I bought at GaryCon and Margaret Weis was kind enough to find me and sign my book the following day

So now I am into collectibles and playing different games. Every other month I get a Cargo Crate with stuff from the shows. It usually has a figure, Tshirt, a Pin, some print outs stickers and other stuff... 

Reviews of Firefly Related Merchandice

So now I decided to review other items as well...  I will update and review other items as find them or play them

Firefly Role Playing Games (********)

I learned how to play this by playing a Gamemaster Character at Garycon. I was playing the major role of the buyer for the Lassiter and Margaret Weis was playing Jayne in the game...

It was my first exposure to the Cortex system and Dice pools...

Having a Major success with one die roll and taking out Inara (she planned to use her feminine ways to tire me out before the negotiations) I enjoyed the game very much...

Margaret said if I bought the game, she would find me the next day and sign it... I was hooked...

I have since ran this at a con in New Jersey and 2 sessions for my Friday night group... It takes a bit to get used to it and the shooting / Fighting is a bit loosely defined.. but if you want to play as the Crew of Serenity, it is pretty cool...

Firefly Cargo Crate (Bi Monthly Subscription) (**********)

Firefly Cargo Crate Sign up

best Serenity Model

If you want collectibles and some of the Shiniest damn stuff, this is for you. At about $40, you get a box packed with stuff.

Shirt, Pin, Sticker, Book of schematics, Cargo Crate Labels and so much more... Every month is a different theme.. this was from Serenity

Previous Themes

Shiny - Kaylee Figure
Let's be bad Guys - Jayne
Big Damn Heroes - Zoe
Leaf on the Wind - Wash

February - YOSAFFBRIDGE - That Special Hell
April - THE WORTHIER PART!  - Sheppard Book

Firefly Fluxx (********)

LINK  - Firefly Fluxx Products

Fluxx is a game where things change, Rules, Goals and keepers all change. 
Even people not exposed to Firefly will enjoy this game. 
I received the Safron Expansion pack in a Cargo Crate, so this worked on getting me to buy the game.. we enjoyed Fluxx and then got the Batman version version a few days later

It is best played with 4 or more players
I like the Expansion cards, all of the expansion cards available are pictured below

Best Strategy, Get Zoe, she can take Wash, he can take Serenity, It can take Stolen goods
bonus if you have Simon, He can take River

Our Mistake when playing: All cards are active for the person that played the card... so if a Play one is in effect, the player plays the "Play 4" card, they now get to play 3 more cards... we thought they did not get active until the persons next turn

Firefly Yatzee  (****)

First, I am not a fan of Yatzee, it takes to long to play and I lose interest after 10 rolls

So here it is, I bought this because the rendering of the Firefly is pretty good.. not outstanding
I am really into dice and these are ok, would have been better with engraving the image but at least they are not stickers. I like the orange color for the dice, but  Yellow Dice would be preferred

The Scoring pad is tiny, so I recommend that you can it and print it on larger paper... 

Gameplay: Using the Ship for the dice cup is cumbersome, just roll the dice in a cup or your hand, that will speed up play

Serenity Adult Coloring Book (*****)

I bought this for my 11 years old Browncoat... I have to say for every page that is great, there is one that is not very good... I like the Quotes on the pages opposite the coloring pages and the layout is well done. The drawings with people in them are poorly done and not enough objects only pictures

Firefly, The Game 

I have not gotten this or played this yet, The reviews have been positive, so I will update this section soon

Firefly Clue

I am not too trilled about the premise of this game... River has been betrayed to the alliance and you have to figure out who, with what and where. Classic Clue elements

If I find this for a good bargain, it may be worth picking up

Firefly Monopoly  (*)

I think I am going to avoid getting this... it seems badly thought out and the placement of spaces is haphazard. Has gotten bad reviews across many sites

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What elements does it take for someone to be a good DM/Game master?

This was posted on Facebook so I thought I would provide my thoughts on what makes a good Dungeon Master or Game Master. 

I have been a Dungeon Master since I was 12 and have honed my skills over the years and have gone through the usual phases:

1: Beginner, clunky and the dungeons were all about fighting, no sense of placement, treasure was           haphazard and rolled on charts  ...
....Every game starts in a tavern

2: Me against the players - Player kills was valued and you threw random monsters at players
 ..Every game starts in a tavern

3: Monty Haul -  You now gave out tons of treasure and regularly fought gods  
..Every game starts in a tavern

4: Adventure over random dungeons - You begin to put thought into the adventure as a whole 
    ..Every game starts in a tavern

5: Building a world - you have a great handle on the rules, you now try to challenge the players rather than kill them. Death happens but it is random
..Every game starts in a tavern 

6: It is not about the combat.. you go to great lengths to drop clues and puzzles into the game. Role playing playing and interactions become just as valuable as slaying monsters
..Every game starts differently

7: Design Junkie - You have all the tools to write adventures for any level and genre. You now are comfortable running games for any group of players. People start to invite you to run games for their group 
..Every game starts Differently


SO, now for the skills needed to excel at running Dungeons and Dragons and any other Game systems

I am going to break this down into 2 areas..  Skills and Practicals

First, you have to love to read. This is the foundation above all else. If reading is not your thing, do not try to run any games

Second, the ability to soak in material, I am referring to Memory and recall... Reading is good, but if you have to go back to look up anything or read a passage a few times during the game, you bog down the game.

Watch lots of movies, does not matter what genre and time the movie was made. This especially helps in timing and suspense during the game. Knowing when and where to use these is crucial

Improvisational skills:  You will need to react and redirect as needed and plans always shift

Creativity... players want something they have not seen before... it needs to be different or appear different

Balance ... being able to use rules and set what is occurring, having a logical interpretation of the rules as needed

A Firm hand when needed, not allowing someone to be a rules lawyer if they are disrupting the flow of the game and at the same time allow creativity

From The Dungeon Master's Guide, 1st Edition

“It is the spirit of the game, not the letter of the rules, which is important. Never hold to the letter written, nor allow some barracks room lawyer to force quotations from the rule book upon you, if it goes against the obvious intent of the game.... You are creator and final arbiter. 

By ordering things as they should be, the game as a whole first, your campaign next, and your participants thereafter, you will be playing ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS as it was meant to be.”


Running other games:

Know your setting:

Understand the dice rolls for the game you are playing

I have run over a dozen systems.. some have specific dice, some use only D10 or D6

They may have dice pools that are built by skills

Practicals of Play
  • Be organized
  • Bring Extra Pencils
  • Bring Extra Dice
  • Bring note pads
  • have all you notes and handouts ready and accessible
  • Separate table for Roleplaying and for miniatures
I find that if the players are on your side from the beginning, they will accept anything you throw at them or do to them. If I am running a Role Playing intense game, then I usually reserve killing for a bone headed move... 

I have no qualms about killing players, I prefer providing a tough challenge where they may be killed...Players stupidity is the leading cause of death in my games

During the Game
  • Know the Material !!!
  • Be Organized
  • Be Energized
  • Dig deep, be unique
  • Don't be afraid to try it
  • Don't Dream It, BE IT !!!!!
The more you bring the game to life, the better your players will respond. I use lots of different vocals and hand gestures... many people can attest to my horrible Jamaican accent and my equally well done other accents... 

Game flow is important, anything that stops the action or pauses for too long is not helping the players to enjoy the game

Games I have run 

Dungeons And Dragons
Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 1st and 2nd Edition

Vampire the Masquerade

Dream Park

Dangerous Journeys

James Bond 007
Top Secret SI

DC Heroes






The Toon Commandments