Mixed Signals

Straight-forward gaming

I've been reading through the Starfinder source book, Pact Worlds. It's a small book, but fits a lot of information into it, so I'm going to post about sections as I finish them.

Golarian was the third planet from the Sun in its solar system, but it (and its moons, I guess) has gone missing.

A...

I believe I've reached a definitive conclusion about the organisational structure of most 5e books. I don't know what it is about the way 5e books are put together, but I have yet to find even one that entirely makes sense to me. This isn't a complaint I make lightly, because I see how much informat...

Amon Düül II was a German progressive rock band. They were part of a movement that came to be known as "krautrock", which includes bands such as Ash Ra Tempel and Popol Vuh. This album was their first, released in 1969.

The copies of the cover I found were not great. Even the largest scan I found...

Years ago, Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) published a few "splatbooks" for 3rd Edition D&D of them, and one of these books was titled Undead (with Mike Mearls as a credited writer). I've been reading it lately, because I still play Pathfinder and I love player options. Because I'm currently r...

I've been reading through the Starfinder source book, Pact Worlds. It's a small book, but fits a lot of information into it, so I'm going to post about sections as I finish them.

Castrovel, the second planet from the Sun in the Golarian solar system, was featured in a module of the Dead Suns...

Way back at the turn of the century, Wizards of the Coast decided to adopt open source methodology by developing the Open Game License (OGL). This marked not just the 3rd Edition of the game, but also the opening of the market for supplementary D&D material. After the 3rd Edition was released, there...

Amir Baghiri's Autumn is an electronic album mixing ambient textures with tribal beats. There's honestly not much about it that say "autumn" to me, personally, but it's a good album. I don't remember how I found the album. As I sometimes do, though, I've found myself with tracks from the album tha...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. This review may contain spoilers.

This one's a wholesome episode. A revivalist preacher (played by Eddie Albert) named Brother Love is gathering followers and spreading the Good Word around America. With a name like...

Handel didn't release albums during his lifetime, because there was no such thing. I don't remember what form of media I obtained Concerto Grosso (Opus 6) in, but it needed a cover.

This was still early in my design sprint, and I was still contemplating what made sense in terms of effort and tim...

Alain Eskinasi and Jim Wafer's Brainscapes is an electronic album consisting largely of didgeridoo and synth pads. I thought it seemed like a fascinating idea to combine the natural drone of the didgeridoo with synth drones, and this album does it pretty well. There's a little bit of tribal-style...

I've been reading through the Starfinder source book, Pact Worlds. It's a small book, but fits a lot of information into it, so I'm going to post about sections as I finish them.

Aballon is the first planet in Golarian's solar system, and it's home to a race of intelligent machines called anac...

Adrian Marsh's As the buildings melt is and independent album I got from some early Internet music service like Emusic, or maybe even Myspace. Searches for Adrian Marsh's current music render very few results, but I believe Buildings Melt is by the same person. Not only is the band name similar...

I mostly play Pathfinder and 5e D&D, but if asked, I do also consider myself an AD&D 2nd edition player. In fact, emotionally I consider 2nd edition "my edition" because it for that edition I rolled my first characters (which I then never played, because my parents forbade it), and I read Dragonlanc...

Quick reference is invaluable during a D&D game. Even when you know the page numbern of important tables by heart, sometimes the book you need is in use by another player, or you're already elbows deep into 3 other books as it is, or you just don't have room on the table or your lap for another book...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. This review may contain spoilers.

In most TV shows, there are "budget" episodes. The ones that take place in a relatively confined area, and have a pretty simple story, and a limited cast. In Star Trek, they were the...

Have you ever thought about how teleportation works? Because it's imaginary, we don't often wonder about the details. It's magic, and that's good enough. Usually. Unless, that is, you're playing a game relying on a series of logical connections to render a predictable and repeatable result. In real...