Mixed Signals

Straight-forward gaming

Now that D&D is on its 5th edition (and heading quickly toward its next incarnation), and Pathfinder has released a 2nd edition of its own, the two gaming systems borne of literally the same rule set have diverged substantially. They both still implement essentially the same game, though, so I decid...

Paizo's Book of the Dead is a source book about both the dead and the undead, describing the ecology, life cycle, ethics, advantages, and dangers of time spent after all your time is spent. I picked up a copy at my game store, and I'm going to review it chapter by chapter. This post covers chapter...

Growing up, the The Lord of the Rings books was the canonical fantasy epic. It was the standard bedtime story, and all other fantasy was defined by or compared to it. I love the Lord of the Rings. Heck, I went to great length to ensure that I could work on The Hobbit movies. But I also have to...

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

Like the previous episode, this one's is a little light on plot. It's another strong premise, though. An evil local ruler in a province of India is stealing supplies from a humanitar...

In D&D, an interesting thing happens when you cross the threshold from Tier 3 (levels 9 to 13) to Tier 4 (levels 14 to 20). No matter what the DM throws at players, the players have answers. By Tier 4, the players have likely accumulated magic items, astounding feats, powerful spells, multiple attac...

The third book in the original Dragonlance trilogy is Dragons of Spring Dawning and it's one of those concluding novels that just doesn't pull any punches. Takhisis is real, Lord Soth is lurking in the shadows, Tanis has ruined the party's chance of success, Laurana is kidnapped, and Raistlin wiel...

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

This episode is everything, and nothing, I want from the Man from UNCLE. The premise for this episode is great. Thrush is developing a substance that completely vaporizes organic mat...

With the release of Spelljammer for D&D 5th Edition, I decided to break out the second AD&D Spelljammer module Skulls & Crossbows. I'm looking at it particularly with quick conversion in mind, but also for story and general usefulness. Chapter 5 is entitled "Rewards and revenge," and it consists o...

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

An organisation called the Re-Collectors is hunting Nazi war criminilas who have also, incidentally, made off with 17 million dollars in paintings. When the Re-Collectors execute one...

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.

Aucturn is the thirteenth celestial body (counting the Diaspora) from the sun in the Starfinder version of the Golar...

With the release of Spelljammer for D&D 5th Edition, I decided to break out the second AD&D Spelljammer module Skulls & Crossbows. I'm looking at it particularly with quick conversion in mind, but also for story and general usefulness. Chapter 4 is entitled "Monsters of the void," consisting of ju...

With the release of Spelljammer for D&D 5th Edition, I decided to break out the second AD&D Spelljammer module Skulls & Crossbows. I'm looking at it particularly with quick conversion in mind, but also for story and general usefulness. Chapter 3 is entitled "Starfaring races," and this post covers...

With the release of Spelljammer for D&D 5th Edition, I decided to break out the second AD&D Spelljammer module Skulls & Crossbows. I'm looking at it particularly with quick conversion in mind, but also for story and general usefulness. Chapter 3 is entitled "Starfaring races," and the second and t...

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

Not one bit of this episode is ever quite what you expect. The plot ends up bouncing around like a pinball, and I honestly can't even remember the point in the end, but I loved it an...

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.

Apostae is the twelfth celestial body (counting the Diaspora) from the sun in the Starfinder version of the Golarion...

With the release of Spelljammer for D&D 5th Edition, I decided to break out the second AD&D Spelljammer module Skulls & Crossbows. I'm looking at it particularly with quick conversion in mind, but also for story and general usefulness. Chapter 3 is entitled "Starfaring races," and the first advent...