Three copies of my new game Village Idiot were won! Thanks to all who entered the contest!


Last week I started a contest to give away three copies of my new game. That contest is over, and we have three winners! Congratulations to Entry #670 Michael C., Entry #8 Jason L., and Entry #708 Nathan S. If you’re one of the three winners, and you have not received an email from me, please get in touch and let me know where I can send the game!

About Village Idiot

Life in a medieval village can be very political. On one side you have the Mayor – respected, powerful, able to affect real change. On the other side you have the Village Idiot.

I’ve been working on this one for a little while – finally the art came together for me and the last bits of play testing concluded. The proofs arrived a little over a week ago! The PnP version will be free. DriveThruCards will be $6.75 plus shipping, but comes with no tuck box. The Game Crafter will be $10.99 plus shipping but comes shrink wrapped in a nice tuck box. In both cases my profit margin is pretty damned slim.

Honestly I’m not looking to make a ton of cash off of this fairly simple title – but more I want to stay active in design and keep new and titles arriving every three months or so if I can.

The Game


Challenge other players to a battle of skill and luck. Add to the rules of the game as you seize power but beware! No one is above the law. Claw your way to the top and do your best to stay there in this fast, fun, trick taking game with a twist! Village Idiot plays in less than an hour for 3-10 people ages 10 plus. You’ll be jumping right out of your seat!

Based on several classic party games, Village Idiot combines trick taking, rules making and six rounds of play with every round progressively changing as players build upon the basic rules.

Easy to learn as all of the rules fit on two standard, poker sized cards. Village Idiot can be played with family or friends and be as fun or as cutthroat as you want it to be!

If you’ve ever played the game ‘President’, this is fairly similar. I’m also told it’s pretty close to the Great Dalmuti (but I’ve not played that one) with a few tweaks. It’s got a definitive end now, a point scoring system and is family friendly. I’ve got it listed as ages 10+ but I should note that my 8 year old has no problems with the game. She’s an old hat at play testing and game playing though so your mileage may vary when it comes to other 8 year olds.

Where to Purchase Village Idiot


dtcDriveThruCards for $6.75 plus shipping

The Game Crafter for $10.99 plus shipping.

Wargaming Recon #51: Black Powder Explosion


Black Powder Explosion.

This episode predates the Troll in the Corner Podcast Network and it also predates the name Wargaming Recon.

We hope you will enjoy this one from the vault, it is the 2nd most popular episode in Wargaming Recon history!  Not bad considering it was originally released April 14, 20111.
Jonathan J. Reinhart and former co-host Tom Barbalet record together for the first time since Jonathan was sick with the zombie flu (actually, a severe respiratory virus that grossly exacerbated his asthma).

As usual the week in wargaming is discussed. Most of it is focused on Black Powder, which the dynamic duo swiftly transition into. A lively debate is had concerning the minimum, or starting, army size for this rule set. Tom reiterates suggestions he previously gave to Jonathan. Jonathan explains how he is attempting Black Powder. He mentions stellar advice from Henry Hyde.

The two move on to the related issue of Osprey Publishing’s New Vanguard, Campaign, and Men-at-Arms series. Tom and Jonathan, briefly, delve into the history of Massachusetts, while discussing Jonathan’s schooling.

Jonathan mentions his wife and her latest painting project, a Thaniras Elves War Dragon for the Uncharted Seas game. Jonathan jokes that it looks more like a drake but perhaps he is splitting hairs. The painting discussion includes Tom mentioning painting greats Kevin Dallimore, and his fantastic Foundry Miniatures Painting & Modelling Guide, personal friend Golden Demon Winner and former ‘Eavy Metal painter Tammy Haye, and Golden Demon winner Kirill Kanaev.

Tom flexes his mathematical muscles reviewing two dice rolling apps for the iPhone. Simple Dice by Nora Krauss and dynamicDICE are both reviewed. Tom alludes to creating his own dice app. Jonathan interjects with his preference for Dicenomicon.

Jonathan discusses his appearance on Episode 1 of The Gate Stormers (be warned of explicit content) in that show). A whirlwind of topics spin about. Tom reminds listeners to participate in the Field of Chaos Political Compass Contest (now closed). An update is given on the Monty & the Fox’s Wargaming Show branding (now Wargaming Recon). The editing schedule is briefly mentioned before Tom does a killer Neil Shuck impersonation!

The conversation ends and paves the way for the debut appearance, on this show, of official gaming music from Bailey Records. “Enter Darkrider [Extended Remix]” from Stratos’ album Autumnal Slumber will please your ear drums for 3 minutes and 28 seconds.

Troll in the Corner Podcast Network

Wargaming Recon belongs to the Troll in the Corner Podcast Network (TCPN). You may like some of the other shows on the network.

Indie Talks – bi-monthly on Wednesdays covering independent games, film, television. Includes many interviews. Hosted by Trollitc owner Ben Gerber.

Geeks Explicitly – weekly on Thursdays covering geek life, movies, gaming, and more. Hosted by Jonathan J. Reinhart.

Monsters of the Shattered World – monthly on the last Saturday. Story of a young scholar encountering strange animals on another world.

Growing Geeks Logo – monthly on the 2nd Monday. A podcast that discusses parenting as geeks and using those skills to raise the next generation of awesome people.

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The Great Friday Give Away – I’m giving away as many PDFs as I can on reddit. Come join the fray!

I’ve done the majority of my hard thinking this week already. Work is going to be long, tedious, badly executed and full of busy for me, so I’m going to make this contest relatively simple and fun.

NOTE: You must enter this contest on REDDIT. Entries here will not be accepted.

Two big winners – but everyone walks away (electronically speaking) with something. Hopefully there are some games going on this weekend and I can provide you with some new, fun stuff.

Tell me a funny story about your game, gaming group, character, NPC, creature encounter, etc. It needs to be about gaming, and it should be funny.

Top voted comment gets one of everything I sell that has a price attached to it (you can grab the free stuff yourself).

I’ll also pick another comment to get the same prize – probably the comment that makes me laugh the most.

Everyone who legitimately enters (i.e. tells a funny story) gets either a copy of Something Went Wrong Gold ,Devious NPCs… or Argyle & Crew – your choice. Just put which one you’d like in the comment or I’ll default to Something Went Wrong.

This contest will run through tomorrow, Saturday at 9am EST. So plenty of time for everyone to participated if they’d like!

As they say in one of the greatest epic quest movies of all time, Have at you!

Win FREE TotalCon 2012 Tickets

Official logo for Total Confusion conference

How would you like to attend one of the best gaming conventions in all of New England?  Total Confusion is an amazing convention that focuses on RPGs, board games, and FUN.  I know that sounds corny but it happens to be true.

So, you’re saying to yourself that this sounds like the kind of event you want to go to.  But, one question remains.  How?  You can go to Total Confusion for FREE if you win a contest I am running at my blog the CWF Game Cast.

All you have to do is tell me what your favorite American Civil War game is and why it is your favorite.  One lucky winner will get a FREE weekend pass.  Three others, drawn at random, will each win one FREE day pass.

You have until Midnight EST on February 1, 2012 to enter the contest.

For full rules and information please see the WIN FREE TotalCon 2012 Passes article on my blog.



We have our winners in the Zombie Orpheus Entertainment contest!

A big congratulations go out to Ben, Ian, Matthew and Julie!  They’ve each won themselves a high def. download of either Gamers: Dorkness Rising or JourneyQuest Season 1.

Also a huge thanks to the folks at Zombie Orpheus Entertainment for making this possible. There are still four days left (as of this post) to head over to their Kickstarter project. They’re raising funds to film the 2nd season of JourneyQuest and look to be doing very well at it! For as little as a buck you can secure backers only access and their undying love! Add a little more and get some pretty awesome rewards.

For those who didn’t win, you can grab your very own downloads right at DriveThruRPG. They come in both SD and HD flavors and are completely, 100% DRM free!

Tracy just reviewed Iron Dynasty – here’s your chance to win a copy and get some other discounts!

Look! Quick, before it moves away! It’s a flash contest!  Want to win your very own copy of Iron Dynasty (PDF)?  That’s a $15 dollar value!  Just go read Tracy’s review of the PDF. When you’ve read it, leave a comment telling us why you should be given a free copy of this game.

I’ll pick two random winners by the end of the day today (most likely before 3pm EST).  In order to collect your prize, you’ll need to be able to log in to DriveThruRPG.

Not good enough for you?  Chances to slim? Here’s a code that will get you 20% off of Iron Dynasty and these other titles! Use AfterGenConGlow2011 and put it in the coupon field when you check out.

The Robopocalypse is coming – Steven Spielberg is doing the feature length film, will you do the short?

Every now and again I see something in the literature world that catches my eye. A neat cover, a cool concept, the ability to pull Steven Freaking Spielberg in to direct a movie adaptation. Robopocalypse has all of these. And now, it has a contest that features you as the director to make a video trailer for the book!  Find out the complete details and rules on the Robopocalypse Facebook page and read on for an overview with nifty links!

Robopocalypse is a novel by Daniel H. Wilson and it’s getting some pretty cool sounding advanced praise.

The robots are coming! And they won’t stop until each and every one of us are crushed under their steely treads. We at Doubleday plan to welcome our shiny metal overlords, and to do it right, we’ll need a video trailer as electrifying as they are.

We need your help—and we’re willing to pay handsomely for it. Create and submit a video inspired by Daniel H. Wilson’s new novel ROBOPOCALYPSE, and you could win one of three cash prizes:

Grand Prize: $750
First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $250

Enjoy it now! Money won’t be worth much when they come.

Your video must be either 30 seconds or 60 seconds in duration and in one of these accepted formats: “MOV,” “MP4,” “WMV,” “FLV,” or “AVI”.

Your video must feature the book shot of ROBOPOCALYPSE somewhere within. Download this, an excerpt of the book and other resources here. Submit your video here on or before May 13, 2011.

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