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    About Anna

    I was always interested in D&D from the time I found Basic and AD&D at my local hardware store while in junior high. I bought both and found out that only boys played and I wasn't allowed to play with boys :-(. At the age of 38, I joined a group with my husband and played tabletop for 2 years. Now we LARP together in World of Darkness games. We are also working on some Call of Cthulu, Mouseguard and Savage Worlds tabletop games. I'm probably the odd person out having come to the hobby so late in life compared to others. My special love is plot, character development, interaction, and DRAMA!! In real life, I'm a tax auditor and an animal shelter volunteer.

    Interview with Elissa Ayadi of By Night Studios Inc.

    by  • July 2, 2013 • Design & Art, News, People & Events • Comments Off on Interview with Elissa Ayadi of By Night Studios Inc.

    Mind’s Eye Theatre’s World of Darkness LARP ruleset is experiencing a rewrite just in time for the 20th anniversary of Vampire: The Masquerade. The Kickstarter thus far is remarkably successful and excitement is growing! Recently, Elissa Ayadi, Vice-President of Marketing for By Night Studios Inc., the company behind the new upcoming LARP rules, answered...

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    So, What Is Your End Game?

    by  • June 27, 2013 • Essays • Comments Off on So, What Is Your End Game?

    I hear this statement a lot. In real life, I hear it from my husband who likes to know what I have in mind when I’m making decisions about relationships or life in general. It’s not my strong point. In the military strategy games that I enjoy playing, I’m starting to realize that it’s...

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    The Challenges and Rewards of Playing a Muslim Character

    by  • February 1, 2013 • Essays • 7 Comments

    The NWoD game “Geist:  The Sin-Eaters” is a difficult game to summarize.  It’s essentially a game of ordinary people who almost die, make a bargain with a “geist,” (a type of spirit or force of nature) and return to life with supernatural powers.  However, in exchange for this second chance at life, they are...

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    Victory Point Games: A Good Option for Beginning War Gamers

    by  • November 30, 2012 • Reviews • Comments Off on Victory Point Games: A Good Option for Beginning War Gamers

    Are you interested in wargaming, but are daunted by the time commitment?  Games that can go for hours, weeks, months, even years if you play by email?  Is it too much trouble to find more than one person to play with you and make the same commitment?  Is a tome of rules too overwhelming...

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    Elements of Horror in Mouse Guard

    by  • September 18, 2012 • Essays, Reviews • 6 Comments

    Mouse Guard is a wonderful game that is in turns adorable, heroic, moving and exciting.  It’s a fantasy world based on a series of comics by David Petersen.  The RPG is based on the Burning Wheel system by Luke Crane. It reminds me a great deal of the Redwall series where animals are the...

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    Here I Stand: Turn 3 Finally Starts after Torturous Preliminary Phases!

    by  • August 1, 2012 • People & Events • Comments Off on Here I Stand: Turn 3 Finally Starts after Torturous Preliminary Phases!

    Continuing with Here I Stand:  Wars of the Reformation 1517-1555, it has taken several weeks to get through the preliminaries of Turn 3 (remember, the whole game started in May!)  Now, we finally get to play our cards in the Action Phase! Why did it take so long?  Well, part of the reason is...

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    Wargaming with Men: I Take Florence, but Germany is Lost!

    by  • June 29, 2012 • People & Events • Comments Off on Wargaming with Men: I Take Florence, but Germany is Lost!

    Turn 2 endeth and the Protestants march ahead.  Apparently God is on summer break for this tragic Pope! What I did was follow the advice of a veteran friend and attack Florence.  This gave me two crucial victory points, but I ended up with a net loss of one due to the Protestants doing...

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