Archive for the ‘DIY Projects’ Category

3rd World Gaming: Group Libraries

Posted: September 25, 2008 by pointyman2000 in Advice, DIY Projects, Local Scene, Roleplaying Games

If there’s one thing that can exceed the income of one, it’s the income of many.  Given that fact, it’s actually possible to minimize the financial impact of a hefty RPG book purchase by spreading the cost among friends.  In doing so, the individual members of the group can bounce back from the expense much quicker than it would take for a singe person shouldering the full cost of the book.  But as nice as this looks like on paper, can it actually work?

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3rd World Gaming: PDFs or Books?

Posted: September 24, 2008 by pointyman2000 in DIY Projects, Local Scene, Roleplaying Games

With the local economy once agian on the fritz, I’m looking at my budget again with regards to my RPG purchases.  Back in college, I was pretty much a big spender, having managed to collect nearly all of Mage: the Ascension, Revised Edition (except for Tradition Book: Virtual Adepts, which eludes me for this day…) in hardcover form.  That being said now that I’m older, and forced to actually regard my spending against my earning, I’ve begun to scrutinize my purchases more closely, starting with: PDFS vs physical copies.

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3rd World Gaming: DIY Miniatures

Posted: September 23, 2008 by pointyman2000 in Advice, DIY Projects, Local Scene, Roleplaying Games

Miniatures.  Some games don’t need them, but all games seem to do better when you’re not arguing about distance and cover.  That being said, not everyone can afford to find, collect, assemble or paint miniatures anymore.  Especially here in the Philippines, when even getting the collectible pre-painted types will cost you an arm and a leg.  That being said, here are two ways to make quick and easy miniatures for a pittance.

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Welcome back to 3rd World Gaming, a little series dedicated to gaming cheaper, without sacrificing fun.  Being a resident of the Philippines tends to reduce your options when it comes to buying RPG related stuff to pretty much nothing.  There’s only one store that actually has an active RPG inventory (hint: it’s not the one with the WotC distributor’s license!) and even that store doesn’t really carry corebooks on stock in a regular basis.

Because of this, it’s not surprising that Roleplaying games, and their materials are extremely rare, and likewise prohibitively expensive.  So, in the spirit of frugality, here are a few things I’ve been making and doing to save on cash.

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Gaming in a third world country is sort of like living in a post-apocalyptic lifestyle.  Sometimes, you just have to make do with what you have… and in order to do that you have to get creative and learn to improvise.  Today I’m looking at battlemat substitutes.

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