Posted in: Reviews, Role Playing Games

Review: Lynx RPG Dice Dunce Chair

I had mentioned in my FanX 2022 after-action report that I had picked up a few role-playing items. One of the items that I didn’t get a chance to pick up was any geeky magnets for my home and work office. I had found a few samples, but none of them spoke to me. After my attempt at the con, I elected to check online to see if I could find something that would meet my needs. I searched on Amazon with various names for dice magnets with no success. But in the search, something else popped up that caught my attention.

This is the container that arrived in the mail with the Lynx RPG Dice Dunce Chair. A stylized “dice jail” that players could use to “shame” their dice when they rolled badly. I broke the seal and opened up the package to discover the following.

You could barely see the top of the dunce chair and a large amount of foam padding. I pulled the padding out and inside I found this item inside.

This was the dunce cap that you could place on top of the die in the chair. It has the traditional red color with “dunce” written in white. With it wrapped inside the padding it was very well protected. The next item I pulled out of the container was…

The actual chair itself. The words “Time Out” were scratched into the back of the chair. It was very well detailed looking like it was made out of wood with a brown finish. In reality both the hat and the chair were made of a hard clay that was still light. The hat had a little bit of weight to it. The detail was also continued on the back of the chair with the following carvings.

A couple of carvings were found on the back. A cartoonish looking goblin and a heart with “B&S” contained inside. I was impressed with the back detail. Originally I was thinking that this wouldn’t contain anything. However thinking about it, you wouldn’t know what angle someone could see it at when it was placed on the gaming table.

Now the point of the Lynx RPG Dice Dunce Chair is to place a die that has performed badly during a gaming session. So I first tested it with the Jason Fox Lucky D20 (not that it would end up in a dice jail like this) and this is how it looked.

Next I found a D10 from the set of dice that I had picked up from the Dollar Tree. While the hat sat a little lower, it still covered the die in the chair.

While I was gaming in the 1990’s, I had picked up a 30 sided die not knowing if I would ever use it on a regular basis. Since I still had it and since it was the largest usable die I had, I placed it in the chair to see how it looked. It still fit both the chair and the dunce cap.

The last die I tested was one of the original D4’s that I owned from my gaming time in the 80’s. I believe this came with one of the Dungeons and Dragons boxed sets. The dunce cap sat a little lower, but still covered the die in it’s shame function.

The only concern I had while using this die jail was the dunce cap would not sit on top of the die without needing to rest on the back of the chair. But once it was in place, it didn’t teeter or try to fall off. So this may have been by design. Which would make sense because you didn’t know what type of die would be placed in the Lynx RPG Dunce Chair. I can see this prop gaining a few laughs when I pull it out after a frustrating result. It would certainly keep me from wanting to smash the die with a hammer, so that would save me a few bucks in trying to replace my dice.

I’d still like to find some geeky RPG magnets for my offices. The search continues.

Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: September 26-October 2

Um… Am I dreaming right now?

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of September 26th through October 2nd.

September 26
Star Trek: Enterprise premiered on this date in 2001 with the episode Broken Bow. #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“If you’re going to try to embrace new worlds… you must try to embrace new ideas.” Dr. Phlox- Broken Bow, Date: April 16, 2151 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 27
“For nowhere am I so desperately needed than as among a shipload of illogical humans.” Spock- I Mudd, Stardate: 4513.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 28
Star Trek: The Next Generation premieres on this date in 1987 with the episode Encounter at Farpoint. #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“You treat her like a lady, and she’ll always bring you home.” Dr. McCoy- Encounter at Farpoint, Stardate: 41153.7 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 29
“I am a diagnostic tool, not an engineer.” Dr. Zimmerman (hologram)- The Swarm, Stardate: 50252.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 30
“Another technical journal, Scotty?” Kirk “Aye.” Scotty “Don’t you ever relax?” Kirk “I am relaxing.” Scotty- The Trouble with Tribbles, Stardate: 4523.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 1
“You’ll just have to read my books. What I am is pretty much there.” Samuel Clemens- Time’s Arrow, Part II, Stardate: 46001.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

October 2
Happy Birthday to Avery Brooks. #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“Running may help, for a little while but sooner or later the pain catches up with you and the only way to get rid of it is to stand your ground and face it.” Sisko- The Way of the Warrior, Stardate: 49011.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Autographs, Collecting, Comic Books, Community Service, Conventions, Doctor Who, Role Playing Games, Star Trek

FanX 2022 After Action Report

My haul from FanX 2022

So another FanX: The Salt Lake Comic Convention is in the books. With how hectic my summer has been, I didn’t know if i was going to be able to make it. Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet was going to have a charity booth at the convention again to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Thankfully our Star Trek fan club is set up so that when real life gets in the way others can step forward. The crew of the USS Pulsar led the various volunteers for the booth. They put together a brand new photo op for convention attendees to use which was the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds transporter pad. After talking with Captain Joe Coleflesh, he stated to just come do what I could and they would handle everything else. So on Wednesday (the day before the con opened) I arrived and got the booth registered. I’m in a walking boot now, but I still had to stay off of my foot as often as I could. Luckily a friend of mine had let me borrow a knee scooter. This allowed me to move about the very large Salt Palace with some ease. It was still a toll on my body so every day of the convention was a “game time decision” on if I was going to make it.

On Thursday I rode down with a friend and was able to check out the vendors floor before the con opened (an advantage of being an exhibitor). I saw a few things that I wanted to pick up when everything was opened. I spent most of the day at the Seventh Fleet booth meeting up with new recruits and old friends who stopped by to say hello. Despite being sore, I made the trek back down on Friday and took my youngest to Kid-Con. Unfortunately, that may have been too much so I wasn’t able to come down on Saturday. If I missed meeting up with you, I hope to catch you at a future event. I will be adding some new photos to my online photo album that were taken at the con.

From a Utah vendor I was able to pick up a dice tray and a pin with a graphic of a D20 that stated “This is how I roll”. I purchased the 2022 anthology “Parliament of Wizards“. With several of the local authors in attendance, I was able to get several of them to autograph the book. My last long Dungeons and Dragons campaign allowed me to play a wizard, so I thought I might gain some inspiration from this book for future gaming sessions. Speaking of getting books signed, I also picked up The Complete Elfquest Volume One and meet the creators Wendy and Richard Pini. I’ve been a fan of this series ever since I read the first trade paperback back in the mid-80’s and I was unaware that they were even coming. While there are a lot of geeky things for sale at the con, I hardly see any role-playing books. So when I discovered that Andrew E.C. Gaska, the author of the Alien Roleplaying Game published by Free League was also present, I had to pick up the core book for him to autograph. When I told him that Aliens was my favorite movie of all time, he wrote a special message with his signature. Yes, I will be using this system in my Character Creation Challenge in 2023. And thanks to my friend Tina, I was able to pick up the autograph of Steven Weber who played Colonel Day on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I would have picked up more autographs but I wasn’t informed about the prices before the con so I couldn’t budget before hand.

Despite missing Saturday and being sore, I did enjoy getting out and seeing the creativity that our local geek community comes up with. Also a big thank you to the members of the Seventh Fleet for running a successful charity booth and to all of the fans who helped donate to the American Cancer Society. To Dan Farr and the many, many volunteers at the con, thank you for all that you do. FanX 2023 has already set the dates of September 21-23 for the next event. I can’t wait to see what amazing things we will see then. Hopefully I’ll be well enough to cosplay.

Here are some different photos I took at the con.

Note: You can read my 2021 FanX action report here.

Posted in: Collecting, Star Trek

September 2022 Star Trek ebook deals

With the FanX: The Salt Lake Comic Convention taking up most of my time this month, I almost forgot to post the discount Star Trek eBooks offered by Pocket Books. They are all 99 cents and cover a wide variety of Star Trek series.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Gene Roddenberry
Star Trek: The Wounded Sky by Diane Duane
Star Trek: Prime Directive by Judith Reeves-Stevens
Star Trek: No Time Like The Past by Greg Cox
Star Trek: Living Memory by Christopher L. Bennett
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ghost Ship by Diane Carey
Star Trek: The Next Generation: All Good Things… by Michael Jan Friedman
Star Trek: The Next Generation: First Contact by J.M. Dillard
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shadows Have Offended by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Emissary by J.M. Dillard
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Warped by K.W. Jeter
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: I, The Constable by Terry J. Erdmann & Paula M. Block
Star Trek: Voyager: Full Circle by Kirsten Beyer
Star Trek: Voyager: Unworthy by Kirsten Beyer
Star Trek: Voyager: Children of the Storm by Kirsten Beyer
Star Trek: Picard: Rogue Elements by John Jackson Miller
Star Trek: Coda Book 1: Moments Asunder by Dayton Ward
Star Trek: Coda Book 2: The Ashes of Tomorrow by James Swallow
Star Trek: Coda Book 3: Oblivion’s Gate by David Mack
Star Trek: New Frontier: The Returned Part I by Peter David
Star Trek: New Frontier: The Returned Part II by Peter David
Star Trek: New Frontier: The Returned Part III by Peter David

Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: September 12-18

Me getting distracted by a shiny new toy.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of September 19th through September 25th.

September 19
“I despise devious people. Don’t you?” Deela “I believe in honest relationships myself.” Kirk- Wink of an Eye, Stardate: 5710.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 20
“My name. You pronounced it ‘Datt-uh.'” Data “What’s the difference?” Dr. Pulaski “One is my name. The other is not.” Data- The Child, Stardate: 42073.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 21
“We don’t know what to do about Humans. Of all the species we’ve made contact with, yours is the only one we can’t define.” Soval- The Forge, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 22
“There seem to be countless rituals and cultural beliefs designed to alleviate the fear of a simple biological truth: all organisms eventually perish.” Seven- Mortal Coil, Stardate: 51449.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 23
Happy Birthday to Rosalind Chao. @rosalindchao #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“I’ve never actually been a teacher, Commander, but it’s something I’ve always thought about doing.” Keiko O’Brien- A Man Alone, Stardate: 46384 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 24
Star Trek: Discovery premiered on this date in 2017 with the episodes The Vulcan Hello and Battle at the Binary Stars. #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“From my youth on Vulcan, I was raised to believe that service was my purpose. And I carried that conviction to Starfleet.” Burnham- Battle at the Binary Stars, Stardate: 1207.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 25
“This is the flagship. We should be better than everybody else.” LaForge- Force of Nature, Stardate: 47310.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: September 12-18

What I’m looking forward to seeing

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of September 12th through September 18th.

September 12
“In the Federation, we have learned from experience, to view the Romulans with distrust. We can either choose to live with that enmity or seek a way to change it.” Spock- Unification II, Stardate: 45245.8 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 13
“It’s in their nature. They were engineered to be this way. Superior ability breeds superior ambition. One of their creators wrote that. He was murdered by an Augment.” Archer- The Augments, Date: May 27, 2154 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 14
Happy Birthday to Walter Koenig. @GineokwKoenig #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“There’s an old, old saying on Earth, Mister Sulu. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Scotty “I know this saying. It was invented in Russia.” Chekov- Friday’s Child, Stardate: 3497.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 15
Happy Birthday to Tom Hardy. #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“I’m a mirror for you as well.” Picard “Not for long, Captain. I’m afraid you won’t survive to witness the victory of the echo over the voice.” Shinzon- Star Trek Nemesis, Stardate: 56844.9 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 16
Happy Birthday to Jayne Brook. @thejaynebrook #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“Come on, fellas. Cut the manlier-than-thou bullshit.” Cornwell- Saints of Imperfection, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 17
“Home is where the heart is, but the stars are made of latinum.” (75th Rule of Acquisition) Quark- Civil Defense, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 18
“My father had a saying, captain. “Home is wherever you happen to be”.” Chakotay- Deadlock, Stardate: 49548.7 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: September 5-11

Wait… how did this image get here?

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of September 5th through September 11th.

September 5
(Re: Ice Cream Sundaes) “This is called vanilla and this is chocolate. Give it a try. Oh, no. Wait. You’ve got to eat the cherry first.” Tucker- Cogenitor, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 6
Happy Birthday to Idris Elba. @idriselba #StarTrek #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“You lost. There’s no way for you to make it back there! Give up!” Kirk “What, like you did?! I read your ship’s log, Captain James T. Kirk. At least I know what I am! I’m a soldier!” Krall- Star Trek Beyond, Stardate: 2263.2 #StarTrek #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 7
“When in doubt, surprise them.” Worf- Where Silence has Lease, Stardate: 42193.6 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 8
Star Trek premiered on this date in 1966 with the episode The Man Trap. #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“The creature was trying to survive. It has that right, doesn’t it?” Crater- The Man Trap, Stardate: 1513.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

Star Trek: The Animated Series premiered on this date in 1973 with the episode Beyond the Farthest Star. #StarTrek #StarTrekTAS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“The structure of the ship, those huge arches, thrusting up. The whole ship is designed to receive and store energy.” Scotty “Gives me the creeps. I feel like something’s watching us.” Dr. McCoy- Beyond the Farthest Star, Stardate: 5221.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTAS #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 9
Happy Birthday to Jeffrey Combs. @jeffreycombs #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekVOY #StarTrekENT #StarTrekLowerDecks #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“Brunt, FCA.” Brunt “But for how much longer?” Quark “Don’t worry about me, Quark. I’m a survivor.” Brunt- Ferengi Love Songs, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 10
Happy Birthday to Harry Treadaway. @TreadawayHaz #StarTrek #StarTrekPicard #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“The key to opening the tan zhekran is taking the time to understand what’s keeping it closed.” Narek- The Impossible Box, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekPicard #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

September 11
Happy Birthday to Roxann Dawson. @roxdaws #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #StarTrekENT #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

“I’m going to die without a shred of honor. And for the first time in my life, that bothers me.” Torres- Day of Honor, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #IDIC #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Dungeons and Dragons, Role Playing Games

RPGaDAY 2022 catch up #5

You can find my past RPGaDAY2022 catch up posts here in Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four. The last week of August was just as equally busy. In fact this whole summer has been extremely busy or extremely crappy. I have been grateful for the distractions when I get to blog about geeky subjects such as the #RPGaDAY2022 challenge. I’ve got several projects in mind that I want to get put up on this blog to share with my fellow geeks. I look forward to posting them soon. Here are my entries for Days 29-31 and a bonus question.

Day 29: Who would you like to see take part in #RPGaDAY?

I’d love to see what my wife would post in such a challenge. I would also be very interested in how a friend and gamemaster Jeff Sullivan would fair with these questions.

Day 30: What should #RPGaDAY do for its 10th Anniversary next year?

Perhaps run a “Best Of” with subjects from the past ten years? I haven’t ready any of the earlier years.

Day 31: When did you first take part in #RPGaDAY?

2021 was my first year after I had read about the challenge on other gaming blogs. You can read all of the posts from this year and last year here. Specifically from 2021 I was quite proud of these entries: Origin, Memory, Challenge, Flood and Weapon.

Bonus: Anecdote Alternative: Roll 1d8+1, tag that many friends and tell a gaming story about them.

The recent Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 campaign that ran from 2013 to 2019 had many different adventures. But one of the things that probably frustrated our Dungeon Master. If he set up a big bad guy, our party worked like a well oiled machine and quickly defeated the final challenge. However the smallest of opponents would sometimes come up with the biggest threats. I’m not certain what the creature was called, but there were these creatures that looked like gold coins. When they were disturbed, they started to come to life and attacked us. I don’t think we were in danger of a total party kill, but it took quite a while to get the battle under control. Just before they revealed themselves as alive, one of the player characters had picked up a coin and licked it (for reasons I can’t remember now). I think the fact that the coins came to life may have scared that player. This was early in our campaign so she was cautious when we recovered treasure after future victories.

And with that final post, I’m considering myself done with the #RPGaDAY2022 challenge. My second year was a little different than last year. With real life issues, I could not post once a day. While it may not have stayed with the spirit of a once-a-day challenge, I felt like I was participating in the event with what I could. Since next year is the 10th anniversary, I’ll be interested to see what questions/options are presented. Thank you, I hope you enjoyed reading these entries.

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