Much Needed Update

It has been a while.

With a successful Kickstarter contribution under my belt and another (maybe more?) project on the horizon. I am looking for time to work soon My world will free up a bit, I am finishing up my work on a continuing education course.

This will soon be coming to an end. With less than a month left in my class I will be able to focus more closely on everything that I love about designing games, getting lost in music, coming up with new ideas for hours on end and then bringing my ideas to my friends for some quick idea jams.

This summer should prove to be fun as I take a deep dive into summer school at work and tackle a new role as Extended School Year (ESY) teacher. I expect to have plenty of time to work on the various projects I have ahead of me.

I will return with some more musings over a few things I\’ve been meaning to write about. A few of the topics saved so far are

Miniatures: is 28mm Really Where It’s At?

Death in RPGs

Mörk Borg Musings

 and many more! Keep coming back to see some more work as I get more time to devote to these musings!

Harrowings 3 is live!!!

There will be badass dwarfs, a 8 legged donkey, an old bumbling fool of a dwarf who will be your guide. 

Together you and you band of mostly cool dwarves will be on a mission to stop Ragnarok!
There is a lot of cool stuff planned for this so check it out and get ready for a mega dungeon like you\’ve never seen before! Brought to you by Drew Cochran of Epic of Dreams fame.
Oh and the rules are OSE comparable and we are making solo rules varients thanks to the Solo Guru Alex at Blackoath Entertainment
If we make it past our stretch goals I get to work more on a super secret project, so check it out and back if you can!
Many thanks to everyone else involved with this project.
Until next time, keep rolling dice and keep telling stories.

Writing for the FKR

DM Bizzy here again. I started this blog to be a place for people to get a little more of a glimpse into me and my gaming experience, beliefs and a general idea of what to expect from me in the future.

What better way to see and learn who I am as a writer then to see what I\’ve written and helped with in the past. So here is the first issue of the Free Kriegsspiel Revolution zine entitled The Neverending Drachenschwanz (hereafter referred to as TND). I wrote an article on Goblins and Zeppelins because I felt that there was a lack of fantasy being represented in the maiden issue of TND. And I love my fantasy. It is my first love when it comes to playing TTRPG games. My second love is Science Fiction Horror, I\’m thinking the original Alien movie. But I digress.

The FKR zine TND was a place that I figured I could contribute and see how I liked seeing my work out in the world. It gave a me a large boost of confidence in my ability to put something together and really test how I would feel about making things for the hobby I have loved for so long.  Also my drawing skills were tested for this, and by and large I was happy with the drawings I produced, though in the future I may leave drawing to the professionals.

I should say it is no surprise, I loved it!  Seeing the thoughts and work I had created passed around in the community (the TND zine was even mentioned in a Glatisant newsletter!) How could I not be excited, my debut piece was included in one of my RPG hero\’s newsletters!  This was met with the opportunity to continue writing for the second issue, which I will post once we have passed our week long grace period.

I have also jumped on the opportunity to write for the FKR zine entitled In-Play. I did not contribute to the first issue, but I was able to contribute a little something included in the second issue, I am not sure when it will be out, but rest assured that when it does I\’ll be sure to write about and link it here.

And in case you are reading this and have no idea what the FKR is let me give you a little preview.

The FKR is a movement towards simplifying gaming and bringing it back to a simpler time when the game master created a world to play in while removing the worry and concern of rules for the players.  Some call it Arnesonian Gameplay since David Arneson was one of the first to really bring the style to the table for non wargamers.  Also a topic for another post in the future.

For now I wish to leave you with one more link if you interested in learning more about the Free Kriegsspiel Revolution. Here is a link to Darkworm Cult, a blog by the founder of the FKR Discord.  Without his starting the TND zine, I may not have ever found it within myself to produce anything.  So to Norbert, if you ever read this then I thank you.

Until next time, keep rolling dice and keep telling stories.

And so it starts…

Welcome to DM Bizzy, my name is Derek Bizier and my middle initial is M. So my initials are DMB (like the band…) and most know me as Biz so it only made sense to go by DM Bizzy. A little about me before I get into the meat of what I hope to turn this blog into. 
My life has many facets firstly I am a father and husband, second an educator, and what probably brought you here is my life as a gamer. I hope to show all of these aspects through this blog with a focus on the gaming portion.

Here is a little more information about me. I\’ve floundered with Blogs many times over the years. First was that blog that I thought I was going to rocket me to an all star career as a home brewer (beer not RPGs). Next came an idea that I could become a stay at home blogger making money off of my own personal thoughts, like the world needed to hear what I had to say about… Well maybe that\’s why it never went anywhere, I\’m not sure that I ever actually chose a topic to talk about for that one or even started the first post for that matter.

A friend of mine (Drew) recently told me I needed to have a place to direct people for more information about myself as we worked towards the completion of his third Harrowings zine (one of my first major contributions to this hobby outside my own tabletop group) and that has brought me to here writing these words. Over a decade later I still am unsure of exactly what experience I am hoping to provide to my readers, but I have decided that I would like to put down some information about Tabletop Roleplaying Games.
My focus will be whatever I have going on in my gaming life. I may throw out a game or zine review, talk about a project I\’m currently working on, a game I am prepping for my group, a musing from my experience as an educator using RPGs in the classroom, or maybe an anecdotal read on my daughter\’s career as a \”gaming toddler\”. Hell I may even be brave enough to post some of my art, though I should warn you that my art tends to come in the shape of terrain and painting miniatures.
I am not necessarily looking to make my living here, maybe someday as a pipe dream I could become a full game designer, write-abouter, hobbiest professional. This is a dream not a goal, however, and as such I want to focus on me.
So here is my starting point and as anyone starting a new hobby or habbit I am setting a goal for myself, which is only second to just starting already with something new. That goal is to write a post a week. Now I will plan on this as a goal from the start and who knows I may fail multiple times and miss posts here and there, but I will also promise that I will not limit myself here either. You may see multiple posts a week if you keep coming back. I guess you might say my goal is actually just to not give up.
Thank you for reading through to here and the next post will have a link to my first real contribution to a thing in the gaming world. I\’ll get it out together soon and get it up hopefully before next week\’s self imposed due/goal date.
Until next time, keep rolling your dice and keep telling those stories.