Rules as Written: How D20 Systems and Their Derivatives Fail

There exists no more rancid a pustule and blemish upon the mechanical mores of our hobby than the modern D20 systems.  In fact it is well within acceptable boundaries to posit that their continued existence and market dominance is an affront to God himself by the defiance of good iterative design principles alone.

Many proponents of D20 systems hide behind assertions that people can like what they like.  This is certainly true, to an extent.  However, a role playing game system exists to facilitate a unique art form, and can and should be critiqued on the merits of its ability to accomplish this. Continue reading “Rules as Written: How D20 Systems and Their Derivatives Fail”

Little Wars Christmas Open Letter

Merry Christmas,

Due to personal situations and other things, I will not be producing little wars until January. However, I did do a YouTube video on Pearl Harbor with some friends of mine here, if you absolutely need to hear me talk about stuff on air in the meantime. In the future I will also be appearing on with a buddy of mine, flamenco, so look out here, so keep an eye out for it.

There is also a secret project in the works, so I hope to come back next year with better and cooler stuff for you all.

Hobby wise, I know Jack anticipates playing games over December, and I am anticipating using my time to paint and work on additions to my 15mm Germans. I would like to have a post up of a gallery of miniatures, so if you would like to send us a picture, DM or @ me or Jack on twitter (@m_kikimora/@jackkaronet). I hope to be active on Twitter, so as always, please reach out we like to hear from you.

The ~10 of you who actually listen to our program have our gratitude and appreciation. I never figured I would ever make something people would actually anticipate, so at least for me, this entire thing has been very gratifying.


Take care, stay well, Merry Christmas, and God Bless,

On behalf of Little Wars and sincerely yours,

Mongoose Kikimora


P.S. Happy gaming and painting


Little Wars: No Episode this Week

Hello friends and loyal listeners.  While Jack and I did our recording this week, if I am honest, it was not our best work.  While we do try to have something every week, we try to maintain a certain atmosphere and topical discussion.  This weeks recording was rather poor, our topic was not that good, our transitions abysmal as normal and our discussion rather uninspired.  While we appreciate the couple dozen of you that listen to this very much, it is important to us that we deliver content deserving of your ears and the endorsement/plugging of our producers and friends.  We will be bringing better content next week as I don’t think we’ll have time to re-record.


In the meantime, Jack and I rolled on the attached chart, I got 14 and Jack got 65.  If you absolutely need some Traditional Games content in your life for this week, roll on the chart and send us your results.  Otherwise you can look at our page and listen to our older episodes.


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