Running games at BFG CON

I’ll be running several games at BFGCON the weekend of March 15th, 2018 in Frederick, MD.


  • 8pm Crows
  • 10pm Before there were stars
  • midnight – Love Letter Premium


  • 9am Soul of the Empire
  • 1pm Forum Trajanum
  • 4pm Black Orchestra
  • 8pm The Pursuit of Happiness


10am Battlestations

Why System Administrators should not be given scanning privileges

Its an accountability and validation issue.   Start with the original concept that the primary motivation of System administrators is to keep hosts ‘up and running’ as opposed to a Security officer, whose primary objective is to keep systems secure.   These two objectives can come into conflict.Now, lets take an example, a system administrator has a server with Java on it.   The version of Java is outdated, and has a vulnerability.   They discover that if they apply the patch, it “breaks” an application on the server.  Thus they have no particular desire to fix the vulnerability.   (It generates additional work).   The Security Officer, on the other hand, does a risk assessment to determine whether the risk should be accepted, or whether the service should be disabled (through updating Java) while waiting for a patch. Now, lets talk about what could happen.   The system administrator updates Java, and runs a scan of the host.   Now that vulnerability appears as mitigated, and its off their plate.   The application is temporarily broken.  Then they roll back the patch.   Until the Security Officer runs a rescan, that vulnerability appears as mitigated.  If the system administrator is saavy, they repeat this process immediately after every scan by the Security Officer. This sounds like something that wouldn’t happen, but I’ve seen it before.  Its more common than you think. Other options exist as well, including shutting off a machine, scanning the IP, making the host “disappear” in your security data. I’m a firm believer that System Admins should not be accepting risk.  Acceptance of risk needs to be done at a management level where the decision maker realizes the impact of what they are doing (and honestly, system administrators have a biased view of whether or not to accept risk)

Smoking that meat

Ok, its been way to long since I’ve written anything here.   So I thought I’d write something.

First, If you’re looking for a Marinade for Chicken and/or pork — Dr. Pepper and brown sugar.   No specific rules here, mix it the way you like,  marinate the meat.   Smoke in a smoker, spraying with the same marinade every 15 minutes.

Smoking the second – Pecan wood

So I used Pecan for smoking.   It was good, but not smoky.   Was it my temperature (250) or just the wood?   I soaked it in water for 30 minutes before smoking.

Smoking the third – Meats

Chicken breasts are very average smoked.   They get dry way to fast, because they are too small.   New rule for smoking “Go big or go home.”   The bigger the meat, the better it takes to smoking.   Next time I’ll do a chicken.

Red Dragon Inn – Special character rules

Characters with special rules in Red Dragon Inn

Several of the expansions to Red Dragon Inn have characters with special card decks and

rules.   The following are those characters and their “special rules.”

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Wizille the Tinkerer

This character comes with a second deck, called a “gear deck.”  If you play a card from your hand that has a gear in the corner, draw a device card, and add the effect.  A player can’t respond to a played card until after the device is attached (they are considered to be played at the same time.

Brewmaster Phrenk

This character comes with a second deck called a “Potion deck.”  Pull a card from the deck and put it face up.  It is like an eighth card in your hand.  At the beginning of each turn, draw another potion, and decide whether you want to keep this one, or the previous one, and discard the previous one. IF you run out of potions, shuffle your discards.

There are a couple of cards that have other effects, read the directions.

Kaylin the Renegade

This character comes with a second deck that is a familiar named Wulfric (A pixie).  At the beginning of the game, flip the top card up from the Wulfric deck.   This is Wulfric’s mood.   Whenever you do something (action, drink, etc.) check to see if Wulfric’s mood affects the results.

Serena the Pious

Serena comes with a piety card.   play this card next to your mat, and put a token on the number 8.  Whenever you play a card, if it has a piety marker (an up or down arrow at the bottom), move Serena’s piety up and down accordingly. Some cards have differing effects based upon your piety level.

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Global rule – the Ship

If you want variety, put the Ship tile deck (face down) in the center of the table.   Put two ship markers on the deck.You’re now all at sea drinking.

At the end of each player’s turn, remove a ship marker from the deck.  When you remove the last progress counter, reveal the top card and follow the directions.  Discard the card, and put the two ships back on the card.

You can adjust the sea deck’s impact by increasing or decreasing the number of ships you put on the deck.

Remy’s Marks

When Remy plays a card, if he plays a card that says a player has been “marked” mark that player with a Remy’s marks tile.  If it says they have become unmarked, if they are marked, remove the tile.

Some cards that Remy plays have larger impacts on marked players (read the card)

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Lizwick the Collector

This character has a second deck called and “item deck.” Place this deck next to the character map.  If Lizwick plays a card with a bag in the lower right corner, draw an item card.

Some cards indicate they should be played immediately.

Other cards are items to be held, and get put in front of you.   Any item beyond the first item counts as a card in your hand.   As an example if you have one item, your hand size is seven, if you have two, your hand size is six, etc.  If an item causes you to exceed your allowed hand size, discard.

You can have no more than three equipped items, if you draw a fourth item to be equipped, you must discard one.

Most item cards are discarded after they are used.

If you run out of items, shuffle the discard deck and reuse.

Zakhan the Drunken Master

Zakhan the Drunken master has special “drunken chi”   Locate the drunken chi marker (it’s a pottery bottle with netting) and put it on the same spot as alcohol content to start.  His total drunkenness is his alcohol content value + his drunken chi value. Whenever Zakhan drinks, he can choose to increase his drunken chi by one point. (place the marker one point above his alcohol content to reflect his total drunkenness).  If his total drunkenness exceeds his fortitude, he’s passed out.

He can reduce his drunken chi by discarding two cards from his hand.

Some cards allow him to spend drunken chi for bonus effects, read the card.

Space Cadets: Away Missions

Space Cadets: Away Missions is a beautiful cooperative game where the players play Rocketeers from classic science fiction (think Flash Gordon, Buck Rodgers, etc.).

The sequel to Space Cadets (Away missions), is broken into a series of Scenarios.    Each scenario has a different map, goal, etc.

Its worth having guides to running each scenario.  The first scenario is Mercury: Alien Probe.

A guide to running Alien Probe

Space Cadets: Away Missions at Board Game Geek