Strat-o-matic Table Top Baseball and Other Baseball Sims?

I had friends growing up who like to play APBA as well as strat-o-matic. Go to strat-o-matic.com and the site will guide you to the stores who sell the game. I still have sets from 1974 and 1980

1. Help with cloudy spots all over my dark wood dining table top?

Are you absolutely sure they are not water stains? You could make a poltice of flour and a small bit of water. As the flour gives up its water to the surrounding air, it draws the moisture out of the wood. Let it sit for a couple of days. This works well for pulling a stain out of a concrete floor too.

2. What would be a good table-top role playing game system to use for a setting similar to what you'd see in Secret World?

I love The Secret World. A friend of mine has been working on a role-playing system for a few years which, while not based on Secret World, shares many thematic and aesthetic similarities. It's called The Orpheus Protocol. He has a pretty great actual-play podcast for it, and some public beta rules available (the rules are being edited for publication right now).Check it out: The Orpheus Protocol

3. Is there a specific age when I can introduce my son to a role playing game like Dungeons and Dragons, or should I introduce him to table top games first?

Note: I have played D&D since I was 8 (and I was basically self-taught) and I've worked with a variety of young children in schools for years.Even though I started D&D at 8, every kid is different and I think giving a hard number for every kid is not useful.D&D can be a little confusing and overwhelming the first time even for some adults. I would first introduce a kid to other simpler games that have the different aspects of D&D, and then gauge the child's interest from there.I think it's a good idea to play a variety of board games of gradually increasing complexity and see if the kid is still having fun. Before I got into D&D, I had played a game called Hero Quest that was sort of my "gateway drug". That game is long out of print, but if you google "D&D like board games" there's no shortage of results. There is a game called "Expedition" that I think is a great modern gateway to tabletop RPGs, though note that it requires the use of one smart phone or tablet. Expedition: The Tabletop Roleplaying GameI also recommend giving the child Choose Your Own Adventure style books and seeing how they like those, as well as perhaps engaging in some ruleless role playing to get them used to the concept. (Though, honestly, most kids already know how to play "make believe" almost instinctively.)

4. What should I use to finish my plywood table top if I intend to leave the end-grain visible for a modern look?

The plies (layers) in plywood are run in alternating directions, so approximately half of the layers visible on any edge will be end grain and half will be the long grain. End grain usually absorbs more finish which makes it look darker. If you want to minimize the difference between the plies you could seal the edges of the plywood with shellac before you apply a top finish coat over the whole piece. Alternately, you could let the difference in the darkness of the plies be a would esign feature'. Other than the alternating plies / darkness issue, the rest of the finishing depends more on how you want the table to look and how it is intended to be used

5. table top RPG free map Makers?

If your playing old school as in with paper and pencil then go to bing and search alredy made maps. Buy some graph paper and draw them that way. Or try to save the pictures and print them out through paint where you can edit it or some other art&crafts program.

6. is it hard to get a table at the TOP restaurants in toronto?

The top restaurants are normally booked up Friday and Saturday evenings, you could try on a week night and possibly get in. Also the earlier you eat the better chance you have on getting a table. Most of the top restaurants in Toronto tend to be filled from 8pm on. It's not usually as busy at 5 or 6pm.

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