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CONSULTING

Here's where I post about my current role-playing game design consulting, with the permission of the clients. Sometimes it's a text piece, sometimes it's video or audio. Sometimes it's a discussion, and sometimes it's a playtesting session. Check out the Testimony and What I Do items below to see what it's about.

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My current clients are: BPG (Directions Storyplaying System), Tor Erickson (5th edition D&D OGL), Bill Burdick (Death of the Vele), GGstudio (BE-Movie), Jeff Slater (House of Spiders), and Petteri Hannila (Tales of Entropy).

Consulting for Tales of Entropy has become almost a way of life, considering the multiple sessions, the length of the sessions, and the processing throughout. Especially for a game which is entirely finished and published, thus system development isn't the point, and for a game whose typical play-time is single-session and relatively short, in the two-hours-plus range.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
14 Sep 2018
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"Let's try it out" became a genuine hydra of extended play, especially for a game conceived as a swiftly-coiling drive into final conflict. We ended up with five sessions, some pretty long, and here are the last two.

My judgment calls, consulting thoughts, analysis, whatever you want to call it, are reserved for conversation with Petteri, but here are some things to throw out for general discussion.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
07 Sep 2018
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... then maybe the corruption isn't so bad!

Because there's no other way to fight; in this game, Aslan isn't coming, there's no cool tattooed bunch of rebels to locate, there's no haven to escape to. You have to join the evil. Rise in it. Grow powerful. And not give in.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
06 Sep 2018
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The question being, what is the anchoring procedure for playing Tales of Entropy? When it is so easy to go awash and awry when one's character twists into what you didn't anticipate, or when one is now cast as Narrator with no idea of where to go.

Something has to make sense, to begin, to change, and to end. And that is the Grains. Neither "my character" nor "the plot" will work.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
06 May 2018
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Posted by: Ron Edwards
06 May 2018
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This discussion took place a while ago, at the end of February. I wasn't sure it had enough content to merit posting, but as it turned out, BPG found it to be a breakthrough. We've done an intense further session about that, which is tied into the Boiling Pitch seminar and you'll see it, or a text version, soon.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
17 Apr 2018
4 comments

That illustration is just about exactly perfect for my character, Zocchi Scurlato. (artist is Nicholas Kay)

Posted by: Ron Edwards
16 Apr 2018
15 comments

My latest consult with Tor brings us his working title, "Belitsunnu's Manticore," and extensive discussion of winning/losing, procedures for player input into preparation, and improvised tactical play.

Please add the collective intelligence to this one. We raised tons of questions and I tried not to drive toward answers - help me round out and deepen the questions so Tor's muse and/or subconscious can surprise him with the right answers for his game.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
20 Mar 2018
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We met again to keep playing Tales of Entropy, and I think we're getting a good look at how "story" happens, or perhaps, an exercise in whether fictional events are or are not a story. It won't surprise anyone to know my position: that the more we anticipate and compose a story, the less we do create one.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
20 Mar 2018
18 comments

I’m spacing out the discussion of Tor’s project post by post, because it’s in such an early stage that each chat we have turns into a big block, or stage, of the process. If I’m not mistaken, this one is pretty much the turning point from “playing D&D 5th edition on purpose” to “his own actual game using the 5th edition OGL.”

Posted by: Ron Edwards
08 Mar 2018
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