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It's a dark dark game, so I guess that it's ... artistic? for me to have borked the video and arrived an an all-black-void recording.

I hope it can be fun listening anyway, but I really regret losing the explicit attention we were paying throughout this session. The player-characters did not interact at all, so it will sound like three soloists trading off, but the reality of play was far more social, attentive, group-ish, and generally engaged with one another.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
07 Jul 2018
Games: Monsterhearts
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It is crazy how common and how widely-developed craziness is, in role-playing. As much as world-building, as much as combat options, as much as magic systems, this is a definite feature of the hobby with its own schools and aims. It is clearly a primary path toward characterization, character development, player agency (through its managed lack in many cases), and emergent plot.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
11 Jun 2018
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Ken Oswald is a game and comics retailer in Alabama, who'll be giving an ambitious introduction to role-playing later this summer, He contacted me for sort of a brainstorm, let's compare notes session. The question is, how might a non-role-playing, or sorta-semi, heard-about-it audience be best oriented? Without manipulating toward specific products, and without falling back on the familiar hobby framing-terms.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
31 May 2018
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One heart is an anatomical feature, available for, among other things, the draining of blood, the rough dissection, and the raw consumption by a depraved other person; by contrast, the symbolic repository of hopes, dreams, desires, and self. Concerning both, I direct your attention to the path-in-play of Naomi, arguably the hero of her own story, a perfectly viable and understandable fictional human being ...

Posted by: Ron Edwards
07 May 2018
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Into our second session and into the troubled, almost psychologically spastic efforts of our characters to be … well, just to be, I guess, at all. I had joked during the initial prep that I didn’t want to play this game after all, after we talked about getting conditions laid upon us and other all too familiar socially abusive things, and although it remains a joke, it’s turned out to be a pretty accurate one.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
02 May 2018
Games: Monsterhearts
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Oh golly, let’s see a bunch of guys over-share about how much their characters have been having sex!! ... for those few of you remaining in the room, you’ll see us talk well beyond the boilerplate. Sex has been freed-up in role-playing over the last decade and a half. This seems to have freed us as well into dialing-back and modulating how it plays into everything else, to find some new things this medium-and-activity can do.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
29 Apr 2018
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I’m playing Monsterhearts, due to a series of coincidences that fell together just right, so here you can see three undead teens try to be normal at a privileged, sequestered, high-pressure school.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
27 Apr 2018
Games: Monsterhearts
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It’s given: “Powered by the Apocalypse” is an effective brand, and “Apocalypse Engine” is common usage for a presumed mechanics base. I’m not challenging either of these. I’m investigating what they may mean, and whether meanings differ.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
02 Apr 2018
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