What is this table-top role-playing thing? How does it work, what does it do, what kind of designs do which things? I’ve got some ideas, and so do you. This is where we talk about it! You’ll see conversations, presentations, interviews, and essays.
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Hello to backers and to interested parties! Here’s a place for asking questions and sharing notions about Champions Now, in Kickstarter crazy stage at the time of this posting. I’m currently playing a couple of games of it myself, one to continue the game set in St. Louis, which is mostly 3rd-edition as written, and […]
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 […]
Earthsea was clearly on everyone’s mind in early role-playing. Due to rambling, I didn’t include some of the time we spent realizing how many systems and settings dipped into its terms and the organization of magic. It’s also – at first glance – genuinely perfect for fantasy role-playing, as attractive a package as any. You’ve […]
This is an excerpt from my conversation with Ken Oswald, who contacted me regarding a bunch of role-playing topics. He was especially interested in the references he’d run across about Sean Demory’s 2002 game le mon mouri, so here is the bit where we went through its system diagram and talked about its content. This […]
The one thing I regret is not making up twenty characters across seven game titles and launching into fervent play right away. This was so much fun. There was a Renaissance, and no one noticed. Or only in scattered experience, in the insistence upon the recognition of this or that title (for me, The Fantasy […]
Here’s a conversation with Ivan, following up on his comments (and video) in the Finding D&D series. I split the last bit off to join the SFTV RPG seminar too, so this was sort of an all-over-Adept-Play discussion. It’s divided roughly into some “how we met D&D” talk, thoughts on fantasy in role-playing and fantasy […]
Science fiction is a vast squishy thing spread throughout all sorts of media and culture/subculture. Got it. I wanted to examine its content in two pretty-specialized media: mainstream television series and table-top role-playing. You’ll see three dialogues: first with Ángel, then Ivan, and finally Moreno. I’m first to admit, the result is a mess: not […]