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An RPG in the Lonesome October

From the Twitterz: emopod Been reading a chapter of this every day:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Night_in_the_Lonesome_October Thoroughly enjoying it. MylesC @emopod That’s a marvelous book. I prod my wife every October to run a RPG based on it after she admitted the urge to some years ago. emopod@MylesC Ooh, month long rpg? MylesC @emopod It would be lovely to [...]

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Beatdown, Part 2 – Skin, Setting and Future Development

Continuing on from the last post about my abortive Game Chef entry, the one major thematic element I didn’t manage to handle properly was Skin. When a character loses a scene, he may suffer an Injury – a negative trait that breaks the character’s Skin. If your Skin’s broken, the Desert gets inside you. The [...]

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Beatdown

I never managed to finish my Hamlet’s Hit Points inspired entry in time for Game Chef this year, but late’s better than never. Beats This game is inspired by Robin Laws’ Hamlet’s Hit Points. If you haven’t read it, you should – it’s about beat analysis with special reference to roleplaying games. The book traces [...]

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Gamechef & The Flavour of the Month

The annual GameChef contest has rolled around again. This year, the ingredients are CITY, EDGE, DESERT and SKIN. Normally, I’d leap at CITY, so I’m deliberately staying away from that – creativity through constraints and all that. I’m still fuzzy on what I’ll do with DESERT and SKIN (I’m considering a Moorcock-inspired surrealist fantasy involving [...]

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Not so much “up periscope” as “blow ballast tanks”

Certain people on twitter have taken to using ‘up periscope’ or ‘down periscope’ to denote going on or off the internet in order to get some work done. For the last few weeks, I’m not sure if I’ve been stuck at the bottom of the ocean or ashore on a sandbar; either way, blogging has [...]

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Ephemerals, Who Strut Upon The Stage

As a spin-off from last week’s thoughts – one element that works well with antagonistic PCs is the concept of ‘temporary’ characters. If you kill off my 12th level D&D elf wizard who I’ve levelled up from 1st, that’s a big thing. If you kill off the elf wizard I came up with ten minutes [...]

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The Party Dynamic, Continued

I asked if there were any games where the PCs are not working together, and a few examples were suggested. Cold City is a great example of how a strong group structure can be used in a game. All the characters are part of a secret police force set up to deal with left-over Nazi [...]

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Cubicle 7 Entertainment to publish roleplaying game based on Charles Stross’ Laundry Files novels

Cubicle 7 Entertainment is producing a roleplaying game based on the award-winning Laundry series (The Atrocity Archives, The Jennifer Morgue, and the forthcoming The Fuller Memorandum) by the even-more-award-winning Charles Stross, and uses the also-award-winning Basic Roleplaying System (Call Of Cthulhu) by Chaosium Inc. “We love the Laundry Files novels, so we’re really excited about this game,” [...]

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Milkyfish Press

I’ve updated (and by updated, I mean ‘mangled the HTML of deli’s nice site, so she’s going to design another one I can’t break so easily’) Milkyfish.com, which is our self-publishing operation. We’re starting off with a trio of Traveller supplements. I’m referring to these as ‘campaign toolkits’. They’re half-way between sourcebooks and adventures. It’s [...]

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My Gaming DNA

Rob Donaghue has a great post where he traces his ‘gaming DNA’ – games he enjoyed and vividly remembers. I’m dying of the post-Warpcon manflu, so I shall be deeply unoriginal and copy his theme.

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