The Secret Indie Underbelly of RinCon

My alternate clickbait-y title was The Sordid Secret Small Press Scene at RinCon. I kind of wish it actually was any of those things, but it's not: we just wrapped up RinCon, a very mainstream, lovely, family-friendly gaming convention in Tucson, Arizona. And I played a bunch of small-press stuff while I was there. RinCon… Continue reading The Secret Indie Underbelly of RinCon

Dust Devils: Blast from the Past

Matt Snyder's Dust Devils was the first RPG in the storygame style I really "got." I'm going to run it for the first time in more than a decade (!!!) at RinCon in a few weeks, so I refreshed myself on the rules the other night. It's quite a dive into the earliest ideas of… Continue reading Dust Devils: Blast from the Past

Clocks: Forged in the Dark’s Underappreciated Killer App

Apocalypse World introduced the word “clocks” to storygaming. Ye olde AW clocks were checklists of escalating narrative events. The MC could tick a slice of that clock and the event associated with that tick would happen. Or if the listed event happened, the MC could advance the clock to that point. AW clocks are prescriptive… Continue reading Clocks: Forged in the Dark’s Underappreciated Killer App

Another Band of Blades Resource

Tonight is our third session of Band of Blades. The Legion is headed up the Long Road and it's gonna be awful. Just awful. 😉 Anyway, I made another resource for my players and wanted to share this with you. They're printable tent cards for the squads, basically replicating the functionality of the Marshal's character… Continue reading Another Band of Blades Resource

Trad and the Planning Fugue vs What does that look like?

We’re still playing Godbound here and I’ve noticed the most interesting table phenomenon. I think it has to do with the OSR-style framework the game is built on and the players’ relationship with it. I’m going to poke at that. This week’s session, we introduced a fifth player to the game. Five is a lot,… Continue reading Trad and the Planning Fugue vs What does that look like?