Urban Shadows: Unkept Promises and Promises Never Made

I’ve been running Urban Shadows for a while now, seven sessions to be exact, and our session last night was so aggravating that I’m having trouble writing about it. I’ve run a campaign of it in the past, I’ve run several one-shots of it at various conventions, but I’m left wondering if maybe I’m just… Continue reading Urban Shadows: Unkept Promises and Promises Never Made

Pattern Completion and Intermittent Rewards

The greatest gaming lab ever created is the Las Vegas casino industry. That lab's most significant finding is that humans crave two things in games: pattern completion and intermittent rewards. I've been thinking lately about how my favorite games leverage both of those monkey-level impulses. In particular, I've been thinking about how the very best… Continue reading Pattern Completion and Intermittent Rewards

By Aecer’s Light! Back it!

My buddy Jahmal Brown is running his first ever Kickstarter as part of their Zine Quest promotion, an adventure/campaign/culture booklet for Burning Wheel (and Dungeon World, via stretch goal by Johnstone Metzger) called By Aecer's Light! It's a setting, a cultural writeup, and a campaign frame all in one. The cool angle to the whole thing,… Continue reading By Aecer’s Light! Back it!

Fiddling While Rome Burns or Drawing the Magic Circle Anew (probably both: Forbidden Lands session 4)

Last Tuesday we played our fourth session of Forbidden Lands. My heart was -- is -- so heavy. But on we played. Last week I decided to go all-in on FL's procedural generation and ditch everything attached to the Raven's Purge campaign. It eliminates my prep time and lets me discover the world alongside the players. That real-time discovery… Continue reading Fiddling While Rome Burns or Drawing the Magic Circle Anew (probably both: Forbidden Lands session 4)