Burning Wheel: Back In The Saddle

I’ve been running a Burning Wheel game for the first time in years, and was reminded that swaths of the indie world might not know about this seminal work. I've written about it a ton, but here's a one-stop overview. (The) Burning Wheel Okay yes, formally it has a "The" in the beginning. Absurdly underpriced… Continue reading Burning Wheel: Back In The Saddle

Deciding What To Care About

Part 3 of ? in the Cultivating a Storytelling Mindset series The hardest thing I ever ask of a player is to decide what they're going to care about. Some games tell you what to care about, right? You’re dungeon delvers, so you’re supposed to care about the treasure. Advancement is a strongly implied goal… Continue reading Deciding What To Care About

The Cudgel and the Contract

One of the most interesting play-aesthetic gaps in gaming to me is the chasm between how players want to resolve in-game social conflicts. You can prefer natural, normal talking, or you can prefer going to the dice. Maybe some folks don’t feel strongly about social conflict resolution, but I haven’t met them. It should come… Continue reading The Cudgel and the Contract