Vignettes

We're a couple actual-play sessions into Shattered City, UFO Press’ latest Legacy-derived game, and it's delivering an interesting experience. Rather than blow-by-blow whaddaydo whaddayado play, each session is a vignette. There's a clear opening with an explicit situation, a nice little arc with miss-generated complications, and closure at the end of the session. They feel… Continue reading Vignettes

Extra Extra: Shattered City Is A Needed Distraction

Something I’ve learned during the pandemic is that I use roleplaying as a distraction. Sure, yes, I’ve got a weird obsession with the metasocial meaning of rules structures. And I agree that gaming can be a safe way to explore emotional and interpersonal stuff. But at least during These Unprecedented Times, I need gaming to… Continue reading Extra Extra: Shattered City Is A Needed Distraction

Whadday Know?

If there’s one moment in play in any tabletop game that I dread, it’s the moment a player asks “What do I know about…?” Doesn’t really matter what the topic is: ugh! I was reminded how much this sets my hackles off after a brief flirtation with The Nightmares Underneath recently. No surprise, given that… Continue reading Whadday Know?

A Decade of Indie Roleplaying: 2018

Closing in on the finish now, and not a moment too soon. The games in these last couple years are going to be familiar with most everyone, I think. Another tied year! 2018 was, I think, the year I finally conceded that I just can’t keep up with everything coming out. If you're just starting… Continue reading A Decade of Indie Roleplaying: 2018

Indie Game Reading Club 2019: A Retrospective

Hello and welcome, welcome. It’s been a busy year! So let’s go over it all. Please read to the end, where I announce the launch of my Patreon. 🙂 2019: Games Played My two main themes of 2019 were fewer, longer runs at home and more conventions. I usually only make two conventions a year,… Continue reading Indie Game Reading Club 2019: A Retrospective