Band of Blades and What Even is Forged in the Dark?

Today I offer you three short posts for the price of one. Had an interesting conversation with a prominent indie game publisher/designer recently. It came on the heels of our second "full" session of Band of Blades, which has been on my mind a lot lately. The core of the discussion was, basically, what is… Continue reading Band of Blades and What Even is Forged in the Dark?

Band of Blades and Recompiling Code

My current favorite metaphor for learning game rules: it’s compiling code in my brain. We started a Band of Blades campaign this week, right? It’s a Forged in the Dark game, so it’s based on the same set of ideas as ­Blades in the Dark and Scum and Villainy. Since it’s my third FitD game… Continue reading Band of Blades and Recompiling Code

Four Short Reviews From The Nightstand

It's been a while since I just straight up reported on what I'm reading, so here are four short reviews from recent arrivals. They are listed in order of personal hype for the game, from low to high. Hack the Planet: Cyberpunk Forged in the Dark Hack the Planet arrived yesterday from Samjoko Publishing. I… Continue reading Four Short Reviews From The Nightstand

Certain Values of Fun

My current Godbound game has gotten me thinking about games that have taken measures to ensure they’re fun to facilitate. I mean…running games is its own reward, of course. I could speculate as to why: my frustrated creative impulses as a failed novelist are high on my own list, as is the pleasure of hosting… Continue reading Certain Values of Fun

Fog of Love: Romance as Game, Games as Romance

My very good friend Kit hooked me up with a copy of Fog of Love, a two-player board game about romance. It's not a game for romance! It's not for couples looking to spice up their relationship. It's way more interesting than that. And it's gotten me thinking about how narrow gaming often is. First,… Continue reading Fog of Love: Romance as Game, Games as Romance