Interesting Tension

Part 1 of ? In the Cultivating A Storytelling Mindset series Last month, guest writer Paul Mitchener talked about how to use history in fruitful, productive and most importantly non-harmful ways in your roleplaying. One thing that jumped out at me from that piece is that I’m definitely more interested in exploring interesting, difficult tension… Continue reading Interesting Tension

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

Conflict Resolution is Indie Gaming on Hard Mode

We started playing Nathan Paoletta’s Imp of the Perverse last week. It’s a funky, specific horror game that evokes Edgar Allan Poe vibes in 1830s-1850s Jacksonian America. Playing the first session reminded me about how hard I find conflict resolution games. Imp of the Perverse is squarely in that camp of design. Conflict resolution is… Continue reading Conflict Resolution is Indie Gaming on Hard Mode

Guest Column: The Healing Power of Playing Make Believe

The healing power of children’s laughter is undisputed. I was reminded of this on a recent opportunity to escape my quarantine, since coronavirus shut down cities across the United States. I went to the beach and was moved to tears by my friend’s willingness to touch me, and because of the intensity of joy radiating… Continue reading Guest Column: The Healing Power of Playing Make Believe

Authority vs Credibility

Quick note up front: I wrote this as last month's Patreon-first post, so it's ready to be unlocked for the public this month. I'm holding off on producing new pieces until we've had a good stretch of time to hear from black creators, black designers, black artists, and black players. I'm sure you've read and… Continue reading Authority vs Credibility