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

On-Ramps for Indie Hatchlings

A cold hard fact from the Indie Game Reading Club: you can explore and play ttrpgs without ever mentioning, buying, reading, or playing the most popular game. Our hobby is so much more interesting and diverse than D&D. My list of on-ramps for the indie-curious: Fiasco (new card-driven version or OG): use prompts to sketch… Continue reading On-Ramps for Indie Hatchlings

A Decade of Indie Roleplaying: 2013

Another week, another year looking back at the 20-teens and what they brought to small press roleplaying. To recap the games I've focused on so far: 2010 was Apocalypse World, 2011 was Burning Wheel Gold, 2012 was Monsterhearts. All huge games. But 2013 brought one of my all-time favorites, which I continue to play today.… Continue reading A Decade of Indie Roleplaying: 2013

OrcCon 2020

Los Angeles, February 2020: we've tracked the replicants to a hotel near the spaceport. It appears they're engaging in some sort of imaginary rituals, or maybe rituals of imagination. It's like they're creating ... memories? Very special. My buddy and podcast rock star MadJay Brown and I were invited as special guests to OrcCon 2020.… Continue reading OrcCon 2020

Con Prep and the Unexamined Life

I go deep on prepping games to run at conventions.