Category Archives: Role-Playing Games

Sword’s Edge on Kickstarter

In case you didn’t know, I’ve got a Kickstarter going for a new edition of Sword’s Edge. I think it’s awesome, but then again, I’m biased. Still, you should check it out.

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Wreck Age

These days, I’m busy getting Sword’s Edge RPG into shape and dealing with getting back into my MA program after a couple of months off, but I am still always interested in other games. I was pointed toward Wreck Age. … Continue reading

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Krendel Core RPG

It is very difficult for me to review Krendel by William J. (B.J.) Altman. The text reveals a thoughtful designer who cares deeply about the role-playing experience and how mechanics impact on that, and the central mechanic is elegant in … Continue reading

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Rewind

Disclaimer: This is part of a round robin review process, meaning that a bunch of designers got together and agreed to review each other’s games. I don’t know if the author of Rewind will be reviewing my game or not, … Continue reading

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How I Messed Up Nefertiti Overdrive

Just after I put out the Quickstart rules for Nefertiti Overdrive, I had a discussion with a respected game designer regarding the characters. He was very unhappy with what he saw as an exclusion of Africa in a game set … Continue reading

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Robert E. Howard’s Conan Roleplaying Game

In case you aren’t listening to the Accidental Survivors podcast (and why are you not?), you might not know about Modiphius Entertainments Kickstarter for Robert E. Howard’s Conan Roleplaying Game. It’s funded already, with a lot of stretch goals hit.¬†Modiphius … Continue reading

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Medieval Urbanity

Looking back through Sword’s Edge, there are a lot of articles that might still be of interest. While I am not writing fiction or creating much these days – between my actual job, my Master’s program, and my family, I’m … Continue reading

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The Sky Is Gray And You Are Distressed

The Sky Is Gray And You Are Distressed is a very simple game for two people focusing on the characters’ relationship and internal lives. I see it as straddling the divide between RPGs and LARPs. It reads like a quiet, … Continue reading

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The Great Courses Listen Throughs

If you’ve been around here any length of time, you’ve likely seen me write about the Great Courses. I’m a huge fan of the courses, and different ones have influenced Kiss My Axe, Centurion, and Nefertiti Overdrive. That might be … Continue reading

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Gen Con Finds: Cartel

I have actually never played Apocalypse World, but I’ve played Dungeon World and Urban Shadow, both of which are awesome. At Gen Con, I got the chance to play the Powered by the Apocalypse game Cartel in a session¬†run by … Continue reading

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