Category Archives: Role-Playing Games

Chanbara and Wuxia and Podcasts, Oh My!

This is a rumination based on an interchange with the podcast Jianghu Hustle. The podcast is a consideration of wuxia and adjacent cinema in regards to RPGs. I love it because the hosts are really great at critically and enthusiastically … Continue reading

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Status Quo? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Status Quo!

Please be warned, this is kind of a political rant – not about current politics – that is long and tedious. Basically, in my games, I ignore the political status quo in fantasy and historical games because doing so would … Continue reading

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One For Thebes

A recent In Our Time episode, Melvyn Bragg and his guests discussed the Greek city-state of Thebes. There were a couple of points that really piqued my interest – Thebes position in the centre of Greece and its alliance with … Continue reading

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Getting All Patreon-izing

I haven’t posted as much here as I should, and there are two reasons for that. One is that I haven’t been enjoying a lot of media – not watching anything or reading anything right now. Second is that instead … Continue reading

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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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