For a while I will be out of state and thus taking a short break from RPGing. Think that’s a very good thing – sometimes the soil grows best when it is allowed to lie fallow for a time. And the trip will be an adventure in its own right. Nonetheless, before I go I […]Read More Blood in the night
Throughout 2020 I worked on making the Muckraker System and its flagship game The Martian Muckraker. Happy to say 2021 was a productive year as well and I have many projects I will be working on into 2022. I’ve become fascinated with game design, especially the design of games with short and elegant rulesets. You […]Read More RPG’s In Development
For those curious about how Martian Muckraker RPG is doing, please note that based on my playtest I have made a simplified dice system. A 3 page ruleset is ready that I will be playtesting with a group early November. If you want to take an early look at it, it is the Streamlined Hybrid […]Read More Pulse & Pressure
For a little over the year, I have used this blog to explore science fiction scenarios. The short fiction format of these posts allow me to play with a wide variety of ideas and overtime I have started to get a sense of a “Muckrakerverse,” a world of science fiction whimsy populated by mild-mannered Alien […]Read More Muckraker RPG in Playtest
Planning the adventure for your RPG session is easily the most daunting task of being a new Game Master. This helps explain the popularity of pre-made adventures. Indeed many prefer to just run a pre-written and play tested adventure strait out of the box to writing their own. But just as much of the fun […]Read More Writing Your First RPG Session
“Hello Muckrakers, this is Technology & Space Cruiser Reporter Sp’Rark!” “And this is Editor-In-Chief C’therax!” “And this sweet ride is the new and improved NeonNebula Optimex!” Sp’Rark said. “AHHHHHHHHH!!!” As Sp’Rark said the name of the starship, she fired its fusion thrusters, causing a sudden and heavy wave of G-forces to crash into C’therax. “CUT!” […]Read More G-Forces
Dungeons and Dragons is to roleplaying, what Kleenex is to tissues. Some people think that ALL roleplaying is Dungeons and Dragons. Dungeons and Dragons was the first tabletop RPG and the 5th Edition is one of the best designed tabletop RPGs out there. It’s incredibly easy for new players to learn, but still has enough […]Read More Roleplaying Games Besides Dungeons And Dragons . . .
Previously on The Martian Muckraker: For months Sarah of Earth and C’therax of Mars traded information by interplanetary transmission to aid the cause of freedom on both sides of Earth’s Great Barricade. Earthling authorities want Sarah, an influential political agitator, arrested or killed but lack the political consensus to do so. C’therax and his allies […]Read More Trapped!
“F’delty, this is Michael, my cousin.” Sarah said. F’delty gave a slight bow and shook Michael’s hand. “Sarah’s efforts to reverse Earthling hatred of the Martian people have given us much hope,” F’delty said. Michael nodded, never the talkative type. Sarah opened her laptop and activated the Command Line Interface. A few commands later a […]Read More Spider on a Mission
BREAKING NEWS – This will be developed as events unfold! All Time Dates are Milky Way Central Time MW 400:323 Three satellites have exploded off of the mining colony of Centralica Moon, just off of Jupiter. A government ship from the Martian High Council and two ships from the Martian Muckraker have responded. We are amplifying […]Read More Explosion at Centralica Mine