Tabletop RPG gamedesign requires all of the same skills of tabletop game-game design – and yet I think some RPG game designers neglect “normal” games for inspiration. And while we live in a hayday of new and exciting games – Catan, Forbidden Dessert, Pandemic (and its themed offshoots), Arkham Horror, 7 Wonders – today we […]Read More Games from Across Generations
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
Nothing beats scary stories around the glow of Jack-O-Lanterns. But here’s the thing. . . you already know how most of the neighborhood stories go right? You can read your friend’s face and know when he will make the boogyman come out. What if there was a way to make them a bit more unexpected […]Read More Roll for Trick-or-Treats
Many RPGs are known for their tomes and tomes of rules. The recent Pathfinder Player’s Handbook runs 600 pages (and I can’t wait to dive into my copy!) This allows the game designers to craft and simulate a detailed and fascinating world, and provide lots of meat for players to strategize with. There is a […]Read More Facing Fate Core
Many people think of tabletop roleplaying games as requiring books and books of rules. However in recent years, there has been interest in rules-light systems. The limit case of this is the Micro-RPG or One-Page RPG. A Micro-RPG can cover its rules in four-pages or less and is designed when players want a quick-and-easy game […]Read More Micro RPGs
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 . . .