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
Tarot is a most under appreciated tool in roleplaying games. If you need inspiration in a flash a quick tarot spread and give you tons of world building possibilities, devious plot twists or hidden clues. Here are some world-building tarot spreads from the most recent version of my Martian Muckraker RPG book followed by an […]Read More Worldbuilding Spreads
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
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
The best place for an introvert at an RPG table is . . . as the Dungeon Master (or Game Master or Master of Ceremonies). It may seem like a bold statement given the amount of responsibilities the Game Master (we will use this as a catch-all) has. Doesn’t being the GM require leading others […]Read More The Introverts Will Be Their (Dungeon) Masters
Some people think that ALL roleplaying is Dungeons and Dragons. But what if you want to try something new? Here are a few other awesome games you might enjoy: Regardless of the system you choose to play, remember that the most important rule of any RPG is The Rule of Cool! If you are using […]Read More Roleplaying Games Besides Dungeons And Dragons . . .
Gamemaker Cri’tevel is at the center of an interplanetary diplomatic spat after his game “Earthlings and Epics” was used by the Earthling government as an example of “alien contempt for our ways.” “I was not trying to offend,” Cri’tevel said, “Heck, I even based the ability system on an old forgotten Earthling game about dragons. […]Read More Game “Earthlings and Epics” Sparks Galactic Controversy