Diaspora Hacks, by way of Dresden Files

After a series of scheduling problems, we finally got back to the Diaspora game last night for the first time in… oh, six weeks or something. Been awhile. In retrospect, I’m glad for the delay, because it gave me time to think about a few problems I felt like we were having with the game, […]

Sacrifice, Interesting Failure, and Diaspora Hacks

I’ve been thinking (and talking) about sacrifice in games, and how that ends up playing out at the table. Originally, I was going to amass some kind of who’s who list of games that have mechanics that let you ‘push’ to achieve victory, but in the end I came to the conclusion that that kind […]

“I bleed and take another action.”

There is a kind of magic in sacrifice. No, I don’t mean literal magical sacrifices with babies and goats and stuff like that.[1] I’m talking about taking one for the team to bring said team that much closer to victory. That kind of thing earns mad respect, right? You see this in all kinds of […]

Diaspora, Session 3: Heat up the Iridium, it’s Shootin’ Time

It had been my intention to introduce everyone to the Ship, Personal, and Social combat mini-games in Diaspora during the first three sessions — basically in that order. Didn’t work out that way. As I mentioned at the time, the first session took a bit of an odd turn when Kate flipped the space combat […]

Diaspora: Cluster and Character generation (ridiculously TL;DR)

Exactly one year after our first gathering, the Wednesday night group got together for our first session of the new year, and we decided to get started in 2010 with Diaspora, the world’s softest hard sci-fi game. Counting myself, there were four players, and we opted to each create two worlds in “the cluster” (a […]

2009: The Year In Gaming

Well, the year in *my* gaming, anyway. Last year, during the holidays, Tim (I’m pretty sure it was Tim) suggested that we set up a regular gaming schedule for: A small group. On weeknights. This coincided well with my long-time desire to get a regularly scheduled game night going again. The small group also meant […]

Mouse Guard: The River at Elmoss, and making players cry

Got a chance to go back and play some Mouse Guard this weekend with Dave and Margie and Kate and Ka(y/therine). This session was a continuation of action that took place in “Not much Use as a Postmouse” and “A New Route to Ivydale”.  Margie’s character Lucia was still Angry from the last session, so […]

Meta-gaming, Actor-Stance, Author-stance, and Narration

Twitter. The final frontier new hotness. These are the transcripts of gaming nerds, trying to discuss involved game sessions using nerd jargon, in 140 characters or less. After Wednesday night’s PTA game (where we are now 4/6 on our season of Ironwall), Tim (cyface) tweeted: cyface A good game of #sg-pta last night. Had to […]

[3:16] Actual Play: Reptiloid Chameleon Tricksters in the Goya Asteroid Belt — no way were those actual troopers.

So the player of this episode’s spotlight character didn’t show up for PTA last night (Khaaaaan!), I suddenly needed to run something off the cuff, and we didn’t get started until 7, due to the waiting to see if the Spotlight guy would show. Right. Zero Prep time, short play-time. Go! Lady Blackbird felt like […]

[PTA] Ironwall, Episode 1: The Ambassador

Wow, it’s been awhile since this episode aired, but as Episode 2 is playing tonight, I thought I’d better get a summary down. I covered the pilot episode of this post-apocalyptic, fairies-are-back-and-they’re-pissed, survival drama here, in case you’re looking to get caught up. Previously on Ironwall: Shot of Sienna going all black magic scary in […]

Primetime Adventures: Ironwall, Pilot Episode, “The Hill”

((Our pitch session is here. The cast includes: Cam, mechanic and tinkerer-savant Joseph, one of the pillars of the settlement, hiding a terrible secret Lennox, border guard, the survivor of a wiped-out settlement Sienna, practitioner of black magic who has already paid high prices The rest of the session follows below, as recounted by TWoP. […]

My thoughts on the Mouse Guard RPG

I’m very excited about the first play session of our new Primetime Adventures game this Wednesday, and while I’m putting a lot of mental effort into it, another game is on my radar, and I really had to share. There are a few games that I think of as the touchstones in independently published roleplaying […]

Primetime Adventures Pitch Session: Apocalypse Fairies!

So last night we got got together to work through the Pitch Session for a new Primetime Adventures game. ((For those who don’t know, Primetime Adventures is a game meant to emulate action/melodrama television shows. The purpose of play is to create a short-run television series (5 or 9 episodes) driven by the Issues of […]

Coming back to the old home town: Paragon City

Saturday morning, I revved up the old comp and prepared to get in a little gaming goodness. Would I get back to the incredibly satisfying, incredibly frustrating Braid? How about restarting Bioshock, to get at some of the story I’ve missed? Perhaps a little of the Ol’ Reliable, with Lord of the Rings Online? None […]

We got our butts kicked by Shadows over Camelot, and it was excellent.

As I’ve said before, I’ve wanted to play Shadows Over Camelot for quite a long time. Two and a half years, probably. This desire hit a fairly significant road block in that neither I nor anyone I knew owned the game, and the price tag on the box discouraged whim-purchase. I thought I’d found a […]

Why I wouldn’t use IAWA to run Amber (at least not with Amber players)

Wednesday night rolled around, and we were set to play In a Wicked Age. This was going to be my fourth or so time running the game, the second time for both Tim and Chris to play (revisiting the same characters) and the first time for both Meera and Randy. Participant background It’s not unimportant […]

Birthday presents for nerds

From a GChat with the DM in my once-a-month DnD game: 12:59 PM Dale: Congratulations: your character gets 175 xp in celebration of you living another year 😉 Cha-ching.

A review of my recent gaming, via pictures.

Interpret as you see fit. MMO: Lord of the Rings Online That would be Geiri, Tiranor, and our new friend, level 60. Next… Mission: Accomplished. As an upside, while I’ve really enjoyed playing this character for a long stretch, it’s really given me an appreciation for other things… like playing my other two characters, extra […]

Amber Diceless doesn’t make the “Bucket List”?

Related to my previous post, a spin-off discussion about why Amber Diceless doesn’t make some people’s top-12 list. I contribute to the discussion, but the money-quote is from Tony LB, who just explained to me why I haven’t enjoyed any Amber game I’ve played, but immensely enjoyed the ones I’ve run; relative focus on the […]