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I love sandbox games and urban horror, and at that intersection sits the absolutely stellar PbtA RPG Urban Shadows. I expected Urban Shadows to be good at facilitating sandbox play, but I wasn’t prepared for just how good it is. Since the proof is in the pudding, below is the brief recap of goings-on in […]

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At Go Play NW, I played a session of Love in the Time of Seið that I would rank among my top five gaming sessions of all time. Designed by Matthijs Holter and Jason Morningstar, Love in the Time of Seið (the “ð” is pronounced like the “th” in “them,” as I understand it) is […]

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Nathan D. Paoletta‘s World Wide Wrestling RPG reminds me of Action Movie World, another tight-premise PbtA game, not because they share a premise but because WWW 100% delivers on its premise (just like AMW). Wrasslin’ My last contact with professional wrestling was in the 1980s, when I used to occasionally watch it as a kid. […]

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Attending Go Play NW prompted me to rebuild my “go folder” — the games I can run on zero notice, either by grabbing the book (and having everything else in the folder) or because the whole game is in the folder. All of them are self-contained, require no prep from anyone, can be played in […]

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John Aegard has produced some really cool stuff, including two resources that jumped out at me: Jedi Blackbird, a Star Wars hack of Lady Blackbird, and a collection of tips for running a Dungeon World one-shot. Jedi Blackbird Jedi Blackbird is more structured than its inspiration, but only a little. That’s a good thing: Lady […]

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Just four pages long, The Pool is a free RPG designed by James V. West. It comes at “short and sweet” from a different place than, say, Risus (which I love), but occupies a similar space. The Pool features clever character creation, suitable for any setting or genre: Making a character is simple: just write […]

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On the day the UK voted to leave the EU, which happened to be the day after I read a heartbreaking investigative piece on private prisons, I woke up thinking about corporate greed, economic collapse, the excesses of the rich, Donald Trump, and human awfulness. And I thought, “I should design a game about eating […]

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I’ve had the pleasure of playing two sessions of Ian Williams‘ Action Movie World, and this game fucking delivers on every front. It’s designed to play like a cheesy action movie made from the mid-1970s through the mid-1990s, and it does exactly what it says on the tin. The two movies we’ve played were “Major […]

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I’ve never heard of a solitaire LARP before, but that’s exactly what Caitlynn Belle‘s mr. gracie used to live here offers up. What a neat idea! There’s a twist, too — and it sounds creepy as hell. Based on the game’s introduction (“don’t read ahead”), and the excellent — spoiler-free — RPGGeek review that led […]

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Thanks to a G+ share, I found myself checking out a 2010 post on Hill Cantons about one of the ways that M.A.R. Barker ran his Tekumel campaign: M.A.R. Barker on Rules Lite. The post is primarily a quote, so I won’t repost the whole thing here. Instead, here’s the business end, an excerpt of […]

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