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Retrospective – A year of gaming with kids (part 3)

We’ve reached the third and last installment of my end-of-year review and reflection of the after-school club’s activities.  In this part I’ll talk a little about the observations I’ve made about the play of the various groups and list out the games I’m planning on introducing next year. Different games = different…

Retrospective: A year of gaming with kids (Part 1)

As the school year draws to an end, I’m looking back on the various games we played at the after-school gaming club to see what worked and what didn’t. I also am already thinking about what kinds of activities to attempt last year and thus this type of reflection is useful. The Games We Played I introduced a number of new games this year, …

I have my advance PDF copy of the Fiasco Companion and it’s awesome

I received my complementary advance PDF of the upcoming Fiasco Companion – I had the great honor of having an interview with me included in the book – and it’s awesome. The book looks great, is filled with tons of useful advice for both running the game and creating your own playsets, and includes four new playsets including the fantastic  Fiasco High playset …

Review – Fiasco

Fiasco is a game about plans gone awry, bad decisions made worse, and stupid people doing even stupider things. Okay, so that’s not exactly true because while it may have been inspired by movies like Fargo and A Simple Plan, it turns out that Fiasco is capable of a lot more thanks to the brilliant way playsets interact with the core Fiasco rules. The result …

Our first “Story Game Friday” session went well

Myself and a couple of the regulars from my Sunday game decided in 2011 we would start meeting one Friday per month to play a few of the multitude of story-oriented RPGs I have amassed over the past few years. For our first session we chose Fiasco using the Transatlantic playset. The result was a really interesting story that had nothing to do with icebergs but instead revolved around…

Gaming with Kids: A High School Fiasco (the Apple Valley High Session)

I’ve run three games of Fiasco over the past three weeks at the after-school club, each of them a big hit with the high school students, so much so that we’ve actually had drop in players based on word of mouth. This is a summary of the second game which was a playtest of a young adult specific play…

Gaming with Kids: From D&D to Fiasco

It’s official, 4E D&D is a dead at the after-school gaming club. At the moment the students are really grooving on playing Fiasco – we’ve played three weeks in a row and I’ve had new kids showing up wanting to play, or just watch, based on word of mouth. That’s really odd (and cool) to me since having run the …

The games I played at IndieCon – Session #2

My second game was an impromptu one: I couldn’t find an available slot in the second session and so coming off the awesome Fiasco game I played in during session #1, I decided to facilitate a game of it myself. Declan played in this game as well. Session #2 –  Fiasco We ended up with five players at the table once again. This time the group chose…

Gaming with Kids: We played some Fiasco and it was a big hit

Fresh off my games of Fiasco at IndieCon, I decided to teach the kids at the game club how to play it. We had five players, including myself. I let them choose the playset (they choose the Wild West playset from the rulebook) and we set about creating the situation.  The results were a tangled mess of relationships, locations, objects, and needs: My character …

The games I played at IndieCon – Session #1

I had the great fortune of playing in seven sessions at IndieCon.  Here are a session report from session #1. Session #1 – Fiasco This was facilitated by Declan Feeny with 5 participants. We chose Graham Walmsley’s Gangster London playset which was a bit ironic since Graham was playing with us. The set-up phase saw us playing a very interesting assortment of characters: A …

Back from IndieCon 2010

I’m back and will have a bunch of session reports and other comments over the next few days. The short summary: Fiasco is unbelievably good when it’s firing on all cylinders, although if you get a player who starts negating or introducing supernatural stuff it can be a struggle. Apocalypse World is really cool, but probably is better suited to multiple sessions than a…

Planning for IndieCon 2010

I’m all set to go to IndieCon 2010 which will be taking place November 4-7th in Dorset, UK. I had a blast at last year’s convention and am really looking forward to this year as well. I’m already planning on what games I’ll be running – I definitely will run a demo session (maybe two) of my soon-to-be-released …