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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 …

Bi-annual Podcast Round-up: Fall 2010

It’s time to go through my podcast feeds and decide what will go and what will stay.  Here are my mini-reviews of the RPG podcasts I’m currently subscribed to and whether they will stay as part of my regular feed. I always give new shows at least 3-4 episodes before I kick them out of the queue. New since last time 4 Geeks, 4E &#…

The Düsseldorf Files (Dresden Files RPG AP)

Our Dresden Files game is set in the Dusseldorf/Neuss/Cologne region of Germany, and we want to have a noir / pulp feel to it. The backdrop is that three known mob factions are vying for territory and control, while a fourth, unknown faction is scheming against all of them. The player characters are all connected to a PI firm. Session #1 The player characters…

What Improv Has Taught Me About GMing

Great stuff.

Memoir: My First Review

I’ve received what I consider the first review of a game I’ve written. Jonathan Lavallee over at Gamish Designer has been working through the Game Chef entries one by one and published a mini-review of mine in his blog. Did he love it – no, but nor did he hate it. He’s given a balanced review highlighting the highs and lows and commenting on …

Memoir: My First Review

I’ve received what I consider the first review of a game I’ve written. Jonathan Lavallee over at Gamish Designer has been working through the Game Chef entries one by one and published a mini-review of mine in his blog. Did he love it – no, but nor did he hate it. He’s given a balanced review highlighting the highs and lows and commenting …

The games I played at IndieCon – Session #3

Friday night’s session (#3) involved a game of  Apocalypse World , something I was anxious to try out having read a lot of positive reviews. For this game we headed back to the GM’s chalet since it was a quieter place to play than the main hall. Session #3 – Apocalypse World This session involved four players plus the GM – 3 …

The games I played at IndieCon – Session #3

Friday night’s session (#3) involved a game of  Apocalypse World , something I was anxious to try out having read a lot of positive reviews. For this game we headed back to the GM’s chalet since it was a quieter place to play than the main hall. Session #3 – Apocalypse World This session involved four players plus 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…

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…

Dealing with Problem Players

One of the things which has been on my mind recently is the issue of dealing with problem players. My weekend group has recently shrunk in size due to a lack of shared vision leading to a horrible rift in the group. What follows is a collection of my thoughts on the issue. The events at my gaming table have left me …

Get your free copy of Retrospect RPG

My entry for RPG Geek’s 24-Hour RPG contest is now available for free download . In case you’re not familiar with the idea, the contest required participants to write a complete RPG from concept to final product in 24 hours or less. I spent about 18 hours on Retrospect , including several hours taking public domain photographs and turning them in to art for the final PDF.

Gaming with Kids: Mouse Guard Session #8 (The Lost Session)

A reader pointed out that I suggested in session #7 that session #8 would wrap up the campaign, but session report was missing. The reason? I had forgotten completely about posting the session’s events!  Hence, we have the “lost session” from the Mouse Guard campaign I ran in the fall & winter of 2009. I’ve gone back through my notes although a …

Where to buy RPGs in Germany

No, I’m not asking the question although if you have a suggestion, let me hear it. Instead, I just wanted to put out a free and unsolicited plug for Sphärenmeisters Spiele . Not only do they carry (and more importantly actually stock) a huge variety of mainstream and indie RPGs, their prices actually beat Amazon.de’s prices most of…

Indie RPG Award Winners

The year’s winners of this year’s Indie RPG Awards have been announced. Indie Game of the Year Winner: Kagematsu First runner-up: Fiasco Second runner-up: Beat to Quarters and Little Fears, Nightmare Edition (Tie) Indie Supplement of the Year Winner: The Day After Ragnarok First runner-up: RPG = Role Playing Girl 2009 Second runner-up: Thou Art But A Warrior: A …

The cover to my 24-hour RPG contest submission

Here’s the cover to the game I completed (design, writing, editing, layout, and art) in 22 hours for RPG Geek’s 24-hour RPG contest. RPG

Review – Dresden Files RPG: Our World (vol. 2)

The second volume in the two Dresden Files RPG books released by Evil Hat , Our World features an incredibly detailed overview of the world, creatures, and characters featured in the Dresden Files universe as established by the series of novels. The authors (and specifically Chad Underkoffler) clearly put in an exhaustive amount of research in detailing every notable character (these are likely to…

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 …