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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…

Some entertaining steampunk videos

For those of you who aren’t familar with the League of S.T.E.A.M. , they’re a group of steampunk cosplay/entertainers who put out some pretty entertaining short videos as well as perform at various cons. They also appear in the latest Panic! at the Disco video ( The Ballad of Mona Lisa ). They have a few more short films up on their website

I’ve contributed to the Bulldogs! kickstarter

I just bought in to supporting the Bulldogs! kickstarter project . I love Fate and the game looks really great, from a talented designer. However, I’ve only gone with the $10 PDF option because the $50 level where you receive a book seems quite overpriced: Bulldogs! will be a 168-page, full color hardcover; in contrast, The Dresden Files RPG: Your Story is a 416-page, full color hardcover which …

I’ve contributed to the Bulldogs! kickstarter

I just bought in to supporting the Bulldogs! kickstarter project . I love Fate and the game looks really great, from a talented designer. However, I’ve only gone with the $10 PDF option because the $50 level where you receive a book seems quite overpriced: Bulldogs! will be a 168-page, full color hardcover; in contrast, The Dresden Files RPG: Your Story is a 416-page, …

Retrospective – A year of gaming with kids (part 2)

In part 1 of my review of this year’s gaming activity at the after-school game club I run, I talked about the games we played over the course of the school year. In this installment I’m going to talk about the logistical problems that are involved in running an after-school program and which interfered with some of the games this year. Problems Perhaps the biggest…

Preordered Pelgrane Press’s Ashen Stars

Okay, so I’m a sucker for just about anything Pelgrane puts out, especially when it comes to Gumshoe, but of all the games have proven to be worth the price so I decided to preorder Ashen Stars . I’m definitely planning on using this next school year with the the after-school club, but maybe I’ll even get my home group…

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, …

Played “A Penny for my Thoughts” with the after-school club

Today we tried out Paul Tevis’s A Penny for My Thoughts at the gaming club and the students really liked it. The game was a little slow getting started, and like many of these games I had to act as both a player and facilitator to demonstrate and model how the storytelling process worked, but the players all picked it up reasonably fast. The biggest challenge was…

Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple raises $24k+ on Kickstarter

The Kickstarter for Daniel Solis’s game Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple finished up last night having raised $24,383 which is about six times what he originally set out to raise. Check out the page here .

Burning Wheel RPG Gold Edition preorder?

Check out what is up on Paizo’s webstore .

Explaining Fate’s aspects

I recently posted this in response to a question over on RPGG and I thought it might be useful to others who are new to Fate and are trying to figure out how aspects work. This is necessarily the definitive explanation, but it distills down many of the important points. You can read the complete thread here . Bazin originally wrote: “In the games I played…

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 …

A follow-up for my Montsegur 1244 review

I failed to mention that Thoughtful Games, the game’s publisher, has also recently put out a free expansion to the game which adds more character, scene, and story cards. You can find out more information here.

Review – Montsegur 1244

Montsegur 1244 is a story-telling roleplaying game inspired by the historical events that surrounded the siege of a castle located in southwestern France. In it, each player adopts the role of one of the castle’s inhabitants, with the group exploring the time period of the siege in a series of acts that span a single session of 3-6 hours. It is a GM-less game and prep-…

Stealing Cthulhu preorder fundraiser now open

Graham Walmsley, author of Play Unsafe and The Dying of St Margaret’s (and others),  has now started his indigogo fundraiser to help handle preorders and funding for his upcoming book Stealing Cthulhu , which is a system-agnostic guide to telling H.P. Lovecraft inspired horror. It looks really great and at the lowest funding level ($28, shipped) is a good value. I&#…

Random thoughts about RPC (Role Play Convention)

Yesterday I went to RPC , my third trip in the past three years. My first year I stumbled upon a booth selling a lot of original TSR box sets and modules and I went a bit nuts . Since then I’ve gone back each year, in search of some cool deals and just to see what’s going on. The con is…

Crazy, cool Dresden Files RPG book cover

This is rebind of the Dresden Files RPG is amazing. In case you’re wondering, yes, the runes actually do glow. Definitely check out the others in the gallery too, because there are some amazing rebinds of games like Fiasco and Burning Wheel as well.

Trying out Obsidian Portal

After a half a decade away from play-by-forum games, I’ve decided to jump back in and run a campaign based on the original T1-4: Temple of Elemental Evil super-module over at RPG Geek. I’m planning on talking a bit more about the specifics about game in the near future, but wanted to mention that I’m trying out Obsidian Portal has…

Another video: Roll a D6

Another one circulating on Twitter. The music isn’t really my taste but the video is entertaining. Roll a D6 from Connor Anderson on Vimeo .

Video diversion: The Doubleclicks

In case you haven’t seen the video…. It’s from a Portland band called The Doubleclicks.