Unusual Suspects

Next stop: Grave Wisdom~

Rick sold the Cafe and the real adventure began. Sometimes, a person just has to stay up late, turn out the lights, and wrap themselves in the flickering light show of accidental greatness. Rick (often): I stick my neck out for nobody. With stacks of games about me, my dog asleep at my side on … Continue reading

The seeming absence of HR in RPGs

A lot of stories rely on people being in the right place at the right time. While I like that structurally, and enjoy making use of it in various ways and to varying degrees in the games that I play, it really only works once in any given setting… unless you are playing Mage and … Continue reading

Corruption: the other white meat

Black wings over sunset

Do not, as some ungracious pastors do, Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven; Whiles, like a puff’d and reckless libertine, Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads, And recks not his own rede. -Hamlet Stirred, not shaken Temptation to the point of corruption is not something which I consider to be easy … Continue reading

Putting the Actor In-Character

I read an interesting exchange of comments at Trollsmyth and even more at Wasted Lands ostensibly concerning ‘railroading,’ but drifting quickly into a discussion of  problems which can crop up in what has become known as ‘sandbox play.’ I cite these as problems of sandbox games as in a case of actual railroading, they essentially cannot … Continue reading

The Goals of an RPG, or the R.P.G’s of gaming

If it’s not fun, don’t play. -One-Eyed Man I imagine we all agree with the preceding statement unless we have issues with masochism or other self-interest eschewing disorders. That said, I have been coming across repeated statements ‘out there’ that the purpose of the GM in an RPG, and by extension an RPG’s ultimate goal, … Continue reading

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