Category: Gaming

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Dracula Dossier: The Enigmatic

What I love most about writing is the research. I love the process. I enjoy digging. This isn’t about a Wikipedia article or two. This is articles in journals, studies, biographies, videos and more. For the Director’s Handbook of the Dracula Dossier, I had two assignments: the Enigmatic Monsignor and Italy. Aside from a couple…
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September 22, 2015 0

Not The End

The message of this lecture is that black holes ain’t as black as they are painted. — Professor Stephen Hawking Hawking has put forward a new theory around information surviving in a black hole. The Information Paradox results from a conflict between quantum mechanics and general relativity. One posits permanent destruction of all matter while the…
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August 26, 2015 0

The 20/80 Rule of RPGs

I think I have found that a good RPG book needs to consider the concentration and focus of the reader when presenting information. As much as it might make sense to dollop a pile of background exposition up front or dwell on endless mechanics for a full-bodied chapter, I really suffer from terrible study fatigue.…
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August 8, 2015 0

Into the Ninth World

The weird thing about Numenera (if you’ll pardon the vague pun) is that if you have been playing it at all, there’s every chance you’ve already ventured into one of the realms covered by the current, already highly successful, Kickstarter. Into the Ninth World proposes three sourcebooks considering outer space, under the sea and venturing…
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August 6, 2015 0

The A-Team do The Harker Intrusion

In actuality, I didn’t have the opportunity to participate directly other than getting a copy of the fine Quick Start material Pelgrane Press has on offer. That’s a shame. I have always enjoyed the chance to run a game this time of year – although, oddly enough, it always seems to attract the same players. I’m…
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June 22, 2015 0

The Importance of Being Urgent

I’d say we have about two weeks before UK Games Expo. By that estimate, I have a mere 336 hours or so to spend panicking. It shouldn’t be that way. I mean, I have seen this coming for some time now. I have no excuse. The adventures were submitted a long time ago. All five of…
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May 13, 2015 0

Gaming an Unfamiliar Setting

Herein, I consider running ad hoc games using simple generic systems, like Fate Accelerated, with settings that might not be familiar, but have enough draw on common mythology to make the gaming experience a relatively easy one. For me, having a middle ground of creative and imaginative resource makes all the difference, because few of…
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March 11, 2015 0

Unsavaged

I have spent time over the last couple of days reading Savage Worlds. Specifically, the Savage Worlds Deluxe Explorer’s Edition. Now, very much on the positive side, I love a game that you can pick up for next to nothing. Yes, I know… You can find a lot of PDF games and supplements available on…
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January 17, 2015 0

UK Games Expo 2015 – Running Games

UK Games Expo event booking has opened up, so I’ve been drawing up my proposed games for the event and picked four so far – with the provision that I might consider a fifth. I have given some consideration to systems based as much on the date and time as anything. So, for example, I’d…
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January 13, 2015 0

Is She A Witch?

‘Witch’ provides an improvised entertainment for a small group of people without any need for a gamemaster or referee. In practice, it might be useful for someone to be familiar with the content of this ‘Ashcan’-edition booklet, but by no means imperative as the content could be scanned through and imparted quite rapidly at the…
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December 23, 2011 0