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Don’t Pity Him

I suspect B.A. would pity me for my shoddy respect of his fighting skills. You can only really appreciate that you’ve done something wrong when you test it in anger – and I can see after a couple of sessions that I haven’t figured B.A. Baracus out right. It isn’t a problem – indeed, I…
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October 19, 2015 0

Lone Wolf Technique Cards

Cubicle 7’s Lone Wolf Adventure Game boxed set enters Joe Dever’s world of Magnamund and allows you to take on the role of Kai Initiates. In the face of creeping darkness and scattered pockets of injustice, you have the means to bring light and hope. While the basic – or Initiate – version of the game…
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September 25, 2015 0

Outliving the Dead

With Halloween fast approaching, thoughts might well turn to running a horror game for your friends or family. And with the recent return of The Walking Dead, my mind has turned to zombies (though I’m starting to get really bothered about this ‘The Road‘-like fascination with Long Pig Appreciators). I have to draw attention to…
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October 21, 2014 0

My First RPG Played

Well, that would be red box Basic Dungeons & Dragons. I’m guessing it would be in 1984, when I was 12, or thereabouts, and in my second year at Beanfield Comprehensive School* – in the small industrial newtown of Corby. I had managed to show enough interest in music to find myself a member of…
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August 1, 2014 0

Storming and Cliffhangers

I have had a busy gaming long weekend, running Numenera and TimeWatch at Concrete Cow and Bookhounds of London last night, for my local gaming group. Despite 8 hours gaming I have incited very little dice rolling and managed to get by on minimal prep, which works out fine for me. I have found with many games that despite the mechanical…
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March 11, 2014 0

Descriptors in Numenera

I have Numenera Descriptors on my mind at the moment. Time for a boring Numenera post, largely intended for personal reference – if that’s OK with the two other people who read this blog. The basic Numenera character has a sort of concept defined in a single sentence made from a few selective components. I…
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February 21, 2014 0

TimeWatch: Paradox Induced Migraines

This Saturday past, I ran a session of the Gumshoe time traveller TimeWatch, by Kevin Kulp, at the Dragonmeet convention in Kensington. Not yet finished, funded or available (my understanding is it’ll be Kickstarted some time soon), I ran it from a playtest copy of the rules and a very brief outline for an adventure. I hope to…
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December 9, 2013 0

Too Little or Too Much?

I had a chat with some of my roleplaying group the other day about storytelling games. We just finished a very tight and entertaining game of Fiasco – using Graham Walmsley‘s “Unaussprechlichen Kulten” playset – and had started to chat. The discussion concerned why certain storytelling games worked and others didn’t – or at least,…
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January 11, 2012 0

Conan the Statisticator

Played Conan for the first time yesterday. As we run on fairly tight timelines (we only really have 150 minutes on a Wednesday to play in), we tend towards short adventures (two or three sessions) and pregen characters. On this occasion, I might have communicated a bit late in saying I wanted to play a…
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May 12, 2011 0

Mechanical Breakdown

I approach any new game with considerable caution, even the simplest ones. I have this habit of deconstructing mechanics without even taking the time to try them out. This might be a good thing. Given my desire for crunch, it might be bad as well. I do what I can to stop this, but given…
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February 28, 2011 0