The Sprawl: Hacking It for Night's Black Agents

Tue 29 August 2017 by Lowell Francis from Age of Ravens

I’ve run seven sessions of The Sprawl this year. The rules for this cyberpunk PbtA rpg grabbed me when I read them. But when I went to play the actual game differed greatly from what I had in my head. That discontinuity left me unsure. A few months later I reread it a couple more times. I’d played a lot more PbtA in various flavors in the interim. This time I saw how the game’s unexpected granularity actually worked for it.


Freaking Out: My ENnies Award Post! (Seriously, Yikes...)

Fri 25 August 2017 by Lowell Francis from Age of Ravens

A few weeks ago I hit another milestone for Age of Ravens: 1200 posts. Assuming an average of 1500-1800 per post, that’s a lot of words. If we accept Sturgeon’s Law, that still leaves a decent total of good work. I’ve reread the first few years of ...

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Mystery Academy: My Masks: A New Generation Hack

Tue 22 August 2017 by Lowell Francis from Age of Ravens

A couple of times I’ve run a game frame I call “Mystery Academy.” Teen characters get sent to a new and strange school. They can tell right away the school has weird secrets and hidden threats. But the kids themselves are not entirely unprepared. They have their own hidden ...

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RPGaDay 2017 Pt. 2: Reviews to Slaadi to Mutants

Wed 16 August 2017 by Lowell Francis from Age of Ravens

7) Finally it should have some discussion of usability. Does the electronic product have layers you can control? Do the page backgrounds and layout make things easier or more difficult? Has play at the table been sacrificed for cool graphics? Has someone thought about the ordering of material in play ...

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Reign of Crows: A Fate Kingdom Hack (Part Two: Archetypes)

Tue 15 August 2017 by Lowell Francis from Age of Ravens

Last Thursday I posted material for Reign of Crows, my A Game of Thrones-inspired Fate hack. It’s one of three Fate games I’m running for the Gauntlet Hangouts. It’s the most experimental-- bringing together tools from other systems. We played our second session on Sunday, video here ...

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Reign of Crows: A Fate Kingdom Hack (Part One: Set-Up)

Thu 10 August 2017 by Lowell Francis from Age of Ravens

Sunday we started the first of four sessions of Reign of Crows. That’s intended to be a “Game of Thrones” style Fate mini-campaign. Everyone plays members of a single noble family within a kingdom. Together they face threats and shifts in power. At the start of the game, the ...

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RPGaDay 2017 Pt. 1: Wulin to House Fires to Stuffed Animals

Tue 08 August 2017 by Lowell Francis from Age of Ravens

It’s impenetrability is different than Nobilis or Chuubo’s Marvelous Wish-Granting Machine. It simply has so many moving parts. Some of that’s really excellent. The Loresheet system is worth borrowing for any rpg setting. The core book provides brief write ups on hundreds of elements of the setting ...

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