Black doors

Tue 29 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

Apparenty, the hot "new" thing in RPG design this week is called the "Black Door". The idea has been posted publicly, and from a few private sources that I've seen...


RPGaDay2017 #29

Tue 29 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

I haven't backed many, and haven't had much luck with those that I have backed.

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RPGaDay2017 #28

Mon 28 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

What film/series is the biggest source of quotes in your game? Is it too cliched to say "Monty Python"?

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RPGaDay2017 #26

Sun 27 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

Which RPG provides the most useful resources?

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RPGaDay2017 #27

Sun 27 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

What are your essential tools for gaming? If this question is asking what minimum equipment have I found it necessary to have available in order to run an enjoyable and successful game, then the answer is short and simple. That's it. I've run successful games for a single ...

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Popping the Cherry

Sat 26 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

One of the younger players in my LARP has decided that he wants a gaming experience that is deeper than what we've been able to provide with the 10 players that regular show u to our live events. His mother has bought him a copy of D&D, and ...

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RPGaDay2017 #25

Fri 25 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

What is the best way to thank your GM?

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RPGaDay2017 #24

Thu 24 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

People who offer their games as "pay-what-you-want" (PWYW) do so because they want people playing their games, they aren't greedy corporate leeches charging hundreds of dollars for a few crappily cast figurines, bits of poorly laid out cardboard, and a few custom dice in a box. These are people ...

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RPGaDay2017 #23

Wed 23 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

Honestly, most RPG layout is pedestrian and vanilla. I've tried to do interesting things with layout in FUBAR and in The Law, but outside my circles, neither of these games has really caught on.

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Abstraction versus Fine Detail

Tue 22 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

I don't remember who was posting about it the other day, but it got me thinking. Back in the old days, our adventurers would delve into a dungeon with a limited supply of oil flasks, arrows, rations, metal stakes, and other consumables, marking them off our lists as we ...

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RPGaDay2017 #22

Tue 22 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

Which RPGs are the easiest for you to run?

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RPGaday2017 #21

Sun 20 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

What RPG does the most with the least words?

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Indexing

Sun 20 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

I've finally gotten around to indexing the "Game Mechani(sm) of the Week" series. That means the tab at the top of the blog page is actually useful now. I've indexed half of the original series (which was done 8 years ago...back in 09), and will hopefully ...

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Images from the Sprawl (Part 3)

Sun 20 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

During this series of images, I reached the point where I needed to actually start creating the pictures necessary to address certain elements of the game rules. This gives us motorcycle chases, equipment depictions, a distinctive gang, and a conspiracy pin-board. Many of these images have already been added into ...

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RPGaDay2017 #20

Sun 20 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

As a lot of people have pointed out, the various POD and PDF websites which currently exist mean that there really aren't many RPGs that are truly "out-of-print" any more. I dig through all sorts of sources when looking for out-of-print stuff...but mostly it comes down to opportunity ...

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Dispatch Guide

Sat 19 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

I've almost finished the Dispatch Guide, which is basically a book of ideas and hints for the player who takes on the GM/Arbiter/Referee role in a session of The Law.

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RPGaDay2017 #19

Sat 19 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

In certain circles, I'm hearing Blades in the Dark for this...but it's the new hotness, so that's to be expected. A couple of years ago, I'm sure everyone would have said Apocalypse World because it was oh so edgy with its over-use of expletives. In ...

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RPGaDay2017 #18

Fri 18 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

Which RPG have you played the most in your life? I've probably sent more time LARPing than anything else, and for this the most hours of preparation, telephone call back-room dealings and politics, engagement on a regular basis, all point to White Wolf's Minds Eye Theatre. Including the ...

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Images from the Sprawl (part 2)

Fri 18 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

Here's the second batch of images. They spread a bit more in subject matter and experimental style...but generally maintain the vibe.

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RPGaDay2017 #17

Thu 17 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

Which RPG have you owned the longest but not played? Even if I haven't played a specific game, I think I've mined almost everything on my shelves for soe kind of inspiration at least once... ...but I'm sure I'm probably missing something. Let's see... there ...

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Images from the Sprawl

Thu 17 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

I've been on a bit of a roll with my illustration over the last few days...not sure how much longer it will last, and I've got some assignments to do (which usually kill my momentum).

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RPGaDay2017 #16

Wed 16 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

The last RPG I used as is, in a campaign setting, was Pathfinder...I didn't enjoy it. The last RPG I used as is, in a one-shot, was Dungeon World...despite being driven by the Apocalypse engine, I did enjoy it.

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RPGaDay2017 #15

Wed 16 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

Which RPG do you enjoy adapting the most? I have trouble playing anything straight (which is basically going to screw up my answer for #16 as well). When it comes to adapting games, I usually streamline things when I play them, forgetting a lot of rules unless they are really ...

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Core Mechanics

Tue 15 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

+Paul Stefko has started producing a series of podcasts/vlogs called "Core Mechanics". The episodes are quick, simple, and provide a basic overview of fundamental systems in a range of games. At the time of writing, he's got five of these episodes available and I can't wait to ...

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RPGaDay2017 #10

Sun 13 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

I usually don't have a lot of time to play games... well, more accurately, I have periods when I've got heaps of time to play games, but trying to find a regular gaming group who are willing to try new things has been problematic over the last couple ...

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RPGaDay2017 #11

Sun 13 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

Which 'dead game' would you like to see reborn? A few years ago, I'd have said "Mutant Chronicles" or "The Classic World of Darkness" but both of them have been redone to varying degrees of success. The same with many of the other properties I've wanted to see ...

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Dispatch Guide WIP

Sun 13 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

The GM in The Law is called Dispatch, they are the central communications hub for the agents of the law in the local area, they have an overview of the situation and a perspective that agents simply can't have in the narrow alleys and dark shadows of the sprawl.

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RPGaDay2017 #12

Sun 13 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

I seriously can't fault the people who are responding to this question with the groundbreaking artwork of Tony Diterlizzi in the Planescape books. The moment I opened one of the books in my local gaming shop (back in '94, I think the shop might have been "The Tin Soldier ...

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RPGaDay2017 #13

Sun 13 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

I've seen that quite a few people have been tripped up by this question. Mostly because they already answered this when they gave their response to the 7th Day with its question about impactful sessions.

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Image Experimentation

Sun 13 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

I've been working on some imagery for the upcoming Dispatch Guide for The Law. Trying to offer some variation on the illustrations to show a slightly different flavour for these characters, while maintaining a sense of continuity with the existing setting. 

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RPGaDay2017 #14

Sun 13 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

A lot of games designed as one-shots, or games that tell a single story repetitively aren't really good answers here, but it would be interesting to see systems like this challenged beyond their intended confines. I do prefer a well structured but robust system that can handle a variety ...

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I guess I need to finish it

Thu 10 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

There's a new index of independent RPGs going around...and I'm surprised to actually be included in it this time. It's called

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RPGaDay2017 #9

Thu 10 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

What is a good RPG to play for about 10 sessions? This is a bit like the last one, where a lot of games instantly rule themselves out because they are specifically designed as one-shots, or for very short story arcs, but for the rest of the RPGs out there ...

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RPGaDay2017 #8

Wed 09 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

I'm getting behind in these...need to catch up. Reading that question, I suddenly remember why I procrastinated on it. All of them, none of them. There are a few games that really can't be played in 2hrs or less. A LARP often takes a minimum of 2 ...

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Dispatch Guide

Wed 09 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

Enthusiasm from the early sales of The Law has meant I've started working on the Dispatch Guide. Perhaps a bit more than just started... I'm up to 24 pages written and laid out, out of a total of 32 for the book.

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RPGaDay2017 #6

Tue 08 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

You can game every day for a week. Describe what you'd do. I've been sick over the last couple of days, and haven't really been focused enough to write up my answers, so now it's time to catch up. "Non-cynical me" answers it slightly differently... This ...

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RPGaDay2017 #7

Tue 08 August 2017 by Michael Wenman from Observations of the Fox

I know I've mentioned a few of them here on the blog over the years.

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