Archive for November, 2005

Tabletop RPG theory for the casually curious

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

Ron Edwards is a great writer – from what I’ve seen, he can accomplish pretty much anything he decides he wants to accomplish. But there are times that I really wonder about what he wants to accomplish, such as when I try to read his RPG theory articles at the Forge. To quote Tim Burton: “These read like stereo instructions!” Maybe there are good reasons to choose that vernacular, like settling arguments or keeping out the riff-raff. But being riff-raff myself, I went looking for an easier-to-read trip through a few of the high points of Gamist-Narrativist-Simulationist theory, sharing GM duties and all that other good stuff. And lo and behold, it was right under my nose at the site of Dogs in the Vineyard author Vincent Baker. Rock! Don’t let the page title scare you: Baker is as good a writer as Edwards and, in this instance, a better teacher.

Audio Report from an undisclosed location

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

We join up with OC correspondent Steve Kani for a brief, actually-live-in-person Audio Report.

To discuss: hey, it’ll be time for the Xmas gift guides soon… what do you want under the tree?

AEG spins off Spycraft

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

Yes, AEG is unloading Spycraft, and to whom? Stalwart Spycraft developer Patrick Kapera is creating a new business to take it on. Seems like good news all around, except some poor guy now has to start a company to support a CCG. Or, you know, not, I guess – there is apparently “active discussion regarding the continuation of the Spycraft CCG.”

New GAMES 100 out, Australia is Game of the Year

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

And you thought it was just the only country that’s also a continent! (Which I’m not even sure it is.)

There’s no need to fear, Underdark is almost here

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

In preparation for tomorrow’s release, Wizards has posted the Underdark figure gallery. This new set for D&D Miniatures introduces rules for Epic level figures, such as Balor, Artemis Entreri, and Elminster. It also gives those who picked up the Fane of the Drow adventure the rest of the figures needed to properly run it.