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Feb
25

Niche within a Niche: 1800s Role-playing

Niche within a Niche: 1800s Role-playing Start with an RPG geek, who is already by definition existing within a certain subculture outside the mainstream. Dungeons & Dragons is still “for nerds,” though more and more of us are embracing the pejorative these days. Next, make her a storyteller over a powergamer, and cut her off from more than half of her would-be gaming group. Even worse, make her into Indie RPG’s, such that her FLGS will never carry the games she likes in-stock and she’s better off ordering direct from the author. Finally, make her a dark fantasy fan who adores...
Nov
29

Online or Tabletop, but Never Both; Young Women in Gaming Redux

Online or Tabletop, but Never Both; Young Women in Gaming Redux When asked what my dream freelance project might be, I immediately thought, “boy, wouldn’t it be great if I could buy the RPG rights to Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy,” since right now my work on the Lady Blackbird hack is stalled because, well, she expressly forbids RPG’s based off of her games, in spite of the healthy crop of play-by-post forums that populates the net (and has, for the last five years at least). Granted, there are only a few mainstays compared to the number that rise and fall in a given year (lesson of that story:...
Aug
5

“Into the Another World”: Crossing Over Time and Place in RPGs

“Into the Another World”: Crossing Over Time and Place in RPGs How many anime have present-day protagonists get sent backwards in time, or to another world entirely? Off the top of my head I can name Inuyasha, Fushigi Yuugi, Escaflowne, Magic Knight Rayearth, the Twelve Kingdoms without batting an eye. This theme is a beloved one of mine, and it isn’t surprising that many of the above are among my favorite series ever. It works so well as a television/manga trope, but I wonder if it can’t–or won’t–translate into the realm of pen and paper role-playing...
Jun
27

Blog Crits: Exchange of Realities

Even more Writing, Role-playing, & Gamemastering Tips & Tricks Three out of Three Crits So I finally happened upon Exchange of Realities, a blog centered on the crossroads between writing and gaming. It’s much older than Triple Crit, and as you pore over the right-hand column, you’ll probably be wowed by the sheer amount of material, not to mention the range of topics (I know I was). She even has meta-posts on blogging and NaNo. And she’s pretty freaking insightful, too. On The Problem with Pure Potential and its Alternative, she addresses...
Jun
26

Min-max THIS! A Powergamer’s M.O.

Min-max THIS! A Powergamer’s M.O. So I’m trying to come to terms with the fact that I am a Storyteller/Thinker-type, while my boyfriend is a Power Gamer/Slayer (which may or may not be more of a gap than between my paganism and his Jewishness). During what has come to be our weekly debate on the de/merits of each style, he scolded me for “not caring enough about my character” because, quite frankly, I was content to spend a mere half an hour leveling her up from 2 to 11, picking powers based on flavor more than on badassery. “What do you mean, I don’t care about...

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