Monthly Archives: June 2011

Link Roundup 6/30/11

What’s caught my attention recently: Robin Laws talks about “RPG Scenario Pro Tip: Triumphing Over Will“. He talks about how to punch up your adventure writing (and writing in general) by removing some words you’re probably using. When Robin talks about language or design, you’d do well to listen. Brad Murray on “Robots and Role-play“.

How About Those Origins Awards…

I’m going to be more rambly and self-indulgent today, with a touch of sentiment, because I want to talk about Dresden’s Origins Awards. Or, rather, I want to vocally process said awards. If you’ve been following the RPG sphere, you’ve heard by now that the Dresden Files RPG won the Origins Award for Best RPG

Why We Buy Things

Over the last year, I’ve been watching how people talk about the things they buy. And watching Kickstarters, buzz about games on Twitter, things like that, here’s the breakdown I’ve got in my head: People buy things because… they hear the product is good. See the emphasis on “hear”? That’s buzz. It doesn’t have to

Why To Keep Your Day Job

(This is for my friend, Matt T. And for y’all, but especially him.) I’ve noticed a trend in my life: I end up seeing some out-of-town friends more often than in-town friends. Why? Because with out-of-town friends, time is more precious and so planning happens, as does committing to follow-through. With in-town friends, we can

On Dice + Food + Lodging Episode 29

Last night, Josh Roby and I ended up spontaneously podcasting with the ever-charming Tim Rodriguez of the fine podcast Dice + Food + Lodging. Josh and I talked about playtesting — how we go about it, what we’re looking for, pitfalls we’ve dealt with, and lessons we’ve learned. The episode. It’s 25 minutes long. Josh

Cover Image Aspects

Fate’s been able to handle aspects for campaign theme, mood, setting tropes, all that jazz since aspects were created. We handle some of the with Dresden’s City Creation, with the Themes and Threats of the city and locations in it, but it can go farther. A good friend of mine, Morgan Ellis, pushes the envelope