Category Archives: Role-Playing Games

5 Influential Horror RPGs

I love horror RPGs—in fact, I love them more than horror movies or novels. There’s something about the communal aspects of telling or feeling a horror story that hits me at the core. This Halloween, instead of talking about running or making horror games, I’ll tell you about some of my favorite influential horror games.

Rules vs. Culture: Success at a Cost

Who “owns” success at a cost comes up quite often when talking about Fate, so it’s about time I wrote my thoughts about it from a designer stance—before and after

Back Ruined Empire, Get Aspects!

Do you know about Anna Kreider’s Ruined Empires Kickstarter? She speaks words that have definitely grabbed my attention. The Ruined Empire is a system-neutral campaign setting and source book set in a land of five nations in conflict, ripe with adventure and danger. It has a Final Fantasy-esque feel, a mind to social issues, and

Tell Me of This Strange World

Lillian Cohen-Moore and I are on our honeymoon, and we’ve been taking a lot of photos. Yesterday evening, I took several of the sunset near San Simeon, California, with my ProCamera app and its HDR plugin. Some of the pictures turned out really weird as I played with the settings, so I thought that today, I

Using Psychogeography in Fate

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a fan of Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff, and that frequently I’ll get ideas as I’m listening to episodes and make notes to

Fate: Tweaking GM Invocations

A curious thing happens when you publish a game: someone will talk with you about it, express some concern or bafflement or cool thing, and you’ll say “What about X?” They’ll look at you with confusion and tell you that you didn’t write that in the book. And sometimes, those end up being really handy