I've been chewing on all things FATE these days, liking a lot of what I'm reading in both the core rules and community offerings online. One of the ideas that has come out of that reading is a very interesting discussion of Fractals in adventure design. Ultimately, this is a mindset for designing adventures that doesn't need to be tied to any RPG -- but it does make for a flexibility of design that will allow us to make room for player creativity and agency in ways that more linear design does not.
They say that when a true synergy occurs, the results can be greater than the sum of its parts. Certainly, the idea of creating this kind of synergy was behind a gathering of writers and game designers by The Design Mechanism to create The Book of Quests for the 6th Edition of RuneQuest.
Apologies to those who aren't fans of Wonderpets for the title of this week's column. Today is all about collaboration. It is great when it's great but it has a few pitfalls to steer around. At it's best, there is nothing finer and I'm enjoying the benefits of such a project that I'm very, very pleased to announce...
Monte Cook and Shanna Germain attended the first of their Ultimate Retailer Events at Astral Games in Medford, Oregon in which they talked about Numenera and answered audience questions. A video of this event will be up on EN World later this week. They were both kind enough to sit down and talk with us at the event's conclusion.
It’s been a long time since my online Planescape group has been able to get together. With two continents, three time zones, five players, jobs, spouses, significant others, children, holidays, etc, it’s not been easy to keep things going for 10 years. But Sunday afternoon the stars were aligned, and we once again fired up mIRC and MapTools and TinyChat and convened on a tiny moon above the surface of Pandemonium.
Many campaigns are based around cool plots, interesting characters, and awesome settings. No matter how cool your campaign intrigues are, however, you’ll need an awesome fight scene at some point. While your heroes might be fond of solving all their problems with words and skill checks, there will come a time when they get the itching feeling that the villain simply needs a good drubbing to solve all the world’s problems. This is born from the basic human instinct that all problems can be solved at a critical juncture if you simply hit them hard enough with a hammer. Classically, this takes the form of the Russian astronaut kicking the 40-billion-dollar computer to miraculously get the engines on the shuttle to start. Whatever the psychology, it’s there, and it works.
With a temple crumbling all around you and very tempting piles of treasure almost everywhere you look, risk and reward can often be a tricky pair to balance. And in Escape - The Curse of the Temple, it's even more difficult... because you're going to have to rely on your friends as much as your own skill!
This week I thought I'd take a walk through some of the darker corners of Kickstarter projects to see what might be good fun. There are some winners, so check these out while there's still time. These are kick starters for items that may have missed your notice -- they're not actual games, but accessories/gadgets that have either a direct or indirect application for gamers.
Veteran gamers and OSR fans have most likely heard of the infamous troll named Grimtooth, and his fantastic assortment of deadly and diabolical traps. (*nod* Flying Buffalo) Well, old Grimtooth has some competition these days from a mere human named Gavin the Trapsmith.
We join our dynamic duo as they lurk outside a ruined tower while Brelish and Cyre forces clash on the Saerun Road below the hill. Each has mission; can they work together to accomplish them? For the first part of this article, see here.
Creating your own campaign setting is one of the most rewarding parts of being a GM. You get to create fantastic lands, interesting locales, cool NPCs, and more. A good campaign is like a living and breathing world. Not only is it a place with history and character, it’s also a fantastic backdrop for your epic adventures.
The cliche goes that size isn't everything, and that's especially true in games. Sometimes the tiniest boxes contain the biggest challenges, and in No Thanks! you'll be left wondering precisely why you've got all those big games on your shelves when there's so much thought and rage in this little package...