Monday, December 28, 2015


As someone who likes a wide variety of games, I have to ask: When did we become afraid of words?

Monday, December 14, 2015

Steam Cleaning

Today we're going to direct our attention to "steampunk."

Wait, what? Smash it? Oh no no no no no! We're going to clean it up! And we might brush the excess verdigris off some other related genres while we're at it.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Are Your Boss Fights Boss Enough?

When I wrote this in 2012, I mentioned that I should write something on "non-traditional combat structures." It's high time I delivered.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Non-GUMSHOE Mystery

On a few occasions, I've sung the praises of the various GUMSHOE systems and their way of doing things that makes picking your way through a mystery mostly foolproof and kind of cool.

Wait, what's that? You're not playing a GUMSHOE game, and don't want to switch over? Fortunately, there are ways to adapt.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Be Prepared

Is Fate's "Create Advantage" action type unique among RPGs?

Short answer: As such, yes. Otherwise, no.

Friday, February 20, 2015