My First Online GMing, by Crom, with Simon Carryer’s On Mighty Thews

My current game group is far too wonderful to let something like a global health crisis stop us from playing. But even if caution didn't dictate social distancing, we'd still be under a shelter in place order. So, online we go into the sometimes bewildering forest of apps to help us chat, roll dice, manage … Continue reading My First Online GMing, by Crom, with Simon Carryer’s On Mighty Thews

Hope Inhumanity session: Brief Recap

Last Saturday night a few regulars, a newcomer, and I convened to play Hope Inhumanity at Black Diamond Games' Indie Night. It's a taut story-telling RPG that unlike many post-apocalyptic games focuses on the tough, heart-breaking choices of survival. With every new situation it asks you to balance altruism against self-interest. If you feed the … Continue reading Hope Inhumanity session: Brief Recap

Zombie World: Tips and Approaches from Actual Play

Content Advisory: Zombie Stuff; a bad word or two. Reading time: not much. First of all, thanks everyone for coming out to my run at DunDraCon 44, and a special thanks to Michele Picard (no relation) for agreeing to run the exceptionally large number of NPCs for that session! So, I want to mention right … Continue reading Zombie World: Tips and Approaches from Actual Play

Actual Play of Action Movie World, There Will Be Bullets – Part 2 of 2

(In the first half of the report, we leave off just as the bullets start flying.) Sami, undercover as Noor, realizes he’s got to fire his machine-gun some to make it look good, so he aims a little high and lets the lead fly. The hovercraft column fans out into the oasis and start mowing … Continue reading Actual Play of Action Movie World, There Will Be Bullets – Part 2 of 2

Actual Play of Action Movie World, There Will Be Bullets – Part 1 of 2

I discovered Action Movie World, a Powered by the Apocalypse Game by Ian Williams, thanks to a post from D. Vincent Baker. He’s the man who got the PtbA revolution started back in 2010 with the original Apocalypse World rules. AMW has some interesting features. You play an actor, playing a character, in a big … Continue reading Actual Play of Action Movie World, There Will Be Bullets – Part 1 of 2

Running Lady Blackbird at DunDraCon 40

My recent trip to DunDraCon was my second, but my first as a volunteer. I’d tried to schedule my session of Lady Blackbird for nighttime — mainly because that’s when I’m usually at my best as a GM. Unfortunately it ended up being slotted for 2 pm Sunday. This is just about the exact point … Continue reading Running Lady Blackbird at DunDraCon 40