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

Untold: Adventures Await – a Review for Indie Gamers

If you're an Indie Gamer, Untold: Adventures Await is what you breeze past on your way to the RPG rack when the new IPR order comes in. With its reassuring palette of blues, and its cute little Adventure Time-like creatures, it practically screams "fun for the whole family!" But you're in luck, dear Reader. I … Continue reading Untold: Adventures Await – a Review for Indie Gamers

I’m GMing Hope Inhumanity at Black Diamond Games in Concord, CA (Sat. Feb 29th @ 6:30pm)

Event Details: Black Diamond Games 1950 Market St., Concord, CA 94520 Sat., Feb. 29th @ 6:30pm What will you do to survive? Hope Inhumanity is a card-driven story game. Play ordinary people surviving the extraordinary journey through a post-apocalyptic landscape. Fight off hunger, sickness, and other desperate survivors who want what you want: to find … Continue reading I’m GMing Hope Inhumanity at Black Diamond Games in Concord, CA (Sat. Feb 29th @ 6:30pm)

I’m GMing Untold: Adventures Await @ Black Diamond Games in Concord, CA (Sat., Feb. 22 at 7pm)

Event Details: Black Diamond Games 1950 Market St., Concord, CA 94520 Sat., Feb. 22nd @ 7pm I’ve been running lots of heavier games lately, so I though it would be fun to switch things up with something lighter. Also, one of the cool things about Untold is that all of the story content comes from … Continue reading I’m GMing Untold: Adventures Await @ Black Diamond Games in Concord, CA (Sat., Feb. 22 at 7pm)

Last Days of Disco playtest: The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Elvezio and Julian

Friendly warning (mature content): those of you who read my blog will probably not be troubled by such things, but the session report below describes events that play out in the overheated world of the 1970s disco scene. So, if not-particularly-graphic depictions of gay sex, irresponsible drug use, etc., are not for you, please move … Continue reading Last Days of Disco playtest: The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Elvezio and Julian

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

Lady Blackbird: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Wild Blue

I’ll admit it, I was a little late to the story game party. I stumbled across Dogs in the Vineyard and Apocalypse World around the same time a few years ago and my mind was blown. At that point I’d played Hero System on and off for about 25 years, not even realizing that it … Continue reading Lady Blackbird: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Wild Blue