Orcs Are Not Human
Orcs, like many monsters in modern game design, are being depicted as human, more or less.  Ugly, tusked humans with pointed ears.  This is a mistake.  Monsters should be depicted as such … monstrous.  If I were going to write up the …
Abstractions…
Some games like The Cypher System and to a lesser extent 13th Age, leave me with a feeling that something is missing. When I play or run an rpg, I like a fair mix of dice rolling, resource management, interaction with players …
Gaming FTF vs VTT
Back in the old days if you couldn't meet face to face your options were few.  Play by post was it.  The game was played via the US Mail.  Technology came in the '90s that brought playing via an online bulletin board, …
Movie Inspirations for Tabletop RPGs
I have been gaming for 41 years.  I have also been watching fantasy movies for nearly as long.  One of the earliest was Wizard of Oz and lately, well the fare is sparse mostly taken up by super hero movies.  Not there …
Review of the HackMaster Player’s Handbook by Kenzer and Co.
Hackmaster was originally a parody game of Dungeons and Dragons in the pages of Knights of the Dinner Table (KodT) published by Kenzer and Company.  KodT gave me a lot of belly laughs, especially the Gazebo incident.  After receiving many requests, Kenzer, …

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