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Posts Tagged ‘rpg’

Headkick —

A week ago I put up a post talking about the just-started Kickstarter campaign for Alas Vegas, my new RPG. I’ve just written a sober description of that week for the Spaaace front-page blog, inviting analysis. But this is my personal blog, so here are some personal opinions. 1. Kickstarter is as addictive as meth, […]

Hide & Seek & Aliens Among Us —

The third Hide & Seek Weekender is kicking off in a couple of days, and should be fantastic. Three more days of brilliant, gorgeous and eccentric social, street and pervasive games, in and around the South Bank. I’ve been privy to a lot of the plans and preparations—Spaaace has been sharing office-space with Hide & […]

Today I am smug —

The estimable Gareth Hanrahan has observed that it’s possible to wonk the index of RPGs at RPG.net to give you a list of the top 50 (tabletop) RPGs ever, based on review scores on the site. Not hotlinkable, alas, but easy enough to do. It turns out that Hogshead Publishing, which I founded and ran, […]

Release the Baron! —

Update on the new edition of The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen, which is to be released in September: The first thousand copies of the book will be of the deluxe-format Gentleman’s Edition (black leather-effect cover with gold embossing), suitable for reading, prominent display in your library, and hurling at inattentive pot-boys. The remainder of […]

n00b World Reorder, part 4 —

(This is the fourth part of an ongoing series of skientific infestigations into the physics, chemistry and biology of Azeroth, the world known as ‘of Warcraft’. This will probably be gibberish unless you have read part 1, part 2 and part 3 first.) The ecology of Azeroth, part 2 The strangest aspect of the animal […]

My guy, Gax —

Some years ago, someone—it could have been Andrew Rilstone but I’m honestly not sure—commented that he wished Gary Gygax would hurry up and die, so people would stop talking about what he was doing now (which at the time was Dangerous Journeys, a tedious rules-heavy fantasy RPG at a time when the market was making […]

The Song Remains The Same —

It’s taken me a while but I finally tore myself away from WoW to start playing Eternal Sonata (Bandai/Namco, Xbox 360) today. I have been looking forward to this. It’s a JRPG set in the dreams of Frédéric Chopin as he lies dying of tuberculosis in Paris in 1849. And that is the kind of […]

Heroics —

I’ve been musing recently on the nature of courage, bravery and heroism, and their role in games and game-narrative. It’s been spurred by this photograph: Life magazine’s photograph of the week from October 1949. It was taken by an automatic camera on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, during trials of a […]

Gen 'n' Tonic —

Gen Con Indianapolis starts today, being Thursday, which means I can finally talk about three things. For those who don’t know Gen Con it’s the largest public games event in the English-speaking world, attracting more than 25,000 people to the four days of its show. I am not there this year, partly because my wife […]