Let’s Play Pretend

I must ask the reader's patience for this post: the recent discussion has put into my mind the need to provide examples that better illustrate my points. All too often, I feel that we get lost when discussing hypothetical situations. These discussions would benefit the most from actual examples, but given how complicated things can... Continue Reading →

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Oh, so close…

I like Matt Colville's work. He has good advice, even if he feels the need to couch it in language that's more palatable to the sensitive viewer. I wish he would be more consistent with his views. It'd be nice if he was a little more critical. And I'm expecting the Strongholds and Followers book... Continue Reading →

What Comes After?

I've made it a point to argue that acting is not necessary in order to play a role-playing game. This is fundamentally because role-playing is defined as "the acting out of the part of a particular person or character," and, in the context of an RPG, that role ~ the person or character ~ is... Continue Reading →

Power Curves

After writing about dwarves and elves and orcs, I started musing about halflings. Since I don't treat them as a race and can't comment on halfling "culture," I thought I would explain my process for character generation, and how the player might be a twin and get to play two characters at once, or he... Continue Reading →

vs.

Discussions of "railroad vs. sandbox" are common enough among gaming circles. For the most part, we assume we know the meaning of these terms. But what if we don't? In all conversations, the ability to communicate relies on a common understanding. We need to know the terms and concepts we're using, else we'll be talking... Continue Reading →

Podcasts and Blogging

It's been a couple weeks since the last post but I want to assure the reader that I am not going anywhere. This is, unfortunately, part of the natural ebb and flow that is life. Work has taken much of my time lately; of course, family is always important; and I've been working with a... Continue Reading →

Feathers

First things first I'ma say all the words inside my head I'm fired up and tired of the way that things have been… - Believer, Imagine Dragons Well, that escalated quickly. I shouldn't be surprised, really. Reddit doesn't exactly have the best reputation. Not that all of Reddit is a terrible place ~ it's too... Continue Reading →

Coins

I want to write more for this page, to perhaps write a FAQ or something similar, but I'm stuck on the notion that I've answered all my own questions. I feel as though it's succinct and direct, and that it accomplishes the goal, that being to have a definition to work from. Barring feedback or... Continue Reading →

Metagaming

Anyone who spends more than a few moments listening and critically evaluating this video will realize that the speaker is employing age-old rhetoric designed to belittle and break down the listener, to the point where you're willing to accept his premise, which is, "This thing is totally bad except when I say it's good because... Continue Reading →

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