On how to write a good RPG

In no particular order . . . Know your audience. The RPG industry is so diverse that it's critical you understand who you're writing your game for. If you assume your audience has never played an RPG before, you need an introduction. If your game does something that no other RPG has done before, you also... Continue Reading →


The Ivory Tower

Alignment languages: an artifact of a previous era, based on nonsensical notions cobbled together through a handful of literary sources (and not very good ones at that). And yet... The way Noisms puts it, I'm tempted to dive in. Personally, I believe that good/evil, right/wrong, and so on, are very real things. Objectively real. If all people... Continue Reading →

More About Elves

This whole series ~ examining the way that racial traits could define, in small ways, a race's culture and society ~ really started when I read this post and this one. The latter made me wonder why it is that we tend toward over simplifying our depictions of fantasy races; the former made me say, "Great,... Continue Reading →


Orcs in my world have the following traits: Ability Scores: +1 Strength and -1 Intelligence. Scent: Orcs can detect and follow odors much like a dog or a pig. Orcs benefit from the Senses I skill regarding their ability to detect odors. They automatically detect the presence of creatures within 1d6-2 hexes. Finally, this ability also allows an... Continue Reading →


Let's look at elves. Elves in my world have the following traits: Ability Scores: +1 Dexterity and -1 Constitution. Improved Vision: Elves can see four times as far as a normal human under similar conditions. Line of sight to the horizon is limited by factors such as obstructions or the lay of the land, but... Continue Reading →

Race and Culture

There's something that has always bothered me about fantasy literature and gaming: the narrowness of race and culture. At one time, we conceived of fantasy races ~ elves, dwarves, orcs, fairies, goblins, etc. ~ as idealized forms of human attributes. This makes sense: our only experience of this world is through the lens of humanity,... Continue Reading →

War Stories

Because I was asked this question on Quora, I thought I'd share the story here. I'm not one to go into war stories, for obvious reasons, but I felt this turned out well enough to warrant a post here. I once ran a game set in the Masque of the Red Death. The players were... Continue Reading →

Quora Dump

I'm liking this site. There are more than a few questions that are a waste of time. Sometimes, you get good answers to them. I'm not one to bother with these trolls but it's entertaining to see how other people address them. There are some real gems among the questions. Things that prove insightful and... Continue Reading →


This is why I write. This is why I want to write. This is why I beat myself up for not writing, for not sticking with my plans and for not being disciplined enough to actually accomplish anything. It's why I agonize over my dreams, why I obsess about worlds that could be. And it... Continue Reading →

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