Monthly Archives: June 2014

John Kovalic’s Game Alignment Chart

Board games categorized along the full RPG alignment spectrum, from Lawful Good to Chaotic Evil.  I think I can agree with this.

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Click the picture to embiggen, or click on the link to go directly to the Dork Tower site (highly recommended).

http://www.dorktower.com/2014/05/28/gaming-alignment-dork-tower-28-05-14/

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Ryan Macklin on GMs Listening and Celebrating

A very good post on RPG GMs applying some improv comedy skills to listen to the players and also to celebrate their achievements.  Excellent stuff that all GM should use.

http://ryanmacklin.com/2014/06/listening-celebrating/

(see, I can actually post things that aren’t Kickstarter!) 😉

Backstory Cards, now live on Kickstarter!

These are pretty cool.  They’re used mainly when starting a campaign with new characters and are intended for the players sitting around the table to draw cards and, through narrative, create backstories that link the characters closer together as a group.  For example, someone might draw “You and PC worked to undermine or directly combat one of GROUP’S machinations.  What did that conflict cost you?  What did it cost GROUP?”

So we know that you and another player character worked together in the past, in this case the card (as seen on the Kickstarter project page) has an arrow pointing to the right, so it’s the person on your right that you fought GROUP with.  The arrow might also point above, indicating the person opposite you.  So it might not be the person that you’d like to do something with, and it might not be the character with the skill set that you want, but that’s what you need to work with.  As you create an impromptu story with the other PC, you’ve deepened both character’s backgrounds, added some lore to the game, and possibly added a skill to your character.  You’ve also deepened the story of GROUP, which might just be the group that you’re working with…

The cards work with ANY role-playing game because you’re just making background stories.  I first learned of this from Ryan Macklin’s blog (http://ryanmacklin.com/) who provided me with an early beta of the cards.  I immediately fell in love with them, unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to get a group together and test them out.  The concept really appeals to me, I think any RPG is improved by having the characters more interconnected than ‘You meet in a tavern.’

The Kickstarter was created by Tim Rodriguez of Brooklyn Indie Games (http://brooklynindiegames.com/) and Ryan Macklin, it’s already reached its goal of $5,000 and will be open until Friday, July 18.  $15 will get you a printed set of the cards, lesser amounts will get you the PDF for print and play.  You can also download the beta if you’re a contributor.

 

Kickstarter page

Care to help a student working on a Masters thesis on Euro Games?

John Kovalic (of Dork Tower and Munchkins fame and more) was approached by a German university student who is looking for people to interview for her thesis, and specifically looking for people who play lots of Euro-style games.  Here’s an excellent chance to help someone out for a good cause.

http://www.dorktower.com/2014/05/13/be-part-of-a-master-thesis-on-gaming/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=be-part-of-a-master-thesis-on-gaming

A new eBook Humble Bundle!

Their fourth bundle went live last week, I’m late posting it because it came at the same time as I had my second cataract surgery and using a computer isn’t the easiest right now.

Anyway, many books in many formats, supporting both Kindle and ePub formats.  Titles currently include: Wizzywig: Portrait of a Serial Hacker by Ed Piskor, March: Book One by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, The Sword & Sorcery Anthology, From Hell by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell, Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind, The Alchemist by Paolo Bacigalupi, The Executioness by Tobias S. Buckell, Jam by Yahtzee Croshaw, andLovecraft’s Monsters: Anthology by Various including Neil Gaiman. Ellen Datlow, Editor.  The first three are available with any donation, the second four with donations above the current average (which is about $9.50 right now), the last two you get for a donation of $10 or more.  More books are planned to be included, they’ve just not been announced yet.

The bundle is available for another nine days, and the charities supported by this bundle are Doctors Without Borders and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, both worthy organizations IMO.

https://www.humblebundle.com/books

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