Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Arj's Game Room plays Cat's Dream

 Was tremendously touched that awesome GM Arj decided to try playing my little game, Cat's Dream. 


The game was one of the few games that found an audience and I honestly wish it was able to get the recognition it deserves. But alas, life has other plans, it seems.  Anyway, here's his take on the game and I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did!

Despite it being your first game, Arj, watching you go through the rules has actually opened my eyes to some adjustments I should consider in future books.  I loved how you approached the game and I was happy you chose Rupert for your character name.  Thank you so much for playing!

Catch more of Arj's game sessions at 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbUDQeml_GXPNeCfz2qvoAw

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Busilak on the map!

 Miskatonic Playhouse was awesome today and has released Scenario Map tags for practically all the Miskatonic Repository locations.


Currently, my Philippine myth inspired one, Busilak is listed as one of the two Philippine set mysteries. Davao has the second one, by the fantastic @Denmotherplays who wrote The Durian Hotel.

Here's hoping for more to be featured here.


Saturday, July 23, 2022

We played THE BLACK MONK

 The Black Monk














Had a fantastic game session with Den Mother Plays, Titus, and Lanz.
We had a tale of friendship, of deception, of transformative fire, and of hunger.  Such a wonderful experience and was so happy to have this chance to introduce the game system to more people.  The Praxis system is such a well-done engine that empowers people to tell stories.  Few rpgs are as story-focused and narrative-empowering as this.
Watch the Stream here!

Grab the game today!
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/193523/Praxis-The-Black-Monk

Thursday, July 21, 2022

We played ALAS FOR THE AWFUL SEA


 Shared a tale of horror and mystery with some friends as we played, ALAS FOR THE AWFUL SEA.
For our game, we opted to draw inspiration from movies like, The Lighthouse, and games like The Sunless Sea.  

Thank you to Titus who opted to livestream our session.  Thank you as well to Lanz and Aina for playing the game with us.
You can watch our session here:
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1538509691

And grab a copy of the game here:
Alas for the Awful Sea

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Ran Blood & Honor for a livestream!

 

Thank you so much for inviting me to run a game for you all.
Had a LOT of fun getting you to try BLOOD & HONOR
Thank you so much for having me, ARJ's GAME ROOM.



For those curious about the game system, check it out:
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/85815/Blood--Honor

Thursday, June 2, 2022

WAR OF THE WIDOWS BOOK ONE: THE LANDS OF VOCE LUMINARE


Once we lived in cities.  Once we lived in a world where people resided in villages. In subdivisions. In condominiums. The old folk tell stories of how cities were bright and loud places that were visible even from the stars. How great concrete roads stitched the world together and allowed people to travel vast distances without ever fearing the Ferrex.

Prior to the Gathering, the People were not united.  The world was broken up into nations. And while the Ferrex had shattered most of the world apart, there are still fragments that remain out there.  These are some of the places which the Voce Luminare protected. 

Discover how these locations are unique. Each location is described in two ways: As It Was and As It Is.  Each one provides possible plot threads, and story hooks with you can use in your games. This is the first of numerous supplements planned to futher fleshout the Legacy: War of the Widows microsetting.

Book One: The Lands of Voce Luminare is a  supplement for Legacy: The War of the Widows microsetting.  Tiny Dungeon: Second Edition.

This book requires Tiny Dungeon 2e.

Grab the book today:
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/398698/The-Lands-of-Voce-Luminare--Book-01-War-of-the-Widows-Supplement


Thursday, May 26, 2022

Faith Heal Her : Bow Your Heads


 Now available on Drivethrurpg
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/397845/Faith-Heal-Her--Book-1--Bow-Your-Heads

Coming Soon: Faith Heal Her - Book 1 - Bow Your Heads


Book one of the Faith Heal Her story should be available online very soon.

Bow Your Heads
A sinister thing is using religious fervor to lure prey into its web of lies. Only a young woman and her ghostly companion, her deceased aunt, are aware of the predator in their city.

The search for the Guest continues. The world grows darker. When facing threats that can accomplish the impossible, how long would it take before one considers finding others to join their cause?

Intended For Mature Readers
Content Warning: Sudden Death, Religion, Possession, Children, Parental Death

Available soon on Drivethrurpg.


Check out the Pay What You Want
Faith Heal Her : Prologue

Currently at
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/313950/Faith-Heal-Her--Prologue



Monday, May 23, 2022

50 Mortal Musings

 




Mortals don't realize how much fun they are having. Or how much more meaning ordinary things can be when looked at through the lens of immortality. Whether it is to relive the mortal moments, or deal with mortal matters, see which ones work best for your group.

Check it out here:
https://www.storytellersvault.com/product/397432/50-Mortal-Musings



Monday, April 25, 2022

Phaedra Keeps an Eye is out: Round6


Had a tremendously generous and in-depth review of ROUND6.  Was very grateful to see all the detail in the review and the constructive feedback that was shared to help me make the book (and even future books better).   



Check it out now!
https://www.starsareright.com/post/round6-review

Thank you, Phaedra!

Friday, March 4, 2022

GM Appreciation Day

 For GM Appreciation Day, my partner and I decided to make an episode on GMing.


You can find it here:
https://www.baduypride.com/2022/03/vlog-ep-317-celebrating-game-masters.html

Happy GM Appreciation day!

Friday, December 31, 2021

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year filled with awesome games and even more awesome people. Stay safe and see you all in 2022!
 


Thursday, December 30, 2021

Goodbye 2021. That was not easy.

 No, 2021 was not a fun year for TAG Sessions. 

It was rough. It was triggering. It was very frustrating and very disheartening. But in the end, we survived it and that is what matters.  We reached new gamers and inspired many others, and that's what makes the effort worth it.

Too many times this year I nearly just threw away the brand and thought to just delete the stuff I've been working on.  But thankfully, Rocky was always there to remind me of why I love creating games.  And many friends were also there to help cheer me on, despite the fact too many instances hit me hard with anxiety attacks, panic moments, and just wanting to stop.

This was a year that I really am thankful to have survived.  A year I literally can be happy to still be here.

My annual 12 New Games Per Year Challenge was completed only because of the TAG Bites move of offering one-shots on Saturday mornings.  But we also did slowly consider expanding them to short-multi session arcs rather than just be limited to one shots.

1) Night's Black Agents: Dracula Dossier

2) Fairview
3) The Warren
4) Call of Cthulhu: Raid on Innsmouth
5) Praxis: The Witch
6) Praxis: Black Monk, Book 5
7) Cats of Cathulhu
8) Interstitial: Our Hearts Intertwined
9) Thirsty Sword Lesbians
10) Brindlewood Bay
11) 
The Expanse
12) Mage 20th Anniversary
13) Call of Cthulhu: Fragments of the King

Summaries for these sessions can be found in the TAG Sessions Facebook Group.  Know, though, that membership still requires answering the given questions just for making sure it stays a safe space for those who join.


Was able to share knowledge this year.

There was the Buwan ng Wika celebration where I gave a talk for a senior High School event focused on celebrating identity and language.  The ttheme was Pagkakakilanlan ng Pilipino: Muling Pagkabuhay ng Mga Puso at Isip. 

There was the UPLB Mathematical Sciences Society (UPLB MASS) where I was one of the webinar speakers for their 33rd Mathematical Sciences Week called unMASSk: A Webinar on Basic Game Development and Implementation.

There was the Astro Game Jam for CIIT (College of Arts and Technology) where some groups presented their game concepts for the theme, "Cosmos".  I really enjoyed seeing the gems that they presented there.

Guested in a friend's show, which was nice.  The Panel Show
with Josie Nicolas. Always nice to connect with people who appreciated my work.

There were a few other possible engagements, but out of fear of too much publicity, I opted not to participate instead.  I've gotten used to staying in a quieter area I guess.  Sometimes I even wonder if I should just stop using other socmed and just focus on my circle. Hay. Anyway.

Didn't get to be productive as much as I hoped this year. But thankfully, still released some stuff:


Released A Second Moment. Originally was meant to have a Kickstarter. Had a host of guest local writers and was supposed to have a roster of international writers and artwork.
Yeah. That's not what happened but still proud of it.

Had some 7th Sea novel+mechanics out.


Nine was my attempt to do a spy thing in the 7th Sea universe.




Eight is kinda like my take on a "Dial H for Hero" concept for 7th Sea.



Launched MODELS around March and it had such a tiny reception I was just happy to sell a few handfuls of copies, despite it being 230+ pages of mechanics, ideas, and story hooks.   

Had multiple false starts for various books including Diliman, Dreamscrapers, and even a rewrite attempt to make the most of the Once Upon a Time in Jianghu material I was working on in the previous years.  But yeah, barely found the heart to keep at it given the way things had gone in the previous years.   I still hope to finish them someday. Some how.

Finally there's these two babies.


Jovian Moon Deep was my attempt to write up an outerspace mystery for Call of Cthulhu the likes of Solaris and Europa Report.



ROUND6 was born after watching Squid Game but drew inspiration from stuff like Battle Royale and even The Gods Will It.

And one fiction book as I released
Book 3 of Sid's Real Life, my rom-com take on the Exalted universe.

And that is it.
Depressing when you compare it to what I had accomplished in the previous years. 
But at least I am still writing.
I am still alive.

See you next year.



Sunday, December 19, 2021

Nights Black Agents - Our Group's Fan Video



Just made a fan video to celebrate our ongoing Night's Black Agents - The Dracula Dossier campaign
Will continue the stories in 2022. Hope you like it!

Thursday, December 16, 2021

The Great Pendragon Campaign - Our Group's Fan Video



Just made a fan video to celebrate our ongoing The Great Pendragon Campaign.
Will continue the stories in 2022.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

ROUND6

Everyone desperately needs the money.

Times are hard. And life is unfair. But each of you had been invited to take part in a game unlike any other. Known as the ROUND6, all thirty contestants are to play through five different games in hopes of being the winner of over 6 million dollars. But when the reward is this high and the stakes are deadly, who will emerge as the winner at the end of the sixth round.

Inspired by Koushun Takami’s Battle Royale, Takashi Miike’s As The Gods Will, César Charlone; Daina Giannecchini; Dani Libardi; Jotagá Crema; Philippe Barcinski’s 3%, Haro Aso’s Alice in Borderland, Kazutaka Kodaka’s Danganronpa, and Hwang Dong-hyuk’s The Squid Game. 

  • With 9 different games, all inspired by Filipino children's games, to play and survive in
    Patintero
    Sawsaw suka
    Langit Lupa
    Ten-Twenty
    Tumbang Preso
    And more

  • 21 different quick character concepts you can play
  • Rules for Cinematic, No Keeper, and Survival Horror game styles
  • Generous guides on how to keep the tension high and recommendations on running the game.
  • Handouts
  • Maps



Sunday, November 7, 2021

2021: 12 New Games this Year



Completed this year's goal of 12 New Games Each Year.  Might even add one more before the year ends.  But quite proud that I was able to still hit it despite things.

This year's list includes:

1) Night's Black Agents: Dracula Dossier

2) Fairview
3) The Warren
4) Call of Cthulhu: Raid on Innsmouth
5) Praxis: The Witch
6) Praxis: Black Monk, Book 5
7) Cats of Cathulhu
8) Interstitial: Our Hearts Intertwined
9) Thirsty Sword Lesbians
10) Brindlewood Bay
11) 
The Expanse
12) Mage 20th Anniversary
13) Call of Cthulhu: Fragments of the King

This officially is my eighth year of doing this, which means I've played 113 different game systems in the last eight years.  I'm proud of this personal victory and I will continue to push myself to explore new things.  I sincerely believe it has hugely made me the better GM I am today.

For those curious to the sessions those games had, I actually post session summaries in the TAG Sessions Facebook group.  I also offer lots of opportunities for one-shot sessions and the like.  Feel free to reach out and join the group.  

Thanks again for spending some time to read this!
Play safely!

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Almost forgot this came out: Free/Will

Almost forgot that I was part of the 2016 Golden Cobra anthology. It wasn't one of my best, but it definitely was a LARP that I liked coming up with.  Just sad that not that many ever tried playing it.


Summary:
We don’t know it, but ghostly parasites haunt and influence our actions. Despite all our beliefs of having free will, we are but slaves to the ghostly parasites that dominate our lives and dictate our actions. Each day, we muster enough mental strength to take control for a limited number of times. Making the most of that real choice is part of the game


Grab it here:
 http://www.goldencobra.org/pdf/golden_cobra_anthology_2016.pdf

Sunday, October 3, 2021

The Lost Symbol : The Fall of Man

 
Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol is now streaming at https://www.peacocktv.com/

Based on the novel of the same name, The Lost Symbol, the story is set many years before the events of The Da Vinci Code, revolves around a young Robert Langdon, who is hired by the CIA to solve a number of deadly puzzles when his mentor goes missing.
(Information from the wikipedia page)

I'm quite a sucker for these kind of thrillers to the point I took my own stab at writing a multi-part adventure in the same feel of secret conspiracies hidden in artwork and world-spanning secrets.  For those looking to run a similar game, I wrote The Fall of Man for 7th Sea, Second edition.


Free teaser:
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/291961/The-Fall-of-Man--Free-Teaser



The Fall of Man, Book One
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/289285/The-Fall-of-Man--Book-One


The Fall of Man, Book Two
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/293662/The-Fall-Of-Man--Book-Two


The Fall of Man, Book Three
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/301017/The-Fall-Of-Man--Book-Three



The Fall of Man, Book Four
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/310779/The-Fall-of-Man--Book-Fou


Hope you all like it!








Saturday, October 2, 2021

OMG didn't expect this! Thank you!!!

 



Didn't expect this.
Thank you so much.

Now Available:
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/372248/Jovian-Moon-Deep






This Halloween, try these free games!

 Here's a bunch of free games to try this Halloween!


That Night Out : Grab this free game today 
A GM-less Survival Horror game using cards.  A game the likes of Cabin in the Woods and Nightmare on Elm Street.



Sunlight: Pay What You Want edition :  Grab this free game today
Designed for play-via-webcam, this game has one player trying to communicate and save a number of others who are trapped in space.  Science fiction drama awaits!


Speak to me. The Voices Are Too Loud.  Grab this free game today!
Also designed for distant play.  Inspired by the prison scene from V for Vendetta, a pair of players are prisoners, but one might not be all that they seem to be.



Finally, coming very soon via the Miskatonic Repository (not for free though)...

ROUND6 : Miskatonic Repository


Everyone desperately needs the money.

Times are hard.  And life is unfair.  But each of you had been invited to take part in a game unlike any other.  Known as the ROUND6, all thirty contestants are to play through five different games in hopes of being the winner of over 6 Million Dollars.  But when the reward is this high and the stakes are deadly, who will emerge as the winner at the end of the sixth round.

Inspired by Koushun Takami’s Battle Royale, Takashi Miike’s As The Gods Will, César Charlone; Daina Giannecchini; Dani Libardi; Jotagá Crema; Philippe Barcinski’s 3%, Haro Aso’s Alice in Borderland, Kazutaka Kodaka’s Danganronpa, and Hwang Dong-hyuk’s The Squid Game.

Coming Soon.


Happy Halloween!




Monday, September 27, 2021

Jovian Moon Deep : Miskatonic Repository

 


Only Horrors Lie Ahead

There is an ocean of ice beneath Europa.

The Lighthouse Nautical Company seeks to plumb the depths of this uncharted ocean. The Investigators are UN scientists sent to LNC Far Horizon, a research station in geostationary orbit above Europa’s largest ocean. The Investigators are to explore the frozen ocean, chart their findings, and report back to the UN. But many secrets hide in the frigid waters and out there, in the silence of outer space, madness awaits the unprepared.

Jovian Moon Deep is a game of exploration, madness, and survival as Investigators seek to uncover the secrets locked within Europa’s depths.
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Pre-generated Investigators included

Now Available:
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/372248/Jovian-Moon-Deep

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Tremendously happy to share some words!

 


















Was invited to be part of a Buwan ng Wika celebration this year! Tremendously happy to be able to share my thoughts on the importance of learning more about oneself and one's Filipino identity.  And the tremendous privilege one gets to be given opportunities to speak to others and share knowledge.

Thank you for having me.  And I do hope all the attendees use the gift link and enjoy the free game!
Thank you to Maita for inviting me and my fellow speakers.

Mabuhay tayong lahat!

Friday, June 25, 2021

Sid's Real Life - Book 3

Continuing the romantic comedy hijinks of Hoyd'nis Sid and Cathak R'sel, the two are at Arjuf Dominion and find themselves the center of attentions of three of the Realm's Dominies.  Will they or won't they end up together?


And will the Lunar Hunter Sisa understand what is really going on?

Now available:
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/362050/Sids-Real-Life--Book-3





While waiting, why not get started with Books 1 and 2?


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Guest at PANEL SHOW!


Was a guest for PANEL SHOW, a live stream where in people talk about the highs and lows of creation, and sometimes creating komiks. Thank you for having me, Josie Nicolas.

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PANEL SHOW | Tobie Abad | 005

Our panelists: Tobie Abad
Tobie Abad is the designer behind TAG Sessions, an indie publishing house for tabletop rpgs, as well as the Creative Director and senior game designer for Taktyl Studios. He and his life-partner, Rocky, host BADUY PRIDE which has episodes nearly nightly on Youtube and FB covering everything and anything they could think of or people have recommended.
Topics: Musicals, RPGS, Geocities, Board games, Diliman, Pre komikon komiks, Siglo: Passion
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Consider subscribing to our patreon
Panel show is a live stream where in people talk about the highs and lows of creation, and sometimes creating komiks.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

A Second Moment is now a Best Copper Seller


Thank you so much for enjoying the game!

I do hope you all enjoy making new moments with your friends.



Tuesday, April 27, 2021

A Second Moment is now available



We have come a very long way to get this book out. With over 150 pages of content, including:
  • "Director's cut" styled write ups on what was going through Tobie's mind when he designed portions of the game.
  • Rules on how to approach the game as a solitaire rpg, or as a group rpg system.
  • New playsets created by a host of Filipino creators including:
    • Card Flippers by Mon Macutay
      Both of you have prepared for this day with blood, sweat and tears. It is the World Championships for the most popular Trading Card Game (TCG) on the planet. From thousands of aspirants, it has come down the two of you. You both have different and distinct play styles and have risen through the ranks. After the dust has settled, only ONE will be World Champion! And it all comes down to this Single Moment... 

    • The Final Ball by Rocky Sunico 
      The crowd roars as the music picks up. The emcee shouts over the din to announce “The category is…” Welcome to the 1980’s New York ball scene as immortalized in the documentary Paris is Burning or celebrated in the recent television series Pose. Players represent rival houses, these being alternative families for Black and Latino gay, gender nonconforming and transgender youth who regularly meet at balls to compete in different categories. After all the drama that has happened outside the ball itself, it’s time to settle things once and for all.

    • Lovecraftian by Lanz Frago-Crisostomo
      We are but specks of dust passing by, toiling every day in hopes to leave a mark in this universe, hoping to leave evidence that we once existed, once we’ve passed. The elder evils are awake, and all is lost--all we’re doing is pushing back the inevitable, just for one more day

Grab a copy of the game today!
Discounted price for the next 44 days (since its launch) as part of celebrating Tobie's 44th birthday.

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/352002/A-Second-Moment


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