Monday, August 21, 2023

Night's Black Agents: Sus Specks


Just finished a year-long mini-campaign of Sus Specks, a mystery romp inspired by the likes of Killing Eve, Utopia, SE7EN, Legion, Mind MGMT, and, yes, Only Murders in the Building.  The game started with two players, Lanz and Vannie, who played intelligence officers who were pulled out of duty for different reasons.  But by the time the campaign ended, a third player, Emman, joined the fun.  

The game had them exploring murders that happened around the vicinity of their condo complex. What started as a strange possible serial killer with inclinations towards using medieval torture devices as murder methods eventually was revealed to have ties to a mission in Afghanistan which all three of them had been part of.  Eventually, the truth was uncovered and the roots of the events were traced back to the escaped captive, Metatron, who was a prisoner of something known as the Monarch Project.  The game ended with a building exploding, a showdown at an emergency room, and a bitter sweet realization that when push comes to shove and human compassion is the only thing that separates us from monsters, we will all remain suspects in our own cruel crimes.

Thank you for playing, Lanz, Vannie, and Emman.
Until the next TAG Bites mini-campaign!

Thursday, May 18, 2023

KNIGHT deserves its GLORY


When I first heard about Mark Beren's upcoming game, KNIGHT, I was definitely intrigued.  As someone who has been a fan of Greg Stafford's King Arthur Pendragon and is currently still running The Great Pendragon Campaign for his gaming circle (the campaign started back in 2017!) I've always been fascinated with games that tried to capture the glory and tragedy of Arthurian tales in one form or another.  

In KNIGHT, you play a heroic, glory-seeking knight in service to your Queen. The game drew inspiration from Pendragon, Into the Odd, Forged in the Dark, and Powered by the Apocalypse games, and offers a tight game experience with collaborative storytelling is supported with a solid system.  Each game has three phases; the Quest phase which is goal-oriented, the Fief phase which explores advancement and decision-making, and the Free play phase which grants even more flexibility on your play options.   Dice rolls are resolved with the use of a standard twenty-sided die, with complications arising if the roll is higher than the attribute being used that moment. Adding to the fun is the Effect Die which measures the effectiveness of one's action and determines when a situation or activity has been successfully overcome. Luck plays a part in the game too, especially during the Fief phase of the game, offering favorable results even in scenes where the character has no direct control over the events. Endurance tracks one's ability to stay active, which nicely allows the story to carry on and not focus solely or character mortality. 

The game also has Glory, which represents power, wealth, and influence with the populace.  Even the passage of time is part of the experience, with players creating their own Avalon by drawing a map, then later showing its development and change with later updates.  This adds for a cool cooperative extra experience which reminds me of games like The Quiet Year.   Generational play is also built into the system with the player having to retire their Knight once certain conditions are met. 

The author was very generous in working on this game too, with practically fifth pages of world-creation thoughts, role-playing tips, and game atmosphere considerations offered to help new players embrace the intricacies of a knight's life.  Lots of alternative rules are also provided to help groups tailor fit the experience to what works better for them.  Given the setting is not your standard Arthurian fare, there are lots of new names and places offered for the game's "baseline" setting. This is where, I feel, I struggled a bit as I have always had trouble with names. While some names are probably common or accurate to the setting, I will confess finding myself unsure how to pronounce some of them. And it was curious to see how the game tried to mix enough influences and imagination -based material to form something familiar but new.  Especially with the game offering a campaign framework (called the Three Ages) to give groups a nice jumping off point for a long term campaign session. 

The game has a sleek character sheet design, and even a section to track your family tree (something with I think King Arthur Pendragon could have benefited from having as part of their main sheet).

All in all, I'm extremely excited to find a chance to try this system out.  Mark was kind enough to offer me a chance to see the book (and in return I sent him a copy of my other game, The Cat's Dream) and I definitely look forward to supporting this game once it is formally available. But even this early, I am already seeing this game finding a spot on my virtual shelf for awesome games that offer Arthurian /Arthur-inspired experiences.  

Learn more the game today at

Monday, January 30, 2023

Regency Cthulhu was amazing!

 The second game among my 12 New Games this 2023 was a session of REGENCY CTHULHU!

Got to run this with a bunch of good friends.  Originally meant to be a two-player game, I bumped it up to four players only cause the response was quite touching.  Claire, Trina, Henry, and Titus each grabbed a seat with my best friend, Flip, taking a final fifth seat.   We had a quick run down on the Regency world, drawing inspiration from movies like Little Women, Emma, and shows like Downton Abbey and Bridgeton.  Last minute, Titus had a small thing to handle which took him from his seat.  But we still got to explore the various themes safely and disturbingly well in a fun way.

Loving the small adjustments to the system that suit this game world.  I do wish there was a section dedicated to work as a quick guide for players and GMs to get the feels a bit more, but I guess the idea was a person who would get the book would have had a better idea of what the setting was already like.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

The Lying City Mysteries are complete

The Lying City Mysteries are finally complete!

All five books are now available on Drivethrurpg.

Book Five, The Door is Open is at PAY WHAT YOU WANT so people can check it out without having to spend.  This book is best for the GM, btw, so please don't spoil it for yourself.  But you can download this, share it with your GM who can then read it and decide if they want to invest on the four other books, or simply use this summarized campaign for free!

Five books, each one can work somewhat as a standalone mystery for Tiny Cthulhu, but overall work best as a campaign for your group.

The Sleep Experiment (Book One)
The Man At the Foot of the Bed (Book Two)
The Beached Thing (Book Three)
Drawing the Silver Key (Book Four)
The Door is Open (Book Five)


Each book touches on a different idea that i wanted to explore:
The Sleep Experiment drew inspiration from the "Russian Sleep Experiment" creepypasta stories.
The Man At the Foot of the Bed explores the concepts of bangugot and death via sleep.
The Beached Thing is a survival horror story.
Drawing the Silver Key is an isekai horror story.
The Door is Open is the finale, tying things together, but also explores the memetic nature of rituals.

Hoping you all like it as much as I did writing them up.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

TAGBites #038: Delta Green - Loop

Got to play DELTA GREEN as the game session for the year as well as the first item for my 12 NEW GAMES EACH YEAR challenge!  We've been fans of Call of Cthulhu and Pendragon for quite some time, so it wasn't too much a leap to switch to this game.  Getting used to Will Power Points and Bonds was a tricky thing but definitely nothing too hard to navigate.

Had four players: Titus, Lanz, Jin, and my life-partner, Rocky.  It was officially Jin's second RPG game ever, so I felt quite honored and happy to be able to run this for him.  For the rest of us (perhaps save Lanz, I could be wrong) it was our first foray in trying this game system.  I cobbled up a story by combining elements from the module The Observer Effect with the concept of Global Frequency (comic) and had them handle a strange time-loop incursion as a one-shot story.  Personally, I loved how it turned out!

You can watch the session here:

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Thank you, jim

This is a moment for me.

Nothing big.
Just happy to hit a personal milestone.

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Ending 2022 and welcoming 2023

Looking forward to a good year this 2023.
While generally 2022 was not that bad, there were still those moments that were just exhausting and trying - including a time when this blog, TAG Sessions, was shut down after certain "complaints" and "violations" were cited (and later overruled) - which nearly had me calling it quits on the entire thing. Thankfully, I continue to be surrounded by awesome friends, kind gamers, and critical individuals who handle events in a clearer and more rational manner.

Completed my 12 New Games personal challenge again!  This year, was able to play/run new game systems as well as expand on having some of them as multi-session mini-campaigns to provide a better fulfilling story and experience.  Summaries of such sessions are usually shared in the TAG Sessions Facebook Group (feel free to ask for membership, but please do be sure to answer ALL the questions properly) to be part of the fun.    This year had two mini-campaigns (Pendragon and Night's Black Agents)

Among this year's 12 New include:
1) Praxis: Our Lost Way
2) Star Trek Adventures
3) Praxis: Lambs
4) The Hunted
5) Mashed
6) Hearts of Wulin
7) Horror on the Orient Express
8) Savage Worlds
9) Golden Sky Stories
10) Trail of Cthulhu
11) Reign of Terror 
12) Avatar: Legends
13) Alas for the Awful Sea
14) Cairn

Very happy to have such a robust list of systems and books to have explored.

Targeting a good selection of possible games for this year, including stuff like INVISIBLE SUN which keeps touting itself as a very unique game system (I'm not convinced quite yet) and DIE RPG (which was an amazing comic, but I have no comments for now on the game system). 

Sadly, though, this year, was definitely not as productive as I wished to be. With the blog being shut down for a while, lost tracking some of the stuff I released this year.  But among them are:

The Lands of Voce Luminare - Book 01: War of the Widows Supplement

Buy it at DriveThruRPG: War of the Widows: Book 1: Lands of Voce Luminare

The Sleep Experiment - Lying City Mysteries - Book 01 for Tiny Cthulhu
Buy it at DriveThruRPG: The Sleep Experiment

The Man At the Foot of the Bed - Lying City Mysteries - Book 02 for Tiny Cthulhu
Buy it at DriveThruRPG: The Man At the Foot of the Bed

The Beached Thing - Lying City Mysteries - Book 03 for Tiny Cthulhu
Buy it at DriveThruRPG: The Beached Thing

Drawing the Silver Key - Lying City Mysteries - Book 04 for Tiny Cthulhu 

Buy it at DriveThruRPG: Drawing the Silver Key

Faith Heal Her - Bow Your Heads - Book 01

Buy it at DriveThruRPG: Faith Heal Her - Bow Your Heads

50 Mortal Musings

Buy it at DriveThruRPG: 50 Mortal Musings

And sadly, that was it. 

I did a lot of work on a few other books, including rewrites of the book formerly known as Once Upon a Time in Jianghu, book 4 of Sid's Real Life, unHuman (a Changeling the Dreaming supplement), Bulong (a Changeling the Dreaming novelette), Mythography (a Trinity campaign), Blazing Hearts Revolt, book 3 of the Reconquista Vampire novelette, Diliman the RPG, Dreamscrapers, and even a MODELS quickstart

I have no idea if I will succeed in finishing any of them this 2023.
But at least, this year, the Pandemic seems to have giving us all some breathing room.  We have gained some space to reconnect with friends and to find opportunities to step outside beyond our prison-sanctuary rooms.

Here's hoping it goes well.

Monday, October 17, 2022

The Man At The Foot Of The Bed : Book 2 of the Lying City Mysteries now available

The Man At The Foot Of The Bed
Book 2 of the Lying City Mysteries
for Tiny Cthulhu

One of the Investigators learns of a strange thing unfolding in their apartment building – people have started to report of sleepless nights and terrifying moments of seeing a stranger standing at the foot of their bed. Somehow, this event seems to be affecting only people in their building. And worse, slowly they begin to see the man too. When the deaths start, the Investigators must act fast to uncover the secret of this quiet observer, to save not just the unfortunate residents of the building but also themselves.

The Man at the Foot of the Bed is suitable for three to five Investigators. This adventure is broken down to different scenes. But it is up to you how the story unfolds. This is the second of the Lying City Mysteries, a series of mysterious events which have been written up for Tiny Cthulhu, set in the modern day.

Grab the book today:

Monday, October 10, 2022

The Sleep Experiment : Book 1 of the Lying City Mysteries now available

The Sleep Experiment
Book 1 of the Lying City Mysteries
for Tiny Cthulhu

When the Investigators learn that one of their friends is currently participating in a university sleep study, the group soon realizes that there is more to the experiment that initially believed. Somehow, the participants have gotten trapped in a shared dream, and something stalks their psyches. Can the Investigators find a way to save their friend and the other participants before it is too late?

The Sleep Experiment is suitable for three to five Investigators. This is the first of the Lying City Mysteries, a series of mysterious events which have been written up for Tiny Cthulhu.

Grab the book today:

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Miskatonic Repository - Halloween 2022 Collection is live!

This year's Miskatonic Repository Halloween Collection is available!

This year's collection contains 13 titles by various authors and, till Halloween, is on a -60% sale: $19.99 instead of $50.92! You can find the 2022 Halloween Collection in this link:

Grab it today! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

A session of Praxis: Of the Flesh with Denmotherplays!

Was very happy to have been invited to help Denma and friends play jim pinto's PRAXIS: OF THE FLESH, which is an incredible game system with a very different approach to tabletop roleplaying games. Thank you for having me!

Watch the entire episode here:

Stay updated with Denma, here:

And learn more about Praxis: Of the Flesh here:

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

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


 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!

Thursday, July 21, 2022


 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:

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:

Thursday, June 2, 2022


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:

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Faith Heal Her : Bow Your Heads

 Now available on Drivethrurpg

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

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:

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!

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:

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
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


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
    Sawsaw suka
    Langit Lupa
    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
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!
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