Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Single Moment nominated for Best Rules at the Indie Groundbreakers Awards 2017!

I feel humbled and honored to have A Single Moment among the nominees for this year's Indie Groundbreakers Awards.   My little game stands among awesome works such as Magpie Games' amazing Masks: A New Generation and Undying, Pelgrane Press' Seven Wonders, and Scablands Press' The Indie Hack.  My game is definitely facing major competition and I am already proud to see my work standing alongside these amazing titles.

The winners will be announced during the IGDN Social at GenCon50 on August 16 and while I won't be able to make it, I do send my love and best wishes to everyone who will be there!  Congratulations to us all for creating something that people have appreciated and found awesome!  We are all awesome!

Monday, July 17, 2017

tagbites 2017: August Offerings

August 2017 tagbites offerings

For this month of August, we have the following tagbites offerings:

Cubicle 7's:  Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space, The Role-playing Game

In the Doctor Who Roleplaying Game, you and your friends take on the roles of the Doctor's companions and embark on your own adventures across time and space. The game is a fun system that captures the quirkiness of the show and allows you to try playing in a story that feels like a lost episode of the show.

I highly recommend this game for fans of the series, more so if you are really enjoying the dynamic of the Doctor and his companions.  The game, however, can still be accessible and friendly to those not familiar with the show - given Companions are sometimes people who get pulled into the misadventure due to circumstances beyond their control.

Learn more about this game at Cubicle 7's website.

John Harper's Blades in the Dark

Playing something like Leverage/Hustle meets Dishonored, Blades in the Dark is a game about a crew of daring scoundrels seeking fortune and avoiding heat as they accomplish heists, chases, and engage in desperate bargains.  The game has unique features that work together to create an exciting and engaging experience on the game table, mixing just the right dose of supernatural and criminal with a dash of adventure.

Grab this game at drivethrurpg.

How Do I Join A Game?If you are interested in trying either (or both) of these games, be sure to mention your interest in the tagbites Facebook Post for July. If you have any other questions on tagbites, check out the faq which can be found here.

What are the available game schedules
For August, the only available dates are currently either Friday Nights or on August 13th (Sunday).
Dates are to be finalized once a game has four players.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Vote for your favorites at the Ennies!

And if you loved Pirate Nations, do make sure you spend time to vote for it too!
I never thought I'd be part of a book that would be nominated for an Ennie!  OMG it actually happened!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

2017's 12 New Games is done! More than done!

After a bit of fear of not being able to complete this year's promise to try 12 new game experiences, I'm surprised to realize I've gone over the requisite 12 just before July rolled in. Part of me was even wondering if I should try to avoid new game systems for now and save them for next year, but then I realized there will always be new games to try so why hold back?

I've got a lot of other games I want to play in the pipeline and with Tagbites starting this month, I can already see some of them having a toss on the table this year.  I love seeing how design elements, character types, and other systems subtly shift the experience to deliver a desired game mood or genre. Maybe it is just me as a game designer seeing the the games with a focus beyond just the fun of it all which makes this exercise so fulfilling for me.

I do hope more embrace a similar commitment to trying new things.

2017 New Games
1) Pugmire
2) Monster of the Week
3) An RPG Musical, using Scion
4) Black Stars Rise
5) jim pinto's soon to be announced game
6) Carcass: Exodus
7) Praxis: The Black Monk - Chapter 4
8) Forget Me Not: Florida
9) "Microscope": Star Wars
10) The Quiet Year
11) Forget Me Not: Murderhobos
12) Praxis: The Black Monk - Chapter 1
13) Praxis: Odin's Eye

I'll do my best to have the transcriptions of these games up and readable within the year. I have my doubts though. I have a backlog of around 80 game sessions to transcribe, with most being around 4-5 hours long. Time spent on transcription is time lost in writing new games, so the need to balance both is important.
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