Return to the Pit of Filth

I had almost forgotten about this. Some time ago +matt jackson set a challenge based on a very small map. He asked that participants take the map as the basis for an adventure and he’d choose a winner. In the end, he highlighted a bunch of great adventures people had come up with and I got a PDF of Moleskin Maps as a runner-up prize. It was fun. Anyway – I wrote my adventure to use the Fighting Fantasy system, or (bizarrely)

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Choosing Wisely

I generally approach Monday nights with a creeping sense of dread. Don’t get me wrong – I love gaming night. I also enjoy the whole business of gaming. What kills me can be the uncertainty about whether I actually will GM or not. If I do GM, what size group will I have and what sort of game would they prefer to play. I try to do what prep I can and have a drop-in game or three in my

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Pit of Filth

  Matt Jackson – over on Google+ – created a mini-map on an index card and challenged readers to come up with an adventure. This was my own stab – the Pit of Filth. Given the existence of more than one horror adventure in the Fighting Fantasy solo adventure book range, it seemed an ideal fit for a system – and meant I could turn out something that you could play without knowing many mechanics at all. —— This is

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Reading, Gaming, Challenging

I have been really falling behind on my reading this year. Well, actually, I have been really falling behind on logging my reading this year. I have been using Goodreads.com for the last two years to manage my reading challenge, and this year is no different. However, this year a third of my target relates to gaming books, and many of the older ones I really want to read don’t have a barcode and/or don’t have an entry on the

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Scrabbling in the Dark

I have been looking for a simple D&D-style game to use for a dungeon bash, and had Microlite in mind for a while. Then I stumbled across TileHack. Boy, people will wish I hadn’t. Essentially, TileHack takes the meagre scraping left of D&D that you’ll find if you really break it down to ultra-basics, then uses Scrabble tiles and the words you create with them as an alternative to a twenty-sided dice. Bam! I’m sold. Players have an Action Pool, a

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Lifetime Achievement Award for PARANOIA

PARANOIA won a lifetime achievement award from the nice folks at RPG Geek. Specifically, the Geek Lifetime Achievement in Role-Playing – or GLARP, for short. I know this because I found myself with a deadline on Monday. Allow me a moment for a flashback. Earlier last week, I got a message on RPG Geek from a fellow called Bruce, who was organised the award and the voting process. PARANOIA figured amonst about twenty different RPGs up for consideration. Bruce admitted not knowing much about

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Indie+: Gaming in the UK

I’m getting all serious and opinionated on your ass – or not. Indie+ provides a fine way for all-year-round conventions via the virtual medium of Google+ hangouts. I managed to get locked out of the talks the first time around… so, this was my first. I got some flak from my wife for missing dinner (which is why I keep bobbing out of shot, consuming rapidly cooling lasagna). I found this discussion interesting to participate in and Chris isn’t wrong

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How to Start Role Playing

A boardgamer said they really wanted to give role playing a try, but didn’t know where to start. They wanted to give it a go, but they only had their partner to play with – so, was a 2-player game even practical. Did the role player community have any kind of advice, a detailed session report or an informational video they could offer to provide some kind of context? How can you get into role playing when you don’t want

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Mode Changing

I’ve finished the second version of my Outlive Outdead Companion adventure – the first created using the marvellous Snowflake Technique. While I’ll continue tinkering with the content and editing, I need to now switch focus. Indeed, I need to swap genre as well, from zombies to science fiction as I start work on a Sci-fi toolkit for the Maelstrom RPG. Actually, I confess to starting this already earlier in the year. I worked on the basics over the course of

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Stone Dead

I did post, last time, of the need to consider “What next?”. Of course, I had a very clear what next in the form of the Outlive Outdead Companion. I never thought I’d spend so much time thinking about zombies. I love a bit of classic zombie action or a spot of ‘The Walking Dead‘; now, I have to keep my brain tuned to the Zed frequency for a whole month or so. I had an early revelation about a

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