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July 25, 2011

Agents of Empire: the Importance of Metaphor

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The first arc of that board game RPG mentioned in my last post is over. It’s on hiatus as I try to work out how to get it more like what I want mechanically, but in the meantime I’m going to write a post or two about it. Like this one.

April 26, 2011

Board Game: the RPG

Filed under: Uncategorized — inky @ 11:54 am

As mentioned on the mud a bit, I’m sketching out plans to run what is basically a board game/wiki/RPG mashup game. The idea is it’ll be some kind of politics/building/attacking/exploration game where the majority of play is offline: there’ll be a map with tokens, you decide what you want to do and edit the wiki or email me, and we work out what happens and update the wiki with results, and then it’s the next player’s turn. Occasionally there will be opportunities for live play on the mud like we do for normal RPGs, I assume once every couple weeks. These will be optional — you can play entirely offline if you want. The system will be some kind of FATE variant like I usually do, but with considerably more expansive rules for the board game component (not crazy complicated, but it’ll feel structured).

Gameplay inspirations are Civilization, Diplomacy, Star Saga, and (on the RPG side) Kingmaker and Houses of the Blooded. There will be some space for collaborative world-building, but (I am guessing) this is going to be a lot more “game” than “cooperative writing project”.

Interested? Awesome. I put together a survey about what sort of game this might be like — if you have opinions or just want to show your interest in playing, please fill it out.

February 1, 2011

2010 XYZZY Award Finalists Announced

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The first round of the XYZZY Awards are open, and the finalists have been released! Whether you voted in the first round or not, you can still vote for the winners until Feb 23rd, so visit the site and check it out.

January 20, 2011

A Fistful of Pistons

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It’s time again! Specifically, time to run another RPG. The pitch here is basically “steampunk western”. Inspirations include Girl Genius, Sergio Leone and Wild Wild West (the bad movie and the tv show).

January 12, 2011

2010 XYZZY Awards now open!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — inky @ 8:13 pm

It’s that time of year again. Only earlier than usual, so it’s just before that time of year again. Anyway, it’s time for the 2010 XYZZY Awards! First-round voting is now open, so go to the awards site and check it out.

Beyond the earlier starting date, there are also new awards for technological achievement, feelies, and rejiggering of the best use of medium award. For more details, see the FAQ.

November 7, 2010

IF Competition 2010, general thoughts

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — inky @ 2:42 pm

Ok, done with all the games! Now let’s talk trends (this has spoilers, obviously):

IF Competition 2010, reviews part 5

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — inky @ 1:25 pm

Last reviews! Specifically: The 12:54 to Asgard, Gris et Jaune, One Eye Open, and The Warbler’s Nest.

Up next: some thoughts about the comp as a whole.

November 2, 2010

IF Competition 2010, reviews part 4

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — inky @ 11:38 pm

Penultimate reviews! This year I decided to play the games by people I didn’t know first (usually), so this and next week’s are going to mostly be by more experienced authors. I’ll probably do some kind of comp summary post at the end, too — this has been a pretty interesting year for a couple reasons. But hey, have some reviews: The Chronicler, Aotearoa, Flight of the Hummingbird, Mite, and Under, In Erebus.

October 24, 2010

IF Competition 2010, reviews part 3

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I am back from lovely and damp Port Angeles and fully prepared to rock some more comp games. Specifically, my rocking action has been directed at the following entries: The Blind House, Death Off the Cuff, Divis Mortis, Gigantomania, Heated, and A quiet evening at home. More, equally-rocking updates to follow!

October 10, 2010

IF Competition 2010, reviews part 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — inky @ 8:53 pm

Chugging along busily here with more reviews. Slightly fewer reviews here, but they get into more game design issues and are somewhat longer (in particular, the Oxygen review talks about moral decisions in games). The new reviews: The Bible Retold: Following a Star, The Bible Retold: The Lost Sheep, Ninja’s Fate, Oxygen, and The People’s Glorious Revolutionary Text Adventure Game.

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