• Posts Tagged ‘at the table’

    The Rusalka – First Impressions

    by  • October 30, 2013 • Design & Art • 1 Comment

    I recently created Monsterhearts skins called the Rusalka and the Medusa. This is a summary of my recent play experience with the Rusalka skin. You can download the skins at the Daedalum AP website.  Oh, Rusalka. I’m so happy I made you. I’m playing Ekaterina Aandreyev, star member of the swim team, scorned by...

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    Failures in Game Mastery

    by  • October 16, 2013 • Essays • 26 Comments

    Today I’ve been thinking about GMing. I have not GM’d much. In fact, it’s been fewer than 10 times. A large part of it is anxiety, some of it is just lack of time to invest. When I ran at Gen Con, the first session was one of the worst experiences in my entire...

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    The Story In Between

    by  • October 2, 2013 • Essays • 1 Comment

    “What do you do with stories that happen between games?” I hear this conversation a lot in various iterations, among various larp campaigns.  The debate over whether or not to honor between-game character growth or to restrict everything to the time between game-on and game-off is perennial and (for me) tiresome and pointless. Enthusiastic...

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    Gender and Game Mechanics: Part 4 – Care in Action?

    by  • September 11, 2013 • Essays • 2 Comments

    This is part four of a series. The first post can be found here: Gender and Game Mechanics Series: Part 1 – Introduction and the previous post here: Gender and Game Mechanics: Part 3 – How we fare in Care and Justice. In the previous posts I talked about how sociology and sociolinguistic studies on gendered communication...

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    The Media is the Method (and the Message)

    by  • August 21, 2013 • Essays • Comments Off on The Media is the Method (and the Message)

    I like my games long duration,  high context, and personally intense. I like to be gut-punched by my interaction with them, explore difficult subjects, experience catharsis and earn my emotional hangovers. I like complex, nuanced and difficult characters, stories and worlds. And here’s the problem with that: in the last number of years, my...

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    What do I need? – First Tabletop Session

    by  • August 16, 2013 • Essays • 1 Comment

    It’s your first tabletop session! You’ve picked a game and you’re ready to get your friends together to play. But, wait – what kind of supplies do you need to play a tabletop game? Here’s a quick guide to the basic tools for tabletop play. Some of it is dependent on the game, so...

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