• Posts Tagged ‘experiment’

    How to Create a Micro-Setting

    by  • December 26, 2012 • Design & Art • Comments Off on How to Create a Micro-Setting

    I am currently working on a project with my husband that is called Off the Shelf. It is a setting neutral system, and it has been a huge adventure! I have had more experience recently working on mechanics than ever before. Though they are not my strong suit, trying to do new things with...

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    Forget Character Generation… what about Group Generation?

    by  • August 31, 2012 • Essays • 14 Comments

    Role-playing games tend to have reams of pages dedicated to creating characters. However, very few spend time on creating the dynamics of the character group and establishing existing relationships between the characters. Apocalypse World is a rare exception but even Apocalypse World (which is one of my all time favourites!) doesn’t give as much...

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    Back to Basics: Symbology in Gaming

    by  • June 27, 2012 • Essays • Comments Off on Back to Basics: Symbology in Gaming

    Language is a central part of gaming. It shapes our thinking, affecting our thoughts on those things we sense. So much so that it seems questionable to go without language to communicate with players and GM. But it’s more than possible, sometimes the best way to say something is without a word at all....

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    Taking the design leap with Game Chef

    by  • April 26, 2012 • Design & Art • Comments Off on Taking the design leap with Game Chef

    I’m not really sure why game design has become such an interest of mine. I think I can trace it back to the days I started reading the Story Games forums. I was frustrated with my other gaming outlets at the time, and the conversation on those forums was like a breath of fresh...

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    How to Build Sexism

    by  • March 11, 2012 • Essays • 9 Comments

    When you’re building a world for a game, you might want to add sexism to the mix. Here’s a way you can do it. Get a piece of paper and make two columns. Put men on one side, women on the other. Write down a list of gender roles for men and women. Don’t...

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