Adventure Hook: The Mental Seal

I’ve been reading through Liu Cixin’s “The Dark Forest” this week and one of the concepts in the book is a device called a “mental seal.” It seems realtively spoiler-free to talk about the device (and if it’s not, I don’t realize it because I’m only about 2/3 of the way through!). The mental seal…

Halloween Gaming

I love Halloween gaming. It’s an awesome opportunity to bring horror into a campaign. I know we don’t need an excuse to bring horror into our games, but players just seem more receptive to it during this time of year. While I generally run a dedicated one-off game fo Halloween (generally Call of Cthulhu or…

Millennials are Killing

There’s been a meme/writing experiment lately where you type “Millennials are killing ” and then let your autocomplete finish the sentence. By way of example, my phone yielded: Millennials are killing me after this weekend. Interestingly, that seems more like an actual likelihood, but that’s a different story. At any rate, seeing some of these…

Adventure Hack: Dread by Firelight

Just a quick idea today: Dread by Firelight.  I love the Dread RPG from Impossible Dream.  For those not familiar with Dread, it’s a statless RPG where characters are derived by completing a questionnaire at the beginning of the game.  All action resolution in the game is handled by removing a block from a Jenga tower….

And then the adventure hooks began…

Part of the reason this blog exists is my decision that my writing needs work. I’m not a fan. I don’t like to practice it. I don’t really like to do it. That said, it’s a skill I want to cultivate, so this blog is the result. One other result is that I pay attention…

Redemption

I’ve been playing in a Call of Cthulhu PbF over the last several months based on the Blackwater Creek adventure originally published as a companion to the 7th edition GM’s screen.  It’s a fine little adventure, but playing through has left me with a bitter taste.  It’s not that the game is poorly run or…

Fantastic Zombies!

Everybody loves zombies, or at least that’s what the NYT Bestseller’s list seems to be indicating.  We’ve seen lots of approaches to zombies over the last few years, including a few mashups like Ex-Heroes and Rotted Capes, that have really expanded how many of us think about zombies as a genre. Put that aside for…