Family Campaigns

Family structures provide rich narrative opportunities for any game. So many problems with the traditional party strucuare immediately resolved! How do the players know each other? Why are they together? Why do they stay together? What shared experiences do they have? All solved! While making the players all part of the same family can “fix”…

Multi-Game Type Campaigns

The past 12 months have seen the release of several campaign-driven miniature games, combining story and tactical gameplay. Titles like Games Workshop’s Necromunda and the Corelian Conflict for Star Wars Armada have brought this type of gameplay back to the forefront. So much so that we’re even starting to see card games get into the…

Twisting Lovecraft

This post started it’s life as a 2018 predictions post, but that started to bore me so we’re changing directions! Instead, we’re going to take a brief look at some twists you can make on the traditional Cthulhu mythos (as presented by Lovecraft, Derleth, etc). This idea was inspired in large part by the recent…

Supernatural Investigation by the Map

Chris Pramas of Green Ronin fame posted the below graphic a few weeks ago (it’s originally from Moe Lane): To be frank, I can’t get it out of my head. It’s so dammed good. I mean seriously. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen an image that captured the beauty of X-Files style gaming so well….

Board Game Inspiration

As those who watch my Instagram feed, I play a fair number of board games. One of the interesting trends that has come about with the explosion of hobby board gaming is the increasing variety in themes. In the 80’s board games tended to be either based on war/conflict or were abstract in nature. There…

The Generational Campaign

 An idea I’ve always enjoyed is the generational campaign. This type of campaign takes place over a prolonged period of time, with players taking many characters over the course of the campaign.  These characters relate3 in some way – typically being descendants of one another. This binds them together and creates a more epic feel…

Blood Bowl – the RPG!

I’ve been having a blast with the new release of the Blood Bowl miniatures game from Games Workshop and as an old fan of the original editions of the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (please don’t talk to me about the FFG edition – I never could get into that one…), it really got me thinking about what…

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…