I'm going to be running casual, pub night D&D, and I wonder what other people do to make this a good experience for the players.

Everyone using wheretofind.me/, thank you so much! We passed 100 users while I wasn't looking, and it's really exciting. I hope this is useful to everyone—right now it's just the bare minimum, but I want to make it more useful to you all, while keeping it as aggressively simple as I can. Don't hesitate to get in touch and let me know what I can do to improve it for you.

An unfinished system I hope to get back to someday, originally devised as Fate house rules: pretendo.games/2019/01/09/expl

Been thinking a lot lately about what draws me to indie RPGs, and realizing that the sweet, supportive, and progressive people in these spaces are key for me. If it weren’t for people and spaces like these, it wouldn’t matter to me how cool the games themselves are—I wouldn’t be able to get excited about them. I might not even be able to play them—as it is, I only get to play rarely. That mostly leaves talking about games, which I DO do a lot. And I wouldn’t want to talk about games with jerks.

Is the new Books app on iOS just unimaginably slow for everyone, or is it just folks like me who use it to manage a couple thousand PDFs?

I used to see new tarot based RPGs and think, "Oh no, my idea has been done!" Now that I've played enough to realize how wildly they differ, I now see so many new ones and think, "I hope someday it's as safe to assume players have a tarot deck as it is to assume they have a d20."

Very curious what happened that made my blog jump from about 10 views a day to 70 views yesterday, but WordPress.com's built in analytics aren't really giving many clues.

Reflecting on designing the action economy for Exhumed, and brainstorming improvements for my next playtest: pretendo.games/2018/12/30/desi

Would anybody here recommend one RPG wiki over any other? (e.g., Obsidian Portal vs. World Anvil vs. Campaign Wiki)

Thinking aloud about why I may need to take a couple steps back from my soulslike TTRPG so I can test it more effectively.... pretendo.games/2018/12/23/play

New blog post with three hacks of Eclipse Phase: last week's Black Hack version, and new versions based on Into the Odd and Spiralis (via Cthulhu Dark). Hopefully this gets the compulsion to hack this game out of my system for a while! pretendo.games/2018/12/11/resl

Anyone have any guesses why my 2 page game "So Now You're a Time Traveler" had a small but noticeable jump in downloads over the last couple days?

I would theorize that it was mentioned on some podcast or online discussion, but I'm not finding anything.

The increase might just be random noise. But if it was something else, I'd like to know.

I revisited The Basilisk Hack, a take on Eclipse Phase with the rules from the first edition of The Black Hack. More info on the blog, pretendo.games/2018/12/08/the-; direct link to the updated file here: docs.google.com/document/d/1kH

Want to play Numenera or The Strange, but not with their rules? Consider these Cypher System house rules, or a separate conversion to Into the Odd. (Both edited since I posted them to G+ months ago!) pretendo.games/2018/12/07/decy

I’m planning on putting together a blog post linking to as many Mass Effect TTRPGs as I can find (both fan hacks and published games with serial numbers filed off—obviously meant to run Mass Effect, not just generic space adventure). Please send me any links you know of!

My own answer:

1) Sometimes I write long-form text (which I'll paraphrase aloud) if I expect to share the scenario online or run it again in the future. Other times I just write bulleted lists with brief impressions. If I know my players well, sometimes I write an entire intro to lay out the setting & scenario. I write longer stuff if I'm actively changing a pre-written scenario.

2) I don't really buy adventures with read-aloud text anymore, and when I did, I read aloud, but paraphrased.

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DANGERS, CHILLS, and other exciting THINGS to use as mnemonics when you need to quickly think up a cost for a middling die roll: pretendo.games/2018/12/04/dang

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