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. #dnd
Everyone using https://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: https://pretendo.games/2019/01/09/exploiting-details-an-unfinished-system/
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.
Reflecting on designing the action economy for Exhumed, and brainstorming improvements for my next playtest: https://pretendo.games/2018/12/30/designing-a-soulslike-action-economy/
Because @Halfjack got me thinking about settings again: https://pretendo.games/2018/12/28/setting-up-and-upsetting-settings/ #diceblog
Thinking aloud about why I may need to take a couple steps back from my soulslike TTRPG so I can test it more effectively.... #diceblog https://pretendo.games/2018/12/23/playtesting-perils/
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! https://pretendo.games/2018/12/11/resleeving-eclipse-phase/ #diceblog
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, https://pretendo.games/2018/12/08/the-basilisk-hack/; direct link to the updated file here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kHZ0HeZnD0rmA2cSU4jFtBhVfu6k6-K23U6rspqmWFU/edit?usp=sharing #diceblog
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!) https://pretendo.games/2018/12/07/decyphering-numenera-the-strange/
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.
Questions about read-aloud text in RPG scenarios Show more
1) When you prep for a session, do you write read-aloud text for yourself in your notes?
2) When you run a published adventure/scenario, do you use its read-aloud/"boxed" text, if any?
DANGERS, CHILLS, and other exciting THINGS to use as mnemonics when you need to quickly think up a cost for a middling die roll: https://pretendo.games/2018/12/04/dangers-chills-other-exciting-things/ #diceblog
Researcher/writer/designer guy who makes tabletop RPGs for fun. Blogging over at https://pretendo.games. He/him.
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