#introduction (belated) Show more
Husband, dad, designer, dog-owner.
I run a boutique web design agency based in Washington, DC, and write a lot about design: https://medium.com/@brownorama
I play RPGs with my friends, my kids, and my kids' friends. Dungeon World (with the fam) and Coriolis (with the kids group)
I'm trying my hand at designing a PbtA game called Lonesome World. https://plus.google.com/collection/0lWHXF
This is an article on how to play a role-playing game as a character from another ethnicity or culture. Don't make me regret it.
My kids (in the US) hold a weekly Skype call with my wife's aunt (in the UK). They used to tell collaborative stories (they called them "expeditions"). And they recently switched to playing RPGs. I just learned they started an #Ironsworn campaign! It's the first RPG they've played that I have not.
Sheep Zodiac Show more
I'm new to this mastodon thing. Look, I think we're all new to this internet thing, so none of us really know the protocols of sharing stuff between networks.
But some things need to be shared far and wide.
I bring you, straight from That Other Ephemeral Social Network, the Sheep Zodiac:
If you're as interested in words as I am, and I know you are, then you'll like this blog post:
Medical history Show more
Something you should know about me: I have two chronic health conditions that are inconvenient and require treatment but aren’t serious. I’ve had them since I was a kid. As a white cishet straight man in middle age I wonder how they have contributed to shaping my identity.
Anyway, I had a surgery today, one of about 40 I’ve had in my life. I’m done and happy to be going home. Can’t wait to play some games this weekend.
Lazy web: Your best resources/ideas for co-DMing D&D?
My 12yo started a campaign earlier this year, and ran into (a) more kids showing up than we planned and (b) dealing with difficult personalities. It was stressful and not fun for him, albeit a good lesson. One strategy for moving forward would be to have him co-DM with another kid in the group. I've never done this before. Have you? What works?
Bad news: I was tagged in to a thread with some of my least favorite people to talk D&D/DW.
Good news: Because people were wrong on the internet I migrated some 8 year old posts on D&D and AW-style Principles and now you get to read them.
Closing a campaign Show more
They give players a framework for telling fun stories, reward innovation and imagination, and seem to let people explore a variety of themes.
My company closes between Xmas and New Year's.
Last year I did a writing challenge and wrote 15000 words on a story I'll probably never pick up again.
This break, I'm going to focus on my game.
For fiction, word count is a reasonable barometer of progress.
What metric would you use to measure progress in a game design?
Rant/whine Show more
I see other people working on "Wild West" games without taking into account historical context. They're just going for the tropes and cliches. I get frustrated as I'm working really hard to research, study, and endeavor to build a game that's sensitive and instructive about late 19th C America.
Convo with my 7yo son Show more
[After reading a Star Wars story that involved a villain who hated herself.]
Me: Is it OK to hate yourself?
7yo: No because you should have compassion for everyone. And love. Even [deservedly maligned politician].
Me: 🤯Do you have compassion for yourself?
7yo: I have a lot of compassion and love for myself.
Updates to my PbtA game Show more
Last night, I released a few updates to Lonesome World:
• Complete set of example moves
• Updated playbook with "bonds" section to generate NPCs
• Modified rules summary with some tweaks to combat rules (specifically shooting)
Reminder: Lonesome World is...
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