Finally got my solo rpg project into a playtestable state and got an evening free to try it out. The mechanics are very random, and a little too complex. But the story mostly worked (even if my character failed at their goals).
Now I have to decide if I should accept the complex mechanics, try to simplify or just scrap the thing. Not sure I can remove much without the game losing something important, but I'm not sure the number of interesting choices justify the number of rules.
“I think that the average designer of a tabletop game in the current market is someone who cannot not design games. They are people who are driven by their ideas and creativity, and they just can’t help themselves."
Yep, this is me.
This would have been very useful to me a couple years ago when I was running a heist campaign that largely consisted of breaking into rich dude's mansions.
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So I used a Lasers and Feelings "kids on bikes" hack to run a sort of Hilda-meets-Courtney-Crumrin thing with my kids. It was great.
I'm writing a game of that is a mashup of Raymond Chandler and Lord Dunsany. This is clearly a bad idea, since the thing I find appealing about those authors are the poetic quality of their writing, which isn't a thing a game can easily capture. But still, I'm writing it, because my brain won't drop it until there is a game there.
It bothers me intensely that economics views choosing moral value over financial value as the preferred return for an exchange as irrational, while choosing financial value over moral value for the exchange is considered rational.That this is a foundational assertion of capitalism speaks to the deeply flawed nature of the system. How can you justify capitalism when it flatly says that you should always choose monetary profit over providing assistance to others with no financial advantage gained?
Ooh, this is neat.
Opens up a hundred tabs on various websites designed to make advertisers think that you're filthy rich, or a crazy doomsday prepper, or some kind of influencer.
Blocking tracking data is sooo 2018. Corrupting tracking data is even better. :D
A Mastodon instance for tabletop gamers.