Fun #rpg tip:
Never use "It's what my character would do!" as an excuse for being a crappy person and ruining everyone else's good time. You are the driving force behind your character, and even if they're a heinous person? You don't need to act it out.
Always get consent from other players (and GM!!!) if you want to push things.
“Let’s lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed super-villains, they can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them — to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are. The bigot is an unreasoning hater — one who hates blindly, fanatically, indiscriminately.” —Stan Lee, 1968
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Merry Krampusnacht to everyone.
May you not be taken away in the Krampus's sack and beaten.
The new Indie RPG Pipeline is live!
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Through the Pipeline, I look to help spread the word of new indie tabletop roleplaying games being released and going into crowdfunding. You can follow by blog, rss feed or by daily email digest.
Weird internet rabbit hole: reading about the company that owns Newsweek. It turns out to be a tiny online startup, apparently run by poorly paid laborers pushing out clickbait and almost fraudulent digital storefronts, while illegally working on student visas to an obscure Christian college that is run by a fringe sect that implies, without ever quite stating, that their leader is the second coming of Jesus.
20 RPGs that influenced me, in roughly chronological order.
Dungeons and Dragons
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness
Teenagers from Outer Space
Over the Edge
Dogs in the Vineyard
My Life With Master
A Penny For My Thoughts
World of Dungeons
(I tried to cut the list down to 10. but couldn't.)
I just learned that my home town's founder was originally from Salem, Massachusetts. And his grandfather and aunt were two of the primary accusers of witchcraft during the Salem with trials.
This is the sort of weird historical footnote I wish I had known in high school, when I was planning out horror and conspiracy RPGs set there.
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"What do You Get a Wookiee for Christmas When He Already Owns a Comb?"
Maybe some respect for his cultural traditions? Wookiees don't celebrate Christmas. They celebrate Life Day.
And maybe some respect for their individuality? Chewbacca has lot of personality features besides the fact that he is hairy. He is a smuggler and a starship pilot. Maybe some tools to fix the Millenium Falcon would be nice.
TL,DR: Droids are shitty at giving gifts.
We continued our campaign of my surreal road trip hack of Archipelago. One player had never roleplayed, so this was sort of a weird introduction.
Over the course of play, she wound up also roleplaying her PC's evil universe alternate universe self. That would be a weird thing for even an experienced roleplayer. But she did a great job playing both characters, highlighting the small number of defined personality traits the characters had, and driving the game toward interesting conflicts.
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The only reason they invented the tradition of the President pardoning a turkey is to distract you from how blatantly corrupt Republican presidential administrations are.
I was going to playtest a game I made about the role of witches in D&D, but I determined at the last second that the subtext of the monster was irredeemably misogynistic (despite my best efforts to change that).
So I quickly made up a completely different game (a hack of Archipelago III by Matthis Hilter) about some friends in a surreal road trip across parallel universe. And that seemed to go pretty well.
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Movies that door poorly at the box office are called bombs.
Movies that do well at the box office are called blockbusters.
But blockbuster as a word comes from WWII slang for bombs that were powerful enough to destroy city blocks.
So "bomb" and "blockbuster" are simultaneously synonyms and antonyms for each other.
A Mastodon instance for tabletop gamers.