I'm stras! I'm a consulting designer on games, and write a few of my own (like Scum & Villainy, Band of Blades and Atlas Reckoning).
I play board games, video games, and rpg's of all sizes and shapes, though I prefer ones with medium crunch and an emphasis on fast resolutions and feels (big fan of PbtA).
What is about to follow is, as with many things, @JoshuaACNewman’s fault.
In my head, I’m taking these things and moving them around on the tabletop to see if they suggest a shape.
Games are, by their nature, a set of constraints that we agree to for the duration (for whatever purpose). So constraints are like water to a fish in play, but they also are kind of critical in the play space.
So where do they come from, and where do they derive power?
FitD. Huh. I can dig it as an acronym (Forged in the Dark) for Blades hacks. Works for me. #FitD
Who's excited? I'm super excited. Also get this man a shield: https://youtu.be/R7H6Bl9ncUI
Want a one-page RPG about grifters and con artists in a fantasy world? Boy do I have a deal for you! https://www.patreon.com/posts/novembers-one-15558773 https://dice.camp/media/dBw6OHNkuTr7vFPtZz4
The thing where liking a -- sigh -- toot entails clicking a star, and the star spins around when you click it?
That makes me want to click stars more. #UIFTW
Motherfucking Lava Otter and its cyborg sidekick Token Human from Gamma World 3e: https://i.warosu.org/data/tg/img/0351/98/1412018098032.png
The two that jump to mind are the Werewolf: The Apocalypse 2nd Ed (those rent clawmarks still are so awesome to teenage me) and Blades (the highlights on the letters and knives are what get me). Guess I'm a sucker for cover modifications (and leaving Bluebeard's Bride for someone else to snag).
I know I'm going to be super stoked to have a finished book layout soon. But in the middle of it, doing a full time layout job on top of my job is not super awesome.
I'm reminded of the wise words of @nickwedig: "Game design is easy, game development is not."
I make games, have since 1978, published since 2005. 1001 Nights, PsiRun, Apocalypse World, Murderous Ghosts, lots of smaller games in various anthologies.
Other major stuff:
-Certified sex ed teacher for grades 7-12
-Spent 12 years facilitating a support group for women and families dealing with postpartum depression / anxiety / stress
-Had two one-woman shows of original quilts
-Traveled through all 48 contiguous states
-Married to @lumpley since 1990
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🎲 First played: If I have to be real, my first RPG was actually a board game - Hero Quest. We played through all the missions TWICE and my friends wanted more so I kept making some up.
First real RPG was Warhammer FRPG. 1st edition. In French. My friend's "cool" older brother had and ran for us.
🎲 First Run: D&D 2nd ed (I only found earlier editions later)
🎲 First Purchased: Some old Dark Sun sourcebook (I think it was for high level stuff) with Brom art.
So, rpg #currentprojects S&V, BoB and AR. Show more
Scum & Villainy - My space opera game. Currently laying out the full text. It's not exciting to say 'looking forward to being done' but can't wait to have a complete thing (with art!).
Band of Blades - Black Company via Blades. This is what I'm super stoked about. Can't wait to get back to full-time design. Had a great Halloween playtest.
Atlas Reckoning - Giant mech smashing giant monsters. Also the messy lives of mech pilots. KS is on the horizon!
Code-fighter by day, tea fueled RPG-hacker by night.
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