Ethically Dicey?

From lucky socks to not having sex at particular times, hobbies are full of superstitions; and tabletop roleplaying games are no exception. But are they something to be embraced, countered, or just ignored? I'm currently playing in two tabletop games. During the last two sessions of both of them, at least one friend has commented … Continue reading Ethically Dicey?

Me Against Him, Him and Me Against the World

Many authors—perhaps joking, perhaps not—have commented that their characters have a life of their own, and from a certain perspective they aren't wrong; but no amount of characters working against their author can equal the tendency of the standard party of player characters to not stay together. Perhaps the answer is to rely on the … Continue reading Me Against Him, Him and Me Against the World

The Cursed Codex by Matthew S. Cox

Treating both childhood and roleplaying games with seriousness while remaining aware of their more absurd aspects, Cox creates a fantasy tale that is accessible to younger readers without sacrificing the tension and complexity more mature readers seek. Thirteen-year-old Keith Croft has been invisible for his entire school life: not a brainiac; not a jock; not … Continue reading The Cursed Codex by Matthew S. Cox

Not Letting the Dice Decide

While sexual harassment in roleplaying games isn't front page news in the same way that the rags and tatters of Hollywood pretence are, it happens. And, unlike the real world, it can sometimes seek to excuse itself by relying on not having happened in reality. However, I don't think something is automatically acceptable just because … Continue reading Not Letting the Dice Decide

+1 Blade of Universe Slaying

Had an interesting offline debate about adding weapons and armour to Cthulhu Dark. So, continuing my intermittent thoughts and hacks of the system, I thought I'd share a little in case it proved helpful for explaining to players used to equipment bonuses why there aren't any. My interlocutor, brain clearly as fuzzy as his muttonchops, … Continue reading +1 Blade of Universe Slaying

The Awesomeness Before The Court

The unreal trial I mentioned last week has now happened; and I won. In celebration of my victory, here's a photograph of my best sexy raven impression: For those interested, the key point turned on interpretation of 16th Century Canon law regarding the seal of the confessional, and a great many instances of sweeping and … Continue reading The Awesomeness Before The Court