The most bold “top 100 rpg” lists ever

Every single “Top 100” list will offend someone, and in this day and age, 99% of them will be a stupid, unreadable click through list that is designed to produce traffic. With those two principles in mind, this list really shines. First, because it is the boldest list I’ve seen. It must be triggering someone,Continue reading “The most bold “top 100 rpg” lists ever”

Learning RPG design with 5 games

A thoughtful list. 4 out of the 5 RPGs are unknown to me. But according to the author, they all are designed to drive storytelling. Take 1001 Nights, for instance: The overall trends worth learning from 1001 Nights is that all roleplaying is just making stuff up with your friends, asking questions and adding toContinue reading “Learning RPG design with 5 games”

A method to structure encounter tables

There are a million random encounter tables on the Internet, each promising something useful, and many of them are. But at the end of the day, they’re still random encounter tables. I found this system at Papers Pencils and I really like it, because it takes the random out of random monster tables, and makesContinue reading “A method to structure encounter tables”

Five RPG links of the day

Disco Elysium RPG. Navigate the secrets of Revachol West. A review of Storm King’s Thunder. Classic D&D Modules Ranked. Everyone has their favorite list like this, this one is mine. Tom Moldvay comes out on top, with a lot of modules. Best supplements for city design. (should include!) The business of Dungeons & DragonsContinue reading “Five RPG links of the day”

Diving deep into the bin: RPGs from 2012

Why 2012? It’s not clear. But this is a good list. Good in the sense that I’ve heard of none of these RPGs, and I like that. It feels like discovery. It’s easy to imagine playing this one: Broken Rooms – A huge (460 page) modern multiversal rpg. And I’d barely heard of it despiteContinue reading “Diving deep into the bin: RPGs from 2012”

Is Gamedec the cyberpunk Disco Elysium?

Mostly no, but it’s the closest I’ve found so far. That makes it worth the journey. Lately I’ve been on a quest to find games like Disco Elysium. Exactly like Disco Elysium, in fact. Which is impossible. The things I like about Disco Elysium are: No combat Intense character personalization through dialogue A world thatContinue reading “Is Gamedec the cyberpunk Disco Elysium?”