Category Archives: Story

Words have Meaning, Names have Power

Proper names are poetry in the raw.  Like all poetry they are untranslatable.  ~W.H. Auden Our names are labels, plainly printed on the bottled essence of our past behavior. ~Logan Pearsall Smith People’s fates are simplified by their names.  ~Elias … Continue reading

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Heroic Drive: Attacking Situations Angry-style

What drives the heroes in your RPG? What motivates them, making their blood hot? What allows them to unleash their greatest moments of heroism in the face of danger? Or, in the terms of present discussion: What gets them out … Continue reading

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Braving the Breadth of the Dice Pool – Branching Out

I’ve been discovering a lot of exciting new game systems these days, new ways to use dice and some rules to tell vivid stories. My time of blissful insularity within the D&D 4e bubble has apparently ended sometime in the … Continue reading

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Stories that Shape Us: Vulnerable Heroes – X-Com RPG

X-COM – UFO: Enemy Unknown and its sequels from the early 90’s are often hailed as one of the best video games ever made. I only played the original, just a few years ago and loved it.  I never got … Continue reading

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Expanding Experience – Why Games Appeal

Plainly said, I am enamored of simple, elegant design that makes complex realities both accessible and beautiful. I think this concept especially relates to story and games. When I experience life, it is just experience; yet bounded by particular parameters and cast in … Continue reading

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