"In 1972 I created the concept of Mazes & Minotaurs
, the world's first roleplaying game
. Inspired by my fanatical interest in ancient Greek and Macedonian wargaming
, coupled with a love of Greek myth
and the 1963 movie, Jason and the Argonauts
, it took the gaming world by storm." -- Paul Elliott
. [more inside]
You don’t sit down to write a game and “add fun” or “make fun.” You make things. You design encounters. You plan plot points. You build NPCs. And you also put together and run campaigns. You hope that somehow, out of the campaigns and the decisions and encounters and plot points and NPCs, fun is a thing that will happen. But you don’t actually try to quantify fun. You don’t think about why fun things are fun. Until today.
In The Eight Kinds of Fun
The Angry DM explores the nature of fun in tabletop roleplaying games, guided by scholarly research on the subject
"This [129 question] survey
will determine your ability scores, fantasy race, class, alignment, and character level describing what you would be if you were transformed into a Dungeons and Dragons character."
Nill Kamui is an independent island caught in a power struggle between the forces of Donatia, the land of Knights and the Church, and Koran, an empire of secrets and the immortal empress Ghost Mother. When the Red Dragon, the ancient protector of the island, goes berserk and starts killing for no reason, a desperate plan is hatched: a team of representatives from each of the three powers is given a mission to find why the Red Dragon went mad and stop him by any means necessary. Red Dragon
is a tabletop RPG campaign with its own trailer
, and that's not all. [more inside]
Realm of Chaos 80s
- an 80s Games Workshop blog.
An Illustrated History of Games Workshop and Fighting Fantasy - Jackson and Livingstone
- audio, sans illustrations. The story of how Steve Jackson (not that Steve Jackson
) and Ian Livingstone kickstarted tabletop roleplaying in the UK and founded a gaming behemoth
that is very different today.
"The impression that Ars Magica requires a Ph.d in medieval history to play was not helped by several supplements for the fourth edition that were in fact written by Ph.d’s in medieval history." Don't let that stop you, though; you can download the fourth edition
for free. [more inside]
Most gamers have never heard of Braunstein. Sad but true. In the hierarchy of self-awareness you’ll find the circle of gamers who know what D&D is (a very, very large circle), then inside of that is the circle of gamers who know what Greyhawk is (large but smaller), and inside that the circle who knows what Blackmoor is (smaller still). And then in the very center, vanishingly small, are the people who’ve heard of Braunstein. Which is a pity, because Braunstein is the granddaddy of them all.Braunstein: the Roots of Roleplaying Games
by Ben Robbins. The first role-playing game was run by soldier David Wesely
in 1967, his group including none other than D&D co-creator Dave Arneson
. This past GenCon Braunstein was revived
! Here's what the players had to say
. Handouts from an earlier Braunstein revival
. David Wesely's post-game comments
. [via Rob McDougall] [more inside]
- be part of the conspiracy
. The latest sourcebook for Delta Green, the cult modern day Call of Cthulhu
setting, is being financed via fundable
. If the target for funding is not met it’s release will be delayed... if it is released at all. A niche setting within a niche system in a hobby in decline, Delta Green is still intensely well loved by those who know about it, making them a good target for the ransom model
. Will thinking outside the usual publishing business models
save pen and paper RPGs?