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Sagas of the Icelanders

Posted in Uncategorized on June 26, 2010 by Jeff Russell

Colloquially known as “Ragnarok World” is a hack of Apocalypse World by Gregor Vuga, and it’s really, really good. If you looked at Ragonarok and thought “I want a more realistic, serious Viking game” then go here to get the current draft of the rules in development.

He was kind enough to mention Ragonarok in his ‘ludography’, but I’d be pointing you towards it anyway, because it’s really exciting to me and does some really clever design stuff. Check it out.

Apocalypse Now!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 by Jeff Russell

I just wanted to let everybody know that Vincent Baker’s new game, Apocalypse World, is available to preorder now (you get the PDF now and the book will ship on August 1st). It’s available through the unstore.

In case you’re not familiar, Vincent Baker is the author of a few of the games I reviewed on here (In a Wicked Age, Dogs in the Vineyard) and is a pretty big deal in the indie RPG scene, because his games are flipping awesome. There’s already a lot of buzz about this game, and with good reason: it’s really, really good.

In addition to being a great ready to go game, it’s also supremely hackable. A number of really interesting hacks are already being developed (and have been before the final rules even released!). You can follow them at the Apocalypse World forums.

I’ve currently got a bee in my bonnet to work on a Dark Heresy (Warhammer 40k roleplaying) hack for it, as I love a lot of the expanded setting material in Dark Heresy and Rogue trader, but I have no desire to ever play the system that comes in the game.

But don’t worry, my Necro redo and the Book of Threes are continuing to get some lovin, I expect to have a post about some feedback from the alpha test of the Book of Threes in the next couple of days.

Do the Wave

Posted in Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 by Jeff Russell

So, in a comment to a previous entry, Joon Phil mentioned this article. It highlights the uses of Google Wave as an online roleplaying venue. I’ve applied for an invitation to start using wave, because I want to check it out. If anyone else is interested, you can request an invite here. I’m considering using it to playtest “The Book of Threes” down the road a bit, and I’m always hungry for as much roleplaying as I can get my hands on, so I think this might help.

These are Neat

Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 by Jeff Russell

Okay, real quick post here. I just added The Mighty Atom to my blogroll. It’s the blog for John Harper, author of that Agon game I reviewed earlier. His blog has some good posts on gaming, but what I want to point out here are the games in the left side bar. In addition to Agon, which you can buy as a PDF or regular book (and I highly recommend you do), you can also get three quick, clever little games for free. That’s right, free. They’re called “Lady Blackbird”, “Ghost/Echo”, and “The Mustang” in descending order of complexity (and “Lady Blackbird Weighs in at a hefty 16 pages, 13 of which are character sheets).

The idea behind all of these is that they give you a very specific starting scenario, very simple rules, and more or less pre-defined characters and you go with it, and they go in cool directions. The very brevity is inspiring, and the elegance is pretty neat. I can’t wait to give them a try, and I’ve been thinking about them pretty intently since I read them last night. Check em out!


Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2010 by Jeff Russell

Hello everyone, this blog is going to be a place for me to keep my thoughts on game design and gaming in general, as well as encourage discussion on said thoughts. So, by all means, once the posts start coming, please dive right in.