Ken and Robin’s Axes of RPG Design

On the Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff podcast we recently wrapped our series on the various axes or oppositions that distinguish tabletop RPG designs. For future reference, here’s the list: A game has Elegance if all of its subsystems work in the same way, stemming from a central resolution mechanic, or is Ornamented if […]

Final hours of the Suburban Consumption of the Monstrous Kickstarter

Within the creaking bones of this old home, you sit in awkward silence with faces you’d rather not speak at around a lavish table. You puppeteer your words and motions with cautious care, ensuring you don’t step out of line or startle any of the other guests. You play along until the bell rings. Dinner […]

Cult of the Terrible Snack

One of the major factions in the Eyes of the Stone Thief campaign is the Cult of the Devourer, a cabal of fanatics, wizards and fanatical wizards (wizardly fanatics) who worship the Living Dungeon as a god of vengeance. As outlined in the campaign (p. 302), the cult was originally founded, many ages ago, by […]

The House of Horror

There are places where the Membrane between our reality and the Outer Dark frays, where things slip between worlds too easily. Some call these liminal spaces the Outskirts; the Ordo Veritatis, in its clinical way, refers to them as LMSLs (Low Membrane Strength Locations). Such places are often found on the edge of towns, in […]

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