Category Archives: General

Player-Facing Combat in GUMSHOE

by Simon Rogers In most cases, GUMSHOE puts the dice in the hands of the players. Instead of the GM making a Stealth test for a creature to sneak up on a character, players make a Sense Trouble test to avoid being surprised. When the roles are reversed, it’s the players who make a Stealth […]

Playing to Lift: Making Characters Shine

by Elina Gouliou The “Play to Lift” Technique There are some game sessions where all the characters shine and the action is awesome and cinematic. I thought it was a matter of luck or circumstance, until I encountered the Play to Lift technique and realised that it is often the result of all the players […]

13th Sage: A New Icon Relationship Variant from the 13th Arduin Campaign

By Rob Heinsoo, with Jonathan Tweet Another 13th Age campaign, another experiment with the icon relationship dice! My previous campaign was using a riff on the way that 13th Age Glorantha handles rune narrations. This time, in a campaign I’m referring to as 13th Arduin*, I’m using an idea from Jonathan that he hasn’t gotten […]

The Plain People of Gaming: Christmas in Cthulhu City

It was the Yuletide, that men call Christmas though they know in their hearts it is older than Bethlehem and Babylon, older than Memphis and mankind. It was the Yuletide, and I had come at last to the ancient sea town where my people had dwelt and kept festival in the elder time when festival […]

View from the Pelgrane’s Nest: December 2017/January 2018

This will be a short and snappy View. The Dragonmeet convention was a great success – we sold more books than ever before, and hosted a jam-packed investigative masterclass seminar. Gareth ran Fall of Delta Green for the entire Pelgrane crew. PAX Unplugged has the potential to grow to be a top-tier RPG convention, matching […]

13th Age Character Builds: Multi-Attack Ranger

The ranger is one of the simplest classes to build and play, but your choices of talents will determine what kind of ranger you are. Rangers can vary from animal-companion assisted trackers, deadly archers, to frighteningly efficient melee characters. The ranger is a simple class, nothing flashy. Basic attacks, modified with expanding crit ranges or […]

Call of Chicago: The Hoffman Working

No need to build a stage, it was all around us. Props would be simple and obvious. We would hurl ourselves across the canvas of society like streaks of splattered paint. Highly visual images would become news, and rumor-mongers would rush to spread the excited word. … Once we acknowledged the universe as theater and accepted […]

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