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Behind the Screen: Beneficial Friction

It’s an element of most games that players want to feel a little superhuman, so naturally many game systems, and many GMs, look for ways to give their players exactly that. The trouble is that there’s only a slim difference between a super power and the tabletop equivalent of a cheat code.  If it’s too […]

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Arkham Archivist: Dracula Dossier Kickstarter & Director’s Handbook Mini-Review

What if Dracula weren’t just a novel? Good news, vampire/vampire RPG fans—it’s not! In fact, it’s a censored after-action report of the failed British Intelligence attempt to recruit a vampire in 1894. Dracula Unredacted, carefully re-assembled by Ken Hite, restores deleted sections and adds the annotations of three successive generations of MI6 operatives. And that’s […]

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Unreal Worlds: Everybody Loves a Clown

I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that this isn’t good news. That’s right: a mysterious clown is silently terrorizing the residents of Northhampton, UK. It’s not the usual murdery kind of terrorizing — at least, as far as we know. The clown just…stands on street corners, silently staring down passersby, but […]

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hurdles

Behind the Screen: Beneficial Friction

It’s an element of most games that players want to feel a little superhuman, so naturally many game systems, and many GMs, look for ways to give their players exactly that. The trouble is that there’s only a slim difference between a super power and the tabletop equivalent of a cheat code.  If it’s too […]

Dracula Dossier

Arkham Archivist: Dracula Dossier Kickstarter & Director’s Handbook Mini-Review

What if Dracula weren’t just a novel? Good news, vampire/vampire RPG fans—it’s not! In fact, it’s a censored after-action report of the failed British Intelligence attempt to recruit a vampire in 1894. Dracula Unredacted, carefully re-assembled by Ken Hite, restores deleted sections and adds the annotations of three successive generations of MI6 operatives. And that’s […]

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100 Word RPG Hook: 1958, Among Other Years

“Earlier this morning, the Pentagon discovered the designs for an honest-to-God death-ray. Part of the DARPA program Ike just started to try to catch up with the Soviets after Sputnik. Within three years the program will be in full swing at Martin Marietta in Denver, and…” “Sounds pretty standard. Let me guess the mission! Uhm…don’t […]

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Behind the Screen: The Butter Zone

It’s always reassuring to me to realize that brilliant people can get table-flipping mad when they run into a wall, just like everyone else.  When Einstein said “God doesn’t play dice,” it was because he was so irked with the unpredictability of quantum physics that all he could fall back on was the argument that […]

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