#RPGaDAY 2017, Day 22: Easy to Run RPGs

Day 22 of #RPGaDAY is all about ease of use at the table. "Which RPGs are the easiest for you to run?" Anything that's really freeform and really light rules, I'd start with. But then my mind starts to wander a bit and I'm looking at Fantasy Flight Games' Star Wars line again. It's an incredibly simple system that manages to be crunchy and tactical, yet light and story-driven at the same time. Those crazy dice -- the dice that take a few rolls to get used to with their crazy symbols -- let you have something awesomely beneficial happen when you fail, bring about something disastrous when succeeding. They're But Dice: Yes, but… they say. No, but... they tell you. Continue reading “#RPGaDAY 2017, Day 22: Easy to Run RPGs” »...
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Spine Treatments

When obtaining art assets for books in the roleplaying industry, I have noticed there is a lot of input into getting the interior artwork and cover artwork. With selling pdfs (and other electronic editions) through places like DriveThruRPG, you'll find that those files have the front cover, the back cover, and the interior. They are usually in that order so you can view the pdf as a two-up document with a separate page for the front cover, preserving the page spreads in the printed work. What seems to be forgotten -- or at least not considered fully -- is the treatment for the spine of the book. I find this odd, because at a store, your book is more likely to be shelved spine-out. I hadn't really noticed this until I developed the cover for Magpie Games' Urban Shadows. For that book's cover, we only had the front artwork which was to be placed on a black background. The back artwork...
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#RPGaDAY, Last Year: Day 9 – Favorite Dice

One year ago today, on #RPGaDAY, it’s Your Favorite Die or Dice Set. Huh. How am I going to get 500 words out of that? Over on my desk, I have my dice bag. It sits flat when open and can hold slightly more dice than a Crown Royal bag. Inside are four different sets of polyhedrals: a dark blue die set that includes a d30 (which I accidentally used one D&D game session instead of a d20 and didn’t realize until I rolled a natural 24), a green set (that I use when the blue set misbehaves), the remnants of my smoke set (nearly clear, but slightly grey dice) I used during my earlier years that is in the dice bag to share their wisdom and train the other dice to roll well, and a smaller set of clear polys in a smaller bag that my wife got me for Father’s Day last year. Also in the bag are the d10 sets...
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