#RPGaDAY 2017, Day 23: RPG Layout

Day 23 of #RPGaDAY has the most interesting topic to me this month: "Which RPG has the most jaw-dropping layout?" While I take a bit of an issue with the "most jaw-dropping" part of the question -- other topics used "the best" to provoke a convesation about your favorite ________ -- I see where the question writer is going. It's not the best layout we're looking for, it's the most noticable layout that's pleasing to look at. Now, while I as a layout artist want to have people blown away by my work, one of the best reviews I have received is one that pointed at 7th Sea's layout: It doesn't do much to overwhelm and mainly gets out of the way. On the surface, that sounds like a bit of an insult. The layout design doesn't do much. It doesn't distract the reader. It's plain. This is one of the best things a layout artist can hear. Like cinematography, comic book...
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#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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#RPGaDAY 2017, Day 21: Best Game With the Fewest Words

"Which RPG does the most with the least words?" asks #RPGaDAY on Day 21. Ah! That's simple -- It's John Harper's Lady Blackbird. You get a movie serial opening throwing you right into the action and promising amazing moments, a peek into an imaginative setting, and worldbuilding in the character's stats. There's magic, 'cause this person has it. There are fantasy races, because this one is one. There are large beasts floating in the nether because they're only mentioned in this one diagram. It's a game that does so much in a tiny little packet where half of the pages have a half-page worth of material repeated on them. Continue reading “#RPGaDAY 2017, Day 21: Best Game With the Fewest Words” »...
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