Shadowrun, Sixth Edition: finally, a cyberpunk game.

A few days ago, Catalyst Game Labs announced Shadowrun’s sixth edition. Looking over the press release for it, the new version seemed to be the same old thing, just newer. Until I read a tweet from Steven “Bull” Ratkovich, which was directed at the “assholes in the back row” who were complaining about diversity, inclusion, and politics in a cyberpunk roleplaying game. My reaction on twitter: Wait a sec. Did someone say that game designers should leave the politics out of their cyberpunk roleplaying game? Really? REALLY? Continue reading “Shadowrun, Sixth Edition: finally, a cyberpunk game.” »...
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Printing White Text on Black Pages

A while back I was introduced to The Sprawl, a cyberpunk band-of-criminals roleplaying game. The book itself was printed in two versions, “Midnight” and “Noon”. Midnight was black paper with mainly white text while Noon was the opposite. I gravitated to the Noon version for a few reasons and didn’t give it much thought, but then I was contracted by Modiphius to work on Star Trek Adventures (the standalone missions, mainly), and suddenly I was working on a game line with white copy on black text. Continue reading “Printing White Text on Black Pages” »...
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Kickstarter Roundup, May 2018

Recently there was good news in updates from two long-delayed Kickstarter campaigns I've backed and another thing I backed just ended, so why not do another review of projects I've backed that I'm waiting on? One of the ways you can review your backed pledges is by going to the pledge page on your profile. It'll have a list of your active pledges, all the things you've backed ("successful pledges"), and a really annoying section called "unsuccessful pledges". I hate that last section -- it "includes dropped pledges and pledges to failed or cancelled projects". I hate that section because I have one, and only one, project listed there, a project I cancelled my pledge to because we had a financial crunch right at that time. So it just sits there, Kickstarter reminding me of that one time we had an emergency that caused us to cancel our luxury expenses because there was this Thing going on. I suppose it's like when...
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