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Thoughts in tabletop gaming by Paul Stefko.

Playing Lite: Suburban Strangeness

The last few years have seen a resurgence of the “kids in small towns encounter weird stuff” subgenre. A lot of this revival is driven by nostalgia for the 1980s, as with television series like Stranger Things and games like Kids on Bikes and Tales from the Loop. In many ways, this type of story is perfect for a pared-down rules system like GURPS Lite.

Gen Con 2019 is Coming

As I write this, Gen Con 2019 is 11 days away. Normally, I’d be getting excited about the show right about now. And I am, but this year feels different in a few ways, leading to a certain ambivalence as I look forward to my trip to Indianapolis.

69 More RPGs Promotion

Brie Beau Sheldon has put together a neat promotion over in, and I’ve decided to participate. The 69 More RPGs event is what Itch calls a “reverse sale,” where you temporarily increase the price of your game rather than discounting it. In this case, folks are bumping up their prices by 69%, with the hope of getting 69 creators involved to help showcase all of the great indie RPG work that’s available over on Itch.

#AprilTTRPGMaker 2019: Finale

April has ended, and with it #AprilTTRPGMaker. A lot of the questions here at the end of the month were difficult to answer. I can say that I’m glad I took part in this event, but it was clearly written from a point of view that I don’t entirely mesh with. Anyway, here are my final answers from the last week or so.

#AprilTTRPGMaker 2019: Week 3

Getting back on schedule with week 3. Since I went late last week, this one is a bit shorter. In addition, the questions this week did not lend themselves well to further discussion, so the actual commentary here is sparse. (It doesn’t help that I sat an entire day out for reasons.)

#AprilTTRPGMaker 2019: Week 2-ish

I was on vacation last week. While I was able to keep up with the #AprilTTRPGMaker questions on Twitter, I wasn’t able to update here. Anyway, here’s the last 10 or so questions.

#AprilTTRPGMaker 2019: Week 1

Kira Magrann is spearheading the #AprilTTRPGMaker hashtag on Twitter, encouraging everyone who makes stuff for tabletop RPGs of all kinds to share their work, their process, their experiences all month long. I’m taking part, and I thought I’d briefly expand upon my tweet-length responses in a blog series.

Eidol Summoning—Two Sample Eidols

Some of the earliest eidols that many practitioners learn to summon are counterparts to mundane creatures drawn from various Otherworlds. Here are two such example eidols.

Eidol Summoning — A Framework for Magical Allies in GURPS

I’ve been putting some ideas down for a fantasy campaign in GURPS with a broad selection of “magic” systems. In addition to the systems from GURPS Thaumatology: Sorcery and GURPS Powers: Divine Favor, I want to have a few options that draw on other sources like Chi and spirits.

My Gen Con Schedule

Gen Con 2018 is rapidly approaching, and I’m scrambling to get ready for the “best four days in gaming.” I’d like to share my schedule so you know where I’ll be. Maybe we’ll run into each other!

Video Archive Now Available

I’ve been making videos on my YouTube channel for a while, including series exploring the core mechanics of various RPGs, explaining terms and jargon of the RPG lexicon, and making characters for different systems. Now those videos are archived here so you can catch them all in one place. Head over to the Video page now and catch up.

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