New Blogging and Updates

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in Promotion, Work in Progress, Writing | No Comments

Hi there! We’re renovating the site over the next few months, so some content might move around a bit. If you want to see what we’re blogging these days, you can see that here at blog.gameplaywright.net. A few new developments are forthcoming this year, so stay tuned for info on those. In the meantime, you […]

The Uncharted Trailer (PS4)

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Musing, Promotion, Video Games | No Comments

This Uncharted PS4 Trailer reveals that a new installment of the hit series is coming to the new PlayStation. Good. I came this close to shelling out for a Vita just to play Uncharted: Golden Abyss. (I settled for watching the cinematics on YouTube.) Here’s the thing about this trailer and me: It’s possible that Uncharted may […]

The Worst Dungeon World Game I Played At Gen Con And How It Was My Fault

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Conventions, Fantasy, Play, RPGs, Story | 4 Comments

We’ve talked here before about the worst game sessions we’ve ever presided over as GM. I don’t think this one was my worst ever but it was certainly my worst in recent memory — my worst ever playing Dungeon World, for sure — and it was at a big table of eager players during a […]

Survival Heroism

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Design, Horror, Video Games, Writing | One Comment

In the new Tomb Raider, Lara Croft’s journey from survivor to action star to heroine (or antiheroine, but we’ll get to that) takes her through horrors visceral and terrestrial, mundane and extraordinary. But her grim and grueling adventure isn’t quite or only survival horror. At the end of her ordeal—the end of her transformation—she is […]

#TableTop Returns

Geek & Sundry’s fun and fantastic series about games and gamers, TableTop, is returning for a new season of episodes as soon as April 4th. This is wonderful and welcome news. Host and producer Wil Wheaton hints at some of the games and guests to feature on the show over at Wil Wheaton dot Net […]

Conversations That Count

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Design, Musing, Video Games, Writing | One Comment

In a post sketching out an Indiana Jones game I’d like to play, I mentioned that I’d like to see it incorporate “conversations that count.” This isn’t an innovative idea, I know, except maybe for the implication that it fits into the kind of game we’d want from Indiana Jones or Lara Croft or Nathan […]

Indiana Jones and the Game of Destiny

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Design, Movies, Musing, Video Games, Writing | 6 Comments

The idea is not to recreate the forward momentum of an Indiana Jones movie, because the movies do that already, but to create a uniquely interactive experience that draws on cinematic techniques and ludic mechanisms in equal measure.

What I Want in the Next Tomb Raider

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Design, Musing, Video Games | 3 Comments

More than anything, the new Tomb Raider game makes me enthusiastic for another game in the series that takes the best from this new vision and jettisons the game’s meanest elements. The result might be a step back toward the franchise’s earlier swagger combined with the scale, detail, and humanity of this year’s installment. Call […]

More Harrowing Than Fun: A Tomb Raider Review

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Design, Horror, Video Games, Writing | 2 Comments

If you’d asked me before, I would’ve been skeptical. Another gritty reboot, this time of Lara Croft, a character whose confidence and poise under pressure was part of the hook? I know people who hated the twists on Bond in Skyfall. It’s not that I would’ve doubted whether there’s a great idea for a character-driven, […]

At the Feet of Giants

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Design, Fantasy, RPGs, Video Games | 3 Comments

This weekend I ran the first session of an ongoing campaign-in-miniature set in Middle-earth, using the game rules from Francesco Nepitello’s The One Ring (TOR). In the parlance of play, I’m hacking and drifting this game in bits and bobs to get a certain kind of play out of it. Some of the adjustments I’ve made […]