License to Roam

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 in Books, MMOs, Play, RPGs, Video Games, Websites | 10 Comments

I’ve just scratched the surface of Lord of the Rings: War in the North but I’d been looking forward to this game for a while. What drew me in was its promise of an original story set in Middle-earth’s less-visited locales, like Mirkwood or the ruined city of  Fornost, all rendered with a mix of the […]

Everyone's Awards

You have a single prize to award to one noun — person, place, thing, or event — in recognition of excellence in gaming for the previous year, from July 2010 to July 2011. This is a prize of celebration and recognition only. No trophy, no money, no stickers, no medals. What do you call your […]

2011 Diana Jones Award Nominees

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in Board Games, Books, Fan Culture, RPGs | No Comments

The short list for this year’s Diana Jones Award has been revealed and, as is ordinary for these extraordinary awards, it’s a wonderful list. I got it from Robin D. Laws’ livejournal, but Matt Forbeck has the list all linked up: Diana Jones Award Press Release. It’s the home of the press release until the […]

Vampire Publishing and Books That Want To Be Read

Posted by on May 31, 2011 in Books, Writing | 4 Comments

Writer and thinker, Ian Bogost (author of Persuasive Games) calls it “vampire” or “write-only” publishing: books, especially scholarly books, that are not written to be read but are written to “have been written.” Check out Ian Bogost’s “Writing Books People Want to Read (Or, How to Stake Vampire Publishing)” over on his site. You’ll come […]

What Do You Look For In An Historical RPG Book?

Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Books, Question, RPGs | 9 Comments

What do you look for in RPG books describing or detailing historical periods of play? Graham Walmsley asks over at the Story Games forums, and I thought I’d echo the question here, to get some more takes on the subject. What do you like to see? What do you need to see? What justifies the […]

Show Us The Bones

Posted by on Jan 4, 2011 in Books, Promotion, The Bones | No Comments

Writer and editor James Lowder, one of the many talented contributors to The Bones: Us and Our Dice, kindly gave us a few copies of the superhero anthology he mentions in his Bones essay. We thought we’d pass them on to you, dear readers. At first, I thought I’d offer them to the next few […]

Remixing Board Games

Posted by on Dec 12, 2010 in Board Games, Books, Creativity, Musing | 2 Comments

I heard about this via Boing Boing, which means you’ve probably already heard about it, but in case you haven’t, I’m mentioning it here, too: The Board Game Remix Kit. You know what this is. You take the components of popular and ubiquitous games like Monopoly, Clue, and Scrabble and you reconstitute them into new […]

We're Live on e23

Posted by on Oct 26, 2010 in Books, Hamlet's Hit Points | No Comments

Steve Jackson Games fans rejoice! As of yesterday, Hamlet’s Hit Points and Things We Think About Games are available from e23 in their PDF editions. Hamlet’s Hit Points PDF edition at e23. Things We Think About Games PDF edition at e23.

Out of Alignment

Posted by on Aug 31, 2010 in Books, Design, RPGs, Writing | 54 Comments

“It was on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Tyler and I just gave it a name.” —Narrator, Fight Club First things first, you should probably get your hands on Apocalypse World. D. Vincent Baker has created something remarkable with Apocalypse World—it’s a major conversation piece and probably a landmark in the development of RPGs. The influence […]

Hamlet's Hit Points is Go

Posted by on Jul 29, 2010 in Books, Hamlet's Hit Points, Promotion, Story | 3 Comments

I’m happy to say that our new book, Hamlet’s Hit Points, by RPG maestro Robin D. Laws, is now available for pre-order. Jump over to its product page to reserve your copy now. Copies ordered now will ship in mid-August when they get back from the printer. If this is the first you’ve heard of […]