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 […]

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 […]

The Lineup: Predefining Player-Selected NPC Relationships

Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 in Design, Fantasy, Play, RPGs | One Comment

I laid out seven cards I’d selected from Paizo’s GameMastery deck, Urban NPCs, in a row at the middle of the table, where both of my regular players could see them. Without any preview or overview, I tasked my players with answering the questions below. (I actually even changed the order of the questions at […]

Review the Game You Got

Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 in Fantasy, Movies, Musing, Question, RPGs, Video Games | 5 Comments

Again with War in the North. I’m using this game to explore some questions because (a) I am currently playing it and (b) because it’s a relatable property even if you’re not playing it—I feel safe assuming that many of you have seen the Lord of the Rings movies or know of them. War in […]

An Interview with Artist Noah Bradley

Posted by on May 13, 2011 in Creativity, Fantasy, Freelancing, RPGs | 3 Comments

["As Darkness Rises," by Noah Bradley, © Wizards of the Coast] Will here. A couple of weeks ago, I had a short article published in Dungeon Magazine #189 part of D&D Insider—my first official piece for Dungeons & Dragons, like, ever. (You need a subscription to D&D Insider to get access to Dungeon content.) The […]