The Last Halloween Game

Posted by on Oct 31, 2008 in Horror, RPGs, Story | 4 Comments

I used to run a one-shot RPG story every year around Halloween. Some years it was, naturally, Call of Cthulhu. At least one year I ran a game centered on the Internecivus raptus. I ran Wraith: The Oblivion (which you know I loved) and I ran a spooky fantasy-horror story (driven by the SAGA System) […]

The Nostalgist’s Branch

Posted by on Sep 19, 2008 in Fantasy, Horror, Musing, RPGs | 6 Comments

I know it’s nostalgia because it aches a little. It’s something about the time of year. This is when, longer ago now than it seems, I’d sink into the thick of the school year. The air mellowed out, it got dark sooner, and summery shirts gave way to sweaters and scarves. We went indoors sooner, […]

World of Darkness: Metaphor Monsters

Posted by on May 1, 2008 in Horror, Musing, RPGs, Story, Writing | 2 Comments

As a kind of author’s note, I’m cross-posting this piece I wrote on RPGnet this morning, in response to the question of resemblance between the World of Darkness (of Vampire and Changeling) and the real world. Read on after the jump.

Electronic Book Review’s Treasure Trove Online

Posted by on Feb 7, 2008 in Books, Horror, RPGs, Story | 2 Comments

Whether you already have First Person and Second Person or not (getting them eventually should be a foregone conclusion), Electronic Book Review’s collection of articles from the books is a must-read trove of cunning essays. In addition to those, my essay from Second Person, Storytelling Games as a Creative Medium, is there in the company […]

Last Night on Earth and the Awesome Moment

Posted by on Dec 27, 2007 in Board Games, Horror, Story | 7 Comments

You’ve heard of Last Night on Earth. ICv2 tells us that it’s the #3 board, card, or family game, if an unqualified statement like that can have any meaning at all. Actual play, Last Night on Earth style. A ring of zombies closes in and takes down the last hero they needed to kill in […]