Game Design

Articles about my experiences, philosophy, and methodology in game design.

A Bit on Executing Character Concepts in 5e

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  • #rant

I feel a bit like I’m struggling upstream when trying to create some kinds of characters in fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons.

Fate Issues: Too Easy Because the GM's on Your Side

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A continuing series on the #CommonComplaints of #FateCore This is true if the GM’s not interested in making the story actually challenging for the PCs.

Acrobat Rage

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  • #software
  • #rant

This is about desktop publishing, not a Bard/Barbarian build. Oh my god I hate Acrobat.

The Lazy Dm and Me

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  • #tabletop-rpgs
  • #blog

I recently finished Sly Flourish’s The Lazy DM. This isn’t a review so much as some reflections and a bit of unasked advice.

Fate Issues: Too Much Separation between Player and Character

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A continuing series on the #CommonComplaints of #FateCore This is one that I do agree with, in some ways.

The Lost Soul Blues Beta and Beyond

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  • #tabletop-rpgs

I just released The Lost Soul Blues, a short dark-fantasy #ttrpg set in Hell.

Fate Issues Unclear Costs for Success at a Cost

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  • #fate-core

A continuing series on the #CommonComplaints of #FateCore This one’s deceptively simple. When you roll a tie or fail and choose to succeed at a minor or major cost, it’s not always clear what that cost should (or even could) be.

Fate Issues: Players Have Too Much Narrative Control

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A continuing series on the #CommonComplaints of #FateCore Now that we’ve seen how the core mechanic works, you can see that the PCs do indeed have a lot of control over their own success.

Fate Issues: Complex Resolution Mechanic

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A continuing series on the #CommonComplaints of #FateCore Now this is a hard one, because it can be true.

Fate Core Common Complaints

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Fate gets a lot of hate on social media. Some people hate it, some people love it. As a designer, I want to know what the issues are, so that I can avoid them in systems I design, and patch them in games that I write using Fate.