Archive for the 'Ponderings' Category

A Thought

« 1 March 2015 | 21:53 | Ponderings | No Comments »

I think this: http://boingboing.net/2015/02/02/lets-put-the-guilt-back-in-g.html Is the perfect answer to this: http://www.gnomestew.com/hot-buttons/an-open-letter-to-game-publishers-please-stop-trying-to-make-me-feel-like-a-sleaze/ “the only people who believe in some kind of universal taste—a consensual demarcation between what’s artistically good and what’s artistically bad—are insecure, uncreative elitists who need to use somebody else’s art to validate their own limited worldview. It never matters what you like; what […]



What A Year … Happy Holidays!

« 23 December 2013 | 23:17 | Holidays, Invulnerable RPG, Personal, Ponderings | No Comments »

What a strange, exciting year. In the last pile of months, I moved to a new home 3 hours away, did some state government IT work, was unemployed s0me more, was a student some more, and got a very interesting and fun new job in the familiar field of health care IT. And, I got a […]



Celebrating Crunch

« 17 July 2013 | 19:25 | Broken Symmetry RPG, Invulnerable RPG, Ponderings | No Comments »

A lot of folks these days express an appreciation for rules-light games. And with good reason! A lot of us are busy, and gaming can take up a lot of time. This is part of the reason why I wrote Nigh-Invulnerable: The Guide to Simplified Supers (available here: http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/106156/Nigh-Invulnerable-The-Guide-to-Simplified-Supers). Invulnerable is kind of crunchy, and […]



But I Don’t Like Super Heroes … !

« 20 September 2011 | 8:54 | Invulnerable RPG, Ponderings | No Comments »

Long one today. Be warned. Occasionally, a new person comes into our game group, or I meet a new gamer, and when Invulnerable RPG comes up, people say, “I don’t like super heroes.” I understand. Sometimes, I don’t like them either. I like good stories. And while there are a lot of cheesey stories in […]



Your Host

« 24 August 2011 | 23:09 | Invulnerable RPG, Personal, Ponderings | No Comments »

So here’s the story. I got into gaming in junior high, in the mid-80s. My friends were the artsy crowd in school, smart outcasts, and it gave us a way to tell our own stories and work in our own artwork, to make (as TSR said) “products of our imagination.” My grades slipped later in […]



Or as I like to call it, ‘COSSG’

« 28 July 2011 | 7:49 | Invulnerable RPG, Ponderings | No Comments »

I think everyone has a hard time answering the questions, ‘what are roleplaying games?’ My new answer is, they’re collaborative, open-source story gambling. Collaborative: Everyone gets to participate. Open-Source: You’re making the story, you’re not a passive participant. Story: You’ve got characters, a setting, and events they enact and respond to. Gambling: There’s an element […]



What Is Invulnerable?

« 23 June 2011 | 10:47 | Invulnerable RPG, Ponderings | No Comments »

So you may be here looking for updates on the Invulnerable RPG. Awesome! Others might not know what we’re talking about; so here’s the deal. (Apologies; this is kind of a long one. They won’t all be this tl;dr :) ). Invulnerable is a tabletop super hero roleplaying game that uses the Cosmology RPG Engine, […]