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The Bone Marshes Kickstarter is live!

I’m doing the design work for my good friend David Schirduan’s new Kickstarter, Bone Marshes! David’s been a supporter of my Patreon for a LONG time – you have him and his group to thank for the classic adventure, The Planarch Vault. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared – it’s a big […]

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Dragonmeet 2018 Write-Up

This is my 4rd (or 5th?) time there, and it was Amy’s 3rd (or 4th?) We got there late because we both overslept. I put this down to 2 factors: playing Red Dead Redemption 2 way too much, and a subliminal anxiety about meeting lots of RPG design peers and not having anything new to […]

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A Night at the Golden Duck review

On a whim I picked up A Night at the Golden Duck by Patrick Stewart and Scrap Princess and enjoyed it. The format is sick and I will be stealing it – an A2 page folded down like one of those pocketbooks. The book part (ie what it’s like how it’s folded) details the characters and […]

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UCP: Intro

[[ Welcome to the Rue-de-le-Ronde, Section 19, Citibrite-884. It is the year 20×8. Earth is a neon and oil ruin. Humanity is a skin-and-silicon mess. Look at a person, it’s hard to tell where the human ends and the robot starts. You wish you lived out there – the outer reaches, where life is simple. […]

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20 Campaign Setting Questions

SPOILERS – if I’m running a game for you right now, don’t read any more. Funny story: this is my second attempt at writing these. The first pass felt really constricted, and kind of based on a load of stuff I’d already established in the setting. Writing these answers down felt like an opportunity to […]

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Orcs, Ogres, and the Pecking Order of Dungeons

Tolkien made no difference between Orcs and Goblins, but I grew up with Warhammer. I’ve read some great ideas about goblin biology over the years (the Goblins from Goblin Punch: manic, masochistic, utterly alien biology.) But while I was thinking about all that, my mind wandered to how goblins, orcs, whatever, all fit in my […]

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The End of Google+

“So how do you market your stuff, Joe?”“Well, I have a Patreon, which is a bit like Kickstarter but works on a monthly basis. And I usually post my stuff on Google Plus.”“Google Plus? That’s still going?”“I know, right? Anyway yeah for some reason it’s where all the RPG people go. It’s alright. There’s a […]