Karthun + DEAD SCARE = One Hell of a Week

What’s it feel like to release two awesome books to Kickstarter backers in the same week? SFJSDKLGNDHGJRD;FKRDIOGHTGJSEAFIRJDHGDRHJGSEKRLGHNRDTJKGNERSKLGNRTD about sums it up. So, in the last 36 hours or so, Brian and I have released both Karthun: Lands of...

Iron Edda Re-Pricing

We just did something difficult and re-priced all of the Iron Edda products. When I ran the Kickstarter almost three years ago, I had a particular product in mind, and I thought that the price point I set then was a good one. A number of factors have combined since...

Traditions – What We Hold and What Hold Us

Christmas morning. If you had to get up before everyone else (that was my youngest sister and me), you didn’t look at the tree. Even after we knew that it was mom and dad putting the presents under the tree. You just didn’t look. Our bedrooms were...

Characters as Outline

I was having some thoughts about how I’ve been approaching Grimsbury, and I ended up tweeting them out. I Storified all of them so they could all be in one place. This approach is new to me, but I’m really enjoying it. Anyone else do this for their games...

Setting Expectations

This post meanders somewhat, but I found it really useful to write. It cleared my mind about how to approach Grimsbury. I hope you find it useful and/or interesting. There’s something interesting that happens when you’re thinking about setting design and...

Tradition vs Change

In my last post about Grimsbury I talked about how points of change in a setting’s history prompt questions for the designer. There’s sort of an extension of that exploration that I want to get into with this post. Where my focus in the last post was the...

Changes and Questions

Everything changes and nothing stays the same. I think that’s true no matter who you are or what your circumstances. It’s certainly true across history. Take any one area and chart its course through time. You’ll see some threads of continuity, but...

Maybeck County – History and Geography

Maybeck County – Circa: Now I did some research on the kind of geography that I want to see in Maybeck County. As I talked about last time, I knew I wanted there to be a swamp, and a river. To me, that said southern United States, but I didn’t want to...

Maybeck County: Where in the World?

One of the things I’ve said is important to me about this project is place. I almost gave it a capital P just then. Both personally and professionally, I’ve been giving place a lot of thought recently. There’s a lot to be said about how place shapes...

How to Get to Grimsbury

At the end of my last Grimsbury post, I wondered out loud about what Grimsbury would ultimately be. Fiction? An RPG? Something else entirely? I think I’ve come up with the answer. To get to it, I’m going to have to tell a small story. Once Upon a Time Two...

Grimsbury: Interesting Questions

Grimsbury doesn’t want to leave my mind, and I love that stage of setting creation. The characters all have interesting ties to each other, and interesting connections to the world. As well, the world itself has some interesting features. And I want to know...

Grimsbury: People and Places

A couple of weeks ago, I was feeling down during the workday, so I offered to make characters for anyone who responded to a tweet I put out. I ended up making 38 different people, each with a tiny bit of backstory and a profession or outlook. I also ended up with two...

Grimsbury

The Birth of a City Earlier this week, I was having a rough day at work, but I didn’t want to wallow in it. I put the word out on Twitter that I would give a character name, class/profession, and general description to anyone who responded. I channeled my...

The Quest – Questions of the Gods

Today we’re going to tackle the Questions of the Gods. Last week I set up the top-level categories for the first part of the Quest: Initiation. Initiation is the first phase of questions for the Quest and I broke it into three possible choices for where the...

Quests: The Initiation

Last week I broke down how the question tables will be set up for an Iron Edda game based around a quest as the center point, rather than a holdfast. This week I’m going to get into the top-level questions for one of the categories so you can see the thinking...

Entitlement

In the week since Origins, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’m entitled to. It’s a delicious thought. Being owed things. Feeling I deserve things. It’s all fantastic when good things are coming my way. It feels like a payoff, a reward...

THORSDAY – Quest Categories

I’ve been talking recently about setting up a new table of setting generation questions for Iron Edda, using a Quest as the central binding element, rather than a holdfast. The last post in this series looked at the distribution probabilities in Fate dice to...

The Sum of Its Parts

It’s the first day of Summer. I’m sitting on my front porch with a just-too-warm breeze blowing past. The laptop’s hot on my leg, but it’s fine for now. I’ve got a cold Corona next to me and I’m working to transcribe…...

WODANSDAY – Rune Casting with Iron Edda

This week’s a bit of a digression, as the Origins Game Fair starts today. It’s going to be a busy week, so I wanted to get this post up before I ran out of time. Also, there’s a special thing I’m going to do at Origins involving this post, so...

Leveling Up

I’ve been playing Sims 4 recently. A lot. In this edition of the game, you choose an Aspiration for each of your Sims. Something they want to accomplish within their lifetimes. Because I’m a masochist, I chose “Bestselling Author” as the...