THORSDAY – Leif Greenstrider

I’m working on the next post in the series I’m doing on making a quest generation table, rather than a holdfast generation table and it’s proving to be enough work that I’m going to need extra time get it done properly. In the meantime, I...

Mondaze (Belated) – Simple Six Breakdown

What makes a game system a game system? What does a system accomplish when it does what it’s supposed to do? How stripped-down can something be and still be considered a full-on system? When I think about School Daze, I sometimes find myself asking those...

THORSDAY – Setting up Iron Edda Questions

Last THORSDAY, we continued looking at using a quest as the basis for the questions that players answer at the beginning of a session of Iron Edda. As has become custom, I’ve had not as much time as I thought I would, and have realized the topic is deeper than I...

THORSDAY – The Quest

Last week we talked about the possibility of having a group of characters who aren’t bound to a given holdfast. To be honest, it’s been a busy week and I haven’t had a chance to come up with a full set of questions to replace the holdfast generation....

Mondaze – Graduation and Beyond!

Last week’s “No Ranks” post has stuck with me, because you see the transition from high school to “whatever comes next” in a lot of movies. Depending on the type of movie, though, you might not see a whole lot of change in the characters....

THORSDAY – The Wanderers

The snow blows across the shore of the Northern Sea, chilling me to the bone. I can’t believe I let Árndís convince me to follow her here. But she always had that way about her, able to charm the birds from the very trees. Looking around, I laugh. That’d...

Mondaze – No Ranks?

When I was working on the previous two articles for my breakdown The Faculty, I ran into a few perceived problems(1). When I was trying to map the characters in the movie to the mechanics of School Daze, I found a few gaps. I didn’t find what seemed like enough...

THORSDAY – The Greedy and the Indebted

Many thanks to the players at the recent Camp NC Gameday for letting me use their characters as the basis for this post. I love the inspiration that happens at the table when making characters for an Iron Edda game. These were excellent characters. This post presents...

Mondaze – The Faculty (Pt. 2)

Last week I started breaking down The Faculty to see how it works as a School Daze session. I got through the character introductions and the setup for the main plot of the movie. That’s where I’m going to pick up this week. In the intervening time,...

THORSDAY – The Loyal and the Willing

Many thanks to the players at the recent Camp NC Gameday for letting me use their characters as the basis for these characters. I love the inspiration that happens at the table when making characters for an Iron Edda game. These were excellent characters. This post...

Mondaze – The Faculty (Part 1)

One of the movies that I actually hadn’t seen when I wrote School Daze was 1998’s The Faculty. I saw it not too long after publishing the game, and it made me think of School Daze instantly. The plot works like a high school movie is supposed to work, and...

THORSDAY – Legacy of the Golden Halls

Betta the Golden once ruled a large area of land, larger than most Jarls could dream of. Her people honored her by putting aside their differences and building the Golden Hall, a massive, gold-leafed meadhall. All nine of the warrior clans united in this effort, and...

Mondaze – Camp NC Gameday Wild West Shopping Spree

You go to a convention or gameday, prepared to run your game, and you never quite know what to expect. You might know some people, but you also might end up gaming with complete strangers. Also, it may have been a while since you last ran that particular scenario, or...

Tales of the Skalds is Live!

Tales of the Skalds is a new collection of fiction, essays, and Fate game content for Iron Edda: War of Metal and Bone. It contains five short stories, essays about gender and disability, and (among other things) new options for runes in Midgard, including how to do...

Tales of the Skalds Launching Next Week!

Hey everyone, remember this? We talked about Tales of the Skalds back in November and had intended to launch the Kickstarter for it before Thanksgiving. We ran into some delays there, not the smallest of which was our realization that we needed more words for Karthun....

Game Time: Demon Hunters

For Valkyries I decided to use the system found in Demon Hunters, published Dead Gentlemen Productions and written by Cam Banks, Amanda Valentine, and Nathan Rockwood. Demon Hunters uses a drift of Fate Core called Faith Corps (yes, it’s a pun). Instead of...

Kickstarter Announcement: Tales of the Skalds

Hi everyone! We’re are very excited to announce a new Iron Edda project coming to Kickstarter in just a couple of weeks! Take a gander below: Tales of the Skalds is a sourcebook for War of Metal and Bone, and will contain short stories that are linked with...

Moving in the Right Direction

By now, you’ve probably seen our post about how we suspended selling through DriveThruRPG. It was the right thing for us to do given the circumstances. When we saw the game in question, and more importantly, when we saw DTRPG’s reaction to people’s...

Valkyries – How to Start Writing a Game

Going to start all of these posts off with that sweet logo that Brian did. Cool? Cool. For Valkyries, we want the open development to serve as a possible blueprint for how to do this game design thing. Everyone goes about it differently, so ultimately you need to find...

Exploding Rogue and DTRPG

Effective immediately, Exploding Rogue Studios has suspended sales of all of its titles via DriveThruRPG. A game was released to DriveThru called Tournament of Rapists. It is a horrendous title for a product that makes the RPG industy less inclusive and welcoming. In...