The Showstoppers

The Showstoppers

Maybe the Boy Scouts had something with their “be prepared” motto—a little forethought went a long way into not having to deal with afterthoughts. Sometimes the universe had a special way of showing its serendipity to those not normally enthusiastic about...
Pink Mohawks and Mirror Shades

Pink Mohawks and Mirror Shades

I have a great deal of respect for the minds behind the Shadowrun role-playing game, first released by FASA in 1989, and their commitment to giving their dystopian future a grim reality while leaving plenty of opportunities for levity and lightheartedness. They did...
Cinematic Role-Playing

Cinematic Role-Playing

Recently I started running a new Legend of the Five Rings campaign, with most of the players having participated in at least some of my previous five-year story arc in the same setting. I thought long and hard about how to make this experience different from those...
Halfway Deals

Halfway Deals

“I don’t like him,” the large man grunted from the doorway, fingers drumming on the hilt of his aged machete, having escorted the strange traveler from their small bandit village. O-Baka hardly registered his companion’s complaint, lost in...
Appendix Two is a Lie

Appendix Two is a Lie

One of the books that most formed my early gaming experience was The Way of the Scorpion for the Legend of the Five Rings game system. A deep dive into the politics, mentality, and hidden truths behind one of the most secretive organizations in the setting, it...
Legendary 55Hp Monks

Legendary 55Hp Monks

One of the reasons I’m not generally a fan of board games is that I get too highly invested in the outcome (read: competitive). I’m less competitive with video games—I routinely play with people who are better than I could ever be—but still I loathe dying...