Ranking Systems

Ranking Systems

In many competitive online games, players are matched up according to presumed skill and familiarity; it’s generally no fun for either side to have a team composed of semi-professional gamers vie against opponents who have just started to try online play for the...
A Scorpion Playstyle

A Scorpion Playstyle

In the final stages of preparing to run an upcoming Legend of the Five Rings table-top campaign, I’m getting questions from players about the “right” way to play their Clans, their Schools, and their classes. L5R presents a society which is very...
Transition Periods (Mage Concept)

Transition Periods (Mage Concept)

He died when he was little. Well, not died exactly, and not when he was so little. What his life was beforehand seemed minuscule, almost immaterial in contrast. Hamlet may have criticized Horacio about the limits of philosophy, but he was certainly on-point when it...
Greatness (Campaign Teaser)

Greatness (Campaign Teaser)

“The Empire cries with great need,” Hikoma intoned, his deep voice slow and solemn as was the custom in Crossroads Village, far from any crossroads, and far from being a true village. “It is now a time for heroes.” The men and women seated...
A Stitch in Time (Mage Concept)

A Stitch in Time (Mage Concept)

Marlene often told stories, particularly when the drafty house would rattle with evening winds, trying to ward off her own fear of the dark unknown. Mother was out on a grand adventure, she envisioned, striding across kingdoms and empires in search of priceless...
All the Money in the World (Runner Concept)

All the Money in the World (Runner Concept)

The tight-fisted corporate overlords often overlooked Ronnie’s division. Overseeing a marketing subsidiary, new ad campaigns came out on time and lead to increased sales. Whatever he was doing was working, and shipshape-looking boats were rarely hauled in for...