Thank you so much for the thorough review! It's greatly appreciated.
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Clever tables, great chicken puns. I think my favorite is "Fowl play is involved!"
I also like how the "things the chickens find" table works to build out a story about the Rooster you're overthrowing, including conspiracies with foxes and biological warfare.
"Vixens" is a very cool read, keyed closely to it's theming and background. There's a lot of cool stories that can be told in the world the author has created, and I for one look forward to the daring heists and "taels" that come from it.
The physical copy I got had great production values and excellent layout, with each page combining old-timey art and typography to set the cartoonish, turn-of-the-century vibe.
This games is PbtA, and the playbooks / moves are well designed to drive the difference between the characters as well as their roles. As a "little kid", you role is to cause mischief and make friends, as opposed to the more physical "big kid" or more knowledgable "animal."
The game does a good job of laying out how the GM should run each session, providing a good number of "GM moves" to drive the plot forward, as well as several interesting "Sample Tales" to give you an idea of how to structure sessions
"Babes" was a quick read and a thoroughly enjoyable one. The creator's love for the source material shines through, and I could easily see this as the perfect game for ushering fans of "Over the Garden Wall" into the world of #ttrpgs!
Thank you! Something led me to check out your rules before I wrote these, and I took some inspiration, namely in the idea of discreet "actions" for the faction and special abilities tied into them.
These rules are intended to represent the directed antagonism against the PCs, rather than a vampire-on-vampire conflict, as to keep it "scoped down" a bit.
Recently, writing up rules / guidelines on how to prep a campaign or even a session seems to have kind of fallen out of vogue, and I'm starting to wonder if this is because people don't expect / don't want to be told how to prep a game session. In designing my own stuff, I've taken the position that prep rules are still good to have, even if people don't use them, but I've started to wonder lately if I've been going overboard.
As a practical example, here's some rules I wrote up on how a GM could run a "GM Turn" between sessions of a Forged in the Dark game. I wanted to be thorough, designing it as a sort of mini-board game, but now I'm wondering if having so many rules devoted to the "lonely fun" of preparing a campaign will turn potential GMs off. As usual, any feedback / criticism is welcome, though they're mostly included to illustrate my larger point about Prep.
Hi everyone, apologies in advance if this thread should have gone somewhere else. I figured since it's a forged-in-the-dark game, this would be the place to post.
I'm looking for feedback on my Forged in the Dark hack, Brinkwood, especially on the "Special Abilities" section for each "Mask," though any feedback is welcome. Masks are my version of playbooks, except they're change-able from score to score. Any feedback, comment, or critique is most appreciated!
Check here for the specific section: http://bit.ly/BW-MaskFeedback
Or here for the current game prototype: https://erikthebearik.itch.io/brinkwood
Hey folklore-lovers! In doing research for our games, I thought it might be useful to share useful any useful resources we came across.
Going first, I found this livestream WorldAnvil recently put up, interviewing a professor on anglo-saxon folklore and mythology. It isn't super specific to just England though, and she has some interesting insights into why people share and create folklore that I think might be more broadly useful. Take a look, hope it helps! https://www.twitch.tv/videos/400653592
Hello Folks, does anyone know if there is any survey data on people's play experiences with Blades in the Dark or it's hacks? I'm thinking about building out a survey for public consumption, but I'd rather not duplicate work if I can help it.
If no such survey exists, what sort of questions would you like to see on such a survey?
My intent is to find (or, if there isn’t one, create) a public resource for Blades in the Dark hackers to get some solid data on what kinds of games people play with the system. If I end up creating one, I’d share the raw, anonymized data publicly along with any analysis I do of it. The survey would contain a disclaimer that the anonymized data would be publicly shared and an opt-out option for respondents that don't want their data publicly shared.
If anyone feels this intent is wrong-headed or that I’m making a mistake, please let me know!
Hey folks, I was wondering if people with more experience going on tabletop RPG podcasts and livestreams, either to promote a game, talk about design, or just to play some games, could talk a bit about how they got those opportunities. If aspiring designers want to get their games out there, is this a good way to do it? If so, what do they need to do, write, or talk to in order to find those opportunities?