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Yes! That's referring to the dice placement prompts sorry, I know some of the rules are a bit clunky as I've kind of re-designed a lot of the games, they'll get cleared up in a future update.

My go-to game in quarantine.

ahh I'm so glad you liked it! 

no that’s super valid! The thought did cross my mind recently that it might not be the best word choice for ex-smokers and this only confirms that. Will look into alternatives for the next version!

here's a quick guide thing i did to pwyw games on itch that i think are  great to learn different aspects of design from!

players just choose whichever challenges they want to do, in turn order! if you run out, players can choose something that was done already. The game is over when you’ve succeeded (won a number of coins equal to the number of players+2) or when every player is knocked out (when every PC/named NPC has had a coin flip come up tails)

also it’s not really a ton of information you can just write it down on a blank piece of paper, you really only need to keep track of ratings and NPCs and then keep whatever notes you need

oh I’m so sorry I forgot to add it, I won’t be able to until after the con I’m at but I will soon!!

Yeah I worried a bit about it not being clear enough and I guess I was right! It’s simply what number quest you are on. So starting at 1 and going up by one each time. Also yes thank you for pointing out the typo!

sorry this is the tabletop section for game jams and it looks like this is for digital?

I’ve only played without jokers, although I’ve thought about an extra rule for them occasionally. Whatever’s most interesting to you makes sense I think

I definitely talk to a lot more people regularly on Discord, although I do talk about design on Twitter sometimes too.

Hey just wanted to check, are tabletop/LARP games allowed as part of this jam? 

yeah that sounds fine

thank you for sharing. I love leviathans of all kinds, and this was really touching!!

Our Field of Honour: A large fireproofed barge on a river of lava.

It’s always dawn somewhere.

That sounds like you're looking to figure out the Field of Honour! here are the cards I drew for it

A mass migration to seems unlikely, given DM’s Guild. I’m also not super familiar with OGL/the SRD but we don’t really want to have to deal with legal issues related to putting D&D content on either.

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I did in fact write a story game that uses chess and has safety tools! But yeah in general people have an understanding of what chess is, and what the pieces do, and what the outcome is. People know what happens in a chess game before they start playing, even if that's approximate. There's very little uncertainty in content, and then of course chess doesn't necessarily come with narrative, although it very easily can. 

If a game involves other people I'd most likely say yes! The improvisational aspect of RPGs is definitely part of it too. These both come down to uncertainty: we don't have a script written out, and we can't know what other people are thinking, and both of those things combined can go badly. 

Single-player games though are a gray area. I think usually content warnings would be enough, but if something unexpected comes up in say a video game a pause/eject button would be good. At least in solo TTRPGs you can walk away when you need to. 

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Hey I'm Takuma! they/she, working on stuff under the name No Road Home. I've been playing TTRPGs since 6th grade but only started making them pretty recently. Started out working on a Japanese/Ainu folklore supplement for D&D (which sadly didn't get very far), but got into making some microgames about a year ago and haven't looked back.  Like some other folks I come from a theatre/improv background, and I'm a big fan of longform stuff. I'm currently working on several things but the "passion project" so to speak at the moment is Stewpot: Tales from a Fantasy Tavern, a tavern simulation tabletop game banquet in the style of Firebrands (although with mostly unique minigames!). Looking forward to hanging out here with y'all!

uhhh links are a thing right? My page is, and my Twitter is @takuma_okada_

My first forum was for the ARG Vanished run by the Smithsonian/MIT Education Arcade, and after that I ended up on the forums for mobile MMORPG Celtic Heroes? Which I haven't checked in a few years, but it hasn't actually been too long. 2-3?

Not totally sure yet! seems like Ben/Flowers is more taking the lead, although I've offered to help support basically. I'm hosting an RPGDF jam in July so hopefully not then? June or August?

Yeah jam organizers can generate custom links that let you add a project into a game jam late, I did it for sad mech jam

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Game jams are community events where individuals or teams make a game in some amount of time, usually with a theme! It's a good way to get started making games, and you can usually find at least one tabletop game jam running now or starting soon. You can find information on them in this thread or in other stickied topics.

Post your game jams and when they take place here to let people know! Then make its own topic, and one of the mods can sticky it for you for the duration of the jam. 

For ease of use, please discuss game jams in their specific topics and not in this thread. Messages not providing information on a jam here will be deleted. Thank you!

I’d also like to volunteer as a mod. I haven’t moderated a forum before (although used a few for a couple years) but I’ve been moderating discords from 50-2400 people for a few years now!

Ahh yeah I have games for both too but I don’t even know when I’ll be able to finish them sadly. But beating myself up over it isn’t gonna help!

There’s definitely going to be at least one each month hosted by the RPG Design Friends, and I’ve already heard plans for #hothorrorjam in the summer and I’m really looking forward to them. 

Ironically, I haven’t managed to finish any of the RPGDF jam games yet 😅 I do think a thing we really need to emphasize is to pick the ones that excite you most. The fact that the monthly themed jams only run for the first two weeks of the month and have two weeks to rest is really vital imo. This goes for general game design too! I’ve got way too many plates spinning right now and cutting back on them has been hard but necessary. 

damn who’s this Takuma Oda 🤔

I totally agree with what people have been saying; in addition to those suggestions here’s a couple things I’d maybe like to see:

  • DC said this but I wanted to emphasize: A shared area for all tabletop game jams. I get each jam can have their own page, but there’s all sorts of cool jams and being able to throw ideas around with people in other jams would be great imo.
  • A play-by-post section. Play-by-post in a forum is great, and people like Abe Mendes are doing really excellent work reworking the style for current forms of internet communities.
  • An actual-play section. Not just recorded shows, but home sessions. A place for characters people have made, art of characters, cool campaign stories, etc. And of course, discussing our favorite shows too.


I'd never heard of The Castle of Crossed Destinies before, thank you so much for playing and the rec!!!