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Paul Czege

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Seriously thinking about A Champion and Her Liege. Not sure I'll have time before the deadline though, so if you have eyes on the cover I can step aside.

Just read this today. It's exceptional. Provocative of player desire. Suggestive of its situations and elements and then trusts what you do with them. Intense climactic outcome possibilities. Probably the best de-role/debrief procedure I've seen in an immersive horror game. Betrays a lot of insight into intimacy, creativity, player motivation, and play in its procedures.

A tabletop RPG designer named Michael Prescott proposed that people design stand-alone RPG subsystems that groups could mix and match together to create their own custom ruleset for play. To me that means the systems can have an effect on the shared story, and can be triggered for use by things that happen in the shared story, but can't otherwise interact mechanically with each other. So, like, one subsystem for character creation can't tell you to create a character with hit points that another subsystem for poisons tells you to reduce. I think it's a super fun design space. Theoretically the ones I've made can be mixed and matched with ones by other designers.

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Oh, you know me too well. 

Okay. Requesting photo inspiration. 

Ah, it's supposed to be an aside after describing a few of the tokens, talking about how sometimes it'll be easy, and sometimes you'll need more conversation. But then the examples I used in it are more about social class. Hmm. I could rewrite the examples to be a little more wide ranging.

Hmm. When I designed it for the game jam what I wanted was for it to feel like a mechanical interlude. Like a time spent in an unfamiliar city with its own unique mechanics, which plays out, and then it's over. Like something you'd drop into the middle of your OSR game. The characters go to Viricorne to atone for their crimes, the mechanics are specific just to their time in the City, and maybe someone satisfies the Stay plaque and has to make up a new character, but otherwise when the token supply is in the discard, or players just don't have anything more they want to do, they leave, and the location and mechanical interlude is over.

If you need files for making a set of tokens and plaques, email me ( paul at halfmeme dot com ). I can get you something for how you're thinking of doing it.

You mean Traverser (not Infinite Past)? 

I agree. Play a session of Traverser and you can't stop thinking how every other RPG gets its energy from disagreement, and Traverser gets its from agreement. 

Thanks Davey. 

Yeah, there's no way to direct message anyone on

It's been difficult to make progress writing Traverser during the pandemic, but I'm working on it. Thanks for the motivation. 


This is my most desired feature from Collaboration is a source of creative energy, but I shy away from it because it's a wearying accounting commitment. I'm sure I'm not alone. Revenue apportionment functionality would unlock a lot of collaborative energy for people. 

Yeah, to play it over video you'd have to physically mail the sheets to the other players in advance.
Or someone might cook up a spreadsheet with the storytelling guidelines hidden until you click a checkbox to reveal them.

Thanks. I'm glad you like it.

Thank you. Yes. A fun solution might be to ask a friend with Timeline to draw the three cards for when you play and text you photos of them. 

Or there's a version for Tabletop Simulator maybe?

I'm hosting a jam about writing stories of playing RPGs and storygames people don't think they'd otherwise ever get to play. Imagine the circumstances and players that would make it possible, and write about playing the game. I just published my own submission about playing La-Li-Lu-Le-Lo. It's free. Check it out if you're interested. Thanks for inspiring it.

Fantastic. It's clear mags gets the game, and had fun giving herself the fictional experience of playing it.

Hi  Jane!

  1. No length requirement, so write it however you want. But for me, I think 3000-6000 words is a good range. Long enough to show what you think is the core fun of the game and some player and game drama.
    And I was assuming most people would submit pdfs, but a text file or rtf file would be fine. You can export from Google Docs as a pdf.
  2. There's so many tabletop RPGs and storygames on itch (and on RPGnow and elsewhere) that no one's talking about playing and that I was hoping people would think would be fun to write about playing. It's what inspired the jam. Would you like suggestions?
  3. Yes, like Jumanji. The story of people playing a tabletop game. I was thinking a roleplaying or storytelling game, but if you're inspired to write about playing a board game I'd be excited to read that too.


I would like to see this implemented as well. 

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I just submitted it:
If any of you want a download code, DM me on Twitter @paulczege, on Mastodon, or email me at


Well, writing 5000 words in seven days is a big challenge. It's a big part of why I decided to do something that's more about experiencing an interesting city ⁠— because writing several thousand words of setting and situation in seven days is more achievable than designing and writing the same amount of mechanics. Five thousand words of mechanics is a substantial, mechanically complex game.

And then last night I used Google Translate on the thread where people linked to their submissions from prior years and saw that others had also found city exploration as their solution to the writing challenge.

But even still, I will need to do a lot of brainstorming prior to the start of writing. In order to hit five thousand words I'll need to generate a lot of inspiration. Years ago I read Julia Cameron's book, The Artist's Way, which encourages creators to do three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing every morning, as a way of letting their creative brain develop confidence and power. She calls them the "morning pages". I've been doing them for almost twenty years, pretty regularly. Mostly what I write is unremarkable garbage. Thoughts about sounds I can hear at the moment. Thoughts about what I need to get done that day. Frustrations about life. But I came up with the idea for My Life With Master in the morning pages back in 2002, and I brainstorm about other game ideas in them all the time. So for this project I expect to brainstorm all kinds of stuff, both mechanics and about the city, in hopes of generating enough quantity of inspiration to support five thousand words during the writing phase.

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Hi, I'm Paul Czege. I've been designing and self-publishing RPGs for just over fifteen years. I don't know how well-known American RPGs are in Portugal, but if you know one of my games it's probably My Life with Master.

In the United States it's summer break from school for my not quite eight-year-old son, so ordinarily I wouldn't have time in early August for a game jam, but he's on a driving vacation with my sister-in-law to Disneyland for most of the dates of the jam, so I'll have time to do it.

I don't have a title for my game yet, but my idea is that it's about adventuring in a city with many social groups.

I'm excited about participating in a jam that isn't organized in the English-language design scene. I really like the creative presence of international designers on There's lots of south-east Asian designers doing interesting things. A future that spans languages and cultures feels like an exciting future for RPGs.

This not-a-game is thoroughly great. It invokes a strength people need in the world in an intense, but wondrous and caring way.

This not-a-game is thoroughly great. It invokes a strength people need in the world in an intense, but wondrous and caring way.