Just wanted to post a quick note that my essay collection about the writing process, game design, and specific commentary about the creation of the Salt in Wounds campaign setting Design Notes is available for purchase now.
I launched a Kickstarter for my Campaign Setting ‘The City of Salt in Wounds’ last week. It’s currently 460% percent funded (ie, it’s raised over $23000 dollars) and in the words of one blogger is ‘Smashing through Stretch Goals like a Tarrasque smashes through a first level party.’ Holy crap, this is awesome.
Some stuff related to the Kickstarter that I haven’t posted here:
Salt in Wounds Kickstarter Interview on Legends of Tabletop (Coming Soon)
Salt in Wounds Kickstarter Interview on DM-Nastics (Coming Soon)
Guest Post on World Builder Blog (Coming Soon)
I considered –briefly- writing an essay about why I’m not playing Pokémon Go despite it seeming to be nearly perfectly designed to appeal to me: a breakout, hyper popular Augmented Reality Game (ARG) that is currently dominating the overall geek conversation that all my friends are playing *and* you catch + battle Pokémon? That checks off so many of my ‘interest’ boxes it’s almost obscene. But simply put, I’m not playing because -at this point in my life- I have to be almost Spartan in my selections of past-times & hobbies, and I’ve decided that I don’t want to add any that involve a screen (since so much of my life is staring at one anyway) even if the screen in question is mobile and is actively aimed at getting me to interface with (a mediated version) of the larger world. I can’t do everything, I can’t play every game; and endlessly chasing the new hotness means I’d never get to enjoy anything.
However, I did want to touch upon the great promise of Pokémon Go as the first ARG to hit critical mass and so fully breach into the popular imagination. I also wanted to explain what it is about this promise that I believe makes it one of the most helpful trends I see in the world right now. That is, I wanted to write about Pokémon Go and all the ways we are getting better at inviting ourselves and one another to play. Continue reading
Starring Distracted Dad & Very Nice Mom
[After discussing where John lives and how often he frequents the park]
Woman: So are you a full time Dad?
John: No, I work when she’s asleep.
Woman: What kind of work do you do?
[John attempts to refocus on the conversation while stopping his daughter from ripping out a 9 month old’s eye as she seems keen on recreating the fight between the Bride and Elle Driver from Kill Bill 2.]
John: I’m Continue reading
Here’s a link to my recent appearance on the Dungeon Master’ Block Podcast talking about ‘The Adequate Commoner,’ playing low power (or no power) character options in Pathfinder & other RPGs, and also cats for some reason…