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The Imposters anthology

My microgame LOVEINT has been expanded and revised to be included in The Imposters anthology, currently on Kickstarer. If you like any of my games, or any weird little games about conspiracies and paranoia, then you should consider backing it.

Silent Film Larp

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For my wife’s birthday this year, I created a silent film larp, where the players are part of a failing movie company during the silent film era. And in the process of playing, you actually create your own silent movie, the “original” lost version of a more recent, more popular movie we’re all familiar with. You can see our “premake” of The Little Mermaid here.

You’ll need these cards to play.

[Actual Play] So Now You’re a Time Traveler

The Party of One podcast played So No You’re a Time Traveler, my two page time travel game.

[Actual Play] Tricks and Treats

The Weekly Affirmations YouTube channel played Tricks and Treats (my Halloween Lasers and Feelings hack) and it was weird and funny like a comic book by Jhonen Vasquez.

[Actual Plays] The Devil John Moulton

I decided that I should keep track of places where my games have been discussed or played online. So here are some places where I have seen my game, The Devil, John Moulton, played or talked about in some way:

Actual Play
Liberation Industries has a 4 part series of play in podcast form: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four.

Once Upon a Game has a two part playthrough on YouTube.

Fictive Fantasies played a game and recorded it in text form.

Discussion
Following their playthrough, Liberation Industries had some thoughts on the game.

2 GMs 1 Mic podcast mentioned Devil John as one of their favorite games of the week.

Roo Sack Gamers podcast talked about playing Devil John with me at Origins and said some nice things about the experience.

The Divided House and other stories

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The Divided House and other stories is a game I wrote for Giacomo Vicenzi’s Spooky Design Contest 2016. It’s a loose, freeform narrative game, inspired by “Tlon, Uqbar, Orbus Tertius”, The Twilight Zone, House of Leaves, Archipelago III and the board game Power Grid.

Unsupervised Apprentices

Unsupervised Apprentices

Unsupervised Apprentices is a simple little game I made where you play sorcerous apprentices who can’t quite control your magic. When your wizardly mentor disappears, you probably should find him or her. Or you could just goof off and do all those things you couldn’t get away with while the archmage was around. Either way, the use of magic tends to be entertaining and create interesting complications.

Mechanically, it is more or less a mashup between Ars Magica and Zombie Dice. It’s fun to play, but it probably could use some serious revision and some more large scale structure.

Medical Bay Three

“Four years of pre-med, four years of medical school, one year of residency, years of professional experience back on Earth and all the memory downloads about extraterrestrial culture have all taught you this: you don’t know anything about what you’re doing. Not here, anyway. On the Sphere, everything is weird and different.

The Sphere is one of the wonders of the galaxy, an enormous construct of unknown material, built centuries ago by an unknown race to draw power from the black hole V616 Monocerotis. No one knows what the Sphere does with all the energy is draws from the hole, but sentients have managed to syphon off some for their own use on the surface of the Sphere. Now, sentient spacefaring races use it as neutral territory, a place where sentients of all species can meet as equals and trade ideas and goods and negotiate contracts and treaties. The sphere swarms with more races than you can count, each stranger than the last.

Each race with a major presence on the Sphere handles its own medical care, but many races from further away have only a minor foothold on the Sphere. For these races, they have to go to what doctors they can. Which is where you come in: you’re a doctor in Medical Bay Three, the insane ward. Medical Bays One and Two are filled with humans from the human contingent to the Sphere. Bay Three handles all the nonhumans that enter the human areas, seeking medical assistance. Every week, you’re treating some new species that you’ve never heard of. You have to fi gure out what is normal for this race, what is wrong with this specific patient and how to treat them. Treating these patients is as much about being a detective as it is about being a doctor.”

I wound up writing a game for Game Chef 2003, only 11 years late. It’s a science fiction medical drama game, inspired by Gumshoe, wherein you investigate an extraterrestrial’s biology to try to figure out how they are supposed to work, what is wrong and how to treat them without killing them or provoking an interstellar war.

Medical Bay Three – Players Pack

Medical Bay cards

Medical Bay Three – GM information

Quade Diagram

Ghost Lines Dark

I really like the setting and idea of Ghost Lines, a minigame by john Harper. Except for the fact that it runs on the Apocalypse World engine. I really hate Apocalypse World. So I took .INDD files that Mr. Harper provided and hacked a new system for the game, based off of Cthulhu Dark by Graham Walmsley.

An afternoon of hacking gave me Ghost Lines Dark, largely because Messers Harper and Walmsley had already done all the hard work.

Super Repo

Super Repo is a game I wrote very quickly so that we’d have something to play on Friday. It’s a comedic superhero game, wherein you play people with superpowers who chose to work a mundane job rather than fight crime. The PCs are all repo workers, taking back freeze rays and giant battle robots from heroes and villains who couldn’t make their loan payments.

We played it, and it was a whole lot of fun.