Tag Archive for mystery

[Actual Play] Longshot

The Liberation Industries podcast did a series of Actual Play recordings of Longshot, my 2010 Game Chef entry. The game seems to still hold up pretty well, and I enjoyed hearing how their game went.

You can hear the recordings here:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Mystery Town

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Mystery Town is a simple little freeform game I made for my daughter’s 9th birthday, inspired by Gravity Falls, Thimbleweed Park, Maniac Mansion and other funny, weird, mysterious fiction that she and I enjoy together.

(Mechanically, it’s a straightforward hack of A Town With Pep! by Epistolary Richard, which is itself derived from Swords without Master by Epidiah Ravachol.)

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.

[Actual Play] Death Takes a Holiday

At the Bearded Quail blog, they discussed their experiences playing the (original version of) Death Takes a Holiday.

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.

Al Amarja Today!

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I wanted to GM a short campaign of Over the Edge, the classic rpg of surreal conspiracies. The biggest problem with the game, I figured, was that there was no clear core activity for the PCs to pursue as a group. So I decided to frame the game with the PCs as journalists, working for Al Amarja Today! (the island’s leading newspaper). this gives them a good reason to work together, and a good reason to go poking into every weird conspiracy and event on the island.

Because I can’t leave well enough alone, I rewrote the actual rules from scratch. Again. This new version bears basically zero resemblance to the last time I rewrote Over the Edge. I borrowed significantly from tinyFate, Archipelago III, Itras By, Gumshoe and Small World to make a totally new system:

Al Amarja Today
Al Amarja answer cards

So far, playtests indicate that seven is too many players for me to handle with this game, but not much else. I’m really unsure on the number of traits people get, the number of available answers, the ratio of Yes and No cards, etc. These all could be off wildly, but only further playtesting will let us know.

Anomalistic Extrasensory Techniques for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Anomalistic Extrasensory Techniques for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a radical new technique for dealing with mental illnesses and stresses. Or may it is just another 200 word RPG I wrote about psychics in group therapy invading each other’s minds to heal their mental wounds.

Yeah, like Psychonauts.

I Pray God Will Curse the Writer

I Pray God Will Curse the Writer is a live action roleplaying game I wrote, inspired by bits of the Hastur mythos as described by Robert Chambers, John Tynes, Dennis Detwiller and Robin Laws.

All the larp files in one .zip file

Cast member character sheets
Inhabitant of Carcosa character sheets
Answer cards
Whisper Labyrinth cards
Supplemental cards
Locations
The King in Yellow
Fates for the King in Yellow to distribute
papers full of weird writing for the author

Google Doc of the main text

This larp is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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[Death Takes a Holiday] Major Revision

I’ve been working to revise an old game of mine into a version that I’m more happy with. So I took another mechanic that I’ve been using and jammed the game into that. And now you have an exciting new version of Death Takes a Holiday, my game of substitute Grim Reapers finding that Death’s job isn’t as easy as it first appears.

This version uses Tarot cards as a core mechanic. You may want to use these cards I made for the game, though you could just as easily use any deck of Tarot cards as long as all the players can more or less agree what a card signifies.

[D&D] Tao Zi, Githzerai Avenger

Tao Zi is my current D&D 4e PC, a Githzerai Avenger who has been exiled to the mortal world for mysterious reasons.