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if you asked Ben's brain about gaming, this is what it would say

Playing Games at PAX

If you’re going to PAX and you want to play some Microscope or Kingdom, you are a lucky, lucky duck.

Unless the Games on Demand schedule is lying to me, there is Kingdom on the menu for about half the slots. Not only that, but there are talented volunteers offering to facilitate some flavor of Microscope during every single slot on the schedule.

Every. Single. One.

Are there other games too? Yes! All the games! We have all the games.

First come, first served. Seating is limited. Do not stand up until the ride comes to a complete halt.

Rooms 305-306. That’s where I’ll be. Gaming.

For Neptune! For Freedom!

A blast from the past, because it’s awesome:

“Yes, that’s interplanetary war.

Can the ‘seidonians throw off the yoke of the invading Uranians, the cold war puppet satellite of the tyrannical Crimson Republic?

Love, war and orbital death rays in the Outer Planets.”

For Neptune! For Freedom!

This is easily one of my favorite one-shot sessions that I GM’ed. I posted the game summary on another forum and never linked it here, a crime whose correction is long overdue. The actual account of the game starts about ten posts down.

Love for LUG Con

Not everybody can find folks to game with. Gamers can be rare and precious, like nuggets of sideros, the star-metal. Luckily for all of us, scientists have been working on this problem day and night and have finally invented a solution. They call it: THE INTERNET.

Enter LUG Con, the Let Us Game convention.

Free Online Gaming Con! Let’s Game all day and night for a week!

It’s always been tricky to schedule gamers with busy lives. Especially when we get older, have kids, cats, dogs, lizards, even husbands and wives. Maybe you don’t have any problems getting into gaming groups with lots of your gaming friends. Maybe you already have a daily/weekly/monthly gaming group. Maybe your local group is not willing to try something new, or different. Dang it! You want to kill some zombies or play a supers game for a session.

It’s September 1-7. Check it.

Don’t Forget Gollum

Garth Rose just read the playtest draft of Microscope Chronicle:

I can easily imagine doing a Chronicle on the One Ring. ;) Anchor characters: Sauron, Celebrimbor, Isildur, Bilbo, Frodo (or maybe Sam).

Exactly.

The Second Spawn: Microscope Chronicle

I have received a glorious wealth of feedback from Union playtesters all over. I am giddy with delight.

Now it’s time for the second Microscope spin-off, Chronicle. Both are going to be included in the Microscope Explorer book, but you already knew that.

What is Chronicle? It’s a laser-focused version of Microscope. Instead of a broad scope, you explore the history of a single thing. You could play a struggling colony, that spooky old house on the hill, a radical art movement, or a fabled sword that unites the land…

Chronicle is much less of a departure than Union but it substantially alters the flavor of the game. It’s designed to create a more intimate and personal history and also keep the focus of play a lot tighter. “Wait” you exclaim, “it sounds like I could play any Kingdom as a Chronicle?!?” Why yes, you could. You could explore exactly the same idea but you would have a totally different experience at the table. It just depends what style of play you are in the mood for. Dibs on Starfall.

Is it time for playtesting? Oh yes it is. If you want in, email chronicle-playtest + lamemage.com or leave a comment here with your address in the hidden email field. You have to know how to play Microscope to playtest Chronicle, and as always, only volunteer if you’re going to play and send feedback.

Most Intellectual RPG

…for pure literal discourse into the possibilities of things that could be, there’s very little out there that even comes close to the level of focus that Microscope presents…

The Ghost without a Shell

I’m sold!