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Emerald City Comicon: A Full House of Story Games

There is a secret trick to organizing a great con: great people. Great facilitators who step up and make people welcome and bring the awesome to the table. Then add to that: more great people. Great attendees. Soooo many fantastic people who wanted to come out and try these games. We had five tables for […]

Ben Robbins | March 13th, 2017 | events

Emerald City Comicon: The Game Schedule

Coming to play story games at Emerald City Comicon, but looking for a particular game? Want to know when you can get a spot at the table to play it? Check it: These are the games our volunteers will be offering to facilitate in each slot. Only some of these games will be played depending […]

Ben Robbins | February 27th, 2017 | events | 3 comments

Emerald City Comicon: Attack of the Story Games!

Going to Emerald City Comicon? Want to play some story games? Well, once again, we’ve got you covered. Our team of crack facilitators is setting up shop in WSCC 208 to bring the fun. Straight from the schedule: Story Games Come play story games! Build a world or epic drama together… and then watch it […]

Ben Robbins | February 18th, 2017 | events

PAX 2016: Veni Vidi Ludi

“We came. We saw. We gamed.” Once again, crack squads from Story Games Seattle, Story Games Olympia and other parts Pacific Northwest, descended on PAX to bring the story games to the people. From Friday through Monday, our expert facilitators were on hand, offering games to anybody who wandered up and wanted to take them […]

Ben Robbins | September 18th, 2016 | events

PAX 2016: Games on Demand

Want to play games at PAX? We will have a *horde* of talented facilitators ready to bring the fun. A horde. Enough to form a political party or stage a barn-raising. The sign-up table for games on demand will be at the door to 305 on the third floor of the Washington State Convention Center […]

Ben Robbins | August 28th, 2016 | events

ECCC: A fireside chat about GM-less games

If you’re going to Emerald City Comic Con this weekend, swing by Friday night and I’ll talk your ear off about the glories (and pitfalls) of that most magical and mythical of beasts, the role-playing game that has no GM! GM-less Role-Playing Games GMs have been an integral part of role-playing games since the beginning, […]

Ben Robbins | April 3rd, 2016 | events

PAX: Talking ’bout GM-less Games

There is life after kickstarter! I’m chugging away getting the sneak previews of Microscope Explorer material ready for backers. I’ll be at PAX next week playing games at the indie RPG games-on-demand area and I may have some cool new Microscope tools in-hand. I’ll also be giving a talk about the secrets of GM-less games, […]

Ben Robbins | August 17th, 2015 | events

ECCC Games On Demand

Emerald City Comic Con is coming up this weekend! I’ll be at the Indie RPG Games On Demand area, which is now on the 2nd floor of the convention center, in the open area just north of room 208. I may be trying out some of the new tools that are going to be in […]

Ben Robbins | March 23rd, 2015 | events

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 […]

Ben Robbins | August 29th, 2014 | events

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 […]

Ben Robbins | August 18th, 2014 | events | 2 comments

Terraforming VikingCon

May 3rd I’m heading up to Bellingham to attend VikingCon. I’ve never been. Will there be actual Vikings? Horned helmets, longships and kenning skalds? I’m kind of hoping. In between hunting down authentic recitations of the Prose Edda, I’ll also be doing a panel: Terraforming the Tabletop: World-Building in Tabletop RPGs (Sat 3-4 pm) Tabletop […]

Ben Robbins | April 10th, 2014 | events

My Emerald City Comic Con Schedule

Emerald City Comic Con approaches. I happen to know there is a whirlwind of behind-the-scenes activity as enthusiastic gamers get ready to man the battle stations of the Indie Games on Demand area in the Sheraton Hotel. Morgan and his team of ninjas are going to be using the same model they used at PAX […]

Ben Robbins | March 21st, 2014 | events

Emerald City Comic Con 2014: The Time Is Now

Emerald City Comic Con is coming. Real soon, in fact. In case you missed it, the last two years have included some epic gaming. We showed up with a flag and a dream and carved a glittering city of gaming out of the untamed wilderness: 2012: Dance the Victory Dance 2013: Snatched from the jaws […]

Ben Robbins | March 2nd, 2014 | events

My Norwescon Schedule: Talk a lot, don’t you?

I’m going to be on a stack of panels at Norwescon. To wit: System Matters: The Right RPG for the Job (Fri 1-2 pm) Like the invisible hand of fate, the rules you use weigh on every aspect of your game sometimes in ways you aren’t even aware of. Are you using the right tool […]

Ben Robbins | March 23rd, 2013 | events | 3 comments

Emerald City Comic Con: Snatched from the jaws of defeat

How fast can the Story Games Seattle squad go from zero to sixty when it comes to busting out a big can of con gaming goodness? We now know definitively that the answer is: extremely fast indeed. Despite getting the green light at the last minute our troops assumed battle formation and rocked games all […]

Ben Robbins | March 13th, 2013 | events