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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

All ECCC Systems Are Go!

Story games at Emerald City Comic Con is a go! We’ll be in Lower Level of The Conference Center, just like last year. That’s the building across the street from the main convention center. The gaming area is open a lot later than the main show so you can drown yourself in comic books and […]

Ben Robbins | February 25th, 2013 | events

To ECCC or not to ECCC? That is the question.

Folks have been asking if we’re going to run a game area again at Emerald City Comic Con this year. You remember last year, right? The hordes of gamers? The awesome partnership between Story Games Seattle and Gamma Ray Games? Yeah, I thought you did. The answer is: we want to, but we’re not sure […]

Ben Robbins | February 6th, 2013 | events

D&D vs Story Games (PAX 2012)

I was supposed to record the audio from this panel but there was a, err, technical malfunction. Protip: pressing the record button once is good. Pressing it twice? Not so much. Disaster. Luckily Jobe was in the front row making a recording of his own. Without him the panel would be lost in the mists […]

Ben Robbins | September 4th, 2012 | events

My PAX Schedule

Friday night at 8 pm I’m on the D&D vs Story Games panel with Erik Mona, Wolfgang Baur, (maybe?) John Harper, Chris Perkins and Jonathan Walton. Far off in the Red Lion, I think. Ashley Cook will be moderating, which is a good thing because I think the idea is that we actually knife-fight to […]

Ben Robbins | August 28th, 2012 | events | 5 comments

Emerald City Comic Con: Dance the Victory Dance

The verdict is in: the indie role-playing section at Emerald City Comic Con was a smashing success. An off-the-charts, moon-shot, do-the-dance-of-our-people level home run. Can you tell I had a good time? I’ll be honest: I wasn’t sure anyone at Emerald City Comic Con would want to game. The gaming track was a brand new […]

Ben Robbins | April 10th, 2012 | events | 5 comments