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Missing In Agon

If you’re wondering where the Advanced Agon posts are, I moved them over to ars ludi where I should have put them in the first place. Deeper Quests and Wrath of the Gods are already there and a third installment is coming soon. Agon up!

Ben Robbins | July 12th, 2008 | Agon

Advanced Agon: Three Flavors of Myth

I admit it: when I’m running Agon I’m a stickler for Classical Greek style. I don’t just want D&D with spears or a fuzzy Xena-barbarian analog, I want it to feel like mythic Greece. Hubris, arrogance, tragedy — the works. That’s a great thing about Agon: the built-in mechanics pack a lot of Greek punch. […]

Ben Robbins | July 12th, 2008 | Agon | 1 comment

Advanced Agon: Wrath of the Gods

“Is it pious because the gods love it, or do the gods love it because it’s pious?” — Plato I was having brunch with Ping and John Harper, so naturally talk turned to the complicated relationships between heroes and gods. John was saying he wanted Agon to be a game where in the long run […]

Ben Robbins | July 3rd, 2008 | Agon | 7 comments

Advanced Agon: Deeper Quests

Agon includes a quick and painless way to get a quest started: a god descends from Olympus and says “hey, you, go do this thing!” (well, technically three things and you pick which one to do first) That’s excellent if you are doing a pick-up game and want to get straight to the action. But […]

Ben Robbins | June 30th, 2008 | Agon | 2 comments

Beast of Kolkoris unleashed

“Wretched man! Short indeed are the memories of mortals, that you O king should stand in this shrine and without shame ask for a father’s blessing! You who gave your first daughter in sacrifice to the Beast of Kolkoris, defying the will of the immortal gods!” In the labyrinth of Kolkoris a monster lurks, hiding […]

Ben Robbins | May 19th, 2008 | Agon | 1 comment

Beast of Kolkoris in playtesting

Fresh on the heels of Temple of Hera, our next Agon adventure Beast of Kolkoris has gone to playtesting. When I originally ran the game it set the record for “most Fate spent in a single quest” among my heroes. Seriously. Piles of Fate (somewhere John Harper is cackling with glee). Will the playtest heroes […]

Ben Robbins | April 22nd, 2008 | Agon | 6 comments

Temple of Hera released

Oh, I know: you wanted to run some Agon this weekend, but work got kind of crazy, and you had a lot of errands to run and blah blah blah so you didn’t have any time to prepare. Well now you have no excuse. Temple of Hera is done and ready for download. Big thanks […]

Ben Robbins | April 18th, 2008 | Agon | 1 comment

Temple of Hera goes to playtesting

Our first Agon adventure, Temple of Hera, is now in playtesting and peer review. If you listen carefully you can hear the clash of bronze and the anguished cries of heroes as their comrades bludgeon them with oaths and steal their glory. I had intended to send Beast of Kolkoris out first, but as I […]

Ben Robbins | April 5th, 2008 | Agon

Spears & Playtesting

Interested in playtesting some upcoming Agon adventures? Now’s your chance. I’ve already run them, but I like having outside groups do “blind” playtests so I get an objective opinion of whether they really work, whether there are any kinks, etc. The playtest windows will be fairly short, probably just two weeks for each adventure, but […]

Ben Robbins | April 1st, 2008 | Agon

AGON Spears & Glory

“Heroes, my anger is hot within me! Slay those who defile my shrine! Cleanse my temple! Let not one escape the wrath of Hera!” What’s coming up next from Lame Mage? I’m working on a series of adventures for the AGON role-playing game by John Harper. The plan is to make them free releases, so […]

Ben Robbins | March 17th, 2008 | Agon