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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

Gamers ♥ Dinosaurs

Our table sign for Emerald City Comic Con, designed by the inimitable Shuo Meng. I think it just about says it all: You can still get tickets at the door if you have a burning desire to come game. Don’t deny your burning desire. Even though the main show closes at 7 pm, the gaming […]

Ben Robbins | March 29th, 2012 | events

West Marches at Emerald City Comic Con

Emerald City Comic Con has added a gaming track. I wanted to do this for PAX last year but it didn’t come together. Now the stars have aligned. Sandbox RPGs: Running A “West Marches” Style Campaign Sandbox RPGs put the players in the driver’s seat. Go where you want. Do what you want. Learn dark […]

Ben Robbins | March 19th, 2012 | events | 9 comments

My PAX Workshop: GMless RPGs

What’s today? Friday? A week from now PAX will descend upon Seattle. Story gaming at PAX is on the rise. I’ll be spending a lot of time playing (or loitering at the Gamma Ray Games booth) but I’m also signed up to run a workshop. What about, you ask? GMless Role-Playing Games or “Oh my […]

Ben Robbins | August 19th, 2011 | events | 2 comments

Fabricated Realities: Thing of Beauty

(Yes, that’s a game convention. An insanely beautiful game convention.) What would you say is the highest indicator of gaming success? Smiles and hugs afterwards? Yeah, that’s good. Lots of post-con game summaries and stories? Again, yeah, we love seeing that. But there’s one even better indicator of pure win and that’s when games make […]

Ben Robbins | August 2nd, 2011 | events

Pitter-patter of Game Storm

I went to Game Storm last week and it was simply lovely. I’d never been before, so I had no idea what to expect. You’ve got your big rah-rah-rah cons (GenCon, Pax), you’ve got your “playing among friends” cons (Go Play NW, I’m looking at you). Game Storm hit a sweet spot. A medium-sized event, […]

Ben Robbins | April 8th, 2011 | events | 2 comments

Go Play NW MMX

We just launched the new Go Play NW web site, and it does look pretty nice if I do say so myself. Go Play NW is about as dense as fun gets. Last year I played Microscope with a ton of people (which was awesome) and got to try my first jeepform game. The only […]

Ben Robbins | February 11th, 2010 | events

Alluring Eyes, Low Social Boundaries

I got so many games at GenCon that I’m resorting to an inbox/outbox system to make sure I read them all and don’t lose track of any in the shuffle. I’ve barely made a dent in the pile, but the one I’m most interested in so far is Sign in Stranger by Emily Care Boss. […]

Ben Robbins | August 22nd, 2009 | events | 1 comment

GoPlay NW 2009

We love GenCon. It’s hard to beat in terms of scope and spectacle. But in truth our hearts belong to Go Play NW, because that’s where we really get to play the awesome games and hang out with the amazing peeps of story game-hood. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s in our own backyard… Ping […]

Ben Robbins | June 6th, 2009 | events | 1 comment

TerpCon Needs Gamers

TerpCon is coming up in about a week, and they need gamers! So if you’re in Maryland or thereabouts and are looking for something to do April 18, your prayers are answered. I’ve never been to TerpCon, but Mel White ran Temple of Hera at TerpCon last year and captured the complete Greco-heroic action on […]

Ben Robbins | April 9th, 2009 | events

My Precious…

Hey, look what I got in the mail: The titans of indie and old school pretty much saved my GenCon last year — it was nearly a bust because I wasted too much time doing business stuff. Oh no my friend, we’ll not be making that mistake again…

Ben Robbins | July 19th, 2008 | events | 4 comments