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PAX East: What Should I Check Out?

I’m going to PAX East next week. I’ve been to PAX Prime in Seattle a bunch, of course, but this is my first time at the east coast event. What’s good to check out? Where’s the good gaming? Are there weird and interesting nooks and crannies I should explore? One of the things I enjoy […]

Ben Robbins | March 21st, 2019 | ,

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 | ,

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 | , | 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 | , ,

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 | , , ,

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 | ,

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 | , ,

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 | , ,

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 | ,

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 | ,

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 | | 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 | ,

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 | , ,

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 | ,

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 | , | 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 | ,

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 | ,

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 | ,

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 | , , ,

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 | , , | 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 | , | 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 | ,

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 | , , , | 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 | , , , | 2 comments