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Gameplay Video: In This World

Trying something new! I’ve uploaded a gameplay video of one of our In This World sessions. The topic for our worlds: Vacations! I’ve never tried posting video of our sessions before, but a lot of people have asked to see what all my games look like in action, so we’ll see how this works! It […]

Ben Robbins | May 30th, 2023 | , ,

In This World, In Your Head

or, “Can you play this game solo?” Ever since I starting working on In This World, it has been slowly taking over my brain. I don’t mean I’m working on it all the time, I mean it is working on me! I’m just going about my day, minding my own business, and then something crosses […]

Ben Robbins | May 24th, 2023 |

In This World, Story Games Are Joy

“We started by changing “Story games aren’t about winning,” to “well, actually they are…”” Caroline and Marc took In This World for a spin on a lovely and leisurely Sunday morning. Their topic? Something near and dear to us all: story games! Less Than Three Games: World of Story Games “But what I most appreciate […]

Ben Robbins | May 20th, 2023 | , ,

It’s Raining Mechs

Alien mechs fall from the sky like shooting stars. Their technology is so advanced that even after smashing into the Earth they still work. And just one is advanced enough to change the balance of power. Governments and militaries around the world race to be the first to secure each mech as it falls… For […]

Ben Robbins | May 18th, 2023 | ,

In This World Kickstarter Has Launched!

The kickstarter for In This World is now live. I pressed the button and unleashed the flood.

Ben Robbins | May 16th, 2023 |

One Week Until Launch

The date is set. The kickstarter for In This World is launching on Tuesday May 16, one week from today. That’s my plan, anyway! Because the sooner I launch, the sooner you all get to play the game. I’m also going to be chatting with folks at the Foresight Games event this Wednesday (tomorrow), talking […]

Ben Robbins | May 9th, 2023 |

Calling All Streamers

Want to stream or podcast a game of In This World? I would love to jump on and facilitate a game, or just send you the rules so you can play it, or just talk about this weird little game and how it works. I suspect In This World is particularly well-suited for streaming, because […]

Ben Robbins | May 7th, 2023 |

In This World Prepares to Launch

The Kickstarter prelaunch page for In This World is up. Click that notify button! This is temporary art while we hammer out the finishing touches on the cover. It will be glorious. Since we’re getting closer to release, it’s also time to officially wrap up the playtest. I tend to let these things simmer to […]

Ben Robbins | May 4th, 2023 |

In This World vs The Trident of Progress

I realized I haven’t posted anything about In This World for a while. But I’ve only not been talking about it because I’ve been busy working on it instead. The three prongs of the trident of progress have been: 1) Integrating all the playtest feedback and refining the presentation of the game, 2) Seeing what […]

Ben Robbins | April 29th, 2023 |

Where the Ball Lies

We play these games together to be surprised and satisfied by ideas we wouldn’t have created on our own. How all our contributions combine is something no one of us can predict. For that to happen, we have to let go what we individually *expect* or *want* and just see what *does* happen. We had […]

Ben Robbins | March 30th, 2023 | , , , , ,

“Ooh, let’s be bad!” Microscope player says before Breaking the Rules

“People playing a Microscope game over brunch were heard saying “let’s be bad,” as they began to break the rules of the history-building RPG. “We’ve had a rough week!” Elizabeth Nelson said loudly. “I just finished up a month-long assignment, and Nadine’s boss has been a super dick, so we’re treating ourself and playing a […]

Ben Robbins | March 26th, 2023 | ,

Microscope In Spanish

El Refugio de Ryhope is bringing Microscope to Spanish speakers world-wide! They did a great job with Follow, and it’s always exciting to see Microscope unleashed on a whole new community.

Ben Robbins | March 7th, 2023 | , | 1 comment

Cars vs Clouds: A Tale of Two Kingdoms

In the far future, the world is a blasted hellscape. Car-tribes prowl the wastelands, feuding for turf and pride. But far above the dust and blood floats a city of splendor, a jewel in the sky whose citizens lounge in lush gardens and drink and sing and love, thinking nothing of the suffering of those […]

Ben Robbins | February 4th, 2023 | , , , ,

Two-Player Creativity Is Harder

Of course not every game of In This World has been magical, but when I hear about sessions that dragged, they often have one thing in common: Only two players. In a high creativity game, the difference between two and three players is bigger than it seems. When there’s only one other person in the […]

Ben Robbins | January 31st, 2023 | , , , | 1 comment

In This World, Playtesters Are Awesome

“This was the first time someone said, ‘I wish this was our world.’” The playtest reports for In This World keep rolling in and I could not be happier with them. Playtesters, you’re doing a great job. I don’t respond to every email unless I have some questions or don’t understand some of the feedback, […]

Ben Robbins | January 30th, 2023 | | 2 comments