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In Defense of “Boring” Worlds

Caroline has stepped up to the typewriter to talk about the beauty of creating “boring” settings with In This World. Worlds that aren’t incredibly strange or fantastic, but are just a little bit different from our own. The fun of boring worlds (Caroline Hobbs on

Ben Robbins | May 3rd, 2024 | , ,

Our Last Beautiful Dream

I could tell you about our In This World game the other night, when we explored the topic of Dreams. I could tell you about the Leviathan haunting our nightmares, or planned dreams as a therapeutic tool, or the whole world sharing one wondrous, endless dream in the millisecond before all humanity goes extinct. I […]

Ben Robbins | May 3rd, 2024 | , | 3 comments

A Bard, As In Shakespeare

We’ve been using In This World to explore D&D concepts, as you do. Last week: dungeons. This week: character classes. One of our statements is, in normal D&D, bards are musicians. They sing and play music. But in this world, bards are writers. They write and tell stories, traveling across the land to share tales, […]

Ben Robbins | May 3rd, 2024 | ,

In This World, In This Classroom

Okay, show of hands: who’s interested in a course called “Science Fiction & Public Health”??? Sign me up! In their latest podcast, Alexis Dinno and Nell Carter talk about how they brought In This World to the classroom at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health: Science Fiction & Public Health Podcast, Episode 8 The In […]

Ben Robbins | April 2nd, 2024 | ,

More Worlds In The Wild

Even more copies of In This World arriving around the globe (and also Portland). The kickstarter is done and done! There are still stragglers who haven’t answered their surveys (there are always stragglers) but the vast majority have gone out. And I have to say that, as a game designer, it is tremendously satisfying seeing […]

Ben Robbins | March 20th, 2024 | | 2 comments

Dress For the Job You Want

People have had a long week, everyone’s tired, but we still want to do a little gaming-something-something. This looks like a job for… IN THIS WORLD! Our topic: Clothing! We were doing the normal brainstorming and we had some good topics (but also “trains!!!”) but when Caroline threw out Clothing I knew that was the […]

Ben Robbins | March 12th, 2024 | , | 1 comment

Worlds In The Wild

I’m getting verified sightings of In This World deliveries in the wild! Books are showing up on people’s doorsteps, which means it’s time to get folks together and make some new worlds. Cats not included. Update: If you too want to show everyone your beautiful book (with or without pets) drop a link in the […]

Ben Robbins | February 23rd, 2024 |

A Whole Stack of Worlds

Does one of these belong to you? If you interpret this glorious sight to mean that printing is done and shipping is underway, you would be correct.

Ben Robbins | February 5th, 2024 |

In This Murder

“Let’s pick a light topic, like Holidays. Or maybe… MURRRRDEERRR????” The Thursday night hobbits have a knack for In This World that is by now well-documented: sparrow bodhisattvas, mech wars, reimagining the Aliens movies… oh right, I never posted about the Aliens game. Someone remind me to do that. So when we sat down to […]

Ben Robbins | January 18th, 2024 | ,

Prophecies Can Be Good or Bad

“This is part of the magic of collaborative world-building — that you can start a sentence with no pressure to finish it on your own. Jump. Your friends will catch you.” Jack Edward wrote a very thoughtful review of In This World after playing it with his group to brainstorm a campaign world. I highly […]

Ben Robbins | December 3rd, 2023 |

Gameplay Video: Wild Worlds of Dating

We’re back at the table, playing more In This World. What could top our Vacations game? How about Dating..??? We recorded this game a while back, shortly after the Vacations session, but technical problems prevented me from editing and posting it when I first intended. Now that In This World is done, I circled back […]

Ben Robbins | November 30th, 2023 | , ,

In This World Is Out

The full release of In This World is done! You can get it and play right now. If you bought the early access release, you should have already received an email with your download link. The book is about 20 pages longer than I originally planned, not because the rules changed — the rules are […]

Ben Robbins | November 26th, 2023 | | 2 comments

Summerween

You had me at watermelon jack-o-lanterns…

Ben Robbins | October 30th, 2023 | , ,

In This House, A Mouse

I’m working on finishing In This World, but I keep thinking of more things I want to add. Just the other night we playtested an “alternate history” rules variant and now that absolutely has to go in the book. Plus there’s my usual perfectionist streak. But the real thing slowing me down is… a mouse. […]

Ben Robbins | October 16th, 2023 | | 1 comment