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RPGaDay2018: Describe how your play has evolved

Posted on August 13th, 2018

I used to play primarily to see how play changed the characters. This started out with the simple see how badass they can get” metric. Later, it became much more nuanced, including preferring games that support something other than an ever-upward character arc. (Unfortunately, most RPGs don’t effectively support that type of play.)

Now, I play much more for emergent creation. I like seeing how the different voices continually contribute to history, setting, and characters. (Unfortunately again, most RPGs only effectively support this at the beginning of the game/campaign, if at all.)


GenCon2018 Recap

Posted on August 6th, 2018

Played some fun games!


RPGaDay2018: What gives a game staying power?

Posted on August 3rd, 2018

  1. Some fiddly bits for the players to continue to toy with and explore
  2. Short prep times for the GM
  3. Player-contributions to the ongoing campaign (e.g.: recaps, new content, mapping, etc.)
  4. Character actions have an impact on the setting



Food for Thought: 2017-07-31

Posted on July 31st, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:

  1. Wikitribune (which you should support!) is discussing how they chose that name Speaking truth to power, representing the voice of the people, and driving out darkness by shining a light on the truth. A free press is the tribune of the people.” https://medium.com/@wikitribune/why-are-we-called-wikitribune-dc53ae7802cd
  2. Court affirms right to record law enforcement officers: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/07/third-circuit-declares-first-amendment-right-record-police 
  3. Global Guerilla’s has maps of sea-level impact projections: http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/2017/07/journal-some-actionable-information-on-rising-sea-levels.html

  4. data from: http://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/attach/2017/07/when-rising-seas-hit-home-full-report.pdf

  5. McSweeney’s moved to a patreon-supported model, so I signed up. Here are some recent goodies:

  6. https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/steps-i-take-to-counteract-gentrification-while-living-in-a-luxury-building-in-brooklyn
  7. https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/wellness-blog-homepage-mad-libs
  8. https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/11-ways-that-i-a-white-man-am-not-privileged
  9. https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/8-male-authors-to-read-before-you-die
  10. https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/take-a-ride-into-the-danger-zone-safe-space-this-summer-a-message-from-the-director-of-overnight-camps-for-two-americas
  11. https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/welcome-to-our-startup-where-everyone-is-23-years-old-because-we-believe-old-people-are-visually-displeasing-and-out-of-ideas
  12. https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/please-stop-culturally-appropriating-cultural-appropriation
  13. https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/modern-lovecraftian-elder-gods
  14. https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/if-people-treated-other-illnesses-and-injuries-like-they-treat-depression
  15. https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/my-daily-routine-as-a-job-stealing-immigrant

  16. Listen to this album: https://sethmartinandthemenders.bandcamp.com/album/this-mountain
  17. Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophers, again! http://existentialcomics.com/comic/195
  18. Cool island cabin: http://cabinporn.com/post/163135611222/the-hermitage-sykaminea-is-located-in-an-olive


Food for Thought: 2017-06-05

Posted on May 31st, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:

  1. The Intercept reminds us that war is hideous, and Memorial Day tries to make us feel better about it: https://theintercept.com/2017/05/29/we-need-memorial-day-to-obscure-the-unbearable-truth-about-war/
  2. Cory Doctorow advertises for his latest book, but also talks about how technology can both aid and combat inequality: https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/may/31/technology-is-making-the-world-more-unequal-only-technology-can-fix-this-cory-doctorow
  3. SMBC Comic asks: what happened?” http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/moody
  4. Taser is rebranding to Axon so we will forget the deaths, damage, and misuse associated with the company: https://thebaffler.com/latest/less-lethal-weapon-meyer
  5. Cool fantasy city generator, complete with districts”: https://watabou.itch.io/medieval-fantasy-city-generator

Todd Grotenhuis

Professionally an Information Security Specialist, Politically an Abolitionist, Theologically an Anabaptist