Trait Draft: Constraints and freedom in character creation

Unique snowflakes I love Lady Blackbird (it's free, go flip through it). Never play it, but I've read through it so many times. The scenario's roster of characters are so well developed and unique. Each role in the game has a solid two or three things that make them stand out. I love FATE (it's … Continue reading Trait Draft: Constraints and freedom in character creation

Open Strategy Game: Blades in the Dark (and third party interaction)

Last time we talked open strategy games. Read this if you haven't to get an idea of what you're getting into. In the spirit of "play worlds, not rules," here's an idea for your next open strategy game. Doskvol. The world of John Harper's Blades in the Dark. Everyone has a stinkin' copy. Six players … Continue reading Open Strategy Game: Blades in the Dark (and third party interaction)

Open Strategy Games – Guiding Principles

Chris McDowall has talked about matrix games, making his own space-y version. I've talked about them and made my own based on a novel series I enjoyed when I was even younger. Chris and I talked about dubbing them "open strategy games" to avoid confusion about that 1999 movie and explaining what a matrix actually … Continue reading Open Strategy Games – Guiding Principles