Settings out for Adventure

There was a to-and-fro on Twitter recently about RPG systems and book settings that got me thinking about the idea again. I’ve often thought about turning Shadows of the Apt into an RPG – it would give it a pleasing circularity, if nothing else, given the world’s origins. There are a lot of very good […]

I am Dungeon Master…

Typing that quote from the old cartoon, it occurs to me that, if you’re a bunch of kids lost in a hostile and alien world, hearing that from a little bald gnome is probably more reassuring than from an enormous bearded guy. Following up on my previous post about the release of D&D Next/5th Edition, […]

The Fifth Iteration: first impressions of 5th ed D&D

Firstly, if pen and paper RPGs are of no interest to you, then neither will this be. I’m gonna get old school geeky, and I’m not ashamed about it. I don’t do reviews, of course, and these days I don’t honestly get to play tabletop RPGs much of at all, because everyone I know these […]

The MMOs of yesteryear

TIme for something relatively trivial. I like MMORPGs. They’re the game genre I’ve spent most time playing for the last seven or eight years, with occasional excursions for Skyrim, Portal 2 and a few others. When I started off there was a small number of them (1) and I played just the one. Now there […]

The Last of the Maelstroms

OK, professional hat on first: expanded Fantasycon schedule now reads: Friday 8pm – Mass author signing. Please come along to this. Last time I swear there were more authors than readers. Stephen Hunt and I sat there like lemons. Saturday 29th 10-11am – Too Much Reality panel. 10am is also the launch of the Ancient […]

To Boldly MMO

So, being as The Air War is out in 2-3 weeks and I’m doing Edge Lit next weekend (1) the time is obviously ripe to talk about game design in MMORPGs. (1) With my first ever workshop, no less, about which I am bricking it. Role-playing in computer games came up briefly as a tangent […]

Films v Games

Thieves later, films now. Or: not film. This is just something that I’ve started noticing, and it’s hard to ignore. There’s a lot of fuss at the moment about computer games eating into the profits of the film industry – just the same fuss, as MovieBob has pointed out in his Studio System set of […]

Minsc, Might and Morrowind

The Eye of the Beholder fond mockathon I did a while back started the memories flowing regarding computer RPGs (of the single rather than the MMO (1) variety) that I’ve had fun with. Now Fantasycon’s gone and the Reading and London signings are still coming up, here are a few that I recall having some […]

I, Beholder

I’ve been meaning to pen a thing about online RPGs, to go with my long-ago posts on paper and live ones. There’s a ton of this sort of stuff about, of course – Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, Baldur’s Gate. However, first off: Eye of the Beholder Possibly nobody else even remembers this. It was a […]

World of Bugcraft -and- new story

Firstly, there’s a new story up, Counterspies by Adam Gauntlett, which you can find here. Secondly, some of you may be aware of a dalliance entitled World of Warcraft (1). Well now, one feature of this global pastime is something called the armory, wherein you can look up all manner of things. And search the […]