Lighthouse: How the New RPG System Works

Lighthouse is a system that’s easy to learn and simple to use. The subtlety and nuance lies in how you choose to interpret the die rolls and use them to tell your story. Here’s a quick overview of how the new RPG system works. There When You Need It Most of the time, you can…

An Introduction to Lighthouse, the RPG System I Wrote

A lighthouse is a navigational aid, guiding ships so they can safely get to where they’re going. This Lighthouse is a tabletop roleplaying system designed to emphasize storytelling. It is easy to learn and simple to run, but incredibly versatile. Using polyhedral dice, you determine not only the degree of success or failure of a…

Chuck Barris and the Art of Not Giving a F…

The Gong Show was a thing when I was in high school, for the brief, shining moment that it lasted. I thought it was hysterical, and weird, and subversive insofar as it seemed to upset a lot of nominal adults. Strange people with little or no talent, behaving oddly and in some cases outright badly.…

That Time I Teamed Up with Dick Tracy to Catch a Federal Fugitive

Back in 2005 I was working as a manager at Barnes & Noble in Tucson, Arizona. One day a man in a standard-issue “detective” suit and tie — you know, the “I dress like this because I have to, not because I want to” look — comes in and identifies himself as United States Marshal…

5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons: More Story, Less Crunch

On Saturday I ran a Dungeons & Dragons game for the first time in years, using the most recent iteration of the rules. I picked D&D, rather than any of a dozen other systems I prefer and am more familiar with, because this group specifically wanted an authentic D&D experience. Only one player (other than…