Even though I write tabletop roleplaying game material for a living, this is not that space. All of my roleplaying game writing going forward will be posted over at the Dancing Lights Press site. That is effectively my tabletop roleplaying game blog. You can head over there and subscribe and never miss a new post. Having separate sites means that people only interested in the RPG stuff can just see the RPG stuff, and people interested in me can see me. I get to be more than one thing! At the Dancing Lights Press blog my undivided attention is given over to the topics of interest to the readers there, just as my focus here is on providing content of[…]

In spite of what I said earlier in the week, I’ve taken up writing an RPG blog again. This is a limited-run endeavor, based on a Twitter hashtag. The #AprilTTRPGMaker challenge asks one question per day, and tabletop RPG creators post their answers. I decided to participate on Twitter with answers that fit within the 280 character limit, following up with expanded answers in blog posts of roughly 300 words. Doing this dovetails with the journaling I’ve been doing on game design and Dancing Lights Press. I’ve been trying to nail down what my design goals are, how to explain what I do, and create a tighter focus for my business. Answering the very specific questions of the challenge has[…]

A fantasy heartbreaker is a tabletop roleplaying game that is clearly a labor of love, but not nearly as radical or innovative as its creators think it is. Quite often, it’s nothing more than a rewrite of an existing game, with some tweaks. A rule they don’t like is changed or replaced, their favorite house rules are incorporated, or they add one new thing and think that qualifies it as an entirely different game. It’s a heartbreaker not because the game is necessarily bad, but because a lot of effort went into something that ultimately provides very little payoff for either the creators or the players and readers. I have code named the roleplay game system I’m working on The[…]

My all-time best-selling title, Setting Design, is included in the GM’s Day Worldbuilder Bundle at DriveThruRPG. For only $5.95 US you get it, the Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding, and the GM’s Planet-Building Book. Yeah. Three great books on worldbuilding for an amazing price. You cannot beat this deal with a stick. A few days ago I wrote that I had an opportunity fall into my lap, and this is it. This is a chance to gain a wider audience, people who may not have heard of Dancing Lights Press before, or who might not have taken a chance on any of my books otherwise. In including my book in this bundle, during their biggest sale of the year (yes, bigger[…]

The first issue of The Foragers Journal is out! This is the all-new official newsletter of Dancing Lights Press! If you’re already a subscriber (or were subscribed to its late predecessor, the cheesily-named Light Reading) you should have already received your copy via email. If you’re not, you can still subscribe (it’s free) and read the first issue here. I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention that the GM’s Day Sale started today! Gary Gygax left us on this day in 2008, so for a decade we show appreciation to gamemasters by… having a big sale, sort of like we celebrate every other holiday. A solid majority of the titles I have available there are 33% off, so if[…]