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EXPOSÉ: What the OSR Doesn’t Want You to Know About Fighting-Men

I just spent over an hour sorting through this insignificant thing, and I need someone to know. So I’ve been neck-deep in OD&D for a couple of weeks now. Previously, I’d stuck to Swords & Wizardry White Box, FMAG, Delving Deeper, and other clones, because OD&D has a reputation for being difficult. Turns out, it’s…

Playing the Priestess

Play is Knowledge. Know that I’m not interested here in Game. Play, instead, is Knowledge. The pure Knowledge, before language, before our ability to speak it. It is the hammer that becomes an extension of our arm as we use it to construct our world. Any carpenter will tell you: don’t look at the hammer,…

Refutation of All Heresies

I found this poem on my desktop. Apparently I wrote it last August. I think I had just read about Docetism for the first time. Now I’m posting it here for some reason. Refutation of All Heresies God entered my bodyLike a bodyMy same sizeLike me floating intoYou or youInto me A body the same…

The Vanilla Game As She Is Played

I’m writing a kind of DMG, ostensibly for The Vanilla Game but honestly that’s a bit. I’ve got a loose plan for how this will go, but we’ll see. In the meantime, here’s the front matter. Introduction This is a book. I want to be very clear about that: this is not a game, nor…

The Witness: Finity and Infinity

I wrote this for my Patreon in December 2020, but now I’ve shut down my Patreon. So I’m putting it here. I considered reworking a few things (especially to make the ending clearer), but then I decided I didn’t care all that much.[CW: Very big spoilers for The Witness, abortion imagery.] In one of my…

On Storygames, or How To Preserve Authorial Intent Without Being A Spoilsport

I’ve made something of a reputation for myself, having ideas about “authorial intent” that run counter to what many game designers consider reasonable. But I fully believe that there are many paths into art, and mine is only one rather idiosyncratic one. In that spirit, I’d like to present a simple reframing of the self-mythology…

The ENnies are an embarrassment.

I’ve opened this blog post, but to be perfectly honest I’m not sure I have much more to say than that. The ENnies this year (and every year, let’s be honest, but especially this year) were embarrassing, and at this point the only reasonable response is to stop humoring them. Between unfathomably bad A/V problems,…

The Irony of Adventure Writing

You cannot write an adventure. Well, that’s a lie. You can write an adventure, but you can’t write one to be played. How would that even work? Just a set of instructions for how players navigate imagined space? Possible perhaps, but boring and counterproductive. You’ve done the adventuring for them. Adventure arises from situation, and…

Ask Questions

Today I saw an announcement for a book called [on second thought: redacted]. This is a book I contributed to. But today I learned that it’s being published by some company that makes books for 5e and has at least one relatively large IP license. This is all a surprise to me—when I was approached…

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