10/12/2014 SpoonyViking 28 Comments
Books, Comics, On Writing, Tabletop RPGs world-building
06/17/2015 illhousen 3 Comments
Welcome back, everyone! This was actually supposed to be my first post for Dragon Quill, but once I saw Farla had the “Dresden Files Exploration” post lined up, I thought I’d wait and turn this one into a sort of companion piece.
Tabletop RPGs Don't Rest Your Head, Single post review, TRPG
06/19/2015 illhousen 2 Comments
So, my second step towards the usurpation of this blog review on this blog is now complete.
Recommendations, Tabletop RPGs A Penny for My Thoughts, Single post review, TRPG
09/05/2015 illhousen 6 Comments
A game for a group of GMs without players.
Tabletop RPGs Single post review, The Mountain Witch, TRPG
09/06/2015 illhousen 16 Comments
A game about trust, betrayal and limits of pagecount in indie games.
Tabletop RPGs FATAL, quickposts, Single post review, TRPG
09/12/2015 illhousen 6 Comments
FATAL (Fantasy Adventures to Adult Lechery) is generally considered the worst TRPG ever made.
The second worst TRPG ever made is called Racial Holy War.
Dresden Files, Dresden Files RPG, Tabletop RPGs Dresden Files RPG, TRPG
09/21/2015 illhousen Add Comment
Since Farla is summoned once again from her home dimension and is doing another DF book, I thought I would look at Dresden Files RPG. More informative posts (the game is huge compared to the ones I normally talk about, so there probably would be more than a single review) will be soon-ish, but for now I have some things to say about the introduction short story provided for the second volume of RPG by Butcher himself.
Tabletop RPGs FATE, Single post review, TRPG
10/22/2015 Farla 14 Comments
So, before I talk about Dresden Files RPG, I think I should take a look at FATE, on which DF RPG is based to see how well the foundation is implemented.
Tabletop RPGs Lamentations of the Flame Princess, TRPG
Lamentations of the Flame Princess is…well. LotFP is “weird fantasy” and by weird, we’re talking old school pulp weird, Conan and Lovecraft, so horror. The idea is that the weirdness should be unique and stand out jarringly against normal reality and players should have no idea what they’re facing when they first encounter it. I find this kind of thing fascinating and was also intrigued by its promise to have easy character generation to make PC death a more pleasant experience for the one actually running things.
Now, when LotFP is mentioned on 4chan and its sister sites, at least one there will say it’s a misogynistic product by some guy who gets off on watching women die messy deaths, which should give you a good idea of the art. Now, it is absolutely true that there’s one where a woman is getting disemboweled by undead and there’s a zombie reaching for her guts through her vagina. This is literally a picture, in the core book no less. (There’s an artless free version, and thank god for that.) But there actually is lots of horrible stuff happening to men too, and the nudity is surprisingly equal opportunity as well. It also contains some of the only decent RPG art of women just doing stuff I’ve seen. But LotFP is a setting where horrible stuff happens to women. It’s got historically accurate style misogyny and not “historically accurate” misogyny, but the creator absolutely does respond to anyone asking, “Okay but so why so very much X?” with “BECAUSE IT’S SO FUCKING EDGY TROLOLOLOLO!” I can’t fully argue because curiosity about the slapfight was a reason I looked into it.
So let’s talk about the kinds of horror we get from the modules! What sort of Halloween goodness can you get from “weird fantasy”?