Roleplaying games are played in sessions where the participants bring the experience to life through improvisation. Often, but not always, these sessions are based on published roleplaying game books and use published and pre-designed game mechanics. When you examine the actual play of the roleplaying game session, consider: Where does Continue Reading
Hard Design and Soft Design in Roleplaying Games
The verb used for the making of roleplaying games is “design”. I design a roleplaying game. The word “design” encompasses the deliberate choices that guide how a prospective player engages with a published roleplaying game. After all, a published game book is a guide that seeks to give the reader Continue Reading
Working on Vampire 5th Edition (also: Nazis)
I spent this spring working on the 5th edition of Vampire: the Masquerade. The first releases on the 5th edition line are the Corebook and the Camarilla and Anarch books. I’m the lead writer on the Anarch book but I also contributed to the two others. It’s been a strange Continue Reading
Nordic Larp and American power
Last weekend, I was at the Nordic roleplaying and larp conference Knutpunkt in Sweden. Like always, it was a wonderful experience, showing how furiously the scene and the artform are progressing into new and exciting directions. Sometimes it feels like things are going so fast, you have to work hard Continue Reading
Nordic Larp the book available for free
Nordic Larp, the seminal collection of articles about important games in the Nordic countries. Is finally available as a freely downloadable PDF. Get it here. I have an article in the book, about the larp Luminescence.
The New Knutpunkt Books Are Out
The Nordic larp conference Knutpunkt will be held shortly. The books published together with the conference are now available as free PDFs. This time, there’s two: a collection of new articles called The Cutting Edge of Nordic Larp and a collection of old articles humbly titled The Foundation Stone of Continue Reading
Tilt-Juhana: Halo 4 & Assassin’s Creed III
(Kuva: Dishonored) Tiltin sivuilla on julkaisut mun tekemät arvostelut peleistä Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Halo 4, Assassin’s Creed III, Dishonored, LittleBigPlanet Vita ja Bastion. Kirjoitan myös pelijournalismin nykytilasta.
Palestiinan ensimmäinen larppi
Palestiinan ensimmäinen larppi pelattiin Bir Zeitin kylässä 10.-12. elokuuta, 2012. Täällä Hesariin kirjoittamani artikkeli pelistä.
Nordic Larp wins the Diana Jones Award!
Nordic Larp, an excellent collection of articles about games in the Nordic Larp tradition has won the prestigious American Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming. The collection was edited by Markus Montola and Jaakko Stenros, and I contributed an article about the game Luminescence. Here’s the Finnish press release: Continue Reading
Mass Effect 3:n loppu
(Kuva: Mass Effectin päähenkilöstä voi tehdä haluamansa näköisen. Kuvassa oma komentaja Shepardini Mass Effect 3:ssa.) Kirjoitan Cityn sivuilla Mass Effect 3:n lopusta.