Fictioneers.net - Games Directory

edited September 2014 in Directed Promotion
I've started an online database of Collaborative Fictional Space systems (aka RPGs and Storygames). This project began as an Excel database for my local group, and it eventually grew until I figured it might as well go public. As of today there are 128 games in the system. It's very beta. Some of the descriptions are missing, some of them are overly gloss. A few of them may be just plain wrong. I am open to suggestions, edits, and new submissions. I'm especially open to edits suggested by the games' authors themselves.

The site also allows comments on each game (registered members only).
Feel free to post APs, opinions, reviews or personal experiences for any game you've played.

You can check out the games directory here (click game titles for more details):
http://fictioneers.net/games

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  • Good on you Tod! I think that's a cracking idea. I'm a wee bit busy with some other stuff atm, but I'll stop by and make some contributions soon :) (and I'll xpost this on the G+ page so you can +1 me ;))
  • looks great!
    I don't get the "GM?" field... it looks like it's always set to "No"... what does it exactly mean?
  • As this is Story-Games, maybe only GMless games are allowed? ;)
  • well... I wasn't sure. If this is the case, I'm feeling the "?" confusing. "no-GM" of "GM-less" would be clearer.

    And BTW, I'm missing hyperlinks. I know quite a lot of these games, and some of them are on my hard disk drive. But if we had links to the website whenever it's possible, that'd be great.
  • edited September 2014
    Thanks @brunobord - I think there was some malfunction in the GM field when I imported the data! I will address those. The question answered by that column is "Is one of the players a GM?" (meaning ONLY one)

    ETA: The "GM?" column has been updated. You will now find both Yeses and Nos. :-)

    I began the database with almost exclusively "Storygames" and "Indie Games" but quickly found that both those lines are blurry, so I began including more RPGs. The only trad RPGs I've deliberately stayed away from are those that are so big everybody already knows them.

  • Great list, brother. I wish it had links, though. Do you think you could add those? This would really help, and interested people could get access quicker and easier.

    Thanks again, great work!

    Norbert
  • edited September 2014
    @catty_big and @norbertgmatausch - Links are definitely on my to-do list. Also authors. I'm adding a bunch today.

  • edited September 2014
    Authors names and links included now UP TO THE LETTER D! Woot!

    If any of y'all find that I'm missing your name, or your game, or you think the description is insufficient, just drop me a line. I want this database to be a valuable resource for people who ask "What is that game about and why would we want to play it?"

  • This is a really cool resource. Thanks for adding links!

    I noticed that you've got Panem Et Circenses listed twice.

    So, what are your sources? There must be a lot of games out there - how are you collecting them?
  • edited September 2014
    Thanks @JoshDemers! Good catch on P&C! I think I imported it once with quotes (that got stripped out), and then again without them. TCO now.

    My sources are everywhere, but a good percentage of them came straight from discussions on this forum. Others from BFA and G+. Others from my favorites folder (which is staggeringly crammed), and from the websites of designers and publishers whose URLs I frequent. I'm open to submissions of course.

  • Update: Authors and links have now been added up to the letter M. If I've misspoken anywhere, please correct me!

  • edited September 2014
    So cool, Tod! You da man! There are other RPG lists out there, but I think I like your format the best.

    I don't know if other lists are useful to you for this project, but in case they are, here are some:
    List of Story Games, no info yet.
    Thousands of RPGs, with date, publisher, and paragraph description.
  • edited September 2014
    A suggestion: add "killer app" info. Either (a) as a new column, or (b) as a commenting requirement. I assume that adding a new column and populating it yourself isn't really feasible, so instead, perhaps you could tell people something like:

    If you've played this game, was there anything unique about its rules, procedures or player roles, something you haven't seen in other RPGs? Something that made a big difference in play, and might be a reason to play it, or to not play it? If so, please tell us what it was!

    That's probably the # 1 thing I want to know when skimming down an RPG list.
  • edited September 2014
    Noyce! I think a phrase like "Standout Feature" (or etc) might be more broadly understandable, and my first hit was to stick it on the Detail page rather than in the table. But I agree on what one skims for, and that's a table thing. Not sure how to implement this, but I'm adding that to the Phase 2 feature list.

    ETA: Maybe a popup mini-window on rollover. That would do the trick.

  • Status: I've opened up directory submissions so people can enter games directly. (Registered accounts only, of course.) Hopefully it's not a spam trap, we'll see how it goes. There's a new link at the bottom of all games and game listing pages.

  • Yeah, this is fantastic! Thanks, Tod!
  • edited September 2014
    Authors and links added! Here are a few games I do not know the authors of, most are PbtA hacks. Can anybody fill me in?

    Adventurers World
    Consensus
    Heartbreaker World
    Police Cops
    The Agency
    The Warren
    Underground
  • The Fictioneers database reached 200 games today. I checked out the web stats and I was a little surprised to find that the number one page was the one for CATastrophe.

    Number 2 was Ornithopter World, followed by Minions Inc., Viking World, and Fiasco, in that order.

    And the indexing continues!

  • Excellent. Are you thinking we use the Comments for any "killer app" stuff? I wrote one for Annalise. It's pending approval -- maybe because I didn't make a user account?
  • edited November 2014
    Indeed, and yes. Your comment has been approved now. I think the game's "killer app" is a great thing to make note of. I'm also hoping people might relate their own feelings or experiences with various games, or really anything that might help someone else make a decision about whether this is the game for them.

    Thanks for checking out the site, and for your comment!

  • edited April 2015
    Been several months since I even remembered to check the stats on fictioneers.net. In the month of April, FIASCO overtook CATastrophe as the most popular page. That's not really surprising. But the rest of the top 20 does include some very pleasant surprises. I was happy to see these pages are generating traffic for their websites. Out of the 300+ entries in the database, the top 20 pages for the month of April were (in order of hits):

    Fiasco
    CATastrophe
    The Regiment: Colonial Marines
    Spirit of 77
    Big Eyes, Small Mouth
    Agon
    Headspace
    Blood Boys
    Blackbird Companion
    Sufficiently Advanced
    Anima Prime
    Star Wars World
    Gulliver's Trading Company
    Avatar World
    Star Worlds
    Keep It Sunny
    Left Coast
    Blue
    Ribbon Drive
    Just Sentinels
  • That's really exciting to see me in there!

    So, question: I changed the name of Avatar World to Legend of the Elements. How would you handle that? You could just wholesale change the name and not have connection to the old name, or it could be included as an alias for the game. I dunno, I hadn't really thought about it. Handle it however you wish.
  • edited April 2015
    Did it with an alias. The title has been changed. Both URLs lead to the same page.
    Thanks for checking!

  • Very cool!
  • Great stuff.

    My antivirus is convinced that fictioneers.net is a security risk for some reason, however. Don't know if that's something worth looking into or not!
  • edited May 2015
    It is, possibly, and I shall. Thanks for mentioning it Paul!
  • We're clean. I scanned the database and reviewed the entire file hierarchy, no sign of virus was found. Your software seems to be issuing a false positive. Most AV software includes a way to "whitelist" a site, if you are so inclined.

  • edited October 2015
    Designers: Please, please feel free to make an account and submit your own games to the Fictioneers directory. As many before me have found, keeping a database of indie game releases up to date is a bottomless job! If you don't want to do that, you can contact me via the site, and send me the following information:

    Title
    Author
    Link
    Overview
    Excerpt
    Game Type
    Players
    GM?
    Crunch


    Here is a breakdown of what those terms mean:

    Link - If there is a page describing the game that includes a link to the PDF, use that. If not, then just a straight link to the PDF will be fine. If there's a store page with a description and a buy button, you could use that.

    Overview - One paragraph description of what the game's about. Cover blurb is fine.

    Excerpt - One or two paragraphs from the text, giving the flavor of the writing, the setting, or the system.

    Game Type (choose as many as apply):
    - Roleplaying Game
    - Collaborative Story
    - Powered by the Apocalypse

    Players - Indicate the minimum and maximum recommended number of players, separated by a hyphen. If there's no max, put a plus sign (e.g. "2+")

    GM? - Is a single person designated as the GM? Y or N.

    Crunch - a number from 1 to 5
    CRUNCH LEVEL (1-5)      CLASS         EXAMPLE
    1 - Super easy minigames Doctor Magnethands
    2 - Focus/Imagination storygames Dread
    3 - Mildly crunchy modern rpgs Apocalypse World
    4 - Moderately crunchy trad rpgs D&D
    5 - Highly crunchy crunchy rpgs SpaceMaster
    PS - There is no advertising on the site (aside from a link to my own Patreon, which in part helps support the site). Aside from signing up to prove you're not a bot, I don't care about your email address and I don't spam anyone.


  • I was about to go there and register... but FateLess was already in the archive, on the home page too! :D

    However I found a glitch... when I go to the GAMES page, clicking on the Filter By Initial is not working for the "F" letter which says Access Denied.
  • I was about to go there and register... but FateLess was already in the archive, on the home page too! :D

    However I found a glitch... when I go to the GAMES page, clicking on the Filter By Initial is not working for the "F" letter which says Access Denied.
  • @Hasimir! I just happened to have added FateLess a few hours ago! Synchronicity!
    Thank you for reporting the problem on the "F" page. It has been fixed.

  • edited December 2016
    UPDATE: Due to the frequency of spambot accounts, I have installed a module on Fictioneers.net that automatically deletes your account if you have not commented or posted a game within 30 days of registering.

    I also created a way to exempt individual accounts from auto-deletion. I filtered out all the people whose usernames I recognized, but some of you here may have been affected. If your account is still there right now, you're good. If your account no longer exists, you'll have to create it again. You can get exempted from auto-deletion in the future by posting something, or by using the Contact form to prove you are a real person. :-)

    Apologies for any inconvenience, but the spam accounts were out of control!

  • Nice work, Tod!
  • edited December 2016
    @Aslf
    I'm not sure if you have seen my post called: Please help me figure out which games to keep and which to get rid of :)
    But I'm having Story Gamers rate some of my games using Fictioneers rating system. These games will be added to Fictioneers and I will probably have Story Gamers help me do a huge list of hundreds to add to Fictioneers; I think it is a super helpful resource but it needs a bigger library. Anyway, I was wondering what you thought about making a new category under the GM heading; it would have GM (i.e. Yes), Mixed, and GMless (i.e. No). I'm not sure how much work this would take on your part or if you think it is worth the trouble, but I thought I would suggest the idea :) Thanks :)


  • Hey Jeff -- I've read your thread with interest. The GM question is binary (to be precise: "Is a single person designated as the GM?") so my assumption was that a game with a shared GM role would be a "no". I do see the point, however, and the fact that you asked the question means my intention may not have been as clear as I thought. But (here's the but) if I were to add a "mixed" value, I'd have to go through the database again and separate those games from the "no"s. It's doable, though a lower priority than adding new game listings in general.

  • Hey Jeff -- I've read your thread with interest. The GM question is binary (to be precise: "Is a single person designated as the GM?") so my assumption was that a game with a shared GM role would be a "no". I do see the point, however, and the fact that you asked the question means my intention may not have been as clear as I thought. But (here's the but) if I were to add a "mixed" value, I'd have to go through the database again and separate those games from the "no"s. It's doable, though a lower priority than adding new game listings in general.
    Cool, I will reframe my question so that I get an answer of either 'yes' or 'no' (i.e. GM or collaborative respectively) response when I create my post to have Story Gamers help me further build the library of games :) Thanks, Aslf :)
  • edited January 2017
    Happy new year, and welcome to my new experiment in crowdfunding...

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    FICTIONEERS.NET has a Patreon now. It's brand-new and it has no subscribers yet :-(
    The site is a labor of love and I'd like to keep it non-advertiser-supported (actually that's true of all my sites). You can help by contributing just $1 a month, and join in discussions on the Patreon Blog about upcoming site features and expansions. Think about it, huh? You can always unjoin at any time.

    The Fictioneers Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/fictioneers

  • Nice, Tod!

    If you're reading this, Tod (AsIf) produces a lot of quality material - and regularly - and Fictioneers is definitely worth supporting. Check it out!
  • UPDATE: This weekend I added an SEO module to the Fictioneers.net website. In theory, this should make it even easier for people to find specific games by title or author's name, when searching via Google or any other search engine. Might be 30 days before we start seeing the results in traffic, but it should be worth it.

  • Haven't been a lot of updates lately, but I did add a "Game Type" selector to the listings page at http://fictioneers.net/games

    Now you can filter for "Roleplaying Game", "Collaborative Story", "Powered by the Apocalypse", or any combination thereof.

    It appears that I don't have enough PbtA games listed. Anybody wanna stick some more in there, please go ahead!

  • edited April 2017
    @Aslf
    What about games that aren't out yet like Ben's Follow or the upcoming PbtA game The Sword, the Crown, and the Unspeakable Power? I was thinking of adding some stuff but realized some of it wasn't out yet; what do you think?
  • (Tod, I'm going to assume you're familiar with this, but just in case you aren't... here it is: apocalypse-world.com/pbta/)
  • @Jeff_B_Slater I don't really see a lot of point behind inputting games that aren't out yet, as the site is intended to provide a download link. But when they're ready, by all means!

    @Paul_T I hadn't seen that page before. Looks like all the games there are "Buy Now" links? I've seen another resource for PbtA games that's a massive spreadsheet on google docs, it includes many that are free.

  • edited May 2017
    Aslf, you have games that go to buy now links on the site (Fiasco for example). I think that's what's causing the confusion. Are all the games supposed to be download links for free-to-play games?
  • There's no confusion. In the long run, the site should be a comprehensive listing of all published indie games currently available, paid or not. But in the short run I have a preference for free games, because so do a lot of other people.

    (That long run, btw, is impossible, but something to aim for!)

  • edited May 2017
    AsIf said:

    There's no confusion. In the long run, the site should be a comprehensive listing of all published indie games currently available, paid or not. But in the short run I have a preference for free games, because so do a lot of other people.

    (That long run, btw, is impossible, but something to aim for!)

    So, it's fine to add either, but free stuff is preferable as of now, got it. :smile: I was personally confused regarding what you were after.

    BTW here is the Google Doc Spreadsheet with all the free PbtA games on it if anyone wants to start adding those:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1whsN3C5e31CZfo8hqlJbiKTPBX9kkCDSEG_An9FlP5s/htmlview

    I will add some of the free games I'm into today. Thanks for clearing everything up for me, Tod :smile:
  • Awesome! Thanks for your public personhood, Jeff!

  • edited May 2017
    AsIf said:

    Haven't been a lot of updates lately, but I did add a "Game Type" selector to the listings page at http://fictioneers.net/games

    Now you can filter for "Roleplaying Game", "Collaborative Story", "Powered by the Apocalypse", or any combination thereof....

    Tod, how much of a pain would it be to have a new filter for "free" or "commercial"? I know it would be a pain to redo all of the games with "free" or "commercial" but with some help it might be worth it—perhaps crowd source the work? Anyway, I just thought it would be cool. Just a thought :smile:
  • Thanks, that's a great idea. I'm thinking about doing it. Lacking the time to go through all the existing entries right now, however, I'd have to make the default "unstated" and then update them individually as time permits.

  • It is done. The game entry form now has a "Free?" checkbox. Thanks for the suggestion Jeff!

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