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  • I like "mini-series" and its relationship to TV shows.
  • Monsters : Publishers / Lawyers / Venue Owners Traps : Contracts Treasure : Fans Fighter : Drummer Thief : Guitarist Wizard : Keys Cleric : Vocalist (Multiclass works especially well with this translation...) I'd pair them differently. I'd go with …
  • Jerks Addictions Happiness Patient Co-depend Artist Therapist
  • Microscope What it's about: A fractal game about colaboratively creating all flavors of Histories in a non-linear way. Round after round, you keep building onto what the group has already established. That allows you to explore whatever part of the…
  • Because I enjoy immensely the high of creating cool stuff on the run. Because I got really burned with having to previously prepare tons of stuff and having people practically not care at all. Because I really like creating collaboratively and hav…
  • As a GM, I usually stand up while "performing". I also like having an eagle's eye point of view of the table, being able to see the sheets, dice and stuff. I don't really mind if other players stand too. Next time I'm a player (not a GM) in an all-s…
  • Leyend of Zelda as a western. youtu.be/UunpCv7kKHw youtu.be/BkdFB3v9IXA youtu.be/rv1IKPCHg1c What game would you use for this? (I know I'd use this as a soundtrack.)
  • The handle of a broken ancient sword, corroded and covered in what appears to be dried blood. An airport locker key with the number scratched off. A small bamboo fan with far-east looking signs on it (which do not seem to be either Chinese, Japanese…
  • This is hardcore. I just have to say I love living in the future. n_n
  • Skeletons remain animated, no mater how much you hit, slash or pierce them. The only way to stop them is to completely distroy their spine. (They still remain "animated" afterwards, though.) The Valley of the Lost is one of the most infamous sites…
  • For a system, I'm thinking a light variaton of John Harper's The Wildlings might be interesting. (Say, "roll 1d6, and depending on how high choose either 1, 2 or 3 possible outcomes from this list".) As a disclaimer of sorts, I have no idea (and no…
  • Posted By: Simon PetterssonThe Salgan al Sol forum gives me hope, though. Maybe I'll go there and write an original story game in Spanish myself (though my Spanish is still pretty terrible, it'd be a great exercise)! There are several members who sp…
  • There is a Spanish speaking rpg design forum called Salgan al Sol. We have our very own Game Chef inspired yearly contest (called El Rolero de Hierro), and some people have been designing several interesting projects. Unfortunately, most games are …
  • Posted By: McdaldnoSo one session, she shows up wearing scavenged animal furs and smeared in rag-paste. The smell was atrocious, right? So we asked her, politely, to find a different way of getting into character. You pussies. The Apocalypse doesn't…
  • Do not try to find the key — that's impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth: there is no key.
  • And if we are self-promoting in here... It is still an early ashcan (and it still has a long way to go before calling it "done"), but I specifically designed my 2011 Game Chef entry for 2P romantic comedy: The Faerie Court
  • Not a TV show, but I felt really satisfied with how the Harry Potter books ended. Yeah, not the best books (narratively speaking) and the ending was awefully predictable and stereotypical. And yet, I left the last book with this "this is how it was …
  • Wil Wheaton briefly speaks about role playing games, inspiration and Lovercraft. I want to reccomend him to check out Graham's Cthulhu Dark, but I wouldn't know where to start.
  • Also there's the fact that the designer has probably played the game a bazillion more times than most people. That does give him something of an advantage when speaking about said game.
  • [Insp vs. Imit 3] Posted By: Ben LehmanWhat she says, while important, does not apply to game design, which has it's own laws (or lack thereof) and professional courtesies (or lack thereof.) You kind of lost me in there. I read it and I think that …
  • Helping -> Hindering It's a race of sorts. The characters are abducted by misterious entities and made to compete against each other. At first, they (being no real enemies) start helping each other, but as the race progresses, it becomes clear t…
  • Inspiration vs. Imitation, by Jessica Hische A must read for aspiring artists (or designers, for that matter).
  • Posted By: John HarperThe alternative is everyone keeping all that in their head and hoping we don't forget key details. The map on the table means all that stuffactually gets used in play(marked up to hell and gone as we go). That's why it's awesom…
  • Posted By: C. EdwardsThere's also the Indiana Jones MacGuffin, where taking the MacG sets all kinds of badness in motion within the dungeon. It makes it much harder to get out then it was to get in. Or the "one way door". Sure, the McGuffin was in r…
  • Posted By: jeffrMy personal favorite, back in the day, was the Carytid Column. Having something that could challenge but not overwhelm low-level parties and still be flavor-appropriate for 'ancient ruins abandoned for decades', without the actively…
  • I always liked the concept of crawling claws. In theory they sounded very creepy and cool to me. In practice, their stats are so patetic that even your average 1 lvl party can easily defeat a large bunch of them without taking a sweat (which defeat…
  • Posted By: johnzoFave older vintage? Carrion crawler. In Moldvay they don't do any damage, they just paralyze, so Eleven-Year-Old-Me was like WTF with this wimpy useless monster? But then I did a school project about paralyzing wasps and suddenly …
  • Quicksilver Dragon! It both was and wasn't a metallic dragon. It was good, but non-reliable. Mischevous, yet wise. And imagining a dragon made out of mercury is so damn cool!
  • I had participated in other contests before, but this was the first one I wrote that wasn't in my first language. That was a lot of added difficulty and satisfaction. And somehow the fact that it was Shakespeare made it very appropriate. I did strug…
  • Posted By: CnephPerhaps a Key of Greed, where you mark XP when you Claim a treasure, any treasure. Heh! And you made me remember those Nodwick dudes, making the poor henchman carry back huge statues, piles of junk and stuff.
  • [Trad vs. Indie 2] And you should see the interesting talk there is about this over Google+ already.
  • Posted By: Eero TuovinenConsistency begets pattern; difference begets contrast; having both at once is harmony. Pattern without contrast is redundant, contrast without pattern is chaotic. Use external patterns to group together things that are inte…
  • (Damn! Sorry, everyone. My bad... Originally I didn't mean to write "forget"; I was thinking "forgive", but I didn't catch on my own freudian slip. Probably because English is not my first language. But it did made for an interesting twist.) Always…
  • I remember dad standing firmly in front of mom. "Don't touch her, dad. Don't even dare touching her." My mom seemed so helpless, so vulnerable, so sad... "That... thing... woman... whatever she is. She stole you from me, from us. She charmed you,…
  • Wow! I missed this discussion too... And I was around when the original ¡Muy Macho! thing started. Now, funny thing is I was explicitly alienated from it by the mere fact that I speak Spanish. No, really. Go back and read the original thing. I hav…
  • Mom gets inside, and we all follow. The cabin was once a cozy and familiar place. A place of rest, joy and happiness. But the good old days are long gone. The place stands strong, but the dust has settled all over the place. The furniture is half …
  • They look like those weird doodles Sadie used to draw in her notepad all the time. Mom is trying to be polite, but the evening is taking its toll on her. Grandpa, on the other hand, has this focused and weird expression on his face. I have never se…
  • I always wanted to play a Transmuter. I never got quite the chance to play one. That would rock. (Given the choices, I'd go with 3rd Ed. Those specialists are more flexible, yet cool.)
  • Posted By: Ice Cream EmperorEdit: As for presentation, yeah, what he said. I work with InDesign at my job so there's just no way my subconscious will allow me to do a completely slapdash layout job, even if consciously I am like 'you are in a hurry,…
  • Posted By: Wilhelm[...] I even noticed a few none-native-English-speakers like myself, I am extra curious of how their games came out (if you know of any please point them out for me). Here's one of them. I'm Damián Fraustro, I'm from Mexico and m…
  • Posted By: WordmanRefried beans (for some reason, a tall order in some parts of the world. I don't know why.) If you can get your hands on some refried beans, you can make this: Enfrijoladas 1. Fry some corn tortillas (they must be soft, not crunch…
  • Huevos Rancheros (Rancher Eggs) 1. In a pan, fry some corn tortillas (only for 30 to 45 seconds per side per tortilla in really hot oil, you want it soft, not crunchy). (2 per portion) 2. In the same pan, make some sunny side up eggs. (1 per portion…
  • (True Mexican) Guacamole 1. Mash 1 or 2 avocados. (You could blend, but a manual mashing gives you a better texture.) 2. Add 1/4 onion and a couple of garlic cloves, finely minced. 3. Mince and mix some fresh green chilis to taste. (Use canned jalap…
  • In The One (2001), there's this fight where bad Jet Li is kicking good Jet Li's ass with a hard and direct fighting style, which the good Jet Li is (unsuccessfully) trying to mimic. Then after the good Jet Li almost dies, he stands up and switches i…
  • Breaking the Ice and its web of words is one of my favorites. It feels so organic and natural, and yet it somehow always manages to surprise you.
  • When a character says "what could possibly go wrong?", he'll automatically fail spectacularly his next roll. When a character says "I have a bad feeling about this", that character will be the only one unaffected by an incoming disaster. When a char…
  • Posted By: jenskotIn the meantime, here is a useful and easy book on Usability Testing:Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems I immediately ordered that one on Amazon. I'm currently reading it and…
  • A blood-stained cloak of expensive purple silk. A very beautiful sword made entirely of (mundane) glass. A couple of clay tablets with some ancient writings in it. It appears they come from a set of 3. A small chest with a fang inside of it. A sm…