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  • The best way to figure out how often the vampire feeds and what their needs are is: start by asking the player questions and building upon the answers you're given, and from there use your agenda & principles to push the game in interesting and …
  • On the same note and whilst I have you here... the two stat-lines for the ghoul model two different aspects of the ghoul concept, but I presume that the game's intention is that these can be altered if required. Instead of [HT-1, CD+2, VT-1, DK+1], …
  • Hey, I wrote Monsterhearts 2. Here's the deal with The Ghoul: The Ghoul that was written in the first edition had a frequent problem, which is that it was extremely hard to maintain any sort of tempo with regards to intensity. Once you hit the plac…
  • Final complication, linked to the first: This shit is basically BORING and the opposite of play. Invite a newbie to what you promise will be a fun and exciting game, and start off by spending an hour talking about social contracts and shared creati…
  • Having already played M♥ straight, I'd totally be down to do a satirical short game with THE KAIJU. I'd want other people playing equally gonzo skins, though. Any recommendations? Jackson Tegu's Second Skins project includes nine joke skins. Many …
  • And to relate those ideas back to Fiasco: I don't see anything inherent in the game structure to steer players away from kicking down and toward punching up. I also don't have the book in front of me, and so maybe am entirely forgetting things. Act…
  • Paul T, It's a social justice concept, I see it getting used in a weird smattering of contexts (in discussing stand-up comedy, in politics, elsewhere). In essence: you can choose to punch up (at oppressors, at dominant narratives, at those in powe…
  • I'm slowly learning that "You can do whatever you want, so obviously it is inclusive" really misses the mark if your goal is, in fact, inclusion. I don't think I'm History's Greatest Monster in this regard but obviously I can do better. Particularly…
  • A personal tragedy that hits very close to home isn’t exactly everyone’s idea of a good time; it depends on the group and the situation. I’ve had some great games that dragged a lot of the cobwebs out from the heart’s deepest chambers. Where we all …
  • "But I am a cheerleader" Oh my god if that's not a session of Fiasco then I don't know what is.
  • But of course, Jason, you don't have to play them that way. That's the beauty of it. Yes, you can elect to play queer characters regardless of what playset you choose. Jason decided not to include a rule that says "No gay characters allowed." Stok…
  • The situation: I'm in a fb group, "gaygeeks" (pretty self-explanatory), which is organizing a camping. There is going to be some tabletop fun there, and I thought Fiasco could be a great game to run. Other queer games for you to check out: Hot Guys …
  • Gay and queer stuff is joyful. Fiasco is about crashing and burning in shame and regret. "Crashing and burning in shame and regret" sounds like many of my experiences of queer community. It's great that "gay and queer stuff" rests in a joyful conte…
  • I'm a really big fan of PWYW models that include a sliding scale (for example, "$5-15, depending on what you can afford") because they recognize that different people have different economic means. Sliding scale admission costs are a big part of que…
  • Take a friend's idea and collectively run with it. Play characters, ask questions, & create a story together. Respect boundaries. Have fun.
  • As applied to TQY, this advice might be phrased as: "find the place where the players disagree about the values and priorities of the community, and linger there." Although I might be totally off base. "Linger there" is a great phrase, and totally …
  • Maybe a short video of a group playing it. Doesn't need to be very long; just enough to indicate the tone and stance, really. I would love to see such a thing! The resources to do that well aren't easy for me to pull together at the moment. That w…
  • When reading the game or reviews of it online, I never would have thought of either of those things, SimCity or a poem. I mean, they aren't even in the ballpark of what my expectations were. If that pitch was in the book I certainly would have appro…
  • It's not a good game, is what I'm saying. So... am I missing something? Were we doing it wrong? Does anybody want to defend The Quiet Year? Hey Oren, I wrote The Quiet Year. It sounds like the game isn't right for you. When you say "staying sile…
  • I think that's actually the unspoken focus of the game already: if you want cooperation out of the players, you need their input. You can only get their input by Holding a Discussion. I like Scrape's thoughts here, maracanda. Part of the economy of…
  • You could also add a paragraph to the text you read about Contempt tokens, if you repeatedly notice this point of confusion. Maybe something like: "These tokens don't feed back into the mechanics of the game. Instead, they feed back into our social…
  • We played another session last week and had a cool but un-tested idea afterwards: using Contempt to determine some of the "bad event" cards that get drawn. Like, those Winter cards that cause projects to fail or important people to die. We thought a…
  • (The Zont link doesn't work.) It does for me. It's a zipped folder awaiting download.
  • @NathanBlack, that is beautiful.
  • when's the absolute final deadline in GMT? The absolute final deadline is 11:59pm on Sunday in Hawaii (UTC-10). I don't understand time zones super well, but I think that's 10am on Monday for you?
  • Now to write... without writing. Well, the theme is "there is no book," not necessarily "there are no words." Have words, by all means! Just think about how they are gathered, presented, and digested. Challenge the primacy of the book.
  • You've thrown quite the gauntlet. This is gonna be an interesting challenge. *cackles with nefarious glee* I've created a monnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnster!
  • THE GAME CHEF THEME AND INGREDIENTS ARE OFFICIALLY LIVE AT: game-chef.com
  • One game total. If you have the ability to participate in Polish Game Chef over English, I heartily suggest doing that. They're just starting out, and that extra participant will probably be a huge boon to the energy of the community. Furthermore, …
  • (And may actually be useful if Game Chef spreads further next year, but that's for a later time.) Awesome thought. I will put out a survey a week after Game Chef, asking for exactly this sort of feedback. Some things about Game Chef have been met…
  • Yeah, it's the most cheater definition of "Saturday" that I've ever heard. I mean, when the ingredients go live, it will technically be Saturday somewhere in the world, y'know?
  • The ingredients get revealed at 00:01am Saturday, Seoul time (UTC+9). I don't mean to hype your brains too hard, but, like, we're about twelve hours away from showtime. I wrote up posting guidelines for the Google+ Game Chef Community, viewable her…
  • I wrote a blog post on the Game Chef site about getting the most out of the competition: Try to Make a Mess.
  • I'll just have to make sure my ideas are extra grabby. Really, the much bigger thing is to make sure you've giving others thoughtful feedback. Reciprocity!
  • About idea-sharers, how much could a competitor rely on this kind of community kibitzing or is it meant to be very much The Cheese Stands Alone here? I think IceCreamEmperor's comments are realistic. You can rely on a spirit of mutual excitement, w…
  • Also, I'd like to take a moment to mention that submitting a finished game isn't the only way to get involved. You can join the Google+ community and be a thoughtful supporter and idea-sharer for people who are designing stuff. You can sign up (soon…
  • Hey all, Game Chef 2014 will definitely be international. The dates are fast approaching (May 10-18) and you can expect competitions to run simultaneously in French, Russian, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, and English. Those are the teams I have co…
  • I think you have some pretty serious cultural appropriation stuff going on when the skin is named Kitsune, but every suggested name is of European origin. No skin should have only European names. Every skin should have a diversity of implied racial …
  • Mcdaldno - Oh, totes - and that's reworking my view of it some. However, it seems like the Queer Enclave is the only one which has good intentions at all. So, the queer enclave has good intentions. No other communities are really presented by the te…
  • The main objections stemmed from the fact that the Queer Enclave seems to not have any negative light cast on it, the way other situations do. They want equality, growth, safety, and to show tenderness and love - whereas the other situations want so…
  • When they add you, they see your content (I think). If they've added you, posts you make public show up in their feed. And any posts you make where you include them in the "To:" bar (either by name or by circle) show up in their feed. Regardless of…
  • When you use the tokens to act selfishly, are they used in connection with one of the three normal actions (hold a discussion, discover something new, start a project) Yep! That's it. It's worth noting that Contempt doesn't get spent very often, in…
  • Which are the cartoon-based and non-sucky anthro-animal games? Golden Sky Stories is the anthro-animal one. Or maybe there are several.
  • This forum will see another great drop in site traffic. Digest-sized books will cease to be the indie publishing standard. New publishing technologies will make it just as easy to stage a successful release in other formats. Misogynist geek guy at…
  • Correctly Predicted Due To Being Smart For people who got lucky, aka the CAVALCADE OF CHAMPIONS Women designers and designers of colour will get more accolades. Partially this will be because there are awesome women & POC designers in our lit…
  • Your site is beautiful, the game ideas sound intriguing. I wish your Patreon had pictures of you, for some reason.
  • I got a trio of indie video games - something I've been wanting, something I'd have never bought for myself, and something I'd never heard of. What a great array!
  • Kiva is such a good choice for a Christmas gift!
  • I think Noam Rosen's S-G username is @dorkthoughts
  • It's been a couple of days and my gifts are unclaimed. .. never done one of these before, should I worry? No. Don't worry. It's a busy season.