New Tome of Sou…

New Tome of Souls up at Difficult-Terrain! Discussing the building blocks of role play…

Tome of Souls Codex 1:2

“Debate aplenty has been spent and even blood spilt over the nature of man, the influence of his blood versus the circumstances of his life in his moral shaping, and the touch of gods and fate on what burns in his soul.”

– Tome of Souls, Codex 1 pt. 2 – Jareminkle the Elders “Elements of Character”


If the role playing aspect of a tabletop RPG is something additional to the game aspect (otherwise it would just be called a “G”), what are its equivalents to stats like strength, intelligence, and even skills and abilities? What are the building blocks of role playing and how are they quantified, if that can be done?

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The Framers Were Gamers

The Framers Were Gamers

Here’s a Gamasutra blog post from a couple years back examining the US Constitution as a game design document. It was featured by the editors for the day, and I’ve recently proposed it as the theme for an hour talk at this year’s Game Developers Conference Online. Looking to have some fun for that with a road trip from Boston to DC to conduct primary research and get pics and vids to support the presentation with historical background materials.