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Game Design: Spellcasting Critical Failures

Show your magic-users some negative love! This table produces dramatic results for critical spellcasting failures in a world where the power of magic can actually harm you - even kill you - if it gets out of your control . [download PDF]


Game Design: DayTrippers GameMasters Guide Now Available

IT'S OUT IN THE WILD! The DayTrippers GameMasters Guide is available now in PDF format. Get ready for the next level of Auteur GameMastering: an infinite variety of surreal science fiction tales are waiting to emerge at your table.

Psychic Content.
Oracular Prep.
Narrative Resolution.
Vertical Control.
High Bleed.
You've played like this before, but you've never seen rules for it.

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Game Design: The Difference between Narrative and Story - now in PDF format

My three-part blog/essay on The Difference between Narrative and Story is now available in PDF format. Much easier to read. Here it is.


Game Design: DayTrippers Core Rules Update

Version 1.3 of the DayTrippers Core Rules is now available in PDF. This version includes new rules for collaborative "GM-Lite" play, as well as new information on SlipShips, Technology and Companies in the world of DayTrippers. Designed for full compatibility with the soon-to-be-released DayTrippers GameMaster Guide, this update is a vital one for all DT players.

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Game Design: DayTrippers GameMasters Guide - Now Seeking Reviewers and Playtesters

DayTrippers is an OSR-style roleplaying game set in a surrealistic near-future science-fiction multiverse, in which an assortment of colorful character classes pilot unique machines into dream worlds and pocket universes to retrieve items of value and bring them back home. The setting was inspired by the surrealistic fiction of Moebius, Moorcock, Rucker, Weinbaum, Heinlein, Vance, and other masters of weirdness.

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Game Design: March goes out like a rain of Falling Spaceship Parts

As we approach the final release version of the DayTrippers GameMasters Guide, little mechanical bits are falling off like parts from the Serenity!

Members of the As If Collective via Patreon have been sprinkled in DayTrippers subsystems lately, from alien worldbuilding tools to narrative engineering aides and adventure worksheets.

Some of these sections will make it into the final game, in current or modified form. Some will be released to the wild, to enter the Darwinian struggle of dynamic semiotic survival. Either way, Patrons get them for free, don'tcha know.

Click here to become part of the collective.

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Game Design: Progressive Character Generation

In books and movies, it’s rare to know the entire history of a character before the actual plot begins. In fact, in many books and movies, the only backstory you ever get occurs in flashbacks, after you’re familiar with the character on a more pedestrian level.

The DayTrippers campaign is fine with that. It’s all well and good to expect the Players to create the important aspects of their own characters’ pasts, but it’s entirely another thing to put them on the spot, forcing them to marry themselves to a character concept they haven’t even spent any time playing yet.

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