Call for Community Content Contributors (The Secret Stacks)

Become a Librarian in the Secret Stacks Thought Police is preparing to launch a DriveThruRPG community content program (“The Secret Stacks”), allowing fans and independent designers to create material for all of our released products. We need some seed material from the gaming community for starter titles. That is where you come in! RPG and … Read moreCall for Community Content Contributors (The Secret Stacks)

What is a Solo Toolkit? Story Engines Let You Play RPGs Alone

Have you asked, “Can I a play tabletop RPG alone?” The answer is an emphatic YES! Solo roleplaying games and solo play tools were already rising in popularity in recent years. With the advent of COVID, along with other factors, interest in playing RPGs alone has skyrocketed. But it is still new to a lot of … Read moreWhat is a Solo Toolkit? Story Engines Let You Play RPGs Alone

Hot Take: Mathematical “elegance” is overrated (RPG Design)

I realize I am tossing a hot iron in the room here (because some folks love the very thing I’m about to dog on), but: Thesis: Mathematical “elegance” and transparent percentage probabilities are fun intellectual exercises but bad RPG design. Arguments: People are terrible at percentage probabilities and statistics, on par. Even for people who are good … Read moreHot Take: Mathematical “elegance” is overrated (RPG Design)

What is Solo Roleplaying? (MSE Excerpt)

[based on an excerpt from the Motif Story Engine; additional text for this article] “Solo play” (or “solo roleplaying] is just what it sounds like. It allows people to play their favorite RPG or storygame alone without the need for someone else to play the moderator. People are increasingly looking for solo, one person RPGs. “Do … Read moreWhat is Solo Roleplaying? (MSE Excerpt)