DayTrippers: 75% OSR

I was asked to explain how DayTrippers – with its collaborative interpretive action resolution system and narrative arc model – can be considered “OSR”. Certainly those things don’t sound very “old-school”. Indeed, the action resolution system in DayTrippers is based on a Narrativist technique, and the whole idea of working within a narrative arc is

Spellcasting Critical Failures

Fantasy Roleplayers: 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.

DayTrippers Website Launched

It’s official – the DayTrippers website now takes up virtual space on the interwebs. Right now it’s basically a listing of all books and supplemental products available in the line, but coming soon – downloads, hacks, updates, maybe even a forum. Check it out, roleplayers! http://daytrippersrpg.com/

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

ScenePlay enters Beta Testing

ScenePlay is a card-based collaborative narrative game that creates movie and tv stories. It’s one of my latest obsessions. ScenePlay Version 0.13 is a beta test document, which has been released to all members of the As If Collective for edification, playtesting and feedback. Support As If Productions and assorted AIP projects on Patreon:

Roleplaying Games – Where’s the Art?

Over at Coming Out of the Basement, Jack Stephenson-Carr is engaging in an in-depth analysis of the question (and the assumptions behind the question): “Are Roleplaying Games Art?” Here’s my take on it. Certainly they are, if they convey meaning. But they’re not guaranteed to do that, because there’s a lot of subjectivity involved. As