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52 25 word story contests for 2015.

Posted by Jason Tagmire on

In 2015 we're going to be running weekly contests. They are REALLY QUICK and  REALLY FUN. Writer Gaetan Pappalardo (Edutopia.com writer / author of Louie Licks and the Wicked Snakes) contributed the 25 Word Stories act writing challenge to our Storyteller Manual and it's been a favorite ever since.  The restrictions are wonderful and can get you going for a larger bigger story. It's a great exercise for writers, and works perfectly with the Storyteller Cards.Here's an example by Gaetan: And for fans of reality and fantasy, we'll be running two separate contests each week. One for a random Storyteller Card and...

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Pretense - A game that lasts the entire game night.

Posted by Jason Tagmire on

I've always wanted to do something weird. Well, not just something generally weird (yes, that too)... but instead I've had the specifically odd concept of creating a game that plays during other games, or even alongside other games. It's not the most original idea, but it's always been a challenge that I wanted to tackle. I've thought of games where you do things in-between turns and in-between other games, but nothing ever felt natural. And I think the key to a weird idea is making it look and feel more natural.  Pretense is an extension of the "game that you play...

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Something From Nothing: Episode 34 with Jonathan Gilmour

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We're just wrapped up the 34th episode of Something From Nothing (my 5th episode as a co-host!), and it was a lot of fun. We had special guest Jonathan Gilmour, who you may know from South Park's Dead of Winter, as well as the usual cast of myself, TC Petty III, Jason Slingerland and Chevee Dodd. Tonight's discussion hovered around big moments in gaming, building expansions off of existing framework, strategy in social gaming, text adventure games, and much more. We end with a designer Q&A lightning round, which is always fun.Check out the episode below and you can tune in live on Google...

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It's beginning to look a lot like... Unpub prep time!

Posted by Jason Tagmire on

It's that time of year again. Christmas is this week, yes, but Unpub is about 9 weeks away! EEEEEEK! That's single digit weeks, minus 2 or so for prototyping and dealing with printing issues. (This time every year I have issues keeping ink in my printer). But most importantly it means it's nearing time to settle on some designs. WHAT DO I BRING?!? I'm kind of stumped. I have a few things I'm working on, but I'm mostly working on existing games as usual. The Unidentified Licensed Project takes up a good portion of my week. I've been testing almost...

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Congress of Gamers casts its spell on me

Posted by Jason Tagmire on

If there's a convention that I've sworn off, it's Congress of Gamers. It's not even the convention's fault or anyone involved with it. It's simply that it's an expensive drive, at almost $35 in tolls for a 6 hour round trip. Mix that with the traffic ticket that I received in the mail last year, and add the rest stop $3 ATM fee because I THOUGHT $30.00 cash would cover all tolls... and you've got one unhappy Congress member.But what brings me back each year is the Unpub room. This is a small convention, with an even smaller Unpub room. I've barely...

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