Avoiding Average Proficiency

Submitted by Dusty on Wed, 02/17/2010 - 15:02

One of the issues I've come across in various games is the disuse of average skills. Players generally prefer to use their best skills. The reason is fairly obvious, players want to succeed at what they are doing and so they attempt to solve problems using the skills they are good at.

This habit can lead to a bunch of unused or rarely used skills. While this might lead to a good simulation of a character's actual abilities I feel that it is generally unnecessary to have all those extra skills.

Campaign Ideas (Part 1)

Submitted by Dusty on Fri, 02/12/2010 - 23:53

PTA has caused me to think of all sorts of season ideas, it has really started a fire in my creativity. I'm probably going to continue post my different campaign ideas to help me remember them and maybe somebody else will like them too.

A new human colony on a new planet is the beginning of a new chapter in human history. However this momentous occasion is shattered when the colony suddenly loses contact with Earth and is attacked by strange alien invaders.

Roleplaying, Scenes, and Primetime Adventures (Part III)

Submitted by Dusty on Wed, 02/10/2010 - 15:53

Out of all the things in in Primetime Adventures the rotating player determined scenes are my favorite. It is something that seems so simple, you just go around the table calling out scenes, but it is very powerful. Out of everything in PTA it is the mechanic that I am most likely to port to other games that I play.

It puts in the hands of the players the decision of what happens next. This sort of rotating scene framing seems like a magic bullet which cuts directly to things that matter. Instead of asking "What do you do?" the question changes and becomes "What is happening?"

Roleplaying, Scenes, and Primetime Adventures (Part II)

Submitted by Dusty on Tue, 02/09/2010 - 13:11

Reading through Primetime Adventures is a strange experience for me. My mind is still deconstructing it but ideas come unbidden to the top of my mind. These are stories that I never would have thought to tell. Yet somehow PTA makes me want to play them.

Again, I'll post more thoughts about PTA as they come to me.

PTA Season Ideas

The ancient Chinese martial artist Wei has finally taken on new pupils. Well he be able to teach them about martial arts and life or will they fall down the wrong path like his last apprentice.

Roleplaying, Scenes, and Primetime Adventures (Part I)

Submitted by Dusty on Mon, 02/08/2010 - 18:52

In the last couple of games I played the main problem that I was having was game pacing. One session was mostly undirected with the players not having any idea of where to go. The second session had the same sort of problem, the players were faced with a puzzle that they didn't know how to solve. This lead to a long discussion between players and took a very long time because they even tried to do something about it.

Code 2 - Greatest Desire

Submitted by Dusty on Mon, 01/25/2010 - 08:19

Blood. Blood strained the otherwise white pants like a Roastank blot.

“Come out come out wherever you are.” The sing-song voice drifted closer and closer.

“I’m growing tired of this.” Came the second voice. Bright blinding light filled the dark alley and Rhett was forced to scrambled away, knocking over a garbage can as he went.


Submitted by Dusty on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 10:08

I've been recently enticed by the new features and syntax of HTML 5. Because of this I decided to convert my Drupal theme into HTML 5. It is still not complete but many of the basic changes have been made.

I tested the new version on Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. It should work on IE but since I don't use windows it is a little hard to check. However I really don't get much traffic (except from me) so I'm not too concerned about it not working for IE.

I hope to add some interesting HTML 5 tests to my website in the future as I try out the different technology.

iTunes App Store and Book Updates

Submitted by Dusty on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 09:07

There has been a lot of talk recently about the tablet that Apple may or may not be releasing on Jan 27th. One of the things that is speculated to be on the tablet is digital books which can be purchased like apps and music can be now. However I'm not here to speculate over what features the tablet might have, (others are doing a fine job of that) I just wanted to make a comment about benefits that digital books can have over physical ones.