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20 April, 2016

Go buy March of the Living
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 11:08 AM

My very good friend Dave “over00″ Toulouse released his latest game today: March of the Living.

The short version: It’s FTL on Earth with zombies. That should excite you enough, but I’ll go into a bit more about why the game is amazing.
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19 April, 2016

Why tabletop RPGs are great
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 2:31 PM

I’ve written three previous posts about my history of with tabletop RPGs. I wanted to give some context for this post, where I explain why I think tabletop RPGs have made me a better game designer.

And, I think they have a lot of great design lessons for any aspiring game designer as well.
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18 April, 2016

A life outside of work is not a sin
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 10:41 AM

I’m Interrupting my series of posts about tabletop RPGs to post on a topic that is generating some buzz.

Once again, the issue of work conditions in the game industry has come up in discussions. And once again, we see some poor soul trying to defend the status quo, explaining that the industry is fine and nothing needs to change at all and that game developers who “can’t love all 80 hours/week of it” shouldn’t even be in the industry.

Yeah, someone actually wrote an article saying that. So, let me work to counter some of this toxic ideology and explain why life outside of work is fine.
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17 April, 2016

Tabletop RPGs, I am now an adult playing “let’s pretend”
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 1:14 PM

Yesterday I wrote about my college years, and today I’ll write about my adult life and experience with tabletop RPGs.

It’s probably going to come as little surprise that a gaming nerd like me, who became a professional computer game developer, still enjoys tabletop gaming.
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16 April, 2016

Tabletop RPGs, the college years
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 5:16 PM

Yesterday I went over the early years of tabletop RPGs, where I had a forbidden love in the form of D&D.

Now, let’s see what happens when our brave hero leaves home and enters university.

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15 April, 2016

I am a tabletop RPG aficionado
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:44 PM

One of my big passions is tabletop gaming. It has been a significant part of my gaming life and career, even if I’ve never directly developed a tabletop game. Well, yet, at least. :)

Let me take you on a little journey and talk about what tabletop RPGs mean to me.
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14 April, 2016

What does it mean to think like a game designer?

One of the projects I mentioned yesterday is a book I’m tentatively calling “Thinking Like a Game Designer”. It’s an idea I’ve been kicking around for a while, and how seems like a good time to pick up my old notes and organize them into something coherent.

Let me talk a bit about my thoughts for this project.
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13 April, 2016

On to my next adventure: looking for work!
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 3:50 PM

I’ll keep the news brief: City State Entertainment and I have parted ways. That’s all I want to say about this; any further questions will be politely ignored.

So, what now?
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1 April, 2016

Announcing my latest business venture: RetroVR!
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:34 AM

I like to think that I have my hand solidly on the pulse of what is hot in gaming. So I says to myself, “Self, what is hot right now?”

The answer may surprise you!
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