- Your train terminates unexpectedly at Crewe. You get another train, which promises to get to your destination, but after an hour travelling through the dark you arrive back in Crewe again. The next train does the same, and the one after. There are no exits from the station, just more platforms, more trains glistening wetly in the rain.
- The train stops in the tunnel and the lights go off. This happens every day, and every day, as you sit in the darkness, you can hear… scraping sounds on the roof of the train. Chitterings. Once, something banged into the window right behind you, and you heard a feral cry. You pretended not to notice. You all pretend not to notice.
Monday, 9 November 2015
This may give you some context for what follows: Regional Gothic meme.
Sunday, 2 August 2015
Saturday, 13 June 2015
OMUK are veterans of voice recording for video games. Based in London and founded in 1996, they have recorded voice for more than 600 games, including The Witcher, The Book of Unwritten Tales, and Telltale Game's Game of Thrones. So when I and a dozen other indie game developers were invited to an evening at their studio I was surprised to discover how small an outfit they are.
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
LShift, which is not a games company, to my new life as an indie game developer.
Monday, 19 January 2015
|My own work. Source images: This lab coat from|
Gentleman's Emporium, used with permission, and
this magnet, used under licence.
I was asked to run Doctor Magnethands for a friend's stag party by the best man. He sent around an email which pitched the game as Jon (the stag) trying to rescue his kidnapped bride-to-be and the rest of us trying to stop him. That's a little different from the original game. In fact, it is inverted - instead of a single GM (Doctor Magnethands) presenting challenges for the rest of the group to overcome, it is one player overcoming challenges set by the rest of the group. Here is how I made it work.
Thursday, 29 May 2014
Copyright Dyson Logos. Used under these terms.
First of all, I would like to thank Eero Tuovinen for his writing on this topic, and in answering the questions I posed to him.
There are many different views on what OSR means. What follows is just a description of the kind of game that I mean when I say "OSR".
Saturday, 17 May 2014
The Owl, from Lady Blackbird
What is a Patreon, you say? Patreon is a crowdfunding platform. Unlike Kickstarter, which is about getting a big pile of capital for a single project, Patreon allows you to pledge some money - $1, $5, $100 - to the creator, every time they release something. You do this because you trust that you will enjoy and appreciate most things this author creates, or just because you want to support them. You can cap your monthly payments, so if the author goes on a publishing spree and makes ten things in one month, you don't pay loads of money unexpectedly.