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The Story Machine

October 28, 2012 — Leave a comment

For NaNoWriMo this year I’ve created a set of inspirations and goals to help me write; it is my Story Machine.

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A really fun and insightful look at RPGs, today and in the past. Made me want to write up my introduction to gaming…

‘“There is something fundamental to the D&D role-playing game that answers a need for people,” said Mike Mearls, senior manager of Dungeons & Dragons research and development — that need being telling your own heroic story.’ The only person I know who approached the game like that was a pain to play with. We create *our* story, and collaborate while doing so. I may be reading into this, but TRPGs being social games is really important to me.

“Our game focuses on story. We don’t really use dice, or grids, or like… rule.”

An addendum to the Escapist Magazines article series. Maybe I should go read them…

This is a digest/rebuttal to the Escapist Magazine articles about the state of D&D.

I have spent too much time playing with Gallery. I think I am getting the hang of it, but for a while I was overwhelmed by the diverse experiences from my group of friends. I think I am gonna step back and work on my installation, and finish migrating my Flickr photos over.

Quick note: Whatever is my favorite song of the moment. My body vibrates when I listen to it.

Today I went back to Half Price Books after I found their clearance section. I was already in love with the place, but I found some old AD&D books for $2 a piece, and I couldn’t help myself.

Last week I picked up The Complete Wizard’s Handbook. Last night I picked up The Complete Book of Villains, Monster Mythology, and the AD&D Tome of Magic. All for under $10!

I also picked up NYC Mech #1. I had high hopes for it after reading the first couple of pages, but it went downhill from there. It isn’t that the story isn’t interesting. Rather, each panel is given so much detail that I end up distracted by what is going on, having to spend effort focusing between dialog and action. A larger book format, or simply more time with each panel would have really boosted this title. At any rate I will pick up the second book if I can find it. I try to see the pace and tone set up in the first two issues/episodes/tracks/etc. of any series. Considering that the comic is over three years old doesn’t make it likely, but I do find ways to complete such things.

The reason I am collecting these titles is for research—honest. I draw a tremendous inspiration from the flavor behind the rules, and I am now fleshing out two large worlds, alternating between a cyberpunk future and an anime high-fantasy setting. I will, of course, be discussing more about that later.

Anyhow, I am going to mess around with this theme for a bit and then crash. Tomorrow is graffiti-day! ^_^