Thoughts of a first-time larper

The past two days, I’ve been at Chaos League’s International Larp Festival, held primarily on Discord. Whilst I’ve played a lot of tabletop games, performed in immersive and interactive shows that cleave very close to larp, and have been getting into reading larp scripts and exploring larp design since the first lockdown, this weekend feltContinue reading “Thoughts of a first-time larper”

Getting comfortable with inflexibility

This morning, it occurred to me how a digital larp I’m making (about a haunted Teletext broadcast) is somewhat like a one-on-one show I made about 6 years ago (about my grandparents’ love for each other, my love for them, and what happened with that love after they died). Which might seem like a stretch.Continue reading “Getting comfortable with inflexibility”

Yes, and…but.

‘Yes, and…’ is an improv principle that seems largely beloved by the TTRPG community, often at the top of lists when people are discussing good practice for role-play. It’s generally held to encapsulate a kind of supportive attitude to building upon and running with others ideas – which, in itself, isn’t a bad thing. SoContinue reading “Yes, and…but.”

The importance of meandering in making

This year, I plan to release Horizon: Stories of Home, a new tabletop role-playing game where players create a community, its members, and play any combination of them as they go on adventures, changing themselves and the community in the process. This is part of an ongoing series of blogposts about its development and the ideasContinue reading “The importance of meandering in making”

Alongame [applications now closed]

roll / flip / draw is looking for 4 creative collaborators (combining role-playing game designers and creatives from across the performing arts), for a new project combining gaming and performance. Alongame is an experiment in telling stories, imagining worlds and creating communities. Various specifics of the project will only be fixed when everyone is onContinue reading “Alongame [applications now closed]”

Horizon: sticking to long-term projects

This year, I plan to release Horizon, a new tabletop role-playing game where players create a community, its members, and play any combination of them as they go on adventures, changing themselves and the community in the process. This is part of an ongoing series of blogposts about its development and the ideas behind it. So,Continue reading “Horizon: sticking to long-term projects”

Making games: tabletop vs text-adventure

The last few months, I’ve been working on the biggest digital game project that I’ve ever been a part of: The House of Cenci, a text-adventure game that integrates live zoom calls with performers to tell a story over four ‘acts’, that takes around 4-5 hours to play through (depending on how you are withContinue reading “Making games: tabletop vs text-adventure”