Mar 212015

Computer Hacking in Games

Recorded at Metatopia 2014

Presented by Shane Harsch, Clark Valentine & Tim Rodriguez

Our panel discusses the actual process/stages of intrusion (what we call the “Kill Chain”) and then facilitates a discussion about the challenges of turning that real-world process into an actionable and fun gaming experience.


Mar 142015
Nightwitches Medium

Night Witches is a tabletop role-playing game about women at war. As a member of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, you’ll answer the call of your Motherland in her darkest hour. Can you do your duty and strike blow after blow against the Fascists? Can you overcome discrimination and outright sabotage and rise above your sexist comrades? Are there limits to patriotism – or endurance? Play Night Witches and find out!

Night Witches is a tabletop RPG about Soviet airwomen during World War Two, flying daring night time bombing missions in biplanes. It’s a fantastic game produced by Bully Pulpit Games and designed by Jason Morningstar, Powered by the Apocalypse.

For Canadians

The supply lines between the front and Canada are long, but we have a small shipment for those brave Canadians who want more Nightwitches in their lives.  Specifically, Canadians and others in the great white north can purchase copies of Nightwitches for $30 CAD + $10 shipping and handling. Just click on the paypal button below and I will send out a copy asap.


Non-Canadian Alternatives

Americans: Purchase directly from  Bully Pulpit Games

Germans:  Purchase from Sphärenmeisters Spiele 

Italians: Purchase from Jolly Troll

UK: Purchase from Leisure Games

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Mar 072015

Gmless RPGs and Other Variations
RPG Design Panelcast sml

Recorded at Metatopia 2013

Presented by John Stavropoulos and Brennan Taylor

Role playing games have game masters, right? Well, not necessarily – plenty of interesting games have chosen not to assign that role, or share it between some or all of the players at the table. What goes into the decision whether to have one, many or no game masters?

Feb 282015

I just cobbled-together a quick (and crude) tutorial on how RPG publishers can use the free Scribus software for layout. It’s a powerful, though flawed, piece of software and I think the video might help folks who can’t afford the rather expensive license for InDesign. I hope this is helpful!

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Feb 272015

The Writer’s Workshop
RPG Design Panelcast sml

Recorded at Metatopia 2013

Presented by John Adamus.

Here’s a chance for authors and creators to get answers to their writing questions as they work on developing their first, or tenth project. Questions often include issues of layout, editing costs, the best way to write to the reader, and the best way to take an idea from the abstract idea phase to the down-on-paper phase