Whimsicality. It's in games like Troika, Break!!, many of your Final Fantasies and in adventures like Garden of Ynn and in settings like Ultraviolet Grasslands. My media consumption injected me with a hankering for more of it recently. I've written about how my eternal GMing duality is Whimsical and Grounded (although Gritty is probably a … Continue reading Creative Corner
Concessions (and Surrender) to Troika!
I love Troika! but not for the system.Me, a month ago And then I had realization while watching Samurai Champloo, a bizarre anime that swims in musical-historical dissonance. The story is about samurai in feudal Japan, but the music and cinematography style comes from hip-hop. And despite the two things not matching at all, the … Continue reading Concessions (and Surrender) to Troika!
Union: Troika! + Red Ink Adventures
Confession #1: I don’t like roll-under systems. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Into the Odd, but that’s mostly because of the simplified tri-stat characters and razor-sharp, wicked fast combat. The math is opposite and it feels wrong. Confession #2: I love six-sided dice. A lot. Most gamers use d20, which is fine. But nothing … Continue reading Union: Troika! + Red Ink Adventures
Fighting Fantasy is to Troika as Tolkien Quest is to Middle-Earth Adventure Game
The title. I made a character sheet for a Lord of the Rings RPG game based on the Tolkien Quest books (which apparently was also called Middle-Earth Quest at one point?). Essentially, I thought "well, Troika is an RPG based on the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, why not make one based on the Tolkien Quest ones?" … Continue reading Fighting Fantasy is to Troika as Tolkien Quest is to Middle-Earth Adventure Game