Convergent Storytelling in Elf Games 1-2: Showing My Work

After my post talking about convergent storytelling, I have had a number of people asking for more specific details. Here are some examples of that. Note that all the fictional names used below are just made up for this. I started initially with a list of things I could use to “break apart” a storyContinue reading “Convergent Storytelling in Elf Games 1-2: Showing My Work”

Stages of play in Elf Games

I received some great questions on my past posts asking for more context on the rough draft spread I made. Here it is again for reference . Let’s come back to this. For now let’s talk about “phases” of an rpg. When I mean phase, I mean a distinct portion of the game that hasContinue reading “Stages of play in Elf Games”

Convergent Storytelling in Elf Games 3: Maps, Hexes, and Regions, oh my!

I’ve talked about how this project has grown in scope, and now it’s time to begin the struggle of forcing that massive scope into something that is manageable. Originally this post was going to talk about my hex map, but I decided that a hex map on its own just was not going to cutContinue reading “Convergent Storytelling in Elf Games 3: Maps, Hexes, and Regions, oh my!”

Convergent Storytelling in Elf Games 2: Reasons and Worldbuilding

West marches has entered the modern parlance, calling into the mind images of vast wilderness, adventure, and a comfortable town growing over time. I’ve been ruminating on my own “marches” game for well over a year, but that idea has grown in scope so much it not longer is simple a “west marches” style game.Continue reading “Convergent Storytelling in Elf Games 2: Reasons and Worldbuilding”

Convergent Storytelling in Elf Games

I don’t believe that tabletop RPGs are about telling stories. Tabletop RPGs are special because of player agency and immersion, so when you start out with a specific narrative and plot in mind, you are already starting down a dark road of stripping these elements away. It’s also just so much more fun to notContinue reading “Convergent Storytelling in Elf Games”

A Peek Behind the Screen

I read a lot of blogs about running elf games, full of inspiring tables and awesome lore. this is not one of those. This post is more of a real peek behind the stage curtain that is the DM screen. Come and see the grime and grit where we prepare for players and hold itContinue reading “A Peek Behind the Screen”

Creating Engaging Elf Games: My Occult Secrets

Ok, they aren’t that kind of occult. Occult as in hidden from view. These are techniques that you won’t find in most books and usually have to figure out yourself. I have been a forever DM for 15 years, and explored systems far and wide. In my heart though, I crave heroic tales of fantasy,Continue reading “Creating Engaging Elf Games: My Occult Secrets”

Sigil: Worlds Undone

This is the start of a game that was set in a multiverse after the great wheel collapsed. Basically, it was going to explore the “canon” of our game with the bad ending. It draws inspiration from the Demon, a SMT roguelike, as well as the monster taming genre of games in general. I wantContinue reading “Sigil: Worlds Undone”

A Selection of My Content

To kick things off I figured I would post small previews of things I’ve written and plan on sharing in detail later. If you like this stuff, expect a lot more! Anesthetic fire It burns away all pain – past, present, and ever. Behind it leaves spectral ghosts of charred flesh, content in their emptyContinue reading “A Selection of My Content”