Class Consciousness: The Wizard

February 2, 2018 at 10:06 pm

“Sorcery is a sword without a hilt. There is no safe way to grasp it.” ― George R.R. Martin On the surface, it would seem, it should be quite easy to replicate the structures of a class-based “magic-user” in a skill-based system like HEX. But the truth is more complex. […]

Class Consciousness: The Cleric

January 2, 2018 at 6:32 pm

“In the war of magic and religion, is magic ultimately the victor? Perhaps priest and magician were once one, but the priest, learning humility in the face of God, discarded the spell for prayer.” ― Patti Smith Of all the ‘classes’ that have been handed down to us from the […]

Class Consciousness: The Thief

December 14, 2017 at 9:26 pm

This thief was an artist of theft. Other thieves merely stole everything that was not nailed down, but this thief stole the nails as well.” ― Terry Pratchett, Sourcery   As we discussed in the previous Class Consciousness entry on Warriors, character classes are a simple way of codifying a […]

Class Consciousness: The Warrior

December 6, 2017 at 8:11 pm

Every class, as a class, is almost sure to have more defects than qualities. As soon as you put men together, they somehow sink, corporatively, below the level of the worst of the individuals composing it. ― Aleister Crowley, Magick Without Tears   One of the core precepts of role-playing […]

Crossing over: bringing modern characters into TFT and other fantasy RPGs

March 31, 2022 at 9:16 pm

“The interior of our skulls contains a portal to infinity.” — Grant Morrison Fantasy fiction — from the Connecticut Yankee to the D&D cartoon — is filled with tales of people from present-day mundane worlds being transported to different dimensions to fight monsters, save damsels, and live a life more […]

Part II–
At home in the Weft: Life underground

September 2, 2020 at 11:43 pm

“Fear has many eyes and can see things underground.” – Miguel de Cervantes Living in the Weft, or even a prolonged visit, is not for the faint. There is no day or night, just the ever-present glow of the lava flow into the Crucible. The air is sulfurous, dry, and […]

Playing the race card: Elves

January 4, 2019 at 9:11 pm

It would be interesting to find out what goes on in that moment when someone looks at you and draws all sorts of conclusions.” ― Malcolm Gladwell We mentioned in a previous post that the race rules in The Fantasy Trip were a little lacking, even if they have not […]

Skin & Bones

February 27, 2018 at 4:56 pm

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ― Pablo Picasso   It should go without saying that writing an RPG makes you think a lot about rules. Is a rule fair? Is it consistent? Is it too cumbersome? These questions and more were […]