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Post on demand: Horror Gaming with Fritz Leiber

15ac97d0fc05444a9f38a021e3a2d4c6A post on request!
I was asked about Fritz Leiber.
My favorite author, incidentally.
Leiber’s influence on roleplaying games is enormous – a whole class of characters in D&D was inspired by his writings.
No Fafhrd & Gray Mouser stories, no Rogue class.

And of course we all know that the Lankhmar or Nehwon universe was brought to the gaming table a few times, most recently as a Savage Setting.

But, the request goes, what about the rest of Leiber’s production?
And considering that Leiber wrote in all the fields of imaginative fiction, of course his bibliography is a huge reservoir of ideas.
So huge, I’ll actually do two posts on Leiber gaming.
The next will be about time travel and the Change War.
Today, I’d like to talk about horror. Continue reading

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One-on-one scenarios?

17309Maybe it’s because I’m (also) working on a crime-oriented game, but I’ve been re-reading Max Allan Collins‘ books about Quarry, the amoral hitman whose hits often take an unexpected turn.

And this got me thinking about single-player scenarios.
I played a few – back in the days when me and my brother were the only ones in our circle of friends playing roleplaying games.

There was even a series of AD&D scenarios… they were called Head-to-Head Quests.
I played the Thief’s Challenge scenario1.

And now, as I am re-reading Quarry, I think that a one-shot, one-page scenario about a hitman and his target would be a very simple, easy-to-set-up, fun sort of scenario, that could develop in some fun directions. Continue reading

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Back from Modena!

PATC_VOLANTINO_WEB_2-281x300I’m back from Modena Play and it’s been a great experience.
As anticipated, only more so.
Meeting the Savages is always a hoot – it’s incredible1 how many swell guys (and gals!) are involved with the game and, more in general, the hobby.

I’ll do more posts this week reporting on the various events and experiences and what not.

For the time being, here’s my top three list of the great things in Modena during the past weekend.

$T2eC16JHJGoE9nuQe(FYBRMSYNys(w~~60_11 . meeting Shane Lacy Hensley!
The man has been an idol for me ever since i bought the Lankhmar boxed set from TSR. And then all the rest.
Now I can say I met Shane, and found out he’s even more awesome in person than I imagined. AND I have an autographed copy of the old Lankhmar sourcebook (waiting for the new one!)

2 . finally playtesting GreyWorld on live gamers!
And what a bunch of great gamers they were! Great fun, lots of ideas, thrills and action, and yes, Charlie’s Steam Angels. Oh, and The Great Plush Ganesha Caper!
Wonderful!

3 . meeting a lot of old friends again for the first time…
Because that’s life in the time of the web. And if meeting again people I’ve spent time together in the past is always a pleasure, meeting web-contacts and finally putting together a name, a face and a voice, is always great.

So, all in all, it was great.
But you already knew that, right?


  1. or maybe not, Savage Worlds being, after all, a mighty cool game. 
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