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David Schirduan
Nerd, Beach Bum, Storyteller, and "Professional" Game Designer
Nerd, Beach Bum, Storyteller, and "Professional" Game Designer
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Here's a quick summary of the SIX games I've published (wow!):

Mythic Mortals ($10) - Kickstarted in 2015, you play as yourself with super powers! Uses cards and dice to create a tactical and tactile combat experience. Three awesome expansions available!

Kintsugi (Free / $2) - A small 2-page rpg where you create your character as you play, and failure only makes you stronger. The free rules are in a Mobile-Friendly format, making it a great game to keep in your back pocket.

Jedi Wushu (Free) - A star wars hack of Daniel Bayn's incredible wushu system lets you choreograph epic force battles that rival anything seen in the movies.

Welcome Minions (Free) - A simple card game of friendly backstabbing. Work together to perform tasks, but make sure you get all the credit in the end.

Goodbye Mr. Dragonfly (Free) - A game to help families tell stories. Kids use letters, words, and their imaginations to solve problems.

Survival Pages (Free) - Powered by the Apocalypse, Survival Pages is about maintaining your health, gathering resources, and building shelters in a dangerous world.

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Are there any books that let you down? Stuff you started out enjoying, but it just didn't end well?

I was reading a book called The Kethani about aliens who come to earth and grant us immortality. We just take a pill and then live forever. Neat idea. The book was slow, plodding, and often boring, but hinted at some big nefarious scheme that aliens were planning.

Then, at the end, there were 3 paragraphs at the end stating, "But aliens were great and everything was fine. How silly of us."

It almost ruined my whole weekend. I felt betrayed and let down. Ugh.

Has that ever happened to you?

What other games have phases of play?

One of the things that has grabbed me about Blades in the Dark is that the different phases of the game are codified and concrete. There's some free play, then the planning phase, after which you pull off a job, get your reward, and fall back into free play/downtime.

I think this is a really neat idea, and will help keep my games from dragging on. "So what do you wanna do now?". This is a common theme in board games, but I rarely see it in RPGs.

Any know of other RPGs that do this?

Let me share my favorite stories from Caves of Qud, a new video game I've been playing.


This year for the #200WordRPG challenge we'll be having a "200 bits" category. This innovative challenge gives you a full 200 bits worth of ASCII characters to work with.

I can't wait to see what people come up with!


Geez that's only like....25 characters! 

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Kintsugi gets a minor update! Found some spelling errors and a few misprints.

"As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise." – Wikipedia

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What are your favorite $1, $2, and $3 games?

I'm looking for a bunch of small prizes for the #200WordRPG challenge. 

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Does anyone else use Gmail drafts as a writing tool?

It has basic formatting, saves well, is reliable, lots of space, accessible anywhere, etc.

I can't find ANY other tool that matches that.

Closest thing is

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