Profile

Cover photo
Larry Spiel
1,674 followers|245,717 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos

Stream

Larry Spiel

Shared publicly  - 
 
There's plenty of ways that RPG creation is changing dramatically as the barriers come down for design and publishing.

A question I don't hear asked often - are there any ways in which this has been bad for the medium?
3
Paul Beakley's profile photoEric Duncan (Dragonsong)'s profile photoMatthew Bannock's profile photoPatrick Henry Downs's profile photo
8 comments
 
2 points for Hufflepuff
Add a comment...

Larry Spiel

Shared publicly  - 
 
Signal boosting.
 
Women Game Professionals at Metatopia, We want you! 

Here's what we want - 
Ladies and non-binary trans folks* who are in, of, tangential to, breaking into, support, adjacentverb the gaming industry to join us for an invite-only event on November 5 at 10pm (Thursday Night of Metatopia 2015). 

What we will be doing - 
* forming care-teams for designers/industry pros who are at a systemic, socially reinforced disadvantage. 
* committing to support each other through professionally trying and personally scary experiences at Metatopia and in the larger industry.
* forming the foundation for future projects intending to buoy underprivileged contributors. 

What we won't be doing - 
* arbitrating what qualifies as "lady" or "non-binary trans". if you self-identify as either, you're welcome to join us and the invitation includes you. Yes, that includes various flavors of genderqueer and genderfluid. Look, we don't care, as long as you join us in good faith and honor the fact that we are specifically looking to create a women and non-binary space. 
* checking your credentials at the door or making you justify your existence. In fact, we will be making it clear to you how very valued you are, instead of you telling us why we should value you. 

Yes, we really mean that if you are a woman creator, contributor, den mother, editor, tweaker, retailer, verber of any sort of games in any form, we'd like you to join us. 

To express interest, email us at IGMCRHB@gmail.com.(it's an acronym that we'll explain later.) 

If you won't be at METATOPIA because of life stuff, talk to us. maybe we can help resolve life stuff, or maybe we can recruit a care team to use the future to beam you in. 

Signed, 
Laura Simpson
Sarah Richardson
Hannah Shaffer
Elsa Henry
Kelly Osborne
Krista White
Rowan Cota
Kat Jones
Julia Ellingboe
Moyra Turkington
Avonelle Wing
19 comments on original post
1
Add a comment...

Larry Spiel

Shared publicly  - 
 
#Threeforged  round two submitted.  That was a tough one.
11
Larry Spiel's profile photoRobert Bohl's profile photo
6 comments
 
I totally respect people who found a way to use what they were given more than I did. I think it's great when you can manage that.
Add a comment...

Larry Spiel

Shared publicly  - 
 
Finally getting started on the #Threeforged  round 2 assignment.

Not gonna sugar-coat it.  It's a mess.  But I will will untangle it before it passes on.  The idea at it's core has merit.

Other folks, how are you finding round two?
7
Ryan Ó Laoithe's profile photoBob Smith's profile photoLarry Spiel's profile photoRobert Bohl's profile photo
12 comments
 
When I first got round 2 I was on a high from round 1 and some other design work I'd been doing. I was all "woe is me!" because the theme cold-hard turned me off and the mechanics didn't really grab me either. However, a couple of friends were like, "Is there anything you like about it? Here's what I like about it." And I wound up finding something I really wanted to explore in a small sliver of a part of the original game's inspirations. So I basically rewrote the whole thing, other than one list that I took and edited significantly.

Now my round 2 is something that I am really pleased with. It's weird and cool and fucked up and fun, I think.
Add a comment...

Larry Spiel

Shared publicly  - 
 
Let's talk gear in RPGs.  Is it worthwhile to be specific about gear the characters in games use?  If so, what games do that well?

I will admit to a certain amount of enjoyment in some games I take from flipping through the gear sections of RPGs sometimes.  But the whole gear fetish seems to be regulated typically to weapons/armour and vehicles, and often those vehicles have weapons/armour.  Especially so in cyberpunk I feel.

Having gotten back recently from camping, certain bits of gear really made a difference for my experience.  Obviously none of these things were impliments of destruction, or anything more vehicle oriented than my shoes.

Obviously things like Dogs in the Vineyard, or perhaps Fate, can let you make whatever you want useful/interesting, but that's giving the players the tools to do it thsemselves.
6
Steve Meinel's profile photoLarry Spiel's profile photoPaul Beakley's profile photo
17 comments
 
All over the world in a variety of ways, yes. Which is why I think a well implemented gear element would be terrific, especially for a game centered on travel (which is in my top three list of shit rpgs get totally wrong).
Add a comment...
In his circles
1,946 people
Have him in circles
1,674 people
Leandro Pugliesi (leandropug)'s profile photo
Dillard Martin's profile photo
Barry Baker's profile photo
Paul Czege's profile photo
jeremy patrick's profile photo
costas irodotou's profile photo
Paula Da Silva's profile photo
Brandon Bradshaw's profile photo
Nar Whal's profile photo

Larry Spiel

Shared publicly  - 
 
If I could get away from work, I would totally go and run some Games on Demand. Take my place, random person.  Have my fun. 
 
PAX Prime - Games on Demand

Planning to go to #PAXPrime  this week? Drop by Room 305 to join the Games on Demand crew for some fun! 
Games on Demand will once again be running a slate of excellent games at PAX Prime this year. The show runs from August 28th-31st in Seattle, WA. The event will take place in room 305 on the third floor of the convention center again this year and we'll be co-located with Gamma Ray Games to make ...
4 comments on original post
4
Jon Woodland's profile photo
 
Same here.
Add a comment...

Larry Spiel

Shared publicly  - 
 
I was paging through Force and Destiny the other day, and grudgingly admitted that the morality system has at least once good idea (I am not generally a fan of morality systems).

Light and Dark are gradually changed over many play sessions.  It does occur that it would be difficult to stay neutral, but I will give them credit for this.

My experience has been that lives are seldom changed by single moments or decisions, but thater a series of choices made over time, often without serious thought.
2
Larry Spiel's profile photoAdam D's profile photo
5 comments
Adam D
 
Cool, thanks!
Add a comment...

Larry Spiel

Shared publicly  - 
 
Whomever did the first two rounds of the #threeforged game I received, thank you.

This is going to be fun. 
24
Larry Spiel's profile photoRobert Bohl's profile photoDavid Rothfeder's profile photoEric Nieudan's profile photo
5 comments
 
Actually, he got my stage 1 game. The one that was shit until you made it awesome at stage 2.
Add a comment...

Larry Spiel

Shared publicly  - 
 
So, in RPG media (including books, kickstarters, all that) how important is the art?


The answer, I suspect, is "more than most would prefer to admit".
8
Jonathan Henry's profile photoNiamh Schönherr's profile photoTodd Crapper (The Warden)'s profile photo
18 comments
 
Yeah, we did detour a bit there. Where were we again? Ah yes, art is good but can be used for evil when placed in the wrong hands. 
Add a comment...

Larry Spiel

Shared publicly  - 
 
Comedy in RPGs.  Good, bad?  Enhances games, distracts from them?
2
Eric Farmer's profile photoJesse Morgan's profile photoLarry Spiel's profile photoCameron Mount's profile photo
9 comments
 
Okay, then it's pretty much unavoidable in the groups I've played in. And I don't think I'd like playing with people who didn't have some wisecracking now and again.
Add a comment...

Larry Spiel

Shared publicly  - 
 
I've mentioned Viewscream before.  I love that game design is following technology, and hope to see more following in +Rafael Chandler's footsteps.
Rafael Chandler is raising funds for ViewScream 2nd Edition on Kickstarter! A role-playing game of horror in deep space. Designed for online play through video-chat software.
2
Rafael Chandler's profile photoKeith Stetson's profile photoLarry Spiel's profile photoMark Diaz Truman's profile photo
10 comments
Add a comment...

Larry Spiel

Shared publicly  - 
 
Is anyone else reading through the mentions of Threeforged games on their G+ Feeds wondering if that person might just be working on the game you started?

Pic is unrelated.
13
Hannah Shaffer's profile photoAmanda Blain's profile photoNiamh Schönherr's profile photoLarry Spiel's profile photo
10 comments
 
I had never heard of Teespring.

I may have thought it was the name of an RPG before I Googled it..  An RPG about tea (although spelling it different for some reason).
Add a comment...
People
In his circles
1,946 people
Have him in circles
1,674 people
Leandro Pugliesi (leandropug)'s profile photo
Dillard Martin's profile photo
Barry Baker's profile photo
Paul Czege's profile photo
jeremy patrick's profile photo
costas irodotou's profile photo
Paula Da Silva's profile photo
Brandon Bradshaw's profile photo
Nar Whal's profile photo
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Story
Tagline
Tabletop Role Playing Gamer
Introduction

RPG player, typically of the story/indie game preference.  Currently a host on The Tabletop Superhighway, and RPG podcast, and formerly ran a YouTube channel called Emergent Play.

Links