Profile

Cover photo
Shervyn von Hoerl
441 followers|66,315 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideosReviews

Stream

Shervyn von Hoerl

Shared publicly  - 
 
O.o
 
Noir, Interviews and Grand Schemes
Inspired by the +Bundle of Holding Deadly Games (https://bundleofholding.com/presents/DeadlyGames) charity bundle, now on it's final day --I've started a series of interviews I'd been planning for a while. Kicking it off with a talk with +Greg Stolze about noir, detective fiction and what makes his game A Dirty World tick. Greg's game is part of the bundle, as is Dirty Secrets by +Seth Ben-Ezra, and One Last Job by +Grant Howitt. Thanks Greg for helping me get this going!

I'll be posting interviews with these folks over the next few months along with other designers of games that are noir per se, or that hit on the critical issues that make noir pertinent: such as grappling with identity, critiquing society, and dealing with impacts of modernity and disillusionment. This is a companion set of interviews I'll be gathering, along side a set I've started spotlighting people who have done a lot of work in design and curating games, as well as making strides in how we look at and think about them. That began with +John Kim and +Robin Laws, and I'm thrilled will continue this week with +Andrea Phillips

So, what's up? Why all this?

Two main things:
1) As a follow-up to my  RPG Theory Round Up post (http://www.blackgreengames.com/lcn/2014/10/2/theory-roundup). My post covered some of the trends of the 00s, but trailed off about more recent work, partly due to the proliferation of the material. As I'm experiencing it, we are in the middle of a blossoming of new thought about rpgs in specific and games in general. The Theory series of interviews will be my attempt to weave together ideas from the analog, digital and transmedia fields.
 
2) To start putting some of my own thoughts in order and share ideas about narrative that have been simmering away for a while. Noir's at the center of that. It's a genre (broadly defined) that is well represented in film, literature and games, and which is one step to the left of our typical rpg genres so provides an "in" to looking at how all of these different forms construct narrative and give us insight about the place of the authors, viewers and everything  in between. 

Last year I re-launched my website with the help of +Nathan Paoletta, and started writing a blog again. It's been about 4 years since +Meguey Baker and wrapped our Fair Game blog (which is archived online again here: http://www.fairgame-rpgs.com/ Thank you, +Vincent Baker!) But there is too much going on not to.

 It's easy to point at the incredible richness of game design--both in number and variety--but also, we are participating in some of the largest, most contentious, and I would argue most productive conversations about the hobby that has ever been. From multiple Facebook groups providing discussion and connection about the craft of larp (recreational, educational, professional, etc.), to Google+ as an often harsh, but also transformational place to not only talk & argue about what constitutes gaming, and engage in hard, hard fights about our community but to play, play, play--where, at the virtual table together, whether its private play groups or public events like +Indie+ or +ConTessa, we take our talk and make it real, forging connections and new community. And on to Twitter, where folks like +Quinn Murphy are doing some of the best current work, laying groundwork to help each of us revitalize our corner of the narrative world, and get rpgs out of the 19th century where so many of the roots of our hobby drag us back to (as well as the continuing shortcomings with respect to race, gender, class and more of the present). Claims are being made by folks far beyond our industry, like the article by +Damien Walter, claiming games as literature (http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2015/jun/19/the-joy-of-reading-role-playing-games). Twitter connects us with people in the mainstream in the thick of re-imagining the world. 

So, my net can't catch it all, but that's what the plan is for the part that I do. Hope you enjoy, and can't wait to see your part of what's to come!
http://www.blackgreengames.com/lcn/2015/6/18/a-dirty-world-greg-stolze
1
Add a comment...

Shervyn von Hoerl

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
What a journey. 
Forced to choose between leaving the United States and leaving each other, Richard and Tony persevere as they are forced to endure humiliating tribulations and the vicissitudes of electoral politics.
1
Add a comment...

Shervyn von Hoerl

Actual Play  - 
 
Yes. This is happening!

Well assuming I get some players.

#Maelstrom2015
6
Jim Crocker's profile photoShervyn von Hoerl's profile photoJoe Zantek's profile photo
14 comments
 
Judging from the current roster there will be room should you show up later!
Add a comment...
 
This is a great promo setting up Hulk Hogan's Championship defense against the 8th Wonder of the World!

Yeah, I've started revisiting my childhood when working out in the morning. 
List This! - Legends of the Fall No. 4: Andre the Giant on Hulk Hogan, setting up their epic WrestleMania III main event
1
Peter Bothwick's profile photoShervyn von Hoerl's profile photo
2 comments
 
I mean he did rip it off and Hogan seemed stunned by that. But I am not good enough to know if we was faking it or not. 
Add a comment...
 
East coast baybeeee!

There's gonna be some wrastlin' down on the the Joisey Shore. 
16
Add a comment...
In their circles
481 people
Have them in circles
441 people
Elias Rostad's profile photo
Karen Price's profile photo
Stephen Hood's profile photo
Matthew Guzzo's profile photo
Megan Domenech's profile photo
Benjamin Druhot's profile photo
Vidrik Frankfather's profile photo
Joost Bruining's profile photo
Rachel E.S. Walton's profile photo

Shervyn von Hoerl

Shared publicly  - 
 
This is so cool.

A good friend of mine designed these. If you are an apartment dweller and want terrain this is the way to go.

Dexter Schiller is raising funds for Pre-painted Flat Packable Sci-fi Buildings by Hexagon Mill on Kickstarter! We're bringing together next generation manufacturing techniques to create the ultimate in modular, pre-painted, functional terrain.
1
Add a comment...

Shervyn von Hoerl

Shared publicly  - 
 
Public service announcement.

If you add me to your circles and have no posts or info and don't introduce yourself, I will block you. 
4
Add a comment...

Shervyn von Hoerl

Shared publicly  - 
 
So what happened in Nepal is devastating and can be all sorts of overwhelming.

If you want to help but are not sure what the best way is, I would like to present an option.

The Adara Group is a charity founded by Audette Exel, someone I have done significant business with over the years. She is advised by some of the smartest people I have ever met, including one of my most influential mentors. They have been on the ground in Nepal since 1998 where they have worked on long-term sustainable community development.

Additionally, Adara Corporate will cover all the administrative costs associated with your donation so that 100% of your donation will go to help the people of Nepal.

Please consider helping if you can. Even if all you can do is signal boost I would really appreciate it. 
1
1
John Stavropoulos's profile photo
Add a comment...

Shervyn von Hoerl

Shared publicly  - 
 
I did not know this.
 
Here's your annual reminder that while Easter Lilies are quite lovely, they are toxic to cats.
1
1
Keith Stetson's profile photo
Add a comment...
 
This was a fantastic match. I had forgotten just how different these old matches were. 
6
1
Wrestling's profile photo
Add a comment...

Shervyn von Hoerl

Shared publicly  - 
 
It's a super cool game.
 
(file under: self-promotional efforts)

Hi friends! If you have a podcast, blog or other publication, and you're looking for an interview subject or guest, I'd love to do it. Since I have a new thing out to shill, it's a good time for me. I also enjoy, you know, having interesting conversations, and am happy to talk about things that aren't what I'm trying to get money for.

Pro wrasslin', game design, independent publishing, "indie games," freelancing, and crowdfunding are all things I'm pretty qualified to talk about, or whatever else if you think I'd be a good fit.

Getting in touch is easy, email me at n.d.paoletta at gmail, or through my website: ndpdesign.com/contact

Thanks!
1
Add a comment...

Shervyn von Hoerl

Shared publicly  - 
 
Oh yeah!
 
Ok good friends, if you are not one of the Kickstarter or Patreon supporters, I got you covered finally! The digital package has been soft-launched on my store. EU residents (or those who would prefer to use Paypal, I suppose), you can get it at Payhip: https://payhip.com/b/cbTh

I should have the physical books available in a couple of weeks, as far as I know. If you pick up the PDF now and want to "upgrade" to the print book for $10 when it's in stock, include a note in your purchase comments to that effect and I'll make it happen.

Thanks again y'all.
The World Wide Wrestling Roleplaying Game enables you to create your own professional wrestling franchise through play, showcasing satisfying and surprising storylines. It’s about feuds, championships, betrayal, and righteous victory. It’s about the clash of good and evil on the grandest stage. It’s about whether you’ve got what it takes. And, in the end, it’s about what the audience thinks of your efforts.  More information about th...
1
Add a comment...
People
In their circles
481 people
Have them in circles
441 people
Elias Rostad's profile photo
Karen Price's profile photo
Stephen Hood's profile photo
Matthew Guzzo's profile photo
Megan Domenech's profile photo
Benjamin Druhot's profile photo
Vidrik Frankfather's profile photo
Joost Bruining's profile photo
Rachel E.S. Walton's profile photo
Basic Information
Gender
Decline to State
Other names
SvH
Story
Tagline
Father, Feminist, Reader of Games,
Links
I called at almost 10pm thinking I would leave a message but Dane picked up right away and that set the tone of the whole transaction. He promised to call and confirm the appoint at a certain time and he did. He promised that he and his crew would show up between 9:30 am and 10:00 am and they did. And once they got there, they worked, fast but carefully. And they cleaned up after themselves. I can't recommend them highly enough.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
1 review
Map
Map
Map