The Stochastic Game

Ramblings of General Geekery

My RuneQuest Starter Set has finally arrived! The first order of business was of course to weigh it against all my other Starter Sets… 😅

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The Really Dicey channel on YouTube has a nice review of Journal d’Indochine (for which I wrote one adventure). Check it out if you’re unsure about buying the books! https://www.youtube.com


Markdown editor choices: the one that does everything you want except ONE important thing, the one you like that was discontinued 5 years ago, or the one that’s good but is increasingly iCloud-only for storage.


Horror TTRPGs and Player Agency

I was recently listening to the Titterpigs episode on horror games, where Scott and Keith put out an open question to their audience: can you have a horror game that lets you retain agency throughout the whole adventure? I wrote up some long rant, recorded it, and sent it to them. I figured that, for my trouble, I might as well post that rant (somewhat edited) here too. The Need for Horror Mechanics First, I think Scott and Keith did a great job recommending games that are out of the beaten path, so to speak (A Town Called Malice, Kids on Bike, Ten Candles, Liminal, and so on… listen to their show!
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I hear a lot of false dichotomies in TTRPG spaces… some people don’t seem to realize that we can like both crunchy and rules light games, lore-heavy and procedural settings, and so on. AFAICT most people have quite the range in their tastes in games/movies/music/etc.


Well shit, I apparently reached the age when there is, indeed, such a thing as “too much whipped cream” 😞😣


Congrats to Free League on all the ENNIE awards, especially the unsurprising but still well deserved fan favourite publisher award! Vaesen and Alien are great games, YZE is a great system, check them out!

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Ptolus is a fucking monster of a book. Seriously it’s huge. I don’t think I’ll ever play it as is, but I’ll definitely borrow ideas here and there! It’s full of them.

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My, the new focus and cinematic features in the iPhone 13 camera look VERY interesting


This book was left on my doorstep yesterday. I don’t remember ordering it but I had dreams about it these past few weeks. Is it my handwriting in it? Can’t be, it’s part of the printed pages. Hold on, my nose is bleeding, be right back.

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This little box in the corner of the Thieves World NPC sheet reminds me of something… 😅🤔

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Finally got my hands on a Thieves World boxed set. I would have LOVED this as a kid. Maps and encounter tables and “street level” intrigue and NPCs… looks good!

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I already had the Dreamlands one in French, but I recently grabbed both in English (they had a decent price on eBay!) For a long time it was my only systemless RPG supplement and I loved how that, with its weird illustrations, set it apart!

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Harn’s Kingdom of Kaldor in hardback! The printing quality is top notch and the paper smells good. I love this kind of detailed material, and the maps are always awesome.

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We have just watched Back To The Future 2 with the oldest kid and it still rules! I absolutely love the trilogy unconditionally. The shot where Marty comes running back in 1955 as Doc just sent him away is sooooo goood

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I don’t get to play hexcrawls very much at all but I love to open some page at random and get some cool idea for my ongoing game, whatever it is!

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Weirdness double whammy! I have only skimmed those two but I like what I’m seeing…

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The Dragon is now keeping company to the Seasons of Sartar! The cult initiations ideas are worth the price of the book alone in my opinion…

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Got some vintage Call of Cthulhu books… some people don’t like Fatal Experiments, but Tatterdemalion was my first encounter with King In Yellow reality warping so it’s got some nostalgia factor!

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The Matrix Resurrections trailer looks good but it’s all stuff we’ve seen before. It feels like this movie will have a bad case of The Force Awakens, and possibly even worse because it doesn’t even introduce new protagonists and villains.