The Indie RPG Newsletter

Thomas Manuel
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  • #68: The R-word
    28 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    I. Dear Reader, Let’s talk about rules. It’s funny that in English we use the same word for “how to play a game” as “the things your teacher used to make your life miserable”. Because the word ‘rules’...
  • #67: Questions as Mechanics
    21 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 3 1
    I. Dear Reader, So a few weeks ago, I did a panel at Metatopia Online along with momatoes, Aaron Lim, Jamila Nedjadi and Logan Timmins. The panel was all about questions and how they show up when you’...
  • #66: Anatomy of a Twist
    14 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 4 2
    I. Dear Reader, Inspired by an event in my Band of Blades game, I want to talk about twists. As a player, I love them. The moment of surprise - letting your jaw drop as you think about what has just b...
  • #65: Big Bad Con
    07 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    I. Dear Reader, It’s been a non-stop week from me - moved house, major work deadline, hosted my partners’ parents over diwali - and I am exhausted. So I’ll keep this short and shout out a couple kicks...
  • #64: One Cool Trick With Clocks
    31 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    I. Dear Reader This week I want to tell you about a cool little trick I did in our last session of Band of Blades. The mission was to attack a camp of undead and blow it up. Standard stuff for this ga...
  • #63: Verbs!
    24 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 3 2
    I. Dear Reader, This week I’m excited to talk about how some advice I thought was rock solid was turned upside down. When I was running D&D, I was a great believer in Matt Colville’s advice about verb...
  • #62: In Praise of Breaks!
    17 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 4 0
    I. Dear Reader, It’s been a really busy week for me so this section is going to be short. I have my Band of Blades game on Saturday evenings and then on Sunday mornings, I run Apocalypse Keys. So I ha...
  • #61: Finland! 🇫🇮
    10 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 6 0
    I. Dear Reader, I did something different this week. Petri Leinonen, a game designer from Finland, was sharing some really cool games on his twitter account. And these were all games I’d never heard o...
  • #60: Wishlists Work!
    03 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    I. Dear Reader, So at the beginning of this year, I made a wishlist of games I wanted to play and I’m happy to report that I’ve been able to tick off a surprising percentage of it. I think from my ori...
  • #59: Emulation Nation
    26 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 4 0
    I. Dear Reader, This week, I had a twitter thread get a lot of attention and so I thought I’d clean it up and share it here as well. It started because I was seeing a lot of people use the word ‘emula...
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