Month: August 2021

  • The Jacobin Calendar as inspiration for RPGs

    I’m a big fan of the Jacobin Calendar/French Revolutionary Calendar ever since I discovered the Jacobin Calendar bot on Twitter. It’s a decimal calendar with 12 months of 30 days each, split into 10-day weeks, plus an additional 5 festival days (6 in a leap year). Every day of the year has its own name, mostly […]

  • Ship of Theseus – part 1

    Wolves of water Might of blind force  Living movement of sunlight  Currents churning  The reflecting edges of the shale  Soft rains pierce hard marble  Heat seeps through the silver  There is only mixing and dissociation  Nothing remains  What is the life that I have chosen?  The wave-shattered hull  Theseus in the labyrinth  Hunched in a […]

  • Coin Magic Taint

    I wrote here recently about coinage and treasure hoards in RPGs. Well here’s something a little more lighthearted about money… Magic leakage is a subject that has been long known about, but little discussed as it only happens very slowly, weakly, and only affects very small objects. Its effects are rarely even observable. However when […]

  • I’m Sorry Did You Say Street Magic?

    Illustration by Shannon Kao for ISDYSSM  In the last few days I’ve discovered and played 3 games of I’m Sorry Did You Say Street Magic (I’ll call it ISDYSSM from now on) by Caro Asercion. I’ve also introduced a number of people to the game, including several who’d never played RPGs before. All have fallen in […]

  • Old Maps & Ordnance Survey

      I love real-world maps. There’s just so much you can do with them. In the mid-80s, I was part of a very short-lived play-by-mail game set in a a post-apocalyptic future. Each player controlled a tribe in a future Britain. On joining the game, you were sent a tiny square of 1:25,000 OS map. […]