Stjernene er i posisjon. De Eldste har vendt tilbake.

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De som har fulgt Chaosium de siste årene vet at selskapet har problemer. De har hatt suksess med Kickstarterne sine men har hatt problemer med å levere alt som har blitt lovet. Horror on the Orient Express hadde en god del tilleggsmateriale som aldri ble levert. Papirversjonen av 7. utgaven av Call of Cthulhu har latt vente på seg fordi pengene til Kickstarteren dekket ikke fult ut trykkerikostnadene.

Går vi litt lenger tilbake i tid så hadde Chaosium allerede problemer på begynnelsen av 2000-tallet med kollapset til deres distributør Wizard’s Attic (vel dokumentert i Shannon Appelcines rollespillhistoriske bok Designers & Dragons). Chaosium har hatt hodet i vannskorpa lenge men dette ser kanskje ut til å snu?

Tidligere i dag postet Greg Stafford på rpg.net sitt forum at han tok over som daglig leder hos last nedChaosium. Samtidig annonserte han også at Sandy Petersen er tilbake på laget.

Greg Stafford er en av grunnleggerne til Chaosium og står bak Gloranthaverdenen som ble brukt som spillverden i rollespillet RuneQuest.

Sandy Petersen lagde Call of Cthulhu sammen med Lynn Willis så her kan vi snakke om at Chaosium har gått tilbake til røttene.

Pressemeldingen i sin helhet:

«Weimages have pressed the reset button…

In 1975 Chaosium started out as a quirky boutique game company. We were all about creativity, artistry and craftsmanship. With every game we provided you with new realms of imagination and entertainment. Over the last few years we forgot that, and lost our way.

The Great Old Ones have Returned…
Greg Stafford, founder of Chaosium and creative force during its heyday, is now President. Sandy Petersen, world renowned game designer who brought Cthulhu into the light three decades ago, has rejoined the team as well.

Greg says: «Chaosium is part of my legacy. My intent is to restore it to its rightful place in the world of gaming. Something we can all take pride in, and something that fans will look forward to.Where ‘what’s next?’ is answered with ‘I can’t wait’.»

The Stars are Right…
Sandy says: «I am excited to return to active participation in the Call of Cthulhu line, and I’m eagerly looking forward to working directly with Greg again. We are Chaosium’s original team from the 1980s. My first focus is going to be the Call of Cthulhu 7th edition Kickstarter campaign.»

Our main plan is simple (but will be a lot of work):

Quickly sift and sort through the current company problems
Immediately ship the remaining Horror on the Orient Express backer rewards
Focus on the Call of Cthulhu 7th edition Kickstarter backer rewards
Return to regularly making awesome new games.

We offer new hope, and ask only for your patience.»

Please visit Chaosium.com for regular news and updates. Contact us with questions, kudos, curses, or kindness. We are listening, and we will respond.

Greg Stafford, President and CEO of Chaosium Inc.
I’m puttin’ the band back together.»

Welcome to Nørway

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Ole Peder har trålet gjennom 8 års utgytelser på Nørwegian Style-bloggen, og sammenstilt noen anbefalinger om hvor i all verden man skal starte.

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Photo: Snarglebarf Photo: Snarglebarf

On this site, you’ve found an eclectic sample of Norwegian role-playing games, game poems and blog post in English since 2007.

Over the years, a lot of posts have accumulated. It can be a bit confusing: where to begin?

Here are some suggestions.

Reader favorites

These are some of the most popular games on the site, simply based on all-time clicks recorded:

Archipelago III, and predecessors
A popular GM-less game of collaborative story-telling, utilizing some innovative mechanics. Layout and everything!

Zombie Porn
Zombie Porn is a GM-less role-playing game that asks the question: “How far are you willing to go to survive in the undead entertainment industry?”

Until We Sink
An instant classic in the tiny Norwegian indie developer’s community. A surreal murder-mystery, GM-less, cards directing play and giving some instructions.

Blog posts

Photo: Snarglebarf Photo: Snarglebarf

Role-playing poems
A brief text introducing the concept of role-playing poems, 15 minute games anyone can…

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Tons of free role-playing games online!

blackbox_dungeonI had the thought today that there’s just sooo much cool stuff floating around out there for free, and I don’t even know where to begin start looking, so I started looking and this is some of what I came up with.

This is not an attempt at making a comprehensive list, and the quality control is mostly based on “what have I actually played”, “what have I heard about” and “what do I like”. There is some overlap between games at some of the sites (the Jeep-site, Our Many Games and Stockholm Scenario Festival, for instance). That being said, I hope it will serve as a useful starting point for some of you, and aid you in the exploration of the rich and wonderful world of Stuff Out There.

A lot of it is in the “freeform” or “indie” vein, whatever that means.

Thanks to people on both G+ and the Facebook group Rollespill.info for input!

Stockholm Scenario Festival have put up a lot of freeforms/short-larps from the past couple of years. See the «Archive» section on the homepage: http://scenariofestival.se/ (These are curated in the sense that they’ve been picked out especially for the festival by a committee). Some games I’ve played and enjoyed:  Robin’s Friends (a short, tightly focused scenario about friendship, often used as an introduction to “Jeepform”), 600 (loosely based on Chuck Palahniuk’s “Snuff”, about “the world’s biggest gang-bang).

I’m hearing good things about: The Journey (post-apo inspired by “The Road”), Under My Skin (a game about the challenges of love and relationships in a tight-knit circle of friends), and many, many of the others. Lots of high quality stuff here, folks (albeit a bit bleak, some of it).

The Jeepform webpage doesn’t seem to have been updated since 2009, but there are lots of high-quality freeform/shortlarp scripts. Many of them are somewhat in the same vein as the Stockholm stuff, often dealing with various (serious) real-life issues. It’s an acquired taste, I guess.

Chamber Games was an early (2007-2008) collection of Scandinavian short larps (in English). Various themes, free for download. Some overlap with games at aforementioned sites.

Bergen, Norway. This picture was taken from the periodical Le Magasin Pittoresque, Paris, 1840. Oldbookillustrations.com/Creative Commons.

Bergen, Norway. This picture was taken from the periodical Le Magasin Pittoresque, Paris, 1840. Oldbookillustrations.com/Creative Commons.

Nørwegian Style has tons of short-games, RPG poems, playsets, and «meditations over role-playing games», all in English.

Unfortunately, it’s all chronological and has little in the way of an index, so you either have to scroll through or know what you’re looking for. Some recommendations: Archipelago III (GM-less storytelling game with some innovative mechanics), Fiction – A flexible freeform framework (what it says on the tin), Until We Sink (a collaborative GM-less storytelling game aided by cards, fairly innovative in its day), A Trip to the Moon (a very nice game that’s a bit like a good-night fairytale. I remember it as a very pleasant experience, but haven’t played it in 12 years).

This blogpost by American author Lizzie Stark gives an introduction to the label «American Freeform», and a selection of games, all given a brief introduction. Ten of them are labeled as «free downloads».

There has recently been a 200 Word RPG challenge, the final results will not be announced until Thursday, as this is being written. But there are lots and lots of interesting games there, and this address, currently, lists the finalists: http://schirduans.com/david/2015/04/200-word-rpg-challenge.html

Howling Tower has a list of OSR games. I’m not familiar with these (I tend to just play D&D if I want to play D&D). The list is organized alphabetically, but there’s a short but fairly thorough review of each game. The aim seems more to have been to include the games that have some kind of merit, rather than every single OSR game ever put online for free. Which I think is a good choice, when making such compilations.

There are about 50 (?)downloadable freeforms on the Golden Cobra contest page, but it requires some patience to navigate. Besides the «honorable mentions» page, there doesn’t seem to be much of an overview/presentation on the page proper: http://www.goldencobra.org/

Our Many Games is an interesting, ongoing initiative to showcase games from game designers of a great variety of backgrounds. There’s already quite an impressive collection of links, in separate categories (table top, “freeform larp” and family friendly). Some games are free downloads, others you have to pay for.
Game Chef is an annual competition where you try to make a complete, short role-playing game in about a week. It’s been running for several years. There’s a history section over on the site. There’s probably a lot of interesting stuff to learn about the trends and developments of games and individual designers in the indie community. However, it looks to me as it will require some patience to navigate. Some links are dead, some will lead you to a forum, sometimes you’ll find the finalists entry but not the runners-up, etc.

I have no idea what this fish is doing here. Oldbookillustrations.com/Creative Commons.

I have no idea what this fish is doing here. Oldbookillustrations.com/Creative Commons.

Onesevendesign seems to have about seven free, short RPGs for download. I’ve heard a lot of good things about “Lady Blackbird”, but haven’t played it myself.

Shifting Forest has about ten games, short larps and story-games, available for download. None of the scripts are familiar to me, but it looks interesting.

Jason Pitre has put together a nice, at the time of writing fairly short, list where  he’s hand-picked six games he recommends (a good variation of genres and formats).

The FOSsil Bank has a long, long, list of free RPGs and larps (and other games). It’s sort of exactly what I wasn’t looking for: organized alphabetically, probably quite comprehensive, but no recommendation lists, real reviews or anything telling me what is good and what is just… old.

Similarly, DriveThru has a whole section with Pay-What-You want RPG products, but I have absolutely no clue where to begin, what is good and what is… less so.

… aaand 700 more games to choose from over here: http://www.1km1kt.net/cat/rpg (seem to be organized chronologically).

If you want to jump in the time machine, John H. Kim’s list of free RPGs was valiantly updated for years. This page hasn’t been since 2003, though, mercifully for him (organized by category/subject, and with a helpful intro page highlighting some favorites).

When Alexandria.dk update their English-section, I’ll give that a much more prominent spot. I’m amazed by what the Danes have accomplished with their scenario database over the past several years. The presentation “leaves something to be desired” (I think it’s fair to say that goes for many of the entries. And this list, too, probably).

I considered including the sites of individual creators/companies like Bully Pulpit, Lumpley, Jackson Tegu, Buried Without Ceremony (seems to be down at the time of writing) and others, but then I would probably be sitting here well past my bedtime, so I’ll leave the rest of the hunt to you. Best of luck!

;)

(Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments. I might edit in some stuff later if I feel I’ve missed something important).

Nørwegian Surreal

Analog Game Studies intervjuer Ole Peder om Itras by, Nørwegian Style og (kanskje) deg!

Foto: Johannes Axner.

Foto: Johannes Axner.

Rollespill på 200 ord

Da David Schirduan tok initiativet til en 200-ords rollespillkonkurranse på Google Plus nylig ble det en større suksess enn noen kunne ant.

Det kom inn over 210 bidrag, og en gruppe dommere har satt seg ned for å lese og vurdere. De annonserer sin beslutning tirsdag 12. mai.

Både kjente og mindre kjente spilldesignere som deltok:

Jackson Tegu –  Dial

Emily Care Boss – Budget

Ben Lehman – A Better Person

J. Walton – Do-Over

Evan Torner – Maya Deren Discotheque

Det er også fem norske bidrag med i konkurransen:

Peter Collett – The Treaty

Kaare Berg – Zero State

Øivind Stengrundet – Amateurs At Work

Are Riksaasen – The Lost and Found Central

Ole Peder Giæver – Not Chaos Magic(Really!)

Her finner du samtlige bidrag: http://schirduans.com/david/2015/04/200-word-rpg-challenge.html

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