Reasons to Support Indie RPGs, Pt. 3

Word has it that the DRM inside EA’s hack-and-slash action RPG Darkspore has prevented anyone from playing the game for a week and a half now. We’re talking about a single player game that paying customers have been prevented from playing on their own PCs since October 18th due to…

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Some Thoughts On Gamification

I’ve found myself wondering about “gamification” with increasing frequency these last few months as various articles appear online to denounce it. What is it, exactly? And is it really as bad as they all say? What follows is a brief exploration of the concept and a look at its applications. …

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Griffin Interview

The Telepath RPG: Servants of God character Griffin is voiced by Ray Proctor, a professional actor with a PhD in Shakespearean studies. A couple of days ago, I got the chance to sit down and talk with him at length about Griffin. Ray had some fascinating insights to offer about…

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In Defense of “Gamification” in RPGs

Last week we had a double-barreled shotgun blast of opinion pieces advocating for RPGs to hide or drop some of their core conventions and abstractions. Tom Bissell, writing about Dead Island, complained about pop-up damage numbers in a real-world zombie RPG and landed a glancing blow against leveling and statistics-based…

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Pre-order pricing lasts one more week!

Attention ladies and gentlemen: as of today, there is precisely one week left to nab Telepath RPG: Servants of God at the early pre-order price! On Tuesday, September 27, the price goes up from $19.95 to $24.95. In the meantime, I’ve once again updated the demo* with a variety of…

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Imagined conversation and character-building

Looking back on my last developer rant, I’ve decided that I was a little bit too scattershot in my approach. I wanted to cover a multiplicity of areas where detail tends to get overlooked in RPGs, but in doing so I skimped on solutions. In particular, I want to revisit…

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How to Install Telepath RPG: Servants of God

Since the release of the AIR build of Telepath RPG: Servants of God, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to install the game. This post will stand as the definitive guide to doing just that. This post primarily concerns installation of the game in Windows, but the…

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TSoG Update: AIR build released

I’ve now officially released the first AIR build of Telepath RPG: Servants of God! This version of the game runs on Windows, Mac and Linux alike using a single installer. To install, make sure you have Adobe AIR–it’s free and available right here. Install AIR first–once that’s taken care of,…

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