Prelude – Secret Rage PBM 6

This continues on from part 1 PBM Thanks & Secret Rage.

It has been a while since I blogged about my #SecretRage PBM campaign, Richie and I have been busy so it has been on the back burner. This at least allowed me to explore ways to link ideas about the potential psychology of spirits, something that relates to two other projects. I considered abandoning this campaign and playtesting my new setting, but since I’ve put a lot of preparation in to this campaign, plus Richie and I wanted to play Werewolf, I decided to stick with things. I participated in #RPGaDay again this year, I mentioned #SecretRage on several of the days. For Day 26 I talked about Ambitions.

This urge to keep changing projects is an ongoing problem for me, so I gave myself a deadline; following advice from The Bestseller Experiment. I finished up the comic pages and the introductory turn as well. Finalising everything for this project helped re-inspire my passion for #SecretRage, plus given me inspiration to run something else, Cyberpunk, D&D, Pendragon, Cthulhu, etc.

I won’t be posting the turn data since I’ve added another player, plus I am considering inviting other players to join in, maybe some of the people from the #RPGaDay community. Below are those comic pages, which once again I found the writing of to be an interesting puzzle to figure out, in part due to writing about a messed-up Luna, but also because comic writing is different.

#SecretRage 07#SecretRage 08#SecretRage 09+10#SecretRage 11#SecretRage 12#SecretRage 13#SecretRage 14#SecretRage 15+16


UKSBS at Orion Sphere

I’ve uploaded the 2nd video about Orion Sphere LRP event 1, this time focusing on the wonderful UK Starship Bridge Simulator (UKSBS).

Focusing on the ship missions at Orion Sphere, the combined efforts of the Orion Sphere (Conan Daly, Michael Rees & Nathan McDonald) and UKSBS (Wayne Street, Raymond Toghill & James Balls) teams was very impressive. Like any creative project, creating the ideas for a new game universe can become a black hole, filled with constant research. Add to this the care of managing the inspiration of other universes, whilst giving things your own spin; all of course with the time pressure of: eek the event draws ever closer! It was revealed at the end of the event that the two teams had not worked together before, making things more impressive.

As a coder that has also dabbled with the Unreal Engine and Blender, I have an appreciation of how much effort & time it takes to design assets and populate a map, never mind the tweaking and playtesting that comes after that. This then leads back to the point I mention in the video about being able to moderate ship missions in real time, plus staying In Character (IC), bringing together a collection of ‘a very particular set of skills’ 😉

Of course there were teething problems, I don’t want to misrepresent things and imply perfection. Plus as I mention in the video the learning curve of the players. I think the foundations for this aspect of the LARP has been well established, providing a solid basis for future events. Another important part of both software development and world building is building up a library of assets to help speed up the creation of new assets easier. A quick reality check is that this is being done by small teams, so health, work, etc., can get in the way, so I remind myself not to demand excellence just appreciate it when it is there 🙂

Orion Sphere has been designed to be a living universe, to allow the players to add lore and their own stories, to strive to maximise player agency. The UKSBS has helped create and run a key part of that universe, setting a high bar, which technically was not required to make Orion Sphere event 1 so impressive. To repeat what I say in my video: amazing!

Check out this video for a tour of the system used in event 1:

Orion Sphere Links

#RPGaDay2018 Day31 Why Join In

Share why you take part in RPGaDAY

I went with a silly but heartfelt video for today’s question; I clearly need to practice puppet skills, or my dreams of a puppet RPG will never happen. I had pondered mentioning more things, but I decided to save them for a post-RPGaDay analysis, like I did last year.

I’m still a bit tempted to go a bit overboard and carry out a psychology content analysis, but too much TODO and I am trying to stick to Project Overlap 😉 At least taking part and looking at some many tweets, blogs and vlogs means I got a decent overview of answers, which whilst taking a lot of time was very informative and fun.

#RPGaDay2018 Day30 Lessons

Share something you learned about playing your character

When discussing role-playing I typically mention Intent, whether it is about something that is In Character (IC) or Out Of Character (OOC). This approach grew out of my early experiences of being in games with Adversarial stances, both players and person running the game. I like to have clarity of what a person is trying to achieve, not just IC but also OOC. I don’t obsessively ask the question, I let me players know they can clarify something at any time during a game, and just occasionally check with them if I feel I might be missing something. I find this approach has allowed me to empower not just the players but myself as the GM, and ideally the game as a whole.

I’ve learnt a lot more from particular characters and RPG in general. Empathy, culture, history, art, etc. But since we are keeping things short Intent is my main takeaway, which I also use in day-to-day life a lot.

The story of my first regular lunchtime High School gaming group: Role-play Meets Lord of the Flies.

RPG Lord of the Flies

#RPGaDay2018 Day29 Friendship

Share a friendship you have because of RPGs

My answer to the 29th question is a day late since I slept most of yesterday. More slow health improvements, whilst having the classic odd feeling of being more tired.

Another great RPGaDay question, it was nice reading/listening to other people describing their friendships. Granted some view this question as being too sentimental, but I think that this question captures a core of the RPGaDay’s message: positivity. Another thought that occurred to me after I made the video is how this question ties back to Connections, they are a core part of role-playing, whether connections to people and/or ideas. Connections help provide meaning and motivation, just as they do in real life.

Like many role-players I have many friends due to the hobby, but there was one key friendship:


#RPGaDay2018 Day28 inspiring gaming excellence

Share whose inspiring gaming excellence you’re grateful for

As I mentioned in the video: anyone that puts effort into playing. I adore excellence, but I appreciate effort far more!

I forgot to mention the dedication of Ian A A Watson to get the Trinity universe back #TrinityContinuum

The Peter Austin blog I reference is 5 Positive Role-Play Lessons.

5 Positive Role-Play Lessons

I blogged about Richie Janukowicz: Inspirational Friends.

Inspirational Friends Richie

#RPGaDay2018 Day27 Value of Actual Play

Share a great stream / actual play

My video has a #RPGDeepDive (rant) that I think stays positive:
















Summary of video: Initially I wasn’t going to answer this question, in part because I’m not a regular watcher of any Actual Plays. More importantly I assumed numerous people will be posting all sorts of interesting and obscure links, I’d have little to add in comparison. Additionally this subject is a touchy one with some players; unsurprisingly I have seen quite a few negative comments today. With this event being positive I didn’t want to feel compelled to do a #RPGDeepDive in which I’d be inclined to address negative things. Thankfully the RPGaDay positivity has won through for me, several good comments got me thinking, plus I decided something like this opening meant I was not ignoring the complexity of this subject 😉 (I’ve read a lot of posts and watched a lot of videos). Actual Play + Streams add to the hobby they don’t reduce or remove anything. Yes some people may have a narrow view, this was true of the RPG hobby previously with some anyway, also the hobby is not in threat like it was in the 80s.

Over the years I’ve thought about doing an Actual Play. My main group are not up for being recorded, I don’t have a decent setup, equipment, etc. Since over the years I generally play face-to-face at tabletop or LARP, or Play-by-Mail (also email), I’ve not needed to video anything. For my games there are generally detailed notes of the main events in the game, typically individual PC actions have private notes, so decades ago one of the players started making audio recordings of the sessions to help with group notes. Sadly we don’t keep any of the recordings. I’ve sat on a few ideas about an Actual Play for PBM, one day I’ll do that 😉





























































Roberto Micheri






















Ede Sol Media




Actual Plays (AP) / Streams

Bluebeard’s Bride by @RuffleJax

Happy Jacks RPG The Darknet – GURPS


More AP recommendations in other peoples’ videos.