Astral Frontier Blog

  Why We Play

Political posts don't normally appear in this space. But almost everybody I know has expressed fear about a Donald Trump presidency. That fear separates itself into a series of questions about RPGs and similar hobbies. I want to answer those questions for myself, plus an additional and important one: "Why do we play role-playing games?"

  The Princess Escort

I had this random idea for a short story, about a grizzled mercenary assigned to escort a young princess in a fantasy world.

  Grand Adventure Without Challenges

Grand Adventure offers a structured storytelling experience through Challenges. Characters encounter a situation and must navigate it, and their actions burn down one or more points of endurance per action. Not everyone would like that much detail. Fortunately you're not forced to use it.

  Talispire

I wrote up a sample world for Grand Adventure called Talispire. It's supposed to be a Standard Fantasy Setting on the surface, but with more depth if you look closely. So what am I proud of about its design?

  Invoking For the Enemy

Recently my Tuesday Star Wars GM wrote an article about what bothers him when running Fate. I wanted to write a counter-point to some of his thoughts, not intended to bring anyone into the Fate fold specifically, but rather a way to think about running adversary NPCs.