Astral Frontier Blog

  Souls of Steel play report

On Sunday at GeekGirlCon, I got to play a Powered by the Apocalypse game called Souls of Steel, run by the designer. Here's how it went for me, and what I thought.

  GeekGirlCon After-Action Report

I spent two days helping to facilitate games at the Games on Demand table at GeekGirlCon. I got to run Inept Sorcerers once, and played two new games: The Quiet Year and Souls of Steel.

  More Top Ten Super-Tropes (that I absolutely love)

After writing about the Top Ten Super-Tropes that bother me the most, I thought I would talk about the tropes in superhero gaming that really make it work for me as a genre.

  Top Ten Super-Tropes (that I hate)

I recently backed the Masks Kickstarter, and I think it will be well worth it. Before that, I backed the Daring Comics RPG. Before that, I've played any number of supers settings, at any number of power levels, and in any number of worlds. I've read comics from DC, Marvel, and independent publishers.

And right now I want to write about the top ten super-powered gaming tropes that really piss me off.

  Game Design Genetics

I've had this conversation with a few people, and it seemed helpful to them. So I'm writing it up, in hopes that it's helpful to others.

It's easy to sit down, try to design something, and not have it go the way you planned. From this, you might conclude that you're bad at design, that what you just did has no value, and that you should throw it away.

I'm going to argue that this is the wrong lesson to learn from failure, and the right lesson can be learned by knowing just a little about genetics.