The summer holiday has arrived. I am done with work for five weeks and there are far fewer things for me to be worried about, day to day. With this in mind, I found myself back at the place I often arrive when I stop being a Game Master: I am playing alone. I feel … Continue reading Travelling Solo, Again
I've decided to hang up my Game Master's hat (if such a thing exists) and ask myself the question that has been quietly nagging at me for months: "What's it like to play these roleplaying games?" I know that, in a very real sense, the Game Master is a Player in the game. Yet, as … Continue reading What’s It Like To Play?
One of the phrases that irks me every time I hear it is the admonition that: "This is just a game." Games matter. They give meaning to play. It is never "merely" or "just" a game. As Huizinga puts it: [Play] is a significant function - that is to say, there is some sense to … Continue reading Role Games Matter