I’m a storyteller. Always have been, always will be. Long before I was an author I was writing and drawing and making comics and telling stories. Between the ages of eleven and thirty or so, one of the primary forms I worked in was tabletop role playing games.
I got my start, as many do, with Dungeons and Dragons. Even before my first game I was familiar with the brand through the 80s cartoon and general cultural awareness. At eleven, some of the older kids in my Boy Scout troupe let me in on a game.
I played Sparky Spelljammer, a wizard. I stole a hat from a goblin, and cast a spell. That’s literally all I remember. I’m old. It was a long time ago.
But after that gaming became my primary form of creative expression. I’d run weekly games for as long as they captured my interest, coming up with elaborate storylines and weird house rules in a variety of systems and settings. I viewed my players as a participatory audience, moving through and changing the story as they experienced it.
Last Minute GM
These days I don’t have the time for it, sadly. Too busy writing, producing, adulting. The hobby still calls to me strongly, though, and to that end last year I started a tabletop gaming blog, Last Minute GM, where I could share my thoughts on the games and as a form of hobby-related output.
It’s been fun, but I’m ready to take it a step further in 2016.
Taoscordian Games is an imprint of my publishing company, Pomoconsumption Press, through which I plan to release RPG gaming supplements related to my books. Cool, right? Our first product was a compilation of several LMGM blog entries about using literary techniques in RPG game design, but this year we’re going to get more ambitious.
I’m currently working on a Galvanic Century setting book for the Fate rpg. It’s based on the notes I’ve made during the last five years I’ve been writing the books, so the work itself is mostly just prettying them up for public consumption and coming up with a nice layout.
It’s a project I’m working on in my spare time, and like all my side-projects, development is funded by my Patreon. The more donors I have, the more time I can devote to working on it. So if this sounds like your jam, go ahead and drop a dollar or two in the hat.
What about you? Are you a gamer? Does the idea of RPG supplements based on my work interest or appeal to you? Sound off in the comments and let me know.