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Is Skype and Roll20 working?

Posted: 21st March 2016 by Mike Hargreaves in Uncategorized

Games over Skype are proving hard to keep alive. I am realising with the convention less the 80days away I really need to drop my current game and start play testing the three games I’m running in June. Do I try to run using Roll20.com and Skype? Or do I need to pull in players […]

Mapping – Dungeon Tiles

Posted: 27th February 2016 by Mike Hargreaves in Uncategorized

The Auras – Mutant group

Posted: 26th February 2016 by Mike Hargreaves in Uncategorized

A bunch of luddite-mutants. They emit a glowing aura around them that interferes with electronics. Scrambling wifi and phone signals. Causing power outages and electrical surges. Uncontrollably wreaking havoc on any community that depends on technology.   Amongst them there are other mutations, great strength, psychic powers. Nothing disfiguring about them, the disgust grows from […]

Comedy – Go ahead, make me laugh!

Posted: 26th February 2016 by Mike Hargreaves in Uncategorized

One challenge in RPGs is getting the balance of comedy right. It can be bad enough when distracted players might add any amount of off-table jokes and sarcasm, but even in an engaging game the inclusion of something humorous can derail. That Inn Keep with the ill chosen name, the terrible accent you tried to do, […]

Upcoming: UK Games Expo 2016

Posted: 26th February 2016 by Mike Hargreaves in Uncategorized

Early June this year the UK Games Expo is going to be in Birmingham. I’ve put in to run three games there. Leverage: The Eight Ball Job Ghostbusters: Witch Hunter Blood Ghostbusters: Pirates, Loot and Ghost Ships Tickets for games (including these three) are about to go live. I’m hosting extra details about each of my games on […]

The next New Shiny – Parallel Fantasy Campaign

Posted: 16th April 2013 by Mike Hargreaves in Uncategorized

My next game… I pause as I type this, not wanting to jinx the last few sessions of my Traveller campaign. My next game will be a fantasy game. Highly narrative with a clear episodic format. UPDATE – The Traveller campaign ended well. Prep for the next campaign well under way now. UPDATE – Three […]

A good portion of my Role Playing upbringing was spent playing Paranoia. Look it up. Mongoose now hold the rights to the game and their updated rules set is a great system. In those early days of my hobby it was all just juvenile fun but looking at the format of the game I have […]

Hear me speak pocket deamon

Posted: 23rd April 2012 by Mike Hargreaves in Uncategorized
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Welcome to the blog for my new site The First City. I’ll spend a little time talking about games and stories here, the power of narrative and the methods used in successfully weaving people’s interest into the story you are telling. Also you can expect me to stray into elements of Geek culture, as I […]