Making Mistakes…

(Featured photo by Bret Lehne of Velvet Noir I, workshops.) This was originally written as a private chat between game designers on my Patreon. However, after several requests, it felt important to put it public. This post is more personal than many on this blog, but no less true. Most of you who read this … Continue reading Making Mistakes…

A Dark Fairytale: Real Royalty Review

In early April 2019, I had the pleasure of being invited to cover Hanging Lantern’s event “Real Royalty” written and designed by Natasha Borders, Jeffrey Steele, and Benji Michalek. The game was a dark fairytale incorporating stories and inspiration from the world’s most famous, classic stories. From a designer’s standpoint, Real Royalty was an amazing and fascinating game. While not everything worked and the experimental mechanics certainly could have used more playtesting before going live, the fact that the Hanging Lantern team was willing to try so many experimental things meant that Real Royalty helped push freeform mechanical design forward dramatically faster than any game I’ve played in the last two years.