Winds of the North Preview 4: Exploring the North

Winds of the North is an upcoming solo Viking gamebook. It features sandbox gameplay with a mix of adventure and farm management. Each week, until open playtesting begins, I’ll be sharing a preview of the mechanics and features. Catch up on past articles:AnnouncementPreview 1: Core MechanismPreview 2: Time and SeasonsPreview 3: Life on the Farm Sign-upContinue reading “Winds of the North Preview 4: Exploring the North”

Winds of the North Preview 3: Life on the Farm

Winds of the North is an upcoming solo Viking gamebook. It features sandbox gameplay with a mix of adventure and farm management. Each week, until open playtesting begins, I’ll be sharing a preview of the mechanics and features. Catch up on past articles:AnnouncementPreview 1: Core MechanismPreview 2: Time and Seasons Sign-up for the mailing list!Continue reading “Winds of the North Preview 3: Life on the Farm”

Winds of the North Preview 2: Time and Seasons

Winds of the North is an upcoming solo Viking gamebook. It features sandbox gameplay with a mix of adventure and farm management. Each week, until open playtesting begins, I’ll be sharing a preview of the mechanics and features. Catch up on past articles:AnnouncementPreview 1: Core Mechanism Sign-up for the mailing list! The passing of timeContinue reading “Winds of the North Preview 2: Time and Seasons”

Winds of the North Preview 1: Core Mechanism

Winds of the North is an upcoming solo Viking gamebook. It features sandbox gameplay with a mix of adventure and farm management. Each week, until open playtesting begins, I’ll be sharing a preview of the mechanics and features. Sign-up for the mailing list! For this first preview, it seemed appropriate that it focus on theContinue reading “Winds of the North Preview 1: Core Mechanism”

Announcement: Winds of the North — A Solo Viking Gamebook

Since finishing my revisions for The Dawnless Valley (still looking for a publisher), I started work on the next big project. I’ve learned a lot from working on previous designs, so going into this one felt like a breeze compared to other times I tried to start gamebooks. This is one I’ve tried to makeContinue reading “Announcement: Winds of the North — A Solo Viking Gamebook”

RPG First Impression: Fear Itself 2nd Edition (GUMSHOE system)

When I first started playing RPGs via forums, I was still hesitant to run them. I didn’t have much experience as a player or GM. Most of my experience was in watching games on Twitch and Youtube. I had started my Warhammer campaign in October 2018 because I love the setting and wanted to playContinue reading “RPG First Impression: Fear Itself 2nd Edition (GUMSHOE system)”

Warhammer Fantasy RP 2nd Edition Campaign Part 2

For those who missed it, I previously wrote an article about Warhammer Fantasy RP 2nd Edition that included a summary of the play-by-forum campaign I’ve been running for over 2 years now. You can find part 1 here: https://thomaspking.com/2020/09/07/role-playing-warhammer-fantasy-rpg-2nd-edition/ Where we left off, the party was rushing to protect the count of Wurtbad who hadContinue reading “Warhammer Fantasy RP 2nd Edition Campaign Part 2”

RPG First Impressions: Symbaroum and Mörk Borg

These are two RPGs I’ve tried out in play-by-forum (PBF) and thought to share my first impressions. For the record, I GMed an adventure for Symbaroum and was a player in a premade adventure of Mörk Borg. What is Symbaroum? Symbaroum is set in a dark, gritty fantasy world. It’s by a Swedish company, andContinue reading “RPG First Impressions: Symbaroum and Mörk Borg”

Gamebook vs solo RPG

I’ve been working on a gamebook for over a year (almost 2?), and I recently participated in the 24-hour RPG design contest on RPGGeek, my entry being a solo RPG called Premonitions. The contest is almost over, but I’ve been thinking about the system I created and how it might be applied to other themes.Continue reading “Gamebook vs solo RPG”

“The Dawnless Valley” Playtests!

I’ve been very busy this past week finishing the current round of edits on my dark fantasy gamebook*, The Dawnless Valley. Hence the lack of reviews and articles. *A gamebook is like a choose-your-own-adventure book but with RPG-like rules and mechanics. Typically, you create and customize your own character, acquire items, and there’s usually someContinue reading ““The Dawnless Valley” Playtests!”