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Resources for TTRPG – Federal Writers Project – Almanac for New Yorkers 1938 and 1939

Friday, February 8th, 2019

The published in 1937 and written by Federal Writers Project authors the Almanac for New Yorkers 1938 has a guide to warnings for small craft, a day by day guide to things that were going to happen in New York along with a fact of the day, a pictorial map of the city, a list of […]

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Finally put together my annual panorama taken from the balcony of the members bar at Tate Modern from July 2018

Resources for TTRPG – Federal Writers’ Project Guides to New York

Friday, February 1st, 2019

I’m a big fan of reading guide books and other period books as source books for RPGs.  Yesterday I stumbled across the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) – a project to provide jobs for unemployed writers established by the US federal  during the Great Depression.   Amongst their output were guides to various parts of the US.    Now […]

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Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Testing the 9 Sentence Setting So Far

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

I wanted to test how well the 9 Sentence Setting elements work together in anger.  I’ve used it to assemble an RPG setting for a silly idea that keeps coming back to me for a game set in a world not unlike Death in Paradise except the island is a place the dead from an […]

The 9 Sentence Organisation

Saturday, January 12th, 2019

Expanding on the 9 Sentence Settlement and the 7 Sentence NPC and last weeks  9 Sentence Region and the 9 Sentence Building this week I’ve been thinking about how to make a compact but useful description of an organisation.  This is my first stab… Heading – Name Line 1: Introduction – Alternate names, leader, size and status Line 2: First […]

The 9 Sentence Region and the 9 Sentence Building

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

Expanding on the 9 Sentence Settlement and the 7 Sentence NPC here is my first stab at the 9 Sentence region Heading Line 1: Introduction Line 2: First Impressions Line 3: Geography Line 4: Resources Line 5: Flora and Fauna Line 6: People, Population, Demographics, Government and Culture Line 7: Places and Infrastructure Line 8: History  Line 9: […]

The 9 Sentence Settlement

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

I was thinking yesterday about expanding the New 7 Sentence NPC to cover other sorts of game information.  I became a fan of the 7 Sentence NPC when I read it in Dragon magazine back in 1992 as it is quick to produce and gives me as a GM lots of the information I need […]

Happy Christmas 2018

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – lovely costume and set design, some really good special effects, can’t fault the cast. So its a shame the story was so laden with exposition, foreshadowing the existing films and random happenings. Also once you’ve we’ve been told its in Paris you don’t have to be quite so […]

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