House Rules: Strength

I’m back! (This is my first blog post in six months. I spent the winter¬†stay-at-home-dadding and finishing my master’s thesis, and I just didn’t feel like writing something for fun with that big writing task always looming at the keyboard. But it’s finished now, and I’ll see if I won’t get back into the groove […]

Sleepless Nights: Vampire Psychology

I’ve written a bunch of posts about the game mechanics of character creation for vampire PCs. In this one, I’ll step outside that rules-oriented view a bit and gather my thoughts regarding other aspects of what vampires are like in Sleepless Nights. What are they like, then? Any answer I give here is necessarily tentative and provisional, […]

How I Play: Food

Pretty much every social gathering must address the¬†question of sustenance: sooner or later, everyone’s got to eat. Do we do it beforehand, each on our own? Do we go our separate ways or split into small groups and get something afterwards? Or do we make eating together part of whatever we’ve made the effort and […]

Martial Arts Style: Kid Wrangling

I’ve dabbled in a couple of martial arts, but there’s only one I’m proficient in. I figured it’s high time someone statted it up for Gurps. Kid Wrangling (4 points) Possibly the most ancient of all martial arts, this is the body of knowledge used by men and women from time immemorial to manage their […]

Fight Analysis: Fellowship of the Ring

I enjoyed writing my first Fight Analysis post so much I decided to follow up with another one. Same genre, broadly speaking, but this one’s a real fight scene instead of a comedy skit – in fact, the climactic duel of the movie. Fellowship of the Ring came out 15 years ago, but still feels fresh. I […]

Fight Analysis: Conan the Barbarian

Inspired by Hans-Christian Vortisch‘s wonderful Gurps breakdowns of shootouts from movies and TV shows (here‘s a recent one), and Mailanka‘s equally meticulous turn-by-turn analyses of Star Wars lightsaber fights (like this one), I decided to try my hand at the same. Now, it’s a point of pride and principle that my favorite film is Conan […]

Sleepless Nights, Session 1: The Rite of the Wolf

So, while Sleepless Nights starts in earnest sometime next spring after I come back from a five-month stint abroad, we managed to play a sort of prologue session last week. I wrote this primarily as an official record of the events of the adventure, but I tried my best to elucidate the decisions and blunders […]