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Lo-Fi Publishing

In music the term lo-fi describes production quality where imperfections in the recording or performance can be heard. Sometimes they are organic, giving the piece an authentic, “live” feel. Other times they reflect an aesthetic choice. Lo-fi has been associated with a lot of things, including the DIY ethos of punk, nostalgia for analog recordings, […]

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The Black Box Movement and Remix Culture

Since both philosophies are currently having a strong influence on my approach to game design, I should take a moment to explain how the Black Box Movement and Remix Culture fit together. These are my personal opinions. They aren’t meant to be interpreted as representative of either creative community. I can only speak to my […]

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Black Box Movement: Everything is a Remix

RPG culture is remix culture. Everything is a remix. That’s it. That’s the blog post. Well, almost. I think it’s important for people to understand what remix culture is. People need to see how it applies to tabletop roleplaying games. You’re already engaged in it, whether you realize it or not.  When you’re able to […]

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Do What You Can

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt This cannot be overstated: there is no right or wrong way to create. That’s what the Black Box Movement is about. No one can tell you that you need to make a thing a certain way. Your game doesn’t have to be […]

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Game Design: The Man in the Arena

This is one of two posts I’ve written today on Teddy Roosevelt’s famous “Citizenship in a Republic” speech. It’s also known as “The Man in the Arena”. You can read the other post over on my personal website. I’ve had this quote hanging up in my workspace for years. Should I ever get an actual […]