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Consulting

Here's where I post about my current role-playing game design consulting, with the permission of the clients. Sometimes it's a text piece, sometimes it's video or audio. Sometimes it's a discussion, and sometimes it's a playtesting session.

I do not insert my own design, writing, or editing into others' games. I engage with your goals and your aesthetic priorities to help you see your way through the questions or struggles you may have, to provide new information or perspectives, to play a little bit, to listen, and to ask the tough questions. Check out any of the posts and videos to see how it goes, and whether you'd like it.

  • If you want to become a client, please click on the "Come into the Lab" link at the top right of the page to contact me for initial discussion.
  • If we agree it's a good fit, then the fee is 1000 SEK + VAT (250 SEK) for three sessions.

 

The explanation for this image is wonderfully apparent in the second session.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
05 Mar 2022
Games: CORE
19 comments

... "the pedagogy of folk tales," or at least, of playing them. Johann's game in design, Im Reich der Nibelungen ("in the realm of the Nibelungs") draws on Germanic folk literature, including twisted forests, lost children, laws of magic, and monsters you can talk to. Its procedures begin with a smoothish hack of older forms of D&D, but firmly grounded in the travails of young, impoverished knights.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
16 Feb 2022
27 comments

It was good to hear from Jeff again, and especially good to know that he has been exemplifying the concept of "playful play" with his design of Levied Souls, during the two years since we discussed it.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
28 Oct 2021
Games: Levied Souls
12 comments

It seems to be my month for consulting on projects which have hunkered down in people's notebooks for fifteen or twenty years, refusing either to get past a design hump or to yield gracefully into "not gonna do this game" status.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
23 Aug 2021
10 comments

Manu's Finding Haven began as a contest entry and runner-up in the 2013 Iron Game Chef, and the accompanying tale is familiar to me. Briefly, these contests degenerated quickly into a takeover process in which game designs disintegrated. I have a fairly reliable procedure in my pocket for this situation. The underlying logic goes something like this.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
19 Mar 2021
Games: Finding Haven
4 comments

Ever since Sean talked to me about consulting for his project The Empire of the Dragon Lotus, I've been looking through old files and papers for the earliest work by that name that I remembered from him, fifteen to seventeen years ago. I wanted to review some points of interest - especially since what he was working with now seemed to me pale or lacking in spark, at least as I'd recalled being there, if not what exactly.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
09 Mar 2021
0 comments

Bleed as a term has arisen in and around the safety-techniques discussion of the past decade; I'm not sure who coined it or in what context. It concerns strong and possibly aversive or uncontrollable emotions that well up during play. If I'm not mistaken, at least sometimes it's identified as undesirable or unsafe.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
07 Feb 2021
0 comments

The super-powered young (and not-so-young) godlings are now in action.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
02 Nov 2020
4 comments

Here's our play experience with Ola's Compact Stories, which is well-timed considering our recently-concluded season of Primetime Adventures. It's a chance to perceive precisely what distinguishes his design, and for him to see what to dial down or to dial up inside it.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
01 Nov 2020
5 comments

Similar to my consult with Jared, I wonder whether Jerry and I are even comprehensible to a third-party listener. I know it'll be entertaining; we've known each other for almost twenty years, trading thoughts about life et cetera. I kept laughing out loud while editing. However, he's published big, beautiful games (Atlantis, Hellas), managing money and production in ways I can't imagine or do.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
13 Sep 2020
5 comments

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