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Interview Episode 22 – Stuart Robertson
by Dan Repperger

* (0:30) Who Stuart is and what he’s been up to lately.  His blog, Strange Magic, and his micro-RPG, Weird West.  His Deviant Art profile can be found here.

* (2:00) Stuart’s participation in the one-page dungeon design competition.  The mental exercise of paring content down to just what’s really needed.  The virtue of succinctness in the face of bloated games.

* (7:36) A case study on micro-RPGs, using Weird West as our example.  Knights of Cydonia.

* (10:18) Craft time on Fear the Boot!  You can follow along by looking at the online folding guide or viewing a video of Dan making one.

* (15:45) Capturing a character in just ten traits, taking up an area smaller than a standard playing card.

* (19:38) The choice to exclude a detailed setting and an explanation of what an RPG is.  The increasing exposure people have to the concepts of RPGs.  The use of implied setting to make the game bigger than the text itself.

* (29:33) The business aspects of selling a small book for a low price.  The advantages of being your own artist.  The IndieGoGo campaign for Stuart’s Weird West minis.

* (35:13) What Stuart’s playing apart from the games he’s written.

* (41:41) A micro-RPG in the hands of a brand new player or GM.

* (43:31) What the phrase “old school” means to Stuart and why he feels it applies to his game.  The G.I. Joe old school PSA parody (fair warning: there’s some strong language).  Discussion about the usefulness of vernacular labels.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, John, Wayne

Guests: Stuart Robertson

Comments (5)

ColinApril 28th, 2012 at 9:33 am

Purchased this game!

mrvainMay 1st, 2012 at 11:38 pm

“It was certainly good to hear how other people were doing it” went by without any suggestive comments…..really needed Pat ;-)

PatrickMay 7th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I purchased the game as well and can see myself running a one-shot (I’m thinking something kind of Dark Tower-ish) at my local hobby shop or as an off-night adventure.

I generally liked what Mr. Robertson had To say about game design. Sometimes less is more…

I am very intrigued by this one page adventure idea and will probably experiment with the concept on my own. Another great FTB episode!

Alex SchroederMay 13th, 2012 at 5:34 am

One Page Dungeon Contest link for the curious.

unnamednpcMay 14th, 2012 at 12:38 am

Good stuff! Stuart seems like an awesome kinda guy, his game sounds neat, the micro RPG idea is brilliant, I bought and recommend it.
So, high fives all around!

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