The Ethical Gamer #3 – The value of rules

The Ethical Gamer series explores issues in boardgaming through an ethical and scriptural lens, by Josh Jones. When I started this blog post, I was planning to talk about a variety of values we learn from board games, but one in particular captured my attention. Today I want to look at how board games teach […]

Forgotten Lore: Myrkator, Chairon and the Elven Boat

In the last installment of Forgotten Lore, I mentioned how I’d share some vignettes of Myrkator’s career. I thought it would be fun and over the top nerdy to just share these as Myrkator.  The following is taken from a low key game we played late one evening, just the DM and I, and it […]

The Ethical Gamer #2 – Trash Talking in Games

The Ethical Gamer series explores issues in boardgaming through an ethical and scriptural lens, by Josh Jones.Over the holidays, I made the mistake of trash-talking a child. My nephew and I were playing Fibbage, and we were jokingly taunting each other. In our first game, he doubled my score and made it known far and […]

Forgotten Lore: Myrkator

Over at a friend’s house one sunny day in the winter of 1997. We decided to play some D&D. I remember the place. We were in the living room. There were potted plants everywhere. Scores, I thought, of lush flora hanging from the ceiling. Ferns. Probably pothos. A swath of nameless succulents scattered about the […]

The Rebirth of Life & Legend: Part 2

Last time, I talked about the birth of Life & Legend and how we’ve been hard at work on a second edition of the game. I explained why Life & Legend will make a great journaling rpg. In a future post, we’ll talk about how the journaling rpg works. For now, let’s look at some […]

Forgotten Lore: It’s Only Teenage Wasteworld

When I first saw The Road Warrior, I was too young, and it blew my mind. The idea of the present world being cast down, all of its conventions and culture swept away, only a stout or fortunate few remaining, and a new world blooming from the carcass of the old was beyond compelling. Not to […]

The Rebirth of Life & Legend: Part 1

You are a wanderer on a life-long journey. Seek what you will, but as time passes, know the end draws closer. Each opportunity becomes more important, missteps more costly, victories sweeter. Will you find glory when the path is at its end? Welcome to the World. Good luck, Adventurer. (from the Life & Legend 1st […]

The Ethical Gamer #1: Lying in Games

One of the joys of board gaming is that you can enter into a world wholly different than your own. In my daily life, I’ve never gone on an adventure where I explore deep cave systems and fight against swamp-creatures. But when I play Above and Below, it activates that imaginative side of my brain. Part of the enjoyment comes from imagining a life I don’t have.

Forgotten Lore: My Roleplaying Adventures in the 20th Century and Beyond

Looking back, I saw that I’d played Dungeons & Dragons consistently for the entirety of the 1990s. These were my younger years, the long years, not the fleeting lightspeed years that jolted to life in my late 20s. The coming of age years, maybe?

I began D&D in 1988 at age 10, and the polyhedral satellite of that game revolved around the sun of my entire adolescence.