Good Night, Forge Part 1: the Forge in 3 sentences.

  • System matters, so play games that will best support you and your friends’ play.
  • Publish your game without risking more than you are willing to lose and when possible, if it is important to you, keep ownership of your creative works.
  • Talk and reflect about play earnestly and honestly because it is rewarding and will help you and others understand our hobby better.

 

System matters, so play games that will best support you and your friends’ play.

John Q. Forge thinks that games are more important than people, GM’s or anything. They think that other shit doesn’t matter and rely on mechanics to solve everything!

No, that isn’t true. Mechanics can help make a good game great and a good night shitty but other elements are important too, from relationships at the table to food.

Publish your game without risking more than you are willing to lose and when possible, if it is important to you, keep ownership of your creative works.

Forge Mc Forgey of the Forgingville Forgers thinks that freelancing for gaming companies is amoral and they hate every publisher and game company.

No, lots of folks who have published their own games and have participated in the Forge and the Forge booth have freelanced. Some are not interested. There is no trouble here. Move along.

Talk and reflect about play earnestly and honestly because it is rewarding and will help you and others understand our hobby better.

Lady Forge Indie RPG of the Forgia uses Actual Play to make their games look good and lie incessantly about how their games work at the table and how real role-playing games cause brain damage.

Yeah. I like to talk about trouble I’ve had with games, be it Burning Wheel and Apocalypse World or whatever mainstream game you like. I’m sure someone, somewhere has lied or resorted to hyperbole about a game. I’m not the AP Police.

GURPS is an indie RPG!

Okay.

GNS is a lie!

I never particularly liked it, myself. Not grokking GNS never got in my way when I was gaming but it did get in my way of participating in some discussions that don’t really interest me.

Creator Ownership is a brand!

Okay.

I went to the Forge/Forge Booth/Gaggle of Indie RPGerati at a con/friend’s house and indie RPGers treated me really poorly, if you all policed your community with more dignity, you wouldn’t have these problems and the indie community would love me!

I’m sorry someone treated you poorly. That sucks. Do you want a hug? I…man, for a hater-voice inside my head, you are exhausting.

I’m just getting warmed up!

I know.

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