Most Game Masters do it. Hacking your favourite RPG is as old as the hobby itself. However, one can often get bogged down with rules that defeat their intent and make the game less fun. Others have so many house rules that players and master alike get confused and lose sense of what game they’re playing. That’s why we invite you to join 3 well-known RPG bloggers from Critical-Hits and At-Will to discuss how to design, test, and organize house rules. They’ll also tell you how to explore other classic and modern RPGs to “borrow” their best ideas into your games and give you tangible examples.
We were happy to have our panel accepted, but it wasn’t until we got there that it sunk in how big this was. While we’ve all done panels before, nothing would prepare us for something of this size. Pax has a much more limited seminar schedule, which means there’s more attention on each panel. People lining up in advance is common, as is getting turned away.
While to our knowledge everyone who wanted to get in did, we still had well over 300 people in the audience. That’s by far the biggest seminar I’ve ever been on, and we even were up against the also excellent Game Design is Mind Control panel.
I am happy to say that I thought the panel went quite well, despite largely being planned during dinner right before the panel (on the plus side, Phil, Quinn, and I invented a game during that same dinner.)
Mike Shea of Sly Flourish recorded the panel and was kind enough to share the recording with me, so I thank him for letting us share the seminar with everyone.. There are always difficulties in recording seminars, especially between audio levels and audience members who don’t have a microphone, but I hope that doesn’t stop you from learning something.
House rules and stealing from other games in RPGs seminar at Pax East 2011 (58 minutes, 28 MB)
I’d also like to invite everyone, whether you were at the actual panel or just listening to it now, to ask us any questions about the topic, and we’ll do our best to answer. Thanks again to everyone who came out to support us on the panel, and maybe we can do another seminar next year!