Thursday, June 13, 2013

Confession about Actual Play

Rolling Intentions recently posted an Actual Play recording of a session of Heroine. They did a great job, both with the recording and with using the game to tell an entertaining story.
But I have a confession to make. I had a lot of anxiety listening to the recording. I had to pause it and listen to something else three or four times. I absolutely could not get through the recording in one sitting, even though it was only 75 minutes long.
This has nothing to with their recording. I was having strange feelings listening to someone play my game in a way that was completely outside of my control. I've read AP reports of Heroine before, but there's something different about listening to the session moment by moment. I felt like I was a parent watching my child's first day of kindergarten from the other side of a one way mirror. I wanted to be able to help, but I knew it was time to let her stand on her own. I know that sounds pretty dramatic, but I'm being honest. I was much more emotional listening to it than I expected to be.
Ultimately, I'm relieved that the guys had a good time with the game. If you like AP recordings, I encourage you to check out their podcast. But if you are a game designer, be warned that it can feel pretty intense the first time you listen to someone else play your game.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Heroine Actual Play Recording by Rolling Intentions Podcast

The guys over at the Rolling Intentions Podcast have posted their actual play (AP) recording of Heroine. If you enjoy listening to actual play like I do, please go check out their site.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Heroine: Girls Elsewhere

Daniel Solis sent me the initial layout for Girls Elsewhere today. This is the second Heroine book. It contains alternate settings submitted by several other game designers.
The book is looking great so far, and I'm excited to be able to share it with you soon.
All the backers of the Heroine Kickstarter who received a pdf of Heroine will also receive a pdf of Girls Elsewhere. I also intend to sell hardcopies and pdfs to the general public. The tentative release date is July. Stay tuned.