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I have a problem with initiative. I’m not talking about taking decisive action in my personal life. No, I mean the process of determining the character order of actions in a tabletop role playing encounter. I dislike most traditional systems as they tend to be random and capricious. But more than that, they tend to take the players out of the story and reduce things to the mechanical, the procedural. Coyote and Crow isn’t just about role playing your character, it’s about building a future legend. The things your character does today should become the next generation’s great stories. I want the encounters to feel closer to weaving a fable around a campfire than to a 1970s miniature war game simulation.

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Let’s discuss the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Ready Player One. (See what I did there? I referenced something from popular culture.)

I’m going to be getting into some minor spoiler territory in this article regarding Ready Player One, both the book and the film. That said, I’m not here to discuss the details of the plot of either. Want I want to talk about here is how Ready Player One is a golden opportunity for gamers, game developers and publishers. Not just video games, but board games as well. In fact, for the sake of this article, consider board games and video games interchangeable.

Ready Player One is filled with successes and problems. Both the film and the book are a meta-onion, enabling the consumer to look back and in on themselves, peeling away their relationship to media, nerd culture, and fandom. There’s beauty and ugliness in stripping back those layers and it’s important that we take a moment and pick those things out, isolate them, identify them, and then, either replicate them or shove them into the waste bin of history. (more…)

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