Ars Mechanica, is a GM-less tabletop game about medieval mech by Rui Anselmo.

Kingdom of Portugal, 1147. The Reconquista

Four hundred years ago the Moors invaded the scattered kingdoms of the goths and the vandals and swiftly conquered them. The secret to the quickness of their conquests is in the recovered technology of ancient greek texts for a kind of armour their enemies didn't possess, giant armoured automata 5 meters tall....


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Yesterday Grupo de Roleplayers de Lisboa had its first monthly tabletop RPG meet-up in Lisbon in two years!

Some 30-40 roleplayers showed up at a tabletop game store called Games of the West to mingle and play tRPGs like Electric Bastionland, Dungeon World, Dungeons & Dragons 5e, Numenera and The One Ring 2e.

We also playtested a project called Ars Mechanica (a GMless tabletop game about mechs waging war in medieval Portugal) by Rui Anselmo.

See you next month! ;)

How can I improve the people directory?

I have a few ideas:

- Allow registration via statuses that contain hashtag topics so you don't need to pollute your bio

- User avatars (held off on this as it would require moderation)

- Topic intersection (group results by multiple topics)

- Filter by instance/domain

- Use localStorage to keep track of profiles you seen to show fresher results

Any more? Boosts appreciated! #fediverseInfo #activitypub

You can download the Ma Nishtana ashcan and a free sample Backdrop on our itch page for reference

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Send submissions to manishtanarpg at gmail dot com. Just the blurb and a few character prompts is enough. If your Backdrop is selected you will be paid $50 for your contribution.

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I am the only one registered on with the #gamedesign hashtag in my Mastodon bio.

(I do hate the autocomplete on the search. Type in "rpg" and hit enter and you get the results for #tabletoprpgs, because it's the first one in the list with "rpg" in it somewhere. That's not how autocomplete should work.)

“Easy-Con, the (role-play) convention management system. At a convention, there might be a number of (roly-play) games, board games, workshops or other events - often organized by the attendees of the convention.”

Hayao Miyazaki, The Mind of a Master

A Thoughtful Video Essay Reveals the Driving Forces Behind the Animator’s Incredible Body of Work via @OpenCulture

One week ago I launched

Since then, 515 people registered and have been added to 1800+ topics!

Discovery is important, and while we strive to fill this void, our ultimate goal is to help standardize discovery across the fediverse.

Every #fedi project should have this directory! #activitypub #fediverse #fediverseInfo

Nice! A tool to help explore the fediverse. Just go to Explore, write down a hashtag and find people with the same interest

My coworker just gave me six GURPS 3e sourcebooks and a book of 3e character sheets.

Amazing! The illustrations in the book Légendes Bretonnes (Les plus belles légendes du monde) from Maurice_de_Becque are really beautiful, and available :-) They can colour your home adventure really nicely.

Is there any FLOSS and/or federated alternative to itch were people could launch their own pen and paper RPGs?

Mastodon has a verification mechanism, though it looks different from Twitter's. We do not ask for your documents. Instead, if you have a website that you are known by, you can verify that you are the owner of that website.

Link to your Mastodon profile from the website, either through a visible link, or through a <link> tag in the head of the document, with a rel=me attribute, and link back to that page from your Mastodon profile. It should then get a green checkmark, like @Mastodon.

Another sign that my Mastodon usage is more serious? I just downloaded a desktop app for it. It's not yet at the point of replacing twitter, but it is showing some promise for more specialized RPG design discussions.

Someone on Twitter is organizing a TTRPG bundle with all proceeds going to reproductive rights. You can submit your game here:

In my opinion one of the challenges in facilitating super-hero tRPGs is how to better help those players that are not that knowledgeable of or into that specific comic book genre.

Having that in mind, and while also trying to speed up the character creation process in Heróis Modernos, I've been developing some Fast Creation Tables that will not only help create bold Heroes, wicked Villains and their nefarious Plans but also make it as they could belong to Odeon City.

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@invisivel Yeah, I also have a lot of fun creating the full page ad and it's a nice way to have breather between the end of the first act and the beginning of the second one.

In the latest version of Heróis Modernos you have to design an advertisement for a future comic book series. That allows for the creative team to give more backstory to any of the characters in the current story or brainstorm any future storylines or alternative heroes they would like to star in other stories.

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