Friday, August 25, 2017

Abnormal Things on the Bamf Podcast

I was just on my first podcast! The Bamf podcast had me on to talk about my game Abnormal Things, Stephen king, 80s horror, and the stranger things show. I was nervous but I think it went great! I had some things I was going to say about Apocalypse World and how it put sex moves on the table, and how sex is actually a really important part of character and relationship development in stories. And also how I started reading Stephen King in kindergarten. But they kept the ball rolling at a quick pace and stopped me from rambling on too long. Abnormal Things kick-starter?

 Strangest Things on Bamf!

 https://mikelaff.podbean.com/

Friday, June 16, 2017

Abnormal Things

Abnormal Things is a game I wrote that lets you and some friends tell a story similar to the one told in the show Stranger Things. You get to roleplay characters in a small town trying to protect the people they care about from the monster that's abducting them. It's a hack of the game Abnormal by Avery Alder. Best of all I'm releasing it for free. Have fun!

Download Abnormal Things

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Just One Job (texting based storygame rules)


It's a game about trying to plan a heist and scheduling nightmares, that you play either over texts or in some other group chat.

Edit: There's now a Google Plus community and a Facebook Group where you can play the game.

Full text of the game after the jump.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Movie reviews - Goddess of Love(2015) The Demolisher (2015) Angst (1983)

I've been on a horror kick recently (to be fair I've been on a horror kick my whole life) and I'm compelled to speak on the movies I watched in the past few days. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I just finished the second video of the Fall of Magic actual play series that I am editing. Fall of Magic is a game written by my friend Ross Cowman that's on Kickstarter right now. And it's doing really well! The whole game is screen printed on a 5 foot scroll, so it's a piece of art in addition to being a game. I'll also be writing one of the lost islands for the game if it gets to that stretch goal.

The video is similar in style to the Life on Mars actual play video I made for Ross. My goal with these videos is too keep them watchable and entertaining while still giving an honest portrayal of the actual experience of sitting at the table. I try to edit out any lulls in the conversation or narration, or any parts where the camera is a bit too shaky, without removing any of the content of what people were saying. Unlike the Life on Mars video which I filmed and edited, the Fall of Magic videos were actually shot by Ross and I think he did an awesome job.

I also filmed another game of Fall of Magic which Ross is editing, and the way we are trading off on roles makes it feel like this cool collaborative project. I'm excited to see those videos too when they come out. I've been thinking about starting a Patreon for making actual play videos like this for other people's games, in addition to more promotional stuff like the video I made for Second Skins or the one I made for The Quiet Year, so if you would be interested in having me make a video like that for you, let me know.