Different Flavors of Horror

B4 Series #2 When the term “horror genre” is mentioned, the initial association is made to classic and sometimes cheesy monster movies or the more modern gore-intensive film experience. These particular approaches do have their place in the genre but there...

Horror-related Genres

B4 Series #1 During our column series in Guild Year 19, we ran a few installments about genres in role playing games. We are making a return to that topic in honor of October’s arrival. The month, and its very popular holiday and trappings, heightens our...

Mixing Genres

B3 Series • #1 Genre-mixing (or bashing) is not a new concept in role playing games. My knowledge is not all-encompassing, but I do recall seeing conversions for Gamma World and Boot Hill in the 1st Dungeon Master’s Guide, which were some of the earliest attempts to...

Thoughts On Genres

B2 Series • #1 The whole concept of genres has changed considerably in gaming design over the past decade or so. In the past, game systems were mostly set in a specific genre, and many of them were a specific setting, with the gaming system going hand in hand with...

Playing With Genres

B1 Series • #2 A role playing game is a story told through cooperative narration within a framework of rules and set in a dynamic fictional world. That make-believe land is defined by certain elements and tropes that combined are known as a “genre.”...