Oren Ashkenazi

Oren is a grumpy old man whose physical age hasn’t quite caught up with him, at least that’s what the kids who won’t get off his lawn keep saying. He’s been into roleplaying games since he was knee-high to a d10, and into prose writing for nearly as long. He loves stories and games that push the envelope of storytelling, like the Discworld series and the RPG Primetime Adventures. He’s also a huge Star Trek fan, though his rants on the mistakes of Voyager and Enterprise might make you think otherwise.

Roleplaying

Ten Techniques I Use Every Session

GM Screens

A lot of great GMing advice posts are out there,* but most of them focus on abstract, big picture suggestions. That’s great, but what about when you’re in the trenches, running the game? Fortunately, plenty of advice is useful to you right now. Including right … read more »

Podcast

47 – Where System Meets Setting

The Mythcreant Podcast

Chris, Oren, and Jim discuss how roleplaying systems succeed or fail at implementing mechanics that match their settings. They describe why systems need mechanics that fit their setting, and spend ten solid minutes discussing a Pathfinder spell that removes your skin. Read more »

Analysis

Four Behaviors Fiction Needs to Stop Glorifying

We humans have spent the last 200,000 years trying to figure out how to treat each other, and while we’re still confused on a few subjects, the basics are pretty solid. At least, they should be. Somehow our fictional characters can’t go two seconds without doing something horrible. Read more »

Podcast

46 – Best and Worst Roleplaying Systems

The Mythcreant Podcast

While Mike is away with a cough, Oren uses his perfectly objective viewpoint to declare which systems are superior to others. Jim praises games he can break with power combos, and Chris raves about mechanics that make GMs do all the work. They all share … read more »

Analysis

Seven Video Games With Great Writing

Video games have a mixed reputation when it comes to writing, and it’s not entirely undeserved. There are some badly written games out there. Of course, plenty of novels are badly written too, and no one questions books as a storytelling medium.* When done correctly, … read more »

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