Black Lives Matter

The United States of America is currently suffering from an unprecedented series of police riots, where countless children, elderly citizens, journalists, legislators, and medical professionals have been gravely harmed. We condemn all such acts of violence perpetrated by individuals and organizations who have betrayed their oath to serve and protect.

Genesis of Legend strongly supports those individuals taking a stand for justice and police accountability. We will be donating to the Black Visions Collective and The Bail Project respectively and encourage you to do the same. Here’s a little bit about these organizations.

The Black Visions Collective

The Black Visions Collective envisions a world in which ALL Black Lives Matter. We use the guidance and brilliance of our ancestors as well as the teachings of our own experiences to pursue our commitment to dismantling systems of oppression and violence. We are determined in our pursuit of dignity and equity for all.

The Bail Project

The Bail Project, Inc. is an unprecedented effort to combat mass incarceration at the front end of the system. We pay bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence. Because bail is returned at the end of a case, donations to The Bail Project™ National Revolving Bail Fund can be recycled and reused to pay bail two to three times per year, maximizing the impact of every dollar. 100% of online donations are used to bring people home.

Our Games, Their Stories

If you are helping in the fight for justice and black lives, we want to give what we can. We are offering a bundle with free PDFs of all of our games to anyone who fits at least one of the criteria below.

  • Is a Black individual suffering during the current time;
  • Participates in the protest/uprising efforts on the front lines;
  • Acts as a journalist, legal observer, or medical professional; or
  • Donates over $50 to either of the organizations listed above.

If this is your case, please email us at with “Black Lives Matter” in the subject line and we will send you our catalog. Thank you .

Floating City by Tan Ho Sim

RPG Design Worksheets

Whenever I run workshops to teach new tabletop game designers, I produce a set of worksheets to help them explore their ideas. The latest iteration of these sheets are now ready for people to use and enjoy.

The PDF document presented below contains a total of 6 letter-sized worksheets which you can print on a home printer. Each of these pages addresses a different area of design and should be a useful aid in starting a conversation. Each of the sheets has a list of questions for the designer to answer.

  1. The Concept of the game, why it exists.
  2. The System, the rules and procedures of play.
  3. The Setting, or the fictional context of play.
  4. The Situation, or the reason that the characters are acting.
  5. The Subtext, or how the game relates to real world concerns.
  6. The Production, planning how the game can be manufactured and shared.

I would love to get feedback from folks, both experienced designers and new ones. Please feel free to contact me at genesisoflegend at gmail

Scribus for RPG Layout – A Template

Since I released my video on RPG layout , I have gotten a number of comments and subscriber who were interested in more resources. Since I am currently in the midst of procrastinating prior to GenCon 2016, I thought I would pull together a quick Scribus template for that other people could use to get started.

There is a zip file Scribus Template which includes the full Scribus file, all of the free (open-source) fonts, and a sample image I created. That scribus file has a handful of pages laid out with example text, including an inner cover page, credits page, table of contents, and a couple of main content pages. This also includes a number of paragraph styles (header 1, header 2, header 3, body text, example text) and character styles (emphasis, small cap emphasis) that can be used to get started. The basic fonts used for this document work together, have a variety of weights, and generally look professional. I encourage you to use this as a baseline to get started in laying out your own games.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

How to Learn Game Design – A Reference Post

At GenCon, I present a panel titled Introduction to Indie Game Design, where we hope to provide a host of resources for the panel attendees. This blogpost stands as a curated collection of resources for their use, and for anyone else who wants to get started in designing RPGs.

  1. A giant pile of resources on dropbox.
  2. Free and Professional RPGs for Game Designers
  3. Software Choices
  4. Scribus for Game Designers
  5. RPG Design Overview Sheet
  6. Basic Budgeting for RPG Publishing
  7. Design Geology
  8. Last, but certainly not least, I would like to recommend you check out the RPG Design Panelcast which is hosted on this site. There’s a heck of a lot of excellent information for you to enjoy brilliant minds.

Good luck!

GameChef 2015 – Le Lustre des Libellules

Le lustre des libellules est un jeu optimiste et plein d’espoir. Au cours de chaque session du jeu, chaque joueur joue le rôle d’une libellule. Chacune des libellules bénéficie d’un talent particulier pour aider ses copines et pour pourvoir à ses besoins. Chaque libellule est motivée par son Rêve, la Quiétude et le désir d’abandonner ses Faiblesses. Elle utilise ces trois motivations pour échapper aux dangers et pour résoudre des conflits avec les autres libellules.

Au cours du jeu, elle va satisfaire ses motivations par l’utilisation de ces Rêves, sa Quiétudes ou ses Faiblesses. Le joueur établira une partie de la personnalité d’une nymphe de la prochaine génération. Éventuellement, les vieilles libellules sont remplacées par les jeunes nymphes et le jeu continu.

Dans « Le lustre des libellules », on essaie de créer une expérience bucolique, qui célèbre la beauté naturelle et la valeur des milieux humides. On prend soin de partager et d’explorer l’innocence des jeunes libellules pour créer des histoires familiales. De plus, on peut utiliser le jeu comme une occasion de faire un commentaire social et métaphorique, afin d’ajouter de la profondeur pour les joueurs adultes. Les deux grandes inspirations ludiques sont The Warren de Marshall Miller et Golden Sky Stories de Ryo Kamiya.

Ce jeu est disponible gratis, si tu veux le télécharger Le Lustre Des Libellules .