Friday, March 8, 2013

Other Folks: Octo

It's easy, working hard plugging away on your own projects, to start feeling like you live and work and exist entirely in a bubble. But the thing is, first off, living in a bubble is boring, second, if you never leave your bubble, who's going to see the cool stuff you're doing there?

I've been noticing recently how much is going on in the world that is actually, genuinely really cool. I've been struggling with what to do with this blog, now that I have the Black Hat Writing blog up and running. One of the things I think I would like to do is just use this to occasionally highlight awesome stuff other people are doing in my area of RPGs, gamebooks, and the like.

(If you're reading this and you have something cool going on which you'd like me to take a look at and share, by all means, drop me a link!)

This week, I'd like to talk about...


Sometimes someone does something that's just awesome. Octo,, is a collection of eight original RPGs, each created on one page. It is purely analog; there's no .pdf and only 200 copies will ever be created. What's more: you can only acquire it by donating to a charity.

How cool is that?

The upcoming issue of Octo is "Games of Spring" and will be released in March. You can donate now to get an issue if you're interested. My ass is broke, otherwise I'd be doing it.

Check out the full description here:, with totally original, one-of-a-kind games by Filamena Young, Tracy Barnett, Niki Hammond, Jackson Tegu, Renee Knipe, Hannah Vietmeier, Robert Bruce and Ross Cowman.

At least one of these games is called Fish Story. You do the math.

Did I mention you can't buy this, you can only get it by donating to charity?

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