Forge Theory Overview
"The Forge" is a website for independent role-playing games, hosted by independent RPG authors Clinton R. Nixon (The Shadow of Yesterday et al.) and Ron Edwards (Sorcerer et al.). It has a web-based bulletin board, on which much RPG theory and design discussion has taken place. Below I have collected some links of information related to the Forge in particular.
- "Introduction to Forge Theory" by Ben Lehman
- A series of blog posts written as an introduction.
Introduction - the nature and purpose of the work
Part 1 - Players at a table
Part 2 - On house rules and fudging
Part 3 - Rules and what they are
Part 4 - Rules and what they do
Part 5 - The Big Model (The Way Ben Draws It)
Part 5.1 - The Big Model (The Way Ron Draws It)
Part 6 - Elements of Exploration
Part 7 - The GNS Categories
RPG TheoryTopics Wiki
- A collection of terminology with topical links to relevant
webpages, including Forge discussion threads. Many terms
originate at the Forge.
Referenced Threads from The Forge
- A chronological list of threads which were considered important
for RPG theory, either by me or other Forge participants.
Referenced Threads from the Forge by Topic
- Another collection of threads organized by what topics they are
Role-playing Theory, Hardcore by Vincent Baker
- A collection of short articles on role-playing theory by
Forge contributor Vincent Baker. The third entry
(titled "Roleplaying's Fundamental Act") outlines
the "Lumpley Principle".
The Fun Now Manifesto
- Chris Chinn (aka "bankuei") attempt at a quick and easy summary
of useful things that came straight out of Forge Theory that
you can use right away.
Scott's Roleplaying Styles Links Page
- Another collection of Forge links by topic.
Forge Member Profiles
- Profiling Statistics:
- This is a survey which is done seasonally of what systems
the users on the Forge on playing. Each user is asked to
respond with the three games last played, three games most
enjoyed, and three games not yet played that (s)he most
wants to try. I have collected the statistics of the
responses out of curiosity, and made them available.
For those interested, I also have a
zip file of the Perl code I use for the parsing and the
text files which I edit from the thread itself. The process
requires hand-editting to regularize the names and categories
from the thread.
Profiling, Fall 2004
profiling, fall 2003
Profiling (Winter 2001)
John H. Kim <jhkim-at-darkshire-dot-net>
Last modified: Fri Aug 4 16:33:23 2006