GRAHAM WALMSLEY PLAY UNSAFE PDF

It was a pretty inspiring read, and as fate would have it, I actually got to apply some of the theory in a one-shot game of Dungeon World the same day. The premise of the book is that if we plan less, we play more. Planning is hard work, and it can get pretty boring sometimes, as it quickly becomes a chore. This may not apply to everyone, but it does apply to me.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Often, we treat games like work. We buy shelves of thick books. We plan detailed adventures. We memorise rules. In Play Unsafe, Graham Walmsley explores what happens when you throw the serious stuff away: when you stop working, stop planning and start playing. This book explains how to make roleplaying less like work and more like play; stop killing other players' ideas and build on them instead; and put stories at the heart of your game.

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Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. Nice collection of ideas to bring some improv techniques to your tabletop RPG or story-game. For GMs and players alike.

Not a ton of depth and no analysis of the consequences of making some of these choices, but I think that's okay because these are really just little techniques that you put in your bandolier, not an over arching system. One sour note was the prevalence of negative gender stereotypes - killing a character's wife as a story development, seducing the barmaid, etc. If you are going to write a book about playing with power relationships then for God's sake disrupt these hackneyed gender dynamics from time to time!

It has a lot of interesting insights on what makes a story work, and how to structure it even as you're making it up from whole cloth. Even GMs like me, who like to prep a lot before game, will find themselves improvising from time to time, and the methods here seem like they really can help. For instance, Walmsley devotes a whole short chapter to Status, both player status and character status, and how changing it generates story moments.

It's reasonably thought through, and analyzes it from the point of degrees of status differences, how rapidly it changes, and whether those can lead to comic or dramatic events. It's quite perceptive, and well-written. But there's one thing I can't get over: it's 74 pages. With a lot of white space in there for tables, boxed asides, and illustrations. If it were reduced to monospace text, even with reasonable section breaks, it would be maybe half that length. So if you want this book, you're going to have to pay almost a quarter a page for it.

For me, that just wasn't worth it. Still, as far as I'm concerned, it successfully accomplished what it set out to do, which was to illustrate some guidelines so you can be able, as a player or a GM, to spin the story of your adventure into new directions. I just wish it were cheaper. But this book sits alongside my fiction writing, improv and RPG books and gets a decent return flip through by me over the years.

To this day, a simple device he teaches in the book on how to layer story events simply has bailed me out of many stories I had to make up on the fly for my son during bedtime.

Good ideas and a good read. I own the print book. I really enjoyed this book and found the ideas the author presented helpful. It is short but for six bucks for the kindle version , I couldn't be happier.

The author's enthusiasm for the subject matter is contagious, and there is a lot of good advice condensed into here. I'm looking forward to putting what I learned here to use. The book covers specific techniques as well as some general philosophies. A lot of what is discussed is also more broadly applicable to storytelling in general: Things to avoid, things that can strengthen your stories, things that can make it easier to collaborate with others in storytelling.

I didn't find the tone preachy, dogmatic or critical; if the author's going to present ideas about new ways to run a game, he's somewhat obligated to tell us why we should be interested and how these techniques could be an improvement over traditional methods. It's not that anything else is wrong or never useful; he's just presenting a different approach, another tool for our toolboxes.

I like the tone and style of the writing and the information was quite useful. I have often struggled with improv in my gaming. I felt lazy for not coming to the table with teams of notes but this book helped remove that sense of guilt. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

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Play Unsafe

Often, we treat games like work. We buy shelves of thick books. We plan detailed adventures. We memorise rules. In Play Unsafe, Graham Walmsley explores what happens when you throw the serious stuff away: when you stop working, stop planning and start playing. This book explains how to make roleplaying less like work and more like play; stop killing other players' ideas and build on them instead; and put stories at the heart of your game.

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Often, we treat games like work. We buy shelves of thick books. We plan detailed adventures. We memorise rules. In Play Unsafe, Graham Walmsley explores what happens when you throw the serious stuff away: when you stop working, stop planning and start playing. This book explains how to make roleplaying less like work and more like play; stop killing other players' ideas and build on them instead; and put stories at the heart of your game. NET review: 10 out of

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