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Goblins pointing and laughing drawn by Symatt

Explaining the Game of Goblins!

Goblins pointing and laughing drawn by SymattThe other night we sitting around discussing what we needed to complete in order to get the game into the hands of play testers. As we discussed finalising the combat chapter and the “Doin’ Stuff” chapter we realised that there may be something that is more important than those. We asked ourselves “how would you convey to other groups how to play the game?”. Goblins! is not your average run of the mill roleplaying game. It is more heavily focused on roleplaying rather than action. There is no real incentive to roll a strong character. The life span of the Goblin is likely to be very short. The story is not likely to follow any recognisable preconceived plot of any kind.

To be fair, we hope we have designed a system which can support many different styles of play, and the method that we prefer is only one of them. Having said that, there are certain characteristics that we hope will become central to the game and consistent across all gaming groups. In attempting to answer this question I have addressed a few issues that tend to annoy and irritate some gamers (mostly GMs).

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Party of Goblins

Goblins! Playtest Quote

Party of GoblinsDuring one of our playtesting sessions for Goblins! the following conversation took place between Gnashknob and Piddlepants (these Goblins being much like the two Grumpy Old Men in The Muppets). I liked it so much, I wrote it out as quickly as possible.┬áThis little conversation is quite indicative of the character of some of the Goblins we have to work with…

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