Category: Gaming

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  I'm a gamer, and you'll often find me playing video board and tabletop role playing games. Especially if the latter is story and character heavy. Aside from being social in the case of board and tabletop RPGs, I also find that the games I enjoy are story heavy, and at their best they're akin to an interactive novel or movie. I also find tabletop role playing games with other people to be an amazing source of inspiration. As a player, I'm participating in someone else's story, someone else's creative process. I'm also interacting with other players who are creating and developing their characters down lines that I would normally not go. And I find it a shame that games are often ephemeral, experienced in the moment when the dice are rolled and people are together and then they're gone: a small, intimate and personal story known by about five or six people, only to be recalled in memories. So I storify them. In this section of my website you'll find stories from the games I've played in and written about. They're free for the reading, often very first drafty, and sometimes they won't go any further, given that the games the stories were based on have finished. Maybe I'll come back, change names and situations and take these stories into print. Maybe I won't. But for now, they're here. Please enjoy them.

Ongoing Storified Games:

Mass-Effect_200 Stories from AngelArts' Mass Effect Collision Campaign. This campaign is being played on Roll20 and game sessions are viewable on YouTube
Anama_200 Stories from Eike Germann's Anima campaign. This campaign is being played fortnightly at The Melbourne Boardgamer and RPG Group's Thursday CBD meetups. Feel free to come along and find your own game. The game sessions are not being posted online.

Mass Effect Collision Chapter 19: New Chief; Old Friends

“They have a Krogan, why can’t we have a Krogan?” – Cat6 dropout. There was already a crowd gathered when Arkara strode out into the main compound. There were cries of ‘Where’s the Chief?’ and ‘What happened to the Chief?’ and one of the men behind her pointed towards her and said “She’s what happened …

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Mass Effect Collision Chapter 18: The Ones Who Fall

“It bears emphasising: our traditional ways of thinking have ignored – and virtually made invisible – the relationship between people and technology,” – Kim J. Vincente Elias looked around at the people he’d been travelling with. A turian, two krogan and a hanar. Back on the Endurance, there were two asari and a salarian doctor. …

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Mass Effect Collision Chapter 17: Ethics in Science

Oh, better to die to a thresher maw, With shotgun-blasting-roaring-roar, Than to play ambassadorial games, with the blood of Shiagur in her veins – Mordin Solus “Ah Captain,” Cyrus said when Sync brought him up on his omnitool. “Maybe you can sort this out. I suspect your ship ‘engineer’ may not not worthy of the …

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Mass Effect Andromeda: Is it homophobia if…?

So I’ve been playing Mass Effect Andromeda blind. And I’ve been intending to upload that as a Let’s Play. And yes, I play gay men where possible because after spending nearly twenty years pretending to be straight I don’t see why I should have to do it in a video game. Bioware, as a studio …

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Mass Effect Collsion Chapter 16: The Dormitories

“Hard to see big picture behind pile of corpses,” – Mordin Solus Getting into the compound had been easier than expected. After cautioning Otto about his speech patterns, they had set out, the storm dying down enough that sand wasn’t an issue. The voice modulator had helped them talk their way through the front gates, …

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Mass Effect Collision – Chapter 15: Tuchanka

“Tuchanka supports life…it’s got critters that’ll rip your guts out,” –  Urdnot Wrex From space, Tuchanka looked red and angry, with swirling storms of dust and sand, some of which were visible to the naked eye. The retrofitting of the Endurance had taken two days, and while Elias, Sync and Drimi had worked on those, …

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Mass Effect Collision – Chapter 14: Collision

“I am trying to find myself. Sometimes that’s not easy.” – Maralyn Monroe He was in the kitchen, trying not to cringe at the video being displayed on the side of his helmet. “The me in this universe actually did a dance remix of Physical?” he said. “It would appear so, Creator Elias,” Pi replied …

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Mass Effect Collision – Chapter 13: Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love – Charles M. Schulz Anar was in the cargo hold, talking to Drimi about invading the asari’s space when Sync’s voice came across the PA system. “Ladies, Gentlemen and Anar, we have arrived in the universe of Synthetic Destruction,” Sync said. “We really …

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Mass Effect Collision Chapter 12: Is She Happy?

“For you shall kneel, and tell me that you love me. And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me.” – Danny Boy. Traditional Earth Ballad Sync was in his quarters getting ready for bed when there was a knock on his door. “Who is it?” Sync asked. “It’s me boss—uh, Sync.” Reflexively …

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Mass Effect Chapter 11: Alcohol+Hanar=

“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.” – Hunter S. Thompson Anar took a swig from his fourth beer and wrestled with a chip packet. It was proving surprisingly slippery, or perhaps that was just his tentacles. It wasn’t exactly easy being a sea creature …

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