My Life With Master: "As seminal to RPGs as Frankenstein was for literature"


9 Responses to “My Life With Master: "As seminal to RPGs as Frankenstein was for literature"”

  1. librarygoblin says:

    Having played MLWM, I can say it’s a hell of a lot of fun. Every game of it I’ve played has been tragic and grotesque and comical and moving.

  2. Brettspiel says:

    I’ve read some fantastic session reports for MLWM with scenarios ranging from Santa Claus as Master to a workshop full of elves to Jesus and his self-loathing disciples. MLWM is a standout in the new Forge model ouvre of rpgs.

  3. Cinema Suicide says:

    You know? This sort of sounds like Paranoia with horror replacing the sci-fi. I’m fine with that.

  4. Ben Johnson says:

    My Life With Master is actually considered to be part of a larger movement within roleplaying games that focus more on rules for telling dramatic stories. These games are often referred to as “indie” or “story-games.” Most of these games consist of a single book, without the expensive rules expansions and updates found with D&D, etc.

    “The Forge” referenced above is an rpg design community message board:

    The last few years have seen a serious renaissance in pencil-n-paper rpg design. Now’s a great time to (re-)familiarize yourself with what’s been going on.

    Other games worth checking out:

    Primetime Adventures by Matt Wilson (for games in the style of a serialized TV show: Lost, Firefly, Deadwood, Desperate Housewives, etc.)

    The Shab al-Hiri Roach by Jason Morningstar (a telepathic cockroach invades a small New England university at the dawn of the 20th century. Murder, mayhem and hilarity ensue)

    Breaking the Ice by Emily Care Boss (A game about dating, for 2)

    Dogs in the Vineyard by Vincent Baker (Horny teenagers bring divine justice to the Old West)

    Sorcerer by Ron Edwards (a game about power, temptation, and corruption)

    Steal Away Jordan by Julia Bond Ellingboe (a game that recreates neo slave narratives ala Beloved, Jubilee or Kindred)

  5. hpavc says:

    The game ‘little fears’ is quite the same in many rewarding ways.

  6. coldspell says:

    A great place to start delving into indie “story games” is’s reviews of games that have won the “Indie RPGs” award:

    My Life With Master has won five Indie RPG awards:

    * Best Production 2003
    * Best Support Finalist 2003
    * Best Synergy 2003
    * Indie Game of the Year 2003
    * Most Innovative Game 2003

  7. Clifton says:

    Thanks much to Ben Johnson for the link bomb above! Those all sound incredibly cool, especially The Shab al-Hiri Roach. Man, I’ve got to get back into gaming.

  8. costik says:

    Yeah… Uh, the site is mine, but the actual review was written by Patrick Dugan.

  9. mortis says:

    The forge is fine, so long as you steer clear of the moon-language and mis-characterizations of the hobby and gamers in general.

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