Frank Mitchell's Blog

Astral Plane

Welcome to my blog!

Since 2004 I’ve used this site to host ideas and game mechanics related to tabletop role-playing games, works of short (or not so short) fiction, and on occasion small software projects. The older stuff is (for now) mostly inaccessble.

This site hosts a blog that serves much the same function. Watch the menu above, however, for distinct sections with more substantial content (including older stuff revised and updated).

Technical note: This blog is implemented as static pages, generated from Markdown source using Hugo. Templates are based on the XMIN theme by Yihui Xie.

Most Recently Updated Pages
Posted Modified Page
2021-07-07 2021-07-07 Update (2021-07-07)
2021-07-01 2021-07-07 The Fantasy Trip
2021-06-15 2021-07-07 Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2e
2021-06-13 2021-07-07 Cepheus Atom
2021-06-07 2021-07-07 Character Generation in Year Zero Engine RPGs
2021-07-05 2021-07-05 The Not So Good Republic
2021-07-02 2021-07-02 Update (2021-07-02)
2021-07-02 2021-07-02 A Note on Dates
2021-06-29 2021-06-29 The Less Evil Empire
2021-06-22 2021-06-22 A Space Opera Setting
2021-06-14 2021-06-14 Orclands Revisited
2021-06-04 2021-06-04 More Coriolis Ships
2021-06-03 2021-06-03 Vaesen Character Generation
2013-12-28 2021-05-19 Numenera Stream-of-Consciousness Quasi-Review
2014-11-14 2021-05-17 A Space Opera Recursion for The Strange
2015-01-27 2021-05-17 Minimalist d20
2012-01-19 2021-05-17 My House, My Rules
2011-09-28 2021-05-17 The Uncounted Worlds
2021-05-17 2021-05-17 Old RPG-related Essays Incoming
2021-05-17 2021-05-17 Alignment Redux
2021-05-17 2021-05-17 Update (2021-05-17)
2020-09-24 2020-10-16 Synthetics in Coriolis
2020-10-11 2020-10-11 Languages in RPGs: Why?
2020-10-11 2020-10-11 Languages in RPGs: Written Languages
2020-10-09 2020-10-09 Languages in RPGs: The ‘Understand Languages’ Test
2020-10-08 2020-10-08 Languages in RPGs: Language Groups
2020-09-24 2020-10-07 Robots in Coriolis
2020-09-24 2020-09-24 A Non-Review of the Coriolis RPG
2020-09-20 2020-09-20 Coriolis Portals
2020-09-16 2020-09-16 Coriolis Ship Generation
2020-09-14 2020-09-14 Coriolis Character Generation
2020-09-14 2020-09-14 Yet More Year Zero, Again
2009-04-29 2020-09-11 The Dominion of Man
2010-02-11 2020-09-11 A Tellurian Primer
2017-05-23 2020-09-11 Astral RPG Essential Rules v0.1
2020-09-10 2020-09-10 Life on Theta Priori
2020-03-28 2020-03-30 Why an SRD, Again?
2020-03-14 2020-03-29 Year Zero Engine OGL SRD
2019-09-11 2020-03-28 Magic in RuneQuest and Its Descendants
2020-03-24 2020-03-24 Goblins and Kobolds and Trolls, Oh My
2020-03-24 2020-03-24 Lost Cities
2011-06-24 2020-03-19 Constructs in BRP (2011 version)
2020-03-17 2020-03-17 An Elf Not Off The Shelf
2020-03-16 2020-03-16 On Converting the Year Zero Engine SRD into HTML
2020-03-12 2020-03-12 Blog Facelift Complete
2020-03-05 2020-03-05 Blog Facelift: Real Soon Now
2020-03-02 2020-03-02 Blog Facelift Progress
2020-02-12 2020-02-12 Why an SRD?
2020-02-11 2020-02-11 Yet More Year Zero
2020-02-02 2020-02-02 One RPG, Many Genres?
2020-01-08 2020-01-08 Vaesen Alpha Comments
2019-12-12 2020-01-03 Year Zero Probabilities
2019-12-31 2019-12-31 Alien RPG Dice Table
2019-12-19 2019-12-31 Year Zero Probabilities Redux
2019-09-11 2019-12-31 Writing RPGs is Hard, Part 1
2019-12-21 2019-12-21 Knives Out
2019-12-21 2019-12-21 Blog Facelift Underway
2019-10-05 2019-12-12 Writing RPGs is Hard, Part 3: Dice Pools
2019-12-12 2019-12-12 A Non-Review of Fria Ligan’s Alien RPG
2019-12-12 2019-12-12 Vaesen Rules Preview
2019-10-25 2019-10-25 Big Companies Suck
2019-10-10 2019-10-10 She-Ra Season 4
2019-09-18 2019-09-18 FICTION: Bunker Bomb
2019-09-16 2019-09-16 To Hugo or Not to Hugo
2019-09-16 2019-09-16 About Paranormality
2019-09-15 2019-09-15 About Astral
2019-09-13 2019-09-13 Writing RPGs is Hard, Part 2: Combat Rounds and the M x N Problem
2019-09-11 2019-09-13 Magic in d100 Games
2019-09-09 2019-09-09 Why Are Drow Dark?
2019-09-08 2019-09-08 Game Fanatic’s Log, Addendum 2019-09-08
2019-09-02 2019-09-02 Quick(?) Update 2019-09-02
2019-06-03 2019-06-03 Progress Report 2
2019-05-17 2019-05-17 Random Youtube Vids
2019-05-10 2019-05-10 Giant Steps
2019-04-28 2019-04-28 All Dwarves Reconsidered
2019-04-17 2019-04-17 Captain Marvel Second Viewing
2019-04-13 2019-04-13 Unwanted Software Thoughts Syndrome
2019-04-09 2019-04-09 DC Super Hero Girls Rebooted
2019-03-28 2019-03-28 What, me update?
2019-03-26 2019-03-26 Progress on ELTN
2019-03-22 2019-03-22 G+ Roundup 2: We Have To Talk About Brexit
2019-03-22 2019-03-22 G+ Roundup 1: Links about Software and Such
2019-02-08 2019-02-08 Agents of A.X.E.
2019-02-07 2019-02-07 In Defense of Cosmic Horror
2019-01-30 2019-01-30 Barbarians of Lemuria Playtest
2019-01-23 2019-01-23 About Barbarians of Lemuria
2019-01-07 2019-01-07 Troika Playtest
2018-12-18 2018-12-18 RPG Design Diary 1
2018-12-18 2018-12-18 Space Ship Habitat
2018-12-11 2018-12-11 ‘The Only RPG Book I Need’
2018-10-16 2018-10-16 Too Many Thoughts
2018-10-16 2018-10-16 So Much G+ …
2018-10-14 2018-10-14 Livejournal Live
2018-10-10 2018-10-10 Negative Waves
2018-10-09 2018-10-09 Here We Are
2014-11-24 2014-11-24 A Questionable Review of The Strange Bestiary
2014-05-26 2014-05-26 Setting Idea: Sixgun and Planet
2014-01-09 2014-01-09 Rules as Interfaces Redux
2014-01-08 2014-01-08 Rules as Interfaces
2012-05-17 2012-05-17 Alignment: Heresy and a Reformation
2012-04-19 2012-04-19 The Chromatic Kingdoms
2012-04-19 2012-04-19 A Traveler and an Emperor
2011-12-28 2011-12-28 New time-waster
2011-05-31 2011-05-31 Time Travel and Keyboard Cat
2011-05-14 2011-05-14 A Tale of Two Games
2011-04-11 2011-04-11 In Memoriam - Elisabeth Sladen, 1948-2011
2010-09-16 2010-09-16 Comparative Character Generation, Part 6: The Last Roundup
2010-02-02 2010-02-02 The Time Lord Problem
2010-02-02 2010-02-02 Comparative Character Generation, Part 5: New Year, New Games
2009-05-13 2009-05-13 Comparative Character Generation, Part 4: Let’s Make Some Characters, Already!
2009-04-11 2009-04-11 Comparative Character Generation, Part 3: Same Crap, Different Year
2009-04-10 2009-04-10 Orclands Session 2: Mar 1
2009-03-20 2009-03-20 Orclands Session 1: Feb 15
2009-02-25 2009-02-25 The Orc Lands: An Introduction
2009-02-08 2009-02-08 Resume
2006-11-26 2006-11-26 Comparative Character Generation, Part 2: An Overview of d20 Systems
2006-10-04 2006-10-04 A Story for Amy’s Dad
2006-09-21 2006-09-23 Gods and Religions in RPGs
2006-07-07 2006-07-07 Immortal Characters in RPGs
2006-04-14 2006-04-18 Comparative Character Generation, Part 1: Generic, Lightweight Systems
2006-04-14 2006-04-14 hq-prob-table.rb
2006-04-14 2006-04-14 HeroQuest Simple Contest Probabilities of Success