Tobie Abad back in local news!

7th Sea: Pirate Nations John Wick Presents 2017

Pinoy’s contribution to an award winning role-playing book celebrated in local news!

Tobie Abad of TAG Sessions was once again featured in GMA Network’s online portal on September 13, 2017. The article this time focused on his participation and contribution as a freelancer to the book, 7th Sea: Pirate Nations, which won a silver ENnie in the Best Supplement category.

In the Philippines, interest in role-playing games was prevalent during the mid 90s but dropped steeply with the influx of MMORPRGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing games) and the negative press coming from religious camps. The recent upswing in interest in tabletop hobbies can be attributed to the rising interest in board games as well as the active efforts of various groups to introduce the hobby via small conventions and open table events.  Given local news typically features articles on showbiz and politics, the small focus on the hobby was quite unexpected. GMA Network is one of the two major news outlets in the Philippines. Hopefully, this also can reflect an upward trend in the interest in table top gaming as a hobby and perhaps inspire more people to try getting into gaming.

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IGDN Member makes local news in Manila

A Single Moment TAG Sessions 2017

Tobie Abad of TAG Sessions was featured in GMA Network’s online portal on August 29, 2017. The article focused on his game, A Single Moment, being the Runner Up for Best System in the recently concluded Indie Groundbreaker Awards 2017. Hopefully, the article will encourage even more new creators to take the stab at releasing their work and finding their audience. It isn’t common for the local media to even be interested in role-playing game events or affairs, so the article was definitely a pleasant surprise.

Here’s an excerpt:

In the ‘70s, “Dungeons & Dragons” introduced us to the thrills of slaying monsters and saving fantasy kingdoms in the comfort of our homes.

The tabletop role-playing game (RPG) has evolved since then, tackling diverse themes and experimenting with a variety of new mechanics.

Take, for example, Filipino game designer Tobie Abad’s “A Single Moment,” which was runner-up for Best Rules at the 2017 Indie Groundbreaker Awards. The RPG revolves around two samurai—once dear friends, now bitter enemies—whose paths have led them to a single, defining clash that will decide who lives and who dies.

The sword fight, however, is but one aspect of the game. “A Single Moment” explores each character’s motivations and the events in their past that contributed to their enmity. It’s a game as much about emotions and personal philosophy as it is about blood-drenched katana.

Read the full article here:
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/scitech/technology/623750/samurai-themed-a-single-moment-is-one-pinoy-s-gift-to-tabletop-rpgs/story/

TAG Sessions Talk

Tobie Abad, IGDN member and owner of TAG Sessions, gave a talk to students of FEU Institute of Technology in the Philippines. They were celebrating their Technofest 2017 this March, which is aimed at prospective game designers. Tobie shared the importance of exploring different types of games, whether tabletop or mobile, in becoming a professional game designer and offered the students some insight on the wide variety of experiences and tools one can utilize as a game designer.  He took the opportunity as well to introduce the students to Dungeons & Dragons, 7th Sea, and even Fiasco and offered them numerous options on how to locally get started on gaming.

Video of the talk can be viewed here:

A Gamex 2017 Visit

Various members of the IGDN made an appearance at the Hilton LAX for Strategicon‘s Gamex 2017 last Memorial Day Weekend.  Tobie Abad (A Single Moment) was one of the event’s Special Guests, and ran a number of games through-out the four day event.  Also present in the convention were Stephanie Bryant (Threadbare) and Dustin DePenning (Synthicide).  Continue reading

GM’s Day Sale on DriveThruRPG!

GM's Day Sale 2017 DriveThruRPG

The GM. We call them by many names: Gamemaster; Dungeon Master; Dragonmaster; Loremaster; MC; Navigator; friend; enemy; frenemy. They keep the games moving, usually downwards along with our HP, oversee the rules, and generally plot our demise. They are, at once, cruise director, narrator, evil mastermind, and the nucleus of our gaming atom. On March 4th each year, we honor these special individuals with GM’s Day, and the IGDN is helping the festivities by offering some of our favorite games at a nice, tidy discount. But you don’t need to be a GM to enjoy the savings! Here are just a few of our offerings this year.

GM's Day Sale 2017TAG Sessions has numerous games for sale and Tobie Abad’s excellent A Single Moment is right at the top of that list. This innovative RPG is about the flashing moment of a samurai duel, and is for two players.

Eloy Lasanta and Third Eye Games’ entire catalog is participating in the sale! Sins of the Father is one of his newest creations. It’s a game about “spiritual debt”, magic, and evil and uses an especially cool playing card-based resolution mechanic. Give it a look, along with all the other favorites like the AMP series and Ninja Crusade.

Have a look at Todd Crapper’s many games, including ScreenPlay. In this unique story game, you star as writers creating a great work together, developing characters, and telling tales. Based on this ruleset is the Ironbound setting, a dark fantasy game where you tell the story of magick hunters in an original world. Continue reading