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