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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Ubsafe See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Play Unsafe by Graham Walmsley. Play Unsafe by Graham Walmsley. Often, we treat games like work. We buy shelves of thick books. We plan detailed adventures. In Play Unsafe, Graham Walmsley explores what happens when you throw the serious stuff away: This book explains how to make roleplaying less like work and more like play; stop killing other players’ ideas and Often, we treat games like work.
This book explains how to make roleplaying less like work and wlamsley like play; stop killing other players’ ideas and build on them instead; and put stories at the heart of your game. Published first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Play Unsafeplease walmdley up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Sep 18, Nick rated it did not like it Shelves: Play Unsafe was not wakmsley I expected – not aalmsley I was promised when I read the back of the book.
I wanted information about Improvisation, tips and tricks for keeping things going. What I got was a set of proscriptive guidelines that in many cases seemed to be simply the author’s personal taste presented as set-in-stone rules. Taken as suggestions for trying new things, some of the material presented wasn’t too bad, though it wasn’t exactly novel. I’d never heard the idea of building drama by star Play Unsafe was not what I expected – not what I was promised when I read the back of the book.
I’d never heard the idea of building drama by starting during an ‘ordinary’ routine called a “platform” before, but the name he gave it was the only new thing about a very common idea.
The real problem with the book is the tone it is written in, and the fact that grahham is simply incorrect in places. He states that true drama can’t be created without the platform technique, that starting amidst the action doesn’t work. However, beginning a story in media res is not only a very common, very useful vraham technique, it’s arguably a more dramatic way to begin things.
What better way to challenge a player and build a fascinating story than to start him or her in the middle of a difficult situation wqlmsley allow them to narrate not only how they grahaj out of it, but what got them into it in the first place.
It works well in novels and stories, creating a sense of mystery as we wonder the why and hows of the situation, and it can work just as well in games. The short of it is, I didn’t get anything out of this book at all. It is full of a lot of platitudes play unsafe! If something scares you, do it! This book claims to help you improve your improvisational skills, but all it actually walmlsey is tell you to “do it.
May 01, Daniel rated it liked it. Walmsley’s Play Unsafe is a fantastic introduction to the concept of off-the-cuff roleplaying. Using improv techniques as the basis, he shows how those same concepts can be applied at the gaming table, by both players and Game Masters, to move from the highly-structured play style involving heavily-scripted plots and railroad-y stories to a more organic flow of narration based on the wwlmsley thrown out by the participants at the moment.
It isn’t all-or-nothing, as Walmsley gives ideas on how to tr Walmsley’s Play Unsafe is a fantastic introduction to the concept of off-the-cuff roleplaying.
It isn’t all-or-nothing, as Walmsley walmsey ideas on how grqham transition from one style to the other via the use of certain techniques before others. I found the tone very conversational and approachable, almost a unsaafe of a seminar or lecture an audio version might not be a bad idea.
The presentation of the concepts is such that anyone can pick it up without needing to know anything about acting or improv, and the examples using actual games show how to apply all the theory being dished out. I only see two drawbacks with the book. First, it is a very sparse book; the content is fantastic, but it feels as if it was stretched out via blank spaces and large fonts to fill up the 80 or so pages. It makes it very easy on the eye, admittedly, but it also felt like there was a unsafee of wasted space.
Second, while it does contain examples, I found myself wanting more: More uses of the latter would address my opinion of the former a revised edition, perhaps? That said, I liked the book a lot. It’s a great pamphlet to give someone ubsafe wants to do more with their game, try out new techniques dare I say, evolve their style to read and digest, and in fact I may be doing just that.
Kudos to Walmsley for a great primer to graha free-form roleplaying. Go, and play unsafe. View all 3 comments. I see this book recommended a lot, and frankly after reading it I’m not sure why. I guess maybe if you are a GM or player who has no experience improvising whatsoever, or aren’t comfortable with letting go of some of your control, it could be helpful by introducing new concepts or giving you ideas about HOW to improvise, but to be completely honest, I’m not impressed at all.
First of all, I don’t think the advice is anything special–most of it is pretty intuitive–but worst of all, it’s present I see this book recommended a lot, and frankly after reading it I’m not sure why.
First of all, I don’t think the advice is anything special–most of it is pretty intuitive–but worst of all, it’s presented poorly. This book is not well written, with the author often talking in circles or never really getting to the point.
It can be hard to follow, and when it isn’t hard to follow, it’s boring or just, to be honest, pointless. There are better guides to “playing unsafe” out there for players and GMs both. Even if you aren’t interested in the system, it presents a fantastic framework for running a game in an “unsafe” way. Succinct primer on improv for gamers Nice collection of ideas to bring some improv techniques to your tabletop RPG or story-game. For GMs and players alike.
Not a ton of depth and no analysis of the consequences of making some of these choices, but I think that’s okay because these are really just little techniques that you put in your bandolier, not an over arching system.
One sour note was the prevalence of negative gender stereotypes – killing a character’s wife as a story development, seducin Succinct primer on improv for gamers Nice collection of ideas to bring some improv techniques to your tabletop RPG or story-game. One sour note was the prevalence of negative gender stereotypes – killing a character’s wife as a story development, seducing the barmaid, etc.
If you are going to write a book about playing with power relationships then for God’s sake disrupt these hackneyed gender dynamics from time to time! Full of good practical advice I love the ideas about how to be an active player. How to add to the play without stopping it. Too short, not really in-depth, but still some useful hints and tips.
Id liked more of everything and maybe more divided into a Player and a GM section. Sep 12, Brian Ridge rated it liked it Shelves: There’s some good stuff here, but really nothing that you wouldn’t be able to find at any number of gaming blogs that are out there. Oct 27, Jason rated it really liked it.
This is a book that I have seen referenced again and again in articles, blogposts, and conversation online, so I was excited to get a copy.
In some ways the book was very different from what I expected, and in other ways it was exactly what others had promised. The first turnoff is the layout and look of the book.
Unsafe and scary: A review of Play Unsafe by Graham Walmsley
In spite of the professional-looking cover, the text within looks like something I’d whip up on Word if I had only a limited time and still less interest in making it look awesome. The s This is a book that I have seen referenced again and again in articles, blogposts, and conversation online, so I was excited to get a copy. The second turnoff is the brevity unsfae the text. Topics and ideas are flown past without elaboration or much meditation.
I was expecting something much more weighty. But the more I thought about it, the more I determined that the brevity is actually one of the book’s strength.
The book could easily have be made twice or even three times as long, but doing so would not have increased the core knowledge communicated. Having each point made directly and then put down is exactly what the topics need and exactly what the reader deserves. Tell me what I need to know or think about and don’t waste time with unnecessary examples or further elaboration. I have fallen in love with the idea of RPGs played in a very improv way as a GM, and this is generally acknowledged as the main text to consult.
It’s not everything I needed, but it was certainly a great starting point. Waljsley 15, jeremiah rated it really liked it Shelves: A meta book on role-playing games and game-play.
Play Unsafe by Graham Walmsley
Though very short, I was able to read it in an evening, the advice given is excellent, practical, and geared towards both players and GMs. I really liked this book, and can see myself re-reading certain sections in the future.
An amazing book with real techniques and their reasoning to elevate improv storytelling. Because of how concise it is–this book is worth rereading several times a year for those interested in continually developing their tabletop gaming skill. Jul 07, Robert rated it really liked it.
Excellent advise for both players and GMs, but almost too short a read to be worth even the Kindle price. Jan 21, Pedro Leone rated it really liked it. Feb 05, Paul Hancock rated it it was ok. A very quick read without much depth.