The Indie Game Reading Club

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About The Indie Game Reading Club

What is the Indie Game Reading Club?

The Indie Game Reading Club is a blog written by me, Paul Beakley. I’ve been writing long-form essays, reviews, and resources for RPGs for more than a decade. Go read for yourself at You’ll know right away if this is the voice and the content for you.

Read my 2019 End of Year wrap-up for an overview.

Okay but what does “small press” mean?

Honestly? The wide, weird world of roleplaying outside of Dungeons & Dragons. It’s storygames, OSR, trad and trindie games, freeform, experimental, larp, and so on. It can even include D&D sometimes, when it comes to applying lessons learned from the rest of the roleplaying universe. But I propose that every gamer is happier with the games that give them the experience they want. I want to help you find that game.

What does your patronage pay for?

First and foremost, editorial independence. That means I purchase games from publishers, and don’t rely on review copies. And when I do take review copies, publishers have a better grasp of where I’m coming from. I do long-form, long-play, in-depth work. I do not hate-play. I don’t make sport of unpopular designers. My mission is to meet games and the culture where they are.

Games I’ve discussed in 2019 include (in no particular order):
  • Band of Blades
  • Invisible Sun
  • Apocalypse World
  • Cartel
  • Goblinville
  • The King is Dead
  • Masks
  • Urban Shadows
  • Zombie World
  • Blades in the Dark
  • Scum and Villainy
  • Dungeon World
  • Primetime Adventures
  • Root: the Roleplaying Game
  • King Arthur Pendragon (really!)
  • Hack the Planet
  • InSpectres
  • Torchbearer
  • Dust Devils
  • Night Witches
  • Fiasco
  • Burning Wheel
  • Montsegur 1244
  • Mutant (Year Zero, Genlab Alpha, Mechatron, Elysium)
  • The One Ring
  • Fate
  • Legacy
  • Free From The Yoke
  • The Veil
  • Free Spacer
  • Godbound
  • Hot Springs Island
  • Diaspora
  • Coriolis
  • Spirit of the Century
  • Stars Without Number
  • The Clay That Woke
  • Forbidden Lands
  • Burning Empires
  • Psi-Run
  • Witch: the Road to Lindisfarne
  • Good Society
  • My Life With Master
  • Sorcerer
  • Swords Without Master
  • Dictionary of Mu
  • Sagas of the Icelanders
  • Space Wurm vs Moonicorn
  • 3:16
That was in one year, as of mid-November. If you want a broad perspective across a lot of small press gaming, you’d be hard pressed to find a more in depth source of information and honesty.
Your patronage also helps cover my attendance at indie-friendly RPG conventions throughout the year. I facilitate a vast array of games and I love to talk about games. Does your convention want a panel from outside the designer/publisher pool? That’s the Indie Game Reading Club.

Where do I want to grow the Club?

I have ideas!
  • Paid guest bloggers
  • Complete tagging of back content (before 2019, my work appeared first on Google Plus)
  • A print collection of the best essays, with updates and notes.
  • Design and development consultation
  • Custom-designed one-shot and reference materials for a variety of small-press games
  • Sharper design of physical assets I create: reference sheets, one-shot materials, aids of all kinds
  • A monthly online game for high-tier supporters
$255.31 of $300 per month
When I reach $350/mo, I'll start paying a layout artist to create professional-level physical assets like reference materials and play aids. Alternately, I can bring in a second guest columnist each month.
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