A Pamphlet-Sized Post Apocalypse: A review of The Mutants of Ixx by Karl Stjernberg.

This art-punk RPG harkens back to mini-comics and zines of the 80s and 90s – small and dense and DIY to the core. The entire game, which features a player’s guide and game master’s guide, fits on two sheets of paper, marked to fold into three-panel brochures. I can’t help but think this is a piss-take on bloated multi-volume games. If D&D 5e is Emerson, Lake and Palmer, then The Mutants of Ixx is Stiff Little Fingers.

Against Progress: Minimalist RPGs and the Big Picture.

Long-term play tends to focus on player character progression. Post 3e D&D and Pathfinder have trained us, perhaps addicted us, to the idea that without rewards for progress there is no progress. We seek to unlock our next toy, or feat, or power to prevent boredom and prove that we haven’t wasted our lives. Minimalist games provide opportunities to challenge this way of thinking.