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Safety as Risk Management

A few months ago, I posted an article on why I use Safety Tools. It was met with some mixed criticism and there were a number of respectful objectors with whom I engaged in a back and forth dialog about their perceptions of how safety tools are used at the table. What I learned was that there was...

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Gnome Stew Notables – Laura Simpson

  Welcome to the next installment of our Gnome Spotlight: Notables series. The notables series is a look at game developers in the gaming industry doing good work. The series will focus on female game creators and game creators of color primarily, and each entry will be a short bio and interview....

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When It’s Time To Say Goodbye

My favorite gaming groups are, at their best, a place that feels like home. They are filled with the gaming versions of younger siblings, crazy relatives, loving friends, and supportive people. Each meeting is a chance to tell new stories and deepen friendships. They aren’t perfect but they are...

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Creativity in Languages

 Having a common language between the staff at a pizza place fostered good teamwork. Share12Tweet8+11Reddit1Email When I was younger, I worked at all-but-one of the pizza joints in my hometown. I guess that was my thing. One of the key things I learned about teamwork in that situation is the...

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Gnomecast #42 – Letters to Ourselves Follow-up

Join Ang, Kira, Senda, and Wendelyn on Gnomecast for a follow-up discussion of their “Letters to Our Younger Selves” series of Gnome Stew articles. Will their accumulated wisdom and the benefit of hindsight be enough to keep them out of the stew? Download here: Letters to Ourselves...

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Fate Horror Toolkit Review

When I was younger, my older siblings continually conspired to scare me. They would hide around corners and jump out at me, force me to watch scary things on TV, and — my favorite — pretend to be dead, waiting for me to run screaming to my mom. I guess what I’m saying is, I’m pretty sure I’ve been...

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Gnomespotting – Gnomes At Origins 2018!

Origins Game Fair 2018 in Columbus, Ohio is startlingly close! Did you know that many, many Gnomes will be there running incredible games, hanging out, being on panels, and doing awesome gaming stuff? Well we will! Here is a listing of the Gnomes who will be at Origins 2018 and what we’ll be...

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Gnome Stew Notables – Avery Alder

Welcome to the next installment of our Gnome Spotlight: Notables series. The notables series is a look at game developers in the gaming industry doing good work. The series will focus on female game creators and game creators of color primarily, and each entry will be a short bio and interview....

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Troy’s Crock Pot: NPC aspirations

Part of a GM’s job is to provide NPCs and to breathe life into them. A lot of time is often spent figuring out their distinguishing characteristics. What color hair do they have? Do they wear it short, down or up?  Do they walk with a limp? Do they speak with a certain dialect? Don’t forget their...

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Steal This Area: Alhasa

A brief plug: for the foreseeable future, I plan on writing about one of these a month. If you think you can do a better job than I do at making maps (and who can’t?) and want to sell me one and have your work featured here, send an email with the subject line “details” to...

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