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Troy’s Crock Pot: Let’s Meet in a Tavern

    So, the household’s budding roleplayer, a sixth-grader, asked innocently — and insightfully — enough about this trope: “Why start in a tavern?” Fair enough question, considering he’s never been in a tavern, let alone one catering to adventurers. But even as a young gamer, he’s...

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Yes, And; No, But

In writing fiction, a popular concept to make things harder on your main character is a concept called, “Yes, but; No, and.” At a high level, you present a character with a challenge and then ask the ever-important question of, “Did the character succeed?” If the answer is...

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The Edition Wars Inside My Brain

Did you hear the big gaming news last week? Paizo announced they’re working on a second edition for Pathfinder. Cue the Sturm und Drang of the conflicting excitement and irritation that the announcement of a new edition always elicits. Have they released another wave of the endless Edition Wars...

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Are You Crying For Real, or Just Pretending?

Phil Vecchione wrote an article on safety tools at the table, and we were approached around the same time about an article on larping lessons that could be applied to tabletop RPGs regarding safety. Since the topic of safety at the table is one of incredible importance, we decided to move up the...

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Gnomecast #35 – Meet a New Gnome: Kira Magrann

  Join Ang and get to know the newest Gnome, Kira, in this new episode of the Gnomecast! Enjoy this full episode of getting to know a gnome and learn about Kira’s game design and snake babies. Will Kira successfully avoid the stew, or will her first appearance be her last?...

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It’s Your Game Too You Know

One of the channels that keeps popping up in my YouTube feed is Puffin Forrest. It’s a guy who animates stories from RPGs he has played or run. For the most part I get a laugh out of these or shake my head at the shenanigans he has had to put up with on both sides of the screen, and then I...

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