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Solo Gaming in the Time of Covid

It’s the third week since my mentor was declared dead. She’s been missing for five years, after she went out on a search to find her per cryptid — the Pronghorned Desert Rat (dipodomys antilocapra). It’s obvious that we must carry on her research as its habitat is in danger — but why am I blocked...

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The Power of Cliché: Why Being Original Isn’t as Important as Being Interesting

I’m currently running not one, but two experimental campaigns on weekends in Roll20; the experimental question is “how little worldbuilding can I get away with?” And the answer, it turns out, is very little. I started with this map from DeviantArt, made four gods, one quest-giver NPC, an evil...

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Defeating the Invulnerable

In a lot of media, we see heroes that are striving against someone or something invincible. There is one narrow band of vulnerability to exploit to ensure success. The problem is, many roleplaying games don’t create this same feeling of tension and pacing to exploit vulnerabilities. What I’m going...

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Bizarre Traditions

Different societies and cultures have wildly differing traditions. Some of them are fairly mundane when you look at them from inside the culture that follows a tradition, but if you take a step back – maybe several steps back – you’ll see things from a fresh perspective. This new...

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Hit the Streets: Defend the Block Review

Superhero media contains multitudes. There are tactical, military-themed super-agent teams. There are magical heroes that fight off demons and vampires. Some heroes travel into the depths of space and deal with alien fleets and cosmic criminal syndicates. But for many people, their first...

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Playing Favorites

I originally discussed this topic in an older article on Rogue Princess Squadron but thought it might be worth discussing again. Let’s face it. Every GM has played favorites. Maybe it was a subconscious thing, maybe it was on purpose to please someone. Sometimes it’s awful and insidious and can...

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Gnomecast #111 – Paid GMing (Part 1)

Join Chuck, Di, and John for a discussion about paid GMing and its impact on the hobby. Can these gnomes get enough GMing gigs to avoid being thrown in the stew? Download: Gnomecast #111 – Paid GMing (Part 1) Follow Di at @DiceQueenDi on Twitter, dicequeenDi on Twitch, and DiceQueen Di on...

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