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Gnomecast #109 – Picking Up New Editions

Join Ang, Jared, and J.T. for a discussion about new editions of games, both from designer and consumer perspectives. Can these gnomes stay current enough to avoid being thrown in the stew? Download: Gnomecast #109 – Picking Up New Editions Check out Seth Skorkowsky’s YouTube channel....

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Actually, It’s Gamenstein’s Monster: Ideas to Stitch Together Into Your Own Monstrosity

Any given game that you pick up off a shelf (or grab from itch.io) is an experience, geared toward creating a specific type of story: a fantasy skirmish simulator, a Jane-Austenesque adventure in manners, or living life as a cozy lesbian snake to name just a few. But sometimes you want to mix and...

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Last Fleet Review

As I approached my winter break this year, I got the urge to engage with starfighter content. Do you know you can’t find Space, Above and Beyond anywhere streaming? No Wing Commander either. Thankfully, I found Battlestar Galactica streaming on the Peacock streaming network from NBC. Speaking of...

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Resurrecting the Mini-Map in TTRPGs, especially online

During the pandemic and the stressful events of 2020/2021 version 1.6, video games and tabletop gaming have become two of my biggest salvations. When I get done with my work day and move from my basement home office to the couch upstairs, I usually pull up whatever old JRPG or game I have unplayed...

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Gnomecast #108 – Solo Gaming

Join Ang, Jared, and Senda for a discussion about playing solo games and other ways to enjoy gaming on your own. Can each of these gnomes on their own avoid being thrown in the stew one by one? Download: Gnomecast #108 – Solo Gaming This Episode’s Links Jared’s Gnome Stew article series...

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Troy’s Crock Pot: An Unexpected Journey

So, the D&D Dungeon Master’s Screen Wilderness Kit ended up in my holiday stocking.  While I’m not a product reviewer — other gnomes are more talented and dedicated to such tasks — I thought I might share a few thoughts on it. As a DM tool, it does several things really well. I know this...

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The Same, But Different

As most of you fine folks out there in Gnome Stew lands know, I’m a fiction author in addition to being an avid role player and part of Gnome Stew. In the realm of getting fiction sold before you can actually sell it to readers, there are agents and editors to work with to get a book ready...

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Rolling with Default (or Passive) Initiative

As I’ve begun to move back to D&D online games run through various VTTs, I’ve begun to refine some of my game mastering techniques to accommodate some of the new challenges. One of the techniques I’ve pulled out of my old, tattered, black and white mead notebook is the concept of a default...

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Gnomecast #107 – Grafting Rules Into Other Games

Join Ang, Chuck, and J.T. for a discussion about making use of rules from games other than the game you’re running. Can these gnomes cobble together enough games to avoid being thrown in the stew? Download: Gnomecast #107 – Grafting Rules Into Other Games Check out J.T.’s Dresden...

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