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Cultivating New GMs

When I started gaming back in the RPG bronze age of 1986, the role of Dungeon Master was a job cloaked in mystery and the polished veneer of extreme expertise. I was admonished, under no uncertain terms, to never ever look into the Dungeon Master’s Guide. EVER! The secrets of running a game were a...

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RPGS, Veblen, and Isms

Back when I was working on my masters, I had to take some PhD classes in econometrics. To do that I had to go to the economics department, fill out paperwork and ask them to let me into the classes (Since I wasn’t a PhD student, the department was rightly worried I might find the classes...

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Review and Giveaway: Harlem Unbound

I recently came across Chris Spivey’s  Harlem Unbound and reached out to see if Chris wanted to provide a digital review copy. He sent us a copy from DriveThruRPG and I dug through it over the weekend. Check out the full review below and drop a comment below (on the blog comments) to be...

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Troy’s Crock Pot: Goblins are hopeless coin collectors

It’s winter break. The temperature outside is a minus 12 degrees below zero. Don’t blame me if my gaming thoughts are a tad disjointed. I’ve got cabin fever. What’s in your pocket? I keep waiting for an adventuring player character to ask the  question of the next goblin (i.e. game master) they...

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Gnomecast #32 – Gaming and Group Style

https://gnomestew.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Gnomecast-32.mp3 This episode of Gnomecast rings in the new year with John, Taylor, and Tracy discussing gaming and group styles thanks to Wendelyn’s Gnome Stew article “Role Playing Group Styles.” Visit Gnome Stew, check out Gnome...

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Game Pieces from Garbage: Crafting Basics

Crafting is one of the easiest and cheapest hobbies to get into. Most of the prolific youtubers who have way more talent than me make a point of using found materials and dollar store supplies. The most I’ve spent on crafting for anything was about $10. That was for a hair dryer. Because I...

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The Watch Review

Looking back on last year, if 2017 taught us anything, it’s that we really need to spend some time looking at how we view issues of gender, and how traditional views on the topic—unexamined—can allow a dangerous and damaging status quo to survive and thrive. The Watch is a game that examines...

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Chekhov’s +1 Longsword

In writing, there is a dramatic principle referred to as Chekhov’s Gun. This states that every element in a story should be necessary and anything irrelevant to the story being told should be removed. Basically, if you set up a loaded rifle being put on the stage in the first act, that gun...

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