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Play-by-Post for the Modern Era

Pretty much as soon as 1) the internet and 2) roleplaying games were both widely accessible things, people were playing roleplaying games on the internet. Even without the definition of a singular roleplaying game or ruleset, how many of us gamers today got our start in places like freeform forum...

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PC Backgrounds, Part 3

What’s a PC background? What is its purpose? How long should it be? For answers to these great questions, head on over to part 1 of this series. You can also find the second part where I do a deep dive into what goes into a backstory. Fears Everyone fears something. It’s part of being...

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D&D Adventurer’s League and a More Narrative Style of Play

The D&D Adventurer’s League is in the midst of some important changes. While I have no inside information about what drove those changes, why they happened, or what changes might yet happen, I have some thoughts about what might have precipitated them, and why they’re REALLY important for the...

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Becky Annison Interview – Bite Me!

I have a confession. I really, really like werewolves. Way back in time, I thought Vampire: the Masquerade was neat, but vampires weren’t really my thing. Then someone handed me a copy of the first edition of Werewolf: the Apocalypse (with the paper cover that had the claw marks cut out of...

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Gnomecast #61 – Meet a New Gnome: Pete Petrusha

Join Ang and get to know one of the newest Gnomes, Pete, in this “Meet a New Gnome” episode of Gnomecast! Learn about Pete’s gaming origin story and his plans for future games and Gnome Stew articles! Will Pete be able to avoid the stew this week? Download: Gnomecast #61 –...

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PC Backgrounds, Part 2

What’s a PC background? What is its purpose? How long should it be? For answers to these great questions, head on over to part 1 of this series. As I hinted at in part 1, there are different approaches at generating backgrounds. I’m going to delve into those approaches in part 2 (this...

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PC Backgrounds, Part 1

If you rewind the wayback machine to the 70s and 80s era of published RPG material, you’d be hard pressed to find any reference to character backgrounds, historical concepts related to specific characters, or much beyond a table to roll on for “secondary skills” the character...

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