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Downtime Training

As many of my close circle of friends know, I was late to play the fifth edition of the world’s greatest role playing game. It’s a long story, but the fourth edition of the game burned me badly enough, I didn’t want to risk my time, energy, and money on the next version. I have...

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Why You Should Let the Villain Monologue

Behind every great adventure, there’s a group of plucky players rolling dice to decide the fate of their avatars.  Behind those players is a GM—their smile partially obscured with a well-placed screen—secretly rooting for their victory.  When the dice and dust settle...

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Making Magic Happen

Sometimes, when you sit down at the table to play, something special happens. Something magical turns that game into something more. Was it the GM bringing their A game? Was it the players at the table, all getting into their characters just so? Could it have been the game itself? Or is it a...

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Gnomecast #72 – GMing from NOTHING

Join Ang, John, and Chris for a discussion about getting comfortable running games without any prep and relying on improvisation. Will these gnomes be able to improvise their way out of getting tossed in the stew this week? Download: Gnomecast #72 – GMing from NOTHING Resources...

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Troy’s Crock Pot: A Quest Will Do Just Knightly

I confess: I’ve often thought that in both professional adventure design and for GMs bringing a game to their home table — too much hand-wringing and navel gazing has accompanied the presentation of “adventure hooks.” Why is your character going on an adventure? It is a...

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When Players Deviate from the Expected Conceit

There was a tendency, when I was running years ago, to run into players that would use the following logic, “you can do anything in an RPG, so let’s do [insert thing not well supported by the game or setting].” Because I have been running a lot more roleplaying games that have a...

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Pacing Yourself GMing at Cons

I have a bad habit of overloading myself at conventions, and I know I’m far from the only one. There’s just so many games and so little time and I want to do it all. In particular, I tend to load my schedule with GMing. I can’t help it; I see the event registration open up and I...

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Table Tents Rock!

While I was at Queen City Conquest two weeks ago, I ran a handful of games during the weekend as well as got to play a few games. During the weekend, I was very happy to see how quickly people at the table would start making table tents for their characters. I have been doing this for a while at...

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Introducing Players to New Kinds of Games

We all start somewhere — many of us with D&D, although certainly there are a myriad of entry points to gaming. Whatever you start with ends up being the thing you’re most comfortable with, because it’s the thing you’ve been doing the longest. I started in D&D and...

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