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Game Creatives to Follow in 2019

It’s a new year, which means you’ve got an excuse to look for cool new people to inspire you. I’ve curated some of my favorite creators doing cool stuff right now in ttrpgs, and what projects they’re working on. Jabari Weathers Jabari Weathers has been killin the rpg...

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Part-Time Gods Second Edition Review

Enc I had a lot of early influences that led to my later interests. I can just barely remember seeing Star Wars at the drive-in when it came out. The first birthday present I can remember is a toy Batmobile. More to the point, one of the first non-Star Wars movies I can remember seeing was Clash...

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Our game space and some ideas for yours!

WHERE you play the game is important. I mean, it’s not as important as having good people, and a good game, but a well-thought-out game space can enhance the enjoyment of any event. Here are a few design principles that I’ve uncovered in the process of creating game spaces in my own home, and in surveying game spaces in other people’s conventions, stores, and homes.

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An Elementary Alternative to Combat (Fire/Water)

As any number of language classes have taught most of us, stories are what happens when characters who have goals meet people, places, things, or ideas that prevent them from accomplishing those goals. Most of us can probably name off a handful of the more famous ones: “Gnome vs. Nature,” “Gnome...

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Gnomecast #57 – Maintaining Tone

Join Ang, Kira, Senda, and Wen for tools and tips for maintaining game tone at the table. Can these gnomes keep their tone steady enough to avoid the stew? Download: Gnomecast #57 – Maintaining Tone Keep up with all the gnomes by visiting gnomestew.com, following @gnomestew on Twitter, or...

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Missing Session Zero

As highlighted in a recent GnomeCast, Ang, Matt, and I talked about how to approach session zero and handle launching a campaign. Near the end of the recording, Matt pondered about how to handle a missing player. I decided to create an article (this one!) about that very occurrence.  What does the...

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Garage Sale 2019,

It’s time for me to amble into my garage and offer up an assortment of the strange things that I find there. It’s a bit of a post-Christmas tradition here at the stew. I have to make room for all the coal Santa keeps bringing me for some reason… Each has an adventure seed baked in so feel free to...

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Leveling Yourself in 2019

One of the things I love about traditional RPGs is the concept of gaining experience and leveling up. I’ve probably spent weeks’ worth of time leveling the countless characters I’ve had during my life. I like the clarity in game of knowing that my character has advanced and has become “more” than...

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