7 Tips to Being a Better TTRPG Player

When searching for words of wisdom for all things tabletop, there’s lots of resources for how to be a good Game Master – but few for being a good player. The GM facilitates the game, but everyone at the table is responsible for cooperation and fun. For those of us who care deeply about making our...

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RPG with Friends, Family, and Strangers

  Dr. Lisa Su states that “Gaming brings people together.” There are benefits and drawbacks of playing RPGs with people we know versus people we don’t. There are advantages and disadvantages to gaming with the people we are closest to, and the people we’ve never met. This article...

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Hunter the Reckoning Review

In the 90s, when the World of Darkness became the hottest thing in RPGs, I was on the outside looking in. My friends went off to college, and our gaming got more and more sporadic. That meant that I didn’t really want to spend time learning a new system and exploring what all of this was about. In...

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A Simpler Alternative D&D Currency System

I’m currently running a D&D game in the Final Fantasy XIV world setting using a modified version of the excellent FFXIV x DND homebrew. At its core, it’s still D&D 5e, but I’ve been taking the opportunities the setting gives me to tweak and open up some of the systems to...

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The Art of Improvisation in Role Playing Games

Are you a DM or player and stuck in a situation you didn’t expect? Improvisation might be the key to get you out! Improvisation is an important skill in any form of performance, but it’s especially vital in role playing games. When you’re playing a character in an RPG, you never...

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GNOMECAST #147 – One DnD

Welcome to the GnomeCast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. Today we have myself Ang, along with Jared, Chris and Lori.  We’re going to talk about our thoughts...

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Stuck in the Doldrums

There are times as GMs when we get burned out. We have too much going on, the game is not going right, etc. We get to a point where we don’t want to run the game, and we either cancel a session or sometimes kill a campaign to end the suffering. Other times, everything is great with your game, but...

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The Star-Shaman’s Song of Planegea Review

When I first heard about the product that I’m looking at today, I was very intrigued. There have been a wide variety of fantasy settings used over the history of roleplaying games, but there haven’t been that many forays into a prehistoric setting. When it comes to Dungeons & Dragons settings,...

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GNOMECAST #146 – MEDIA INFLUENCE

Welcome to the GnomeCast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. Today we have myself Ang, along with Jared and Matt and we are going to talk about the D&D movie...

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Evil Organizations

Evil Organizations are a staple of action adventure stories. They’re expansive, multi-headed groups that heroes fight against again and again. The villains are many, the schemes are devious, their reach is far reaching. I know. I know. It’s bad but true. And the other truth is their goal is...

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Review :: Vaesen: Mythic Britain & Ireland

Just The Facts Title: Vaesen: Mythic Britain & Ireland Author: Graeme Davis Publisher: Free League Publishing Based On: Vaesen by Johan Egerkrans Leave the Mythic North and set sail for the mist-shrouded isles of Mythic Britain and Ireland. Explore the bustling streets of London, discover the...

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