Doodling for GMs

Recently, I was taking this training class for my day job, and the person in the video said that we have far more neurons dedicated to visual processing than audio processing. Honestly, I tried to look this up, and there is a mountain of neurobiology about audio vs visual uptake, processing, and...

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Elements of Description

Game masters are the eyeballs, earholes, fingers, noses, and tongues for the players. If a GM doesn’t describe something, it doesn’t exist. If they don’t say that something is in the room, it’s not in the room. If a GM forgets, omits, or just plain leaves out an...

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Ironsworn: Starforged Review

I sat down to think about how long it’s been since I wrote my review of Ironsworn. Turns out it was December of 2019, which explains why it feels like it was almost a decade ago. Time dilation aside, now that it’s 2022, there is a new game utilizing the same general structure and means of...

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What Game to Run?

“What do you want to play?” “I don’t know, what do you want to run?” “I don’t know, what do you want to play?” Recently in one of my groups, someone offered to step up and take a turn running a game. He’d needed a break last year, so several other members of the group took turns running. Now he’s...

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Running An Improv Game

Something that is coming up for me (as I write this) is an “improv game.” I’ve done this a few times before to great success, and I’m really looking forward to doing it again. What I mean by an “improv game” is that I, as the GM, am not providing the storyline....

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Gnomecast #141 – Rival Parties

Join Ang, Jared, and Tomas (again!) for a discussion about ways to handle running a group of characters to rival your game’s PCs or even running two separate PC groups! Can these gnomes deal well enough with their rivals to keep themselves out of the stew? Download: Gnomecast #141 –...

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