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The Handmade, Super-Simple Wizard Tower Tile Set

Today’s guest article was written by Tom Puketza, and he has some practical rules for time-strapped GMs looking to create their own tabletop terrain — as well as a fantastic finished piece — to share. Thanks, Tom! Like any gamer, I like tiles, scenery, and terrain. Like any responsible...

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The Fish Tank as a Mystery

Today’s guest article is by Gnome Stew reader Rickard Elimää, and it details a fantastic technique for GMs: the “fish tank” model for creating a mystery adventure. Thanks, Rickard! Why is a mystery like a fish tank? Imagine a fish tank with some piranhas in it. The tank and...

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A Social Media Campaign for Your RPG Campaign

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s guest article about keeping excitement up during extended game breaks, today’s article is all about keeping your players jazzed between sessions. The author, Grayson Davis, is a writer and gamer living in Chicago. He writes Edition Wars, a Tumblr lovingly dedicated to Dungeons...

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Keeping the Home [Game] Fires Burning

Guest author David Miller is a displaced Louisianian living in Calgary, AB Canada. He is a husband, father, minister, GM, and gaming convention planner. He and his game group plan Underground Con in Calgary, and he tries not to take too many breaks in his home game. No one...

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On Handling RP Romance

Today’s guest article was written by Stacey Thompson, a professional writer, marketer, entrepreneur, eclectic digital and tabletop gamer, and a lover of weird little animals. She has been out of the loop in regards to tabletop gaming since her old college group graduated, but she’s working on getting back...

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Prep-Lite in Review

Today’s guest article was written by reader Ryan Latta, who took Phil Vecchione’s Prep-Lite articles — and other articles about keeping prep light — to heart, put them to use, and wrote about the results. Thanks, Ryan! I hate prepping for a game. In fact, the more prep work...

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Epic Baking: Profession and Other “Useless” Skills

Today’s guest article was written by Adam Meyers, president of Drop Dead Studios. DDS will shortly be coming out with a Pathfinder supplement called Rogue Glory. Adam’s previous guest article here was D&D, Social Skills, and the Zen of Roleplaying Games. Thanks, Adam! For the most part, players love...

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Building a “Petri Dish” Sandbox

Today’s guest article was written by Tom Puketza, and it’s about a topic that has always seemed to be of special interest to Gnome Stew readers: sandbox-style gaming. Tom’s approach is an excellent one, and I think you’ll like it. Thanks, Tom! Previous articles have offered great advice on...

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Worldbuilding: Cut It Out

Today’s guest article was written by Lord Byte, and it looks at a worldbuilding technique that doesn’t get much attention as some other approaches. His lens is D&D 4e, but the advice can be applied to a wide range of RPGs. Thanks, LB! The dwarves live in the mountains...

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D&D, Social Skills, and the Zen of Roleplaying Games

Today’s guest article was written by Gnome Stew reader Adam Meyers, the Modern Bard. Adam is starting a third party Pathfinder supplement publishing company, but he took the time out to write this passionate piece on how RPGs can be more than just games. Thanks, Adam! Warning: This article...

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Planning a Non-Linear Adventure Path

Today’s guest article comes from reader BryanB, who tackles one approach to running non-linear adventures in a comprehensive, usability-focused way. Thanks, Bryan! I used to use a fairly linear approach to adventure design, much like the writers of a typical module utilize. I’d often do a painstaking amount of...

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