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Actually, It’s Gamenstein’s Monster: Ideas to Stitch Together Into Your Own Monstrosity

Any given game that you pick up off a shelf (or grab from is an experience, geared toward creating a specific type of story: a fantasy skirmish simulator, a Jane-Austenesque adventure in manners, or living life as a cozy lesbian snake to name just a few. But sometimes you want to mix and...

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Resurrecting the Mini-Map in TTRPGs, especially online

During the pandemic and the stressful events of 2020/2021 version 1.6, video games and tabletop gaming have become two of my biggest salvations. When I get done with my work day and move from my basement home office to the couch upstairs, I usually pull up whatever old JRPG or game I have unplayed...

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Troy’s Crock Pot: An Unexpected Journey

So, the D&D Dungeon Master’s Screen Wilderness Kit ended up in my holiday stocking.  While I’m not a product reviewer — other gnomes are more talented and dedicated to such tasks — I thought I might share a few thoughts on it. As a DM tool, it does several things really well. I know this...

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Rolling with Default (or Passive) Initiative

As I’ve begun to move back to D&D online games run through various VTTs, I’ve begun to refine some of my game mastering techniques to accommodate some of the new challenges. One of the techniques I’ve pulled out of my old, tattered, black and white mead notebook is the concept of a default...

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For the Queen Review

This review is going to be a little bit different, for two reasons. The first is that this is one of those instances where I had the time to playtest a game before writing a review. The second is, much of the content regarding my actual play experience has appeared on other social media, as I was...

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It Came From The Stew Pot

Hey you. Yeah, you. Do you know about Gnomecast 21? Why isn’t it in the archives? What are they hiding? If you value your safety… don’t go searching for Gnomecast 21…

Gnomecast 21 poster with a beared gnome and the words "I survived Gnomecast #21

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What are people saying?

“I check Gnome Stew every day.”

 Monte Cook, Monte Cook Games

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