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Playing Favorites

I originally discussed this topic in an older article on Rogue Princess Squadron but thought it might be worth discussing again. Let’s face it. Every GM has played favorites. Maybe it was a subconscious thing, maybe it was on purpose to please someone. Sometimes it’s awful and insidious and can...

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Are You Using Your Game Night Checklist?

  A move to virtual has had me running many more games than usual. I’ve been refining and honing a few techniques to keep everything moving smoothly and keep track of everything for every game. One simple tool I have come to rely on is my “Game Night Checklist”. It helps me...

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Collaborative Storytelling

I’ve had the realization that I’ve used the phrase “collaborative storytelling” quite a bit over the past few years. Some in Gnome Stew articles. Some of the uses were in various episodes of the Gnomecast. However, I’ve not explicitly put down deeper thoughts into a...

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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 itch.io) 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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