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A Sampling of Actual-Play RPG Podcasts

Today’s guest article is a follow up to our sampling of podcasts article. Keith Garrett stepped into the guest gnome hat (we should really clean that thing after each use) and did a sampling of actual play podcasts! Check it out below! – Head Gnome John A while back we talked about...

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Genre As A Tool For Meaning

Genre is a powerful tool. Fantasy, Horror, Sci Fi, Historical Fiction, Anime… the definition of genre is broad and wiggly, but no matter how you’re defining it genre plays an interesting roll in how we tell our stories. While present in all media, genre is specifically a focus of...

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Troy’s Crock Pot: World building — Homeland

Our summer world-building exercise keeps zeroing in. We started with a broad overview, grabbing a continent and carving up land areas into nations. Now we’re ready to sketch out the PCs’ homeland. I’m selecting the territory in the center map, the one at the heart of the peninsula with a river...

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Actual Play, Character Death, and Fan Toxicity

An interesting RPG related convergence happened this week. The incident brought into alignment the burgeoning spotlight of Actual Play entertainment, the continuing specter of character death, and the rising levels of toxic fan behavior. Yeah, I’m going to talk about some spoilers for a recent...

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2018 IGDN Metatopia Sponsorship

Some of us have the desire to create. Pictures, words, structures, ideal communities, or songs chase us into our dreams and demand release from our mind into the world. Some of us fight those ideas using our self-doubt as a weapon of mass destruction. Others of us find ways to quiet or embrace the...

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Making Roleplaying Games in Troubling Times

In a political climate that involves neo-nazis, the rise of fascism, ICE, loss of healthcare, capitalism, racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, global warming… are roleplaying games important? Like shouldn’t every waking moment be about fixing what’s wrong in America right now?  Like...

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Adventure and Campaign Design By Checklist

As my 8 month campaign was beginning to wrap towards its conclusion, I started to plan things a little differently than I had when it was just beginning. When the game was new, I was using Trello to plot out and organize story arcs, character options, and connect different cards to each other to...

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Want To Be Interviewed On The Gnomecast @ Gencon?

Hey, let’s Talk At Gen Con! Are you going to be at Gen Con? Do you have an RPG or a an RPG project that you want to be interviewed about on the Gnomecast? Are you a gamer that wants to talk about your Gen Con experience? I {Head Gnome John Arcadian} will be at Gen Con with a fairly open...

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Don’t Just Sit There!

You’ve worked hard prepping for a game with some interesting investigation scenes, cool action sequences, and plenty of opportunities for roleplaying. Bringing it to the table, most of the players dive right into it, but during what you thought would be an exciting scene, one player shrugs and...

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