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The Crusty Old Gnome: Back to Basic

I wanna go back and do it all over but I can’t go back, I know.                                                                                                 — Eddie Money, “I Wanna Go Back” Can you make what’s old new again? Hi, all! It’s been seven years since this Original Gnome has...

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Metagaming? Well, Actually…

Metagaming usually gets a bad rap. When people say “metagaming,” visions of know it all players who have read the Monster Manual cover to cover and memorized the stats, abilities, and weaknesses of every monster dance through our heads. Who wants to play with that person? Where is the fun in...

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40 Year Retrospective

Let me set up my tale with some details: The Month: July, 1983 Location: Midland, TX The Weather: Cook Eggs On The Sidewalk Hot The Protagonist: J.T. Evans Protagonist’s Age: 10 years, 10 days Protagonist’s Mission: Navigate his Granny around town while she visits numerous garage sales...

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Apocalypse Keys Review

Long-time readers of my reviews (and bless all of you) may have picked up that I love modern urban fantasy and monster-hunting stories and games. When I first saw Apocalypse Keys, I knew I would pick it up at some point. Initially, I understood that it was like the Hellboy/BPRD comics, where you...

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Roll20 Updates First Impression

Like most people, there is a sharp contrast between my life before 2020 and after 2020. If you happened to read any of my articles before that time, you’ll notice several times where I mention that I wasn’t comfortable with VTTs and wasn’t likely to run games using that technology. Even before...

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3 Ways to Find Your New Favorite RPG

So, let’s say you are in the market for a new tabletop game. It could be that your current campaign has concluded and you want to try something new, it could be that you’re tired of playing in the same genre, or it could be that your go-to just isn’t quite as fun as it was at one point (this has...

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A Question of Character Voices

For an upcoming game, I’ve been working on a character that was born in Spain many centuries ago. As part of working up who she is, I have been pondering whether to try for an accent when roleplaying her conversations. This, of course, got me thinking about the murky waters of accents in RPGs, and...

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