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Charging A Meta Tax

  When I was in my Monday night Zoom game this week, the GM’s kid came into the room and an interaction like this ensued: Kid: “Hey, I was reading ahead in the book and I see we’re going to be fighting a green dragon. I want to buy stuff to protect against acid!” GM:...

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Taking Your Convention Virtual

In March, I was organizing what Angela Murray has labeled a “bespoke artisanal convention.”  We were thirty friends planning to spend a weekend in April at an inexpensive hotel playing roleplaying games.  One month before the con, we determined that because of COVID-19 concerns, it would not be...

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Modern Settings and 2020

I like modern settings in my roleplaying games. Very often, I set them in a specific year and draw on real life events to fuel what happens in the game, or at least things that are referenced in the game. To be completely honest, I’m not sure I am ever going to set a game in the 2020 we are...

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Imagination as a Magic System

If you’ve read Neil Gaiman’s Sandman you might be aware that many of the fantasy elements of it—such as the gods and myths and legends that dwell between its pages—are made real simply by the fact that those around them believe they’re real. If that made you quirk your eye (as I...

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10 Things I learned about Japanese Tabletalk RPGs

In the wake of the quarantine times, I’ve found many of my IRL games heavily impacted by the inability to actually meet up. I know it comes off a bit unrelated, yes, but in that time I’ve found myself binging on anime and manga and looking to Japan for entertainment. Somehow in the...

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Emotionally Engaging Players In RPGs

There’s been a lot of ink spilled about the various kinds of players for RPGs and what they get out of playing: the tactician, who enjoys overcoming challenges through clever decision-making on the battlefield. The actor, who thrills in understanding and acting out the motivations of their...

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