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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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A Bard’s Guide to Roleplaying Hooks

If you remember all the way back to last month (another era!), I wrote here about some possible roleplaying hooks for barbarians – after all, there’s more to barbarians than smash smash rage rage, no matter what anyone might say about it. But barbarians are hardly the only ones who get...

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Gnome Stew Presents: The Book of Wisdom

While the world is a little upside down, we Gnomes sat down and had a long conversation about what we could do to help make the world a little bit better, a little bit brighter. The result of that hard work and all that deep thought is now presented to our readers: The Book of Wisdom! Just click...

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Four Ways to Fill Your Table (and Your Time)

If you’re like me, you also have a great gray marching horde of unpainted miniatures just waiting to get painted. But when/if you’ve painted all of them (or more likely, just need a distraction), you might find yourself turning toward other ways to add to the landscape of your table....

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