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How to Do Bad Things and Get Away with It: Advice for the Contrary Game Master and Player

Put away the ski mask, you absolute sociopath. This is about doing bad things in gaming, and what you do on your own time is between you and your defense attorney. If you’ve been gaming for any amount of time, you’re familiar with most of the old adages about how to make a good game: “show, don’t...

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The Power of Cliché: Why Being Original Isn’t as Important as Being Interesting

I’m currently running not one, but two experimental campaigns on weekends in Roll20; the experimental question is “how little worldbuilding can I get away with?” And the answer, it turns out, is very little. I started with this map from DeviantArt, made four gods, one quest-giver NPC, an evil...

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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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When You Don’t Follow Your Own Advice

I wrote this article last summer, after running a session of Demigods at a brand new local game day. The rest of the day had gone really well, so I wanted to examine how this particular session went awry. You can find the original version of this article on my blog here. The best advice I’ve ever...

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