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 Turning Garbage into Terrain: Tree Edition Posted: Fri, 10 Jul 12:00:21  
General, Tools for GMs
Miniature Trees made of toilet paper and tinfoil
It is now March 127th; in the meaningless blur of time that 2020 has become, I’ve picked up a new hobby that I will continue to inflict on all of you: making frankly unnecessary amounts of tabletop terrain. Since I’ve started, I’ve noticed a trend: nearly all of the terrain-building advice out there relies on […]

 Gnomecast #95 Ė What Iíve Learned Recently Posted: Thu, 09 Jul 12:00:20  
Gnomecast, Angela Murray, Jared Rascher
Gnome Stew's Gnomecast
Join Ang, Jared, and Senda for a discussion about things they’ve learned about themselves and their gaming over the last few months of living in a very different world. Have these gnomes learned enough to avoid the stew? Download: Gnomecast #95 – What I’ve Learned Recently Episode links: Good Society Pasiůn de las Pasiones Senda’s†Gnome […]

 Emerging Problems with the Stewardship of Dungeons and Dragons Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 11:30:39  
Editorials, Hot Buttons
Emerging Problems with the Stewardship of Dungeons and Dragons
Depending on how closely you follow the RPG industry, you may or may not know that Wizards of the Coast has been facing stiff criticism recently. It has come from multiple fronts, and depending on who you ask, their response to the criticism has ranged from insulting to adequate. Some of this criticism revolves around […]

 Older Characters Posted: Mon, 06 Jul 12:00:43  
Game Mastering, GMing Advice
Old Hands
Today is my 47th birthday. That means that in about a week, I’ll be celebrating my 37th year as a role player since I got my first red box set about a week after turning 10. How times flies when you’re having fun, right? At this time last year, I talked about character birthdays and […]

 #iHunt: The RPG Review Posted: Tue, 30 Jun 11:30:39  
#iHunt: The RPG Review
Iím going to start describing a game. Itís a game set in the modern-day about hunting monsters. Itís based on Fate and adds some widgets to the Fate toolbox. I was not going to be able to stay away from this game for too long. In this review, Iím going to look at #iHunt: The […]

 Interesting Magic Appearances Posted: Wed, 24 Jun 12:00:25  
Game Mastering, GMing Advice
Green Runes
GM: A red ball of flame hurls through the- Player: Fireball *yawn* GM: A greenish-yellow cloud of smoke appears from- Player: Cloudkill *yawn* GM: A purple arc of negative energy rips toward you from the sorcerer’s fingertips. Player: Eh? What the? I don’t know what the spell is. Run! He’s a powerful mage! GM <thinking […]

 Planned vs Emergent Backgrounds Posted: Fri, 19 Jun 12:00:38  
Game Mastering, GMing Advice, background questions
Planned vs Emergent Backgrounds
I recently started an Icons campaign and was working through character generation, including working on character backgrounds. I find character backgrounds in superhero stories to be very useful for the GM, as it gives you a lot of ideas of the NPCs in the characterís lives as well as how their powers work, etc. As […]

 Imagination as a Magic System Posted: Wed, 17 Jun 16:30:49  
Imagination as a Magic System
If you’ve read Neil Gaiman’s Sandman you might be aware that many of the fantasy elements of itósuch as the gods and myths and legends that dwell between its pagesóare made real simply by the fact that those around them believe they’re real. If that made you quirk your eye (as I was totally off […]

 Harlem Unbound 2nd Edition Review Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 11:30:32  
Harlem Unbound 2nd Edition Review
Today Iím going to approach a daunting task. Iím reviewing the second edition of a product that John reviewed not long before I started writing for Gnome Stew. When I saw that there would be a second edition of the product, I was very excited to get a look at what was inside. If you […]

 Game Companies Say: Black Lives Matter Posted: Fri, 12 Jun 07:00:00  
News, black lives matter, charity
Black Lives Matter protesters holding signs, 2020
Following the widespread protests kicked off by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed by police while in their custody, a number of tabletop game companies have responded by speaking out against such injustice. In the best cases, they’ve also taken steps to help. While it’s becoming less rare for […]