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 Resisting The Shiny Posted: Fri, 25 May 12:00:08  
General
Shiny Stuff
We live in blessed times. There are almost endless games we can partake in, but we certainly are not gifted with endless time. When you factor in actually getting a group together by finding a host, coordinating schedules, arranging a GM, and, ultimately, settling on a game to play, it’s a daunting prospect to be […]
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 Gnome Stew Notables – Meguey Baker Posted: Wed, 23 May 13:39:56  
General
The gnome spotlight header, a daker skinned female gnaome gives a thumbs up in front of a brink wall in a spotlight. The text reads Gnome Spotlight Notables - Meguey Baker
Welcome to the next installment of our Gnome Spotlight: Notables series. The notables series is a look at game developers in the gaming industry doing good work. The series will focus on game creators from underrepresented populations primarily, and each entry will be a short bio and interview. We’ve currently got a group of authors […]
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 BFF – A Game About Girl Friendship Posted: Tue, 22 May 13:00:41  
General
bff
I had the pleasure of interviewing Mother and Son team Terri and Ross about their new game BFF. It’s a really interesting game about friendship that is doing some really innovative stuff, and is based off the roleplaying game Fall of Magic. What’s BFF about? Terri: BFF! is about ‘tween friendship. A great and fun […]
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 Gnome Stew Notables – Alex Roberts Posted: Fri, 18 May 13:15:46  
General
Gnome Stew Notables – Alex Roberts
Welcome to the second installment of our Gnome Spotlight: Notables series. The notables series is a look at game developers in the gaming industry doing good work. The series will focus on female game creators and game creators of color primarily, and each entry will be a short bio and interview. We’ve currently got a […]
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 Gnomecast #40 – World Building Posted: Thu, 17 May 12:34:26  
Gnomecast, Angela Murray, Christopher Sniezak
Gnomecast #40 – World Building
Join Ang, Chris, and JT on this episode of Gnomecast as they build a setting together using randomly generated items from Matt’s Gnome Stew article “100 Overland Descriptors Table.” Will these gnomes’ new world be enough to keep them out of the stew? Download here: Gnomecast #40 – World Building Also referenced in this episode is Matt’s article […]
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 Bringing Diversity To Our Imaginary Worlds Posted: Wed, 16 May 12:00:53  
Game Mastering, GMing Advice
Sign post that says diversity
I remember the first time a player pushed a pregen player character back to me at a convention game. He said, “I don’t play women. I don’t know how they would act,” and I was left asking myself, “What the hell does that mean?” I’m pretty subtle in my speech so I think I said […]
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 I Have A Secret (About Secrets In Play) Posted: Mon, 14 May 12:22:22  
Player Perspective, pcs, secret
Close up of a woman holding a finger to her lips
Me, The Character: I am the rookie on an established task force. They all call me “Boot” but my father was in this police department, and my grandfather, and as one of the youngest graduates of the academy in recent memory, I am prepared to follow in their shining footsteps. There’s something a bit funny […]
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 The Usual Suspects: NPCs and You Posted: Fri, 11 May 09:00:53  
Game Mastering, General
The Usual Suspects: NPCs and You
I originally discussed this topic in an older article on Rogue Princess Squadron, but after a couple of recent games I thought it was worth discussing again. One of the primary ways a GM can bring a game world to life is through the NPCs the players interact with. They can give information, point the […]
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 Tales From The Loop — Review Posted: Wed, 09 May 12:15:55  
Reviews, 80's, mystery
Tales From The Loop — Review
When I was a kid, I saw the movie Goonies and wanted to be those kids more than anything; out adventuring with my childhood friends. When I watched Stranger Things, I was pulled right back into my childhood and relived the idea of adventuring kids. And I am not alone in this. Recently there has […]
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 The Sword, The Crown, and The Unspeakable Power Review Posted: Tue, 08 May 12:00:03  
Reviews
The Sword, The Crown, and The Unspeakable Power Review
Roleplaying games have been tied to fantasy literature since the original Dungeons and Dragons boxed set started to circulate in 1974. Many people see the heroic fantasy influences of Tolkien’s Middle-earth books, but the original play style (adventurers trying to get rich, famous, and powerful) is much more inspired by grittier fiction, like Leiber’s Lankhmar […]
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 Troy’s Crock Pot: We don’t need a mapper, but … Posted: Mon, 07 May 09:00:50  
Crock Pot, Game Mastering, General
Troy’s Crock Pot: We don’t need a mapper, but …
Back in the day, like when polyhedrals were high tech, a role undertaken by one of the players was that of a “mapper.” If you didn’t want your fellow adventurers to get lost, you needed an accurate rendering of where you’d been. Corridors of a dungeon run deep, twist around, reach dead ends and are […]
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 Gnome Stew Notables – Tanya DePass Posted: Fri, 04 May 13:26:49  
Notables
Gnome Stew Notables – Tanya DePass
  Welcome to the first installment of our Gnome Spotlight: Notables series. The notables series is a look at game developers in the gaming industry doing good work. The series will focus on female game creators and game creators of color primarily, and each entry will be a short bio and interview. We’ve currently got […]
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