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 Interview With A Pro GM
Posted: Mon, 29 May 08:56:55
Category: General, GMing, Professional
Last year for my birthday, my wife bought the two of us seats in a professionally run Spelljammer campaign. Spelljammer has long been my favorite DnD setting, but one I never got to play as much as I would have liked. We didn’t know what to expect going in, having never used a professional GMing […]

 Supplements – Got To Catch Them All
Posted: Fri, 26 May 10:00:59
Category: Game Mastering, GMing Advice, session zero
I am gearing up for my new Cyberpunk Red game and it turns out that a few weeks before Session Zero, a new supplement, Black Chrome dropped. So of course I grabbed it. As I did, I thought about the role of supplements and how they fit into campaigns – at the start of campaigns as […]

 GNOMECAST #164 – Demiplane with Adam Bradford
Posted: Wed, 24 May 12:11:38
Category: Gnomecast, Demiplane, digital gaming Jared takes some time to speak with Adam Bradford, the person behind Demiplane. a place for Digital Tools, Content, and Services to Discover, Prep, and Play All Your Favorite Tabletop Roleplaying Games.

 Hard City Review
Posted: Mon, 22 May 12:00:58
Category: General
The first time I heard about Osprey Publishing, it was regarding their various military history books. Fast forward a few years, and my friend was explaining to me that they had introduced some miniature wargaming rules based around various themes, that were “miniature line agnostic,” meaning they were putting out their own lines of minis, […]

 100,000 Words!
Posted: Mon, 15 May 10:00:57
Category: General
In June of 2009, I launched the (now defunct) Ravenous RPG site. My purpose and intent was to review RPG products, RPG posts/blogs/articles/etc. I fulfilled that purpose for a good number of years before shuttering the site due to lack of time to properly consume all of the great and wonderful things coming out of […]

 GNOMECAST #163 – Collaborative World Building
Posted: Wed, 10 May 09:00:54
Category: Game Mastering, GMing Advice, Gnomecast Welcome to the GnomeCast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. Today we have myself Ang, along with Senda and Jared to talk about Collaborative World Building. What it is, […]

 Book of Ebon Tides Review
Posted: Mon, 08 May 12:00:00
Category: Reviews
One of my favorite developments in Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition was formalizing concepts from other editions and settings into the Shadowfell and the Feywild. The concept of these “funhouse mirror” versions of the prime material plane added several adventuring options. The Shadowfell made for a more interesting transitive plane between the living and the […]

 The Loneliness Epidemic and RPGs
Posted: Fri, 05 May 10:00:34
Category: General
Somewhere around 2010, I read an article talking about how older adults are slower to make friends than young adults, teens, and children. This confounded me because I was definitely an older adult but I had a whole swath of newish friends I’d become close with around that time. And then it hit me. I […]

 Run Your Campaign Like a Romance Novel
Posted: Mon, 01 May 10:00:44
Category: Game Mastering, Advice, campaign
I don’t want to talk about Luke Skywalker anymore. Great guy. Loved him for years. But folks, it’s time to move on. His hero’s journey has been the go-to framework for our Big Epic Quests™ for far too long. In fact, the Hero’s Journey itself is far too flimsy a structure to build a TTRPG […]

 Narrow and Broad Games
Posted: Fri, 28 Apr 10:00:55
Category: Game Mastering, GMing Advice, broad
As my Night’s Black Agents game is heading into its last mission, our group has begun discussing what to play next. The decision was to play Cyberpunk Red. It was a decision I was happy about since some of my fondest early memories of gaming were playing the original Cyberpunk back in the 80s. This […]