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 Gnomecast #109 – Picking Up New Editions
Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 13:00:52
Category: Gnomecast, Angela Murray, J.T. Evans
Gnome Stew's Gnomecast
Join Ang, Jared, and J.T. for a discussion about new editions of games, both from designer and consumer perspectives. Can these gnomes stay current enough to avoid being thrown in the stew? Download: Gnomecast #109 – Picking Up New Editions Check out Seth Skorkowsky’s YouTube channel. Follow J.T. at @jtevans on Twitter and check out […]

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 Actually, It’s Gamenstein’s Monster: Ideas to Stitch Together Into Your Own Monstrosity
Posted: Wed, 20 Jan 13:00:12
Category: Approaches and Techniques, Game Mastering, General
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 match […]

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 Last Fleet Review
Posted: Tue, 19 Jan 17:00:12
Category: Reviews
Last Fleet Review
As I approached my winter break this year, I got the urge to engage with starfighter content. Do you know you can’t find Space, Above and Beyond anywhere streaming? No Wing Commander either. Thankfully, I found Battlestar Galactica streaming on the Peacock streaming network from NBC. Speaking of Battlestar Galactica . . . what about […]

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 Resurrecting the Mini-Map in TTRPGs, especially online
Posted: Thu, 14 Jan 13:25:46
Category: General
The minimap from ff13
During the pandemic and the stressful events of 2020/2021 version 1.6, video games and tabletop gaming have become two of my biggest salvations. When I get done with my work day and move from my basement home office to the couch upstairs, I usually pull up whatever old JRPG or game I have unplayed in […]

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 Gnomecast #108 – Solo Gaming
Posted: Thu, 07 Jan 13:00:21
Category: Gnomecast, Angela Murray, Jared Rascher
Gnome Stew's Gnomecast
Join Ang, Jared, and Senda for a discussion about playing solo games and other ways to enjoy gaming on your own. Can each of these gnomes on their own avoid being thrown in the stew one by one? Download: Gnomecast #108 – Solo Gaming This Episode’s Links Jared’s Gnome Stew article series “Camdon Turned Me Into A […]

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 My Secret to Compelling Lore – Random Encounter Lists To Hook Into Setting Tropes
Posted: Wed, 06 Jan 14:02:13
Category: General
An early and a more modern random encounter table
Random encounter lists have been around forever in a variety of games. Back in the earliest days of roleplaying, they were used to give different wilderness encounters as the party laboriously traveled over vast areas on foot. Encounter lists have refined and expanded as games have and are often used to provide a lot more […]

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 Troy’s Crock Pot: An Unexpected Journey
Posted: Mon, 04 Jan 08:01:57
Category: General
Troy’s Crock Pot: An Unexpected Journey
So, the D&D Dungeon Master’s Screen Wilderness Kit ended up in my holiday stocking.  While I’m not a product reviewer — other gnomes are more talented and dedicated to such tasks — I thought I might share a few thoughts on it. As a DM tool, it does several things really well. I know this […]

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 The Same, But Different
Posted: Wed, 30 Dec 2020 13:00:19
Category: Game Mastering, GMing Advice
The Same, But Different
As most of you fine folks out there in Gnome Stew lands know, I’m a fiction author in addition to being an avid role player and part of Gnome Stew. In the realm of getting fiction sold before you can actually sell it to readers, there are agents and editors to work with to get […]

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 Rolling with Default (or Passive) Initiative
Posted: Mon, 28 Dec 2020 13:17:56
Category: General
Tabletop roleplaying flat lay with colorful RPG and game dices, character sheet, rule book and treasure chest on wooden desk
As I’ve begun to move back to D&D online games run through various VTTs, I’ve begun to refine some of my game mastering techniques to accommodate some of the new challenges. One of the techniques I’ve pulled out of my old, tattered, black and white mead notebook is the concept of a default initiative for […]

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 Gnomecast #107 – Grafting Rules Into Other Games
Posted: Thu, 24 Dec 2020 13:00:34
Category: Gnomecast, Angela Murray, Chuck Lauer
Gnome Stew's Gnomecast
Join Ang, Chuck, and J.T. for a discussion about making use of rules from games other than the game you’re running. Can these gnomes cobble together enough games to avoid being thrown in the stew? Download: Gnomecast #107 – Grafting Rules Into Other Games Check out J.T.’s Dresden Files RPG Magic Use Summary. Follow Chuck […]

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