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 How to Take Better Photographs of Your Tabletop RPG Games
Posted: Fri, 09 Apr 10:03:08
Category: Editorials, General, art
How to Take Better Photographs of Your Tabletop RPG Games
In this article, I share with you some tips for how to take better photographs of your tabletop games (you can find more gaming photography tips here). Whether you want a keepsake for yourself or a post on social media, a truly engaging photo is a shared experience that brings a community together (if only for a precious moment).

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 You Too, Can Self Publish Call of Cthulhu
Posted: Wed, 07 Apr 10:38:34
Category: Game Making, Game Mastering, General
You Too, Can Self Publish Call of Cthulhu
The Call of Cthulhu… is Calling You to Self Publish  Horror is my happy place. It’s a great contrast to my typical exuberant, happy self. Horror can truly pull the curtains back on human nature and give you some great perspective on what makes people tick. Personally, I love the type of horror that makes […]

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 Inkwell Ideas Sidequest Decks First Impression
Posted: Tue, 06 Apr 14:00:12
Category: Reviews
Inkwell Ideas Sidequest Decks First Impression
The people at Inkwell Ideas have been producing Sidequest Decks, decks that have an inspirational map on one side, with a sketched-out adventure outline on the back of the card. While these cards lean on particular genres, they don’t have any specific game mechanics included in the outline. Inkwell Ideas has a Kickstarter coming up […]

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 Troy’s Crock Pot: Aches and Pains on the Day After
Posted: Mon, 05 Apr 09:00:20
Category: General
Troy’s Crock Pot: Aches and Pains on the Day After
Did any characters almost die during the big boss fight? Anyone have to roll a death save for their character?  Maybe their hit points didn’t drop to zero. How about below half, even? Sure, the system is abstract, but surely a drop like that would take its toll.  How about that preliminary encounter, the one […]

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 Gnomecast Bonus Episode – You’ll Rune the Day
Posted: Thu, 01 Apr 10:00:02
Category: Gnomecast, Angela Murray, april fool's
Gnome Stew's Gnomecast
Join a whole stewpotful of gnomes for this very special episode of Gnomecast as the gnomes find themselves lost, confused, and pursued by a sinister figure. There might not be anything that can keep the gnomes out of the stew this time! Download: Gnomecast Bonus Episode – You’ll Rune The Day Thanks go out to […]

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 Heisting a Campaign
Posted: Wed, 31 Mar 10:00:12
Category: Game Mastering, GMing Advice
Stone Well
All GMs run dry on ideas. It happens to the best of us. What’s the next campaign? Dunno. What’s the next encounter or story arc? Dunno. Should I toss in a random encounter just for the fun of it? Dunno. In my world as a fiction writer, this is referred to as “writer’s block.” It […]

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 Fire Giant + Lovecraftian Ghasts – Monster Combo
Posted: Fri, 26 Mar 10:00:56
Category: General, cthulhu, dnd
A Valkyrie-like creature flies with its open wings towards the camera, with a great longsword at hand. Her figure is shadowd due to the fire standing behind her, showing a city being burned down. Some ghastly creatures cling from the city's rooftops
Welcome to Monster Combo, a series of articles in which we will create some backstory, encounters, variations, and a bit of lore for monsters from different games and genres. From Lovecraftian horror and medieval fantasy creatures to sci-fi cyborgs and weird entities. This series is to stay system neutral so you can grab these ideas […]

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 Loke Battle Mats First Impression
Posted: Tue, 23 Mar 14:00:07
Category: Reviews
Loke Battle Mats First Impression
I recently received a copy of the Loke Battle Mats products, The Giant Book of Sci-Fi Battle Mats, and the Giant Book of Battle Mats Volume II. These are big 62-page spiral bound books that contain map spreads that include grids or hexes to establish a scale for use at a table. Since these review […]

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 Five changes to make to the mechanics of your 5e D&D games right now
Posted: Mon, 22 Mar 10:49:35
Category: General
Two people stare at a scarred moon over a gothic background
  I’m a big fan of a lot of what 5e has done to the D&D system. There are lots of things that simplify overly complex mechanics, prevent power creep, and make it easier to pick up as a game system. That’s why I’m going to write about changing all of that stuff. Well, some […]

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 A Year Of Online Gaming
Posted: Fri, 19 Mar 10:00:35
Category: Game Mastering, GMing Advice, covid-19
Small birthday cake with a single candle sitting on a table.
Just over a year ago, I played my last face-to-face game. Like most of us, I had no idea that was the case. It was just a normal session, with friends, at one of their houses, gathered around a table, doing a thing that I had been doing since I was ten. Then in a […]

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