Entries by John Arcadian

Gnomespotting – Gnomes At Origins 2018!

Origins Game Fair 2018 in Columbus, Ohio is startlingly close! Did you know that many, many Gnomes will be there running incredible games, hanging out, being on panels, and doing awesome gaming stuff? Well we will! Here is a listing of the Gnomes who will be at Origins 2018 and what we’ll be doing. Angela […]

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My Dungeons and Dragons Ted Talk

Back in February, I was lucky enough to get to go on stage at TEDx Ohio State University and talk about one of my big passions, tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons. These sorts of games have had an incredible impact on my life, helping me practice putting on different personalities and refining my […]

Gnomecast #34 – Directing the Camera

Lights! Podcast! Action! Join Ang, Matt, and Tracy on this episode of the Gnomecast for a discussion based on John’s Gnome Stew article “Directing the Camera.” Can these gnomes’ cinematic approach to describing roleplaying game action save them from the stew this week? This episode references All Flesh Must Be Eaten, designed by George Vasilakos and published […]

Trello For Campaign Management

I’m fairly surprised that Phil isn’t writing this article. He’s my go-to person for organizational and project management tools to use for gaming, since he does it in his day job and project manages many gaming books and projects that I’ve been involved with. He knows his stuff, so I’m kind of proud that I’m […]

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Directing The Camera

  I was playing in a game where Amit Moshe (City of Mists) was running us through a noir based supernatural game. As our characters were running around, using our powers to chase down a cult, and playing a generally narrative based game, Amit said something that solidified a bunch of nebulous thoughts I’d had […]

Review and Giveaway: Harlem Unbound

I recently came across Chris Spivey’s  Harlem Unbound and reached out to see if Chris wanted to provide a digital review copy. He sent us a copy from DriveThruRPG and I dug through it over the weekend. Check out the full review below and drop a comment below (on the blog comments) to be entered […]

Always Give Your Players A Receipt

  “The sword of duquesne gets stolen by the naked man…” Community did an excellent episode where they played Dungeons and Dragons, and it was advanced! One of the things that has always struck me about that episode was the part where the character Neil’s sword gets stolen out of spite by another player . […]

Gnome Stew’s Gencon 50 Photopalooza!

Many of us Gnomes just got back from the 50th Gen Con, but many of us Gnomes were unable to attend for one real life reason or another. We know that is the case for many gamers out there. It was a packed Gen Con, but a lot of us didn’t get to make it […]

Social Anxiety at Large Conventions

  It’s August 8th, 2017 and Gen Con is about a week away. I’m going through all of my pre-Gen Con rituals – planning for the Gnome Stew dinner at St. Elmo’s and the ENnies immediately afterwards, getting the books and materials for the games I’m running compacted into better traveling boxes, setting up the […]