Entries by John Arcadian

Hot Button – Player Responsibilities?

I’ve recently completed a move to Mississippi and I have two new groups of players in two very different games. I’m running a very new player friendly game for some people who are unfamiliar with role-playing in general, and I’m running a somewhat advanced game with a mix of experienced players and new to gaming […]

Hot Button – Mind Controlled PCs?

I’ve recently finished a long move out of my home state of Ohio. During the many long days of packing and unpacking, I watched a lot of netflix in the background, and being a geek I tended to watch lots of geeky tv series and movies. I realized a pretty common trope in a lot […]

Hot Button: Limit The Party?

Every so often I get the urge to run a game around very tight themes – a game where all the characters are thieves in a thieves guild, a game where all the players are members of a military organization with specific ranks and duties, a modern game where intrigue and politics rule the day, […]

Modelling Sickness In A Tabletop RPG

If you would like a printable version of this post for quick reference, I organized it into a PDF which you can find here. I have recently become intimately aware of the extreme effects of having sickness ravage my body. It is the same kind of awareness I gain after most conventions I go to, […]

Seed Your Players’ Backgrounds

While driving along the other day, I had one of those Eureka moments while thinking about the next game I’m going to run. As I started to think about what kinds of characters would fit well into the story, I reminisced about the theme games I tried to run to give the characters some unifying […]

Breaking Canon For A Better Experience

  I am going to disclaim 2 things before getting this article going: If you have not yet seen the new Hobbit movie, there will be spoilers. Peter Jackson’s new Hobbit movie steps on my childhood and crushes it into the dirt, but it was a great movie. I grew up in Tolkien’s world of […]

Ripped From The Headlines

You’ve probably seen this dragon slaying ad circulating around the internet. It ran in the classified section of the Oklahoman newspaper on December 1st. While some theories believe it as a prank or a joke, and some theories say it is probably a coded message about a drug deal, they are all missing the best […]