Entries by John Arcadian

Johnny’s Five – New For The New Year

It’s a new year, 2016, and that means it’s a great time to dig in and find something new for your game. The end of the year – with holidays, travel, and multiple obligations – is often tumultuous for a social activity like gaming, but the new year is a time to refresh and rededicate […]

A Structure For Convention Adventures

I was at Con On The Cob this weekend and I got the chance to play in a lot of adventures. I also got to hear friends tell stories, good and bad, about the games they played in. Those stories tended to focus on the extreme moments when they were good, and on how bad […]

Mundane Magics

Ever since my long-ago teenage years, when I wasn’t allowed to play D&D – just look at the books, I’ve played a kind of mental game with the spell lists from the various editions of D&D – What spells would I want to be able to cast if I could do so in real life? […]

Dragons In The Stacks

At Gencon 2015, a serendipitous meeting led me to spending some time talking to Steven Torres-Roman and talking about a book he worked on called Dragons in the Stacks – A teen Librarian’s Guide to Tabletop Role-playing. Steven gave me a copy to look over and I decided to review it for the Stew. Having […]

Window Coverings For A Private Zen Room

Window Coverings For A Private Zen Room Our house is quite close to another house and my reading room/meditation space (work in progress) looks right into their windows. To fix that, I made some DIY window coverings from: Fabric I used to use as diffusion in my light kit Corn Starch Syrup (2 TBSP corn […]


Focal Point

My latest book – Focal Point –  is now available for purchase through Drive Thru RPG and Engine Publishing, as well as at your FLGS and Studio 2 Publishing. I was one of three authors (Phil Vecchione and Walt Ciechanowski being  the others), and we put Focal Point together as a book that would help […]

Joining Encoded Designs

Just under a week ago I got back from an eventful and fun Gencon 2015. While I was there I wore multiple hats, and kilts, while working tech support for the MCG booth, meeting with the line developers for various writing projects I’m working on, and catching  up with friends I only see at conventions. […]

Never Look A Gift Orc In The Mouth

The name of the dashing green fellow in the picture to the right is South. He and a bunch of his friends showed up at a game of The One Ring that I ran at Origins this year. South showed up just like this, in full Orc makeup from a larp he was involved with […]