John Arcadian

John Arcadian is a writer, gamer, art director, web designer, crafter, and kilt-wearer. You can find more of his writings on gaming over at http://gnomestew.com. For web-design projects, check out http://beezenwebdesign.com.

Effectively Splitting A Party – A Solution For Large Gaming Groups

Due to rather gaming starved area where I currently live, I’ve recently gained a rather large gaming group through my inability to say no. There isn’t much of a gaming culture here, and I just couldn’t say no to the people who heard about my game from shared friends and […]

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October 22, 2013 John Arcadian

You Pick It Review – Hillfolk

Right at the top of the request list for You Pick It Reviews this year was Robin Law’s new book Hillfolk. I was intrigued by it and saw some interesting tidbits about it online during the development processes. So, of course I  had to pick it up and see what […]

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You Pick It Review – Numenera – There Have Been Eight Previous Reviews

And by 8 previous reviews, I of course mean a gazillion. When we put out the call for You Pick It Reviews, Numenera was one of the big ones on the list. I half considered letting the many other reviews: http://www.numenera.com/interviews-articles/ http://www.numenera.com/reviews-play-reports/ Numenera Reviews On Google (Too many to list […]

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GMing Tools – Prezi In Your Campaign

A while back I discovered a nifty online tool called Prezi. It is a presentation platform online that functions a little differently than a standard power-point. With a prezi, you place a bunch of bits of information onto a background (like laying out index cards on a table or drawing […]

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Running A Game Is Like Being A Cat Owner

The other day, while one of our two cats rubbed against her hand, my girlfriend jokingly remarked that I should write an article about how running a game is like being a cat owner. We both laughed and threw out a few pithy comments about why that was true and […]

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Johnny’s Five – Five Tips For Building Adventures That Make Your Heart Thump

After I got back from Gencon, I was hit by the cold that would never go away. This resulted in my work days being 1/2 productive and 1/2 fuzzy headed sitting on the couch waiting for medicine to kick in. I watched a lot of TV and finished a lot […]

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Enabling Player Fun – Introductory Scenes

Your players have just spent hours crafting their perfect characters for your next long-form campaign. They’ve pored over the rules and splatbooks looking for just the right mix of classes and powers to get them what they want, they’ve picked all of the feats and skills for the next 12 […]

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You Pick It, We Review It 2013

That time of year has come around again and Gencon is just a week away. One of the biggest things at Gencon is the dealer’s hall –  bursting with a plethora of gaming products and goodies. All of the Gnomes attending Gencon are planning to pick up some fun things […]

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Using Pinterest In Your Games

My girlfriend recently got herself a tablet to play around with. One of her primary uses of this tablet is scrolling through Pinterest boards and “pinning” things to it. I’ve been watching over her shoulder and becoming more interested in what Pinterest had to offer. I had heard about it […]

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My Perfect Party Composition – 3 Overpowered/Dual-Role Characters

Looking at the current player mix in 2 games that I’m running right now, I’ve realized that I’m running for what I consider to be the perfect party composition – 3 Slightly Overpowered/Dual Role Characters . Why is this the perfect sized party for me to run for? 3 Players […]

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