An archive of all of the articles I’ve written for Gnome Stew.

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…

Happy Valentine's Day From Gnome Stew! Remember when we wrote a romance novel?

It's Valentines day, and whatever that means for you, it means warm and tingly feelings for us! Mmmm Warm and tingly stew! Hey, remember when we teased and then actually wrote a romance novel? Like, legitimately wrote it with some saucy bits…

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…

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…
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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,…

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…
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The Ideal First Level Combat Scenario - 2SLDper+2BT+CR+PP

My schedule lately has been . . . less than stable, so my gaming has been coming in small chunks. I've got games I play in and run that go off once a month or once every two months, I've got one-shots that occur on sporadic weekends, and when…
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Missing Stairs - Why We Need To Listen and Why We Can't Be Silent

The beginning of this week saw the hashtag #metoo trend to increase awareness about how many women have been harassed in their lives.  On my Facebook feed alone, I'd estimate that around 85% of the women I know posted something. The actual…

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…

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…

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…

Simple Tricks - Using Google To Blow Your Players' Minds

While over at the house of my friend and fellow game writer and gnome, Tracy Barnett, I recently found my eyes wandering to his map of "haunted" locations in Ohio. He had picked up the map as a resource so that he could travel to different…