RPG Faceoff – Determining The Right System

I recently did a review of Open Design’s Courts Of The Shadow Fey 4e adventure, an excellent little romp through the interaction between the fey courts and the mortal world. I was incredibly impressed by the adventure, and it reinvigorated an old similar campaign idea that I had been kicking […]

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Enabling Player Fun – Preventing Peevish Pervacity

I sat there at the gaming table, waiting to actually game. We’d started an hour ago, and after all of the usual bullshitting around, looking up youtube videos, and sharing jokes, we’d finally gotten into it. A brief encounter that set us on our path and the Game Master had […]

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The 3-3-3 Approach To Quick Game Prep

Anymore, I’m pretty much an improv only Game Master. I like getting down and making an awesome, intricate, and detailed game, but so often those types of games just blow up when the players get into them. You either have to reign players in to preserve the spiderweb of the […]

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You Picked It: Microscope

Back before Gencon, Phil threw out an article asking for Gnome Stew fans to pick games for us to pick up and review. Phil reviewed Vornheim – The Complete City Kit and I am now reviewing Microscope. We got no compensation or free copies for these games. I take a […]

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Enabling Player Fun – Changes After Character Creation

"Well it says I have blue, but I decided I wanted grey eyes…"   The Situation We’ve All Been In I’ve recently found myself running a new game. It is only a few sessions old, but one of the players sheepishly approached me asking if he could change some stuff […]

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Johnny’s Five – Five Quick Tips For A Pirate Themed Game

Arrr, ye fair and gentle readers. Ye be knowing what today be, donch’a? Why of course it be International Talk Like A Pirate Day. That be meaning we ought to be talking about, and like, Pirates. Well ole redbeard Johnny has a small treat for ya. In honor of the […]

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Johnny’s Five – Five Tips For Getting Players Involved In The Backstory Of The Game

As Game Masters, I think we’ve all been in the place where we get wrapped up in creating a world or game with an intricate backstory or lots of details. (When I refer to backstory throughout the rest of this article, I mean the intricate details that surround a world […]

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Review and Video Interview – The One Ring: Adventures over the Edge of the Wild

Just before Gencon, Charles Ryan of Cubicle 7 shot an invite to the Gnomes to come by the booth and talk with the designers of The One Ring. We shot a couple of potential questions back and forth and I decided to haul along my video equipment to see if […]

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Review: Courts Of The Shadow Fey

A while back (quite a while back actually) I was given a complimentary PDF copy of Courts of the Shadow Fey for review purposes. The concept was interesting and I was looking for an excuse to get my group to give 4th ed. D&D a valid try. My goal was […]

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The Physical Space Of The Game Pt. 3 – Being Epic, Video Gnoment

I’ve been wanting to put up part 3 in my “Physical Space Of The Game” series for a while, but because of the subject matter the format of part 3 needed a little more than a post full of words and pictures. After acquiring some equipment and help, I finally […]

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