Stat Yourself As A Character To Combat Anxiety

I get anxiety – often. I usually do a pretty good job of pushing those anxious voices out of my head and moving on with life, but November is especially rough because it is the anniversary of family deaths and some other well-rooted pieces…

Storium As A Campaign Chronicle

In a previous article, I talk about discovering Storium, an online narrative game that provides a framework and a mechanic for an online role-playing game with a play by post sort of framework. My own game is going on pretty well, if at a slow…

Johnny’s Five – Five Things I Learned To Incorporate Into Games Because I Moved

As is often the case, inspiration for my articles comes from things that happen in real life. The latest event in my life was a cross country move from Oxford, Mississippi to Columbus, Ohio. It was stressful, compacted into a few days, and…

Organizations - Going Against The Grain

Whenever I read through a splatbook and read something like this: “The righteous order of the God of light is dedicated to eliminating evil throughout the land. The clerics and paladins of the order travel the roads and seek out the undead,…

The Dark, Secret Roots of Gaming And Ponydom

 I’ve been a brony since around season 2. It was a surprise to me, but after watching a few episodes while trying to figure out what this brony thing was about, I became hooked. I used to work in the TV industry and wanted to work in kids…

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…

Thinking About The Characters’ Costumes

  With Halloween having just passed, many of you were likely to have been inundated with hordes of costumed trick-or-treaters or co-workers. Halloween is a wonderful holiday, and one of my favorites, primarily for the costumes. Donning…

Johnny’s Five–Five Reasons To Consider Adding Firearms Into Your Fantasy Setting

This is likely to be a very grognard unfriendly idea, but I love seeing firearms in fantasy settings. Sure, they don’t work in all settings, but when they are balanced with the rest of the combat system and don’t break the verisimilitude…

Enabling Player Fun - Giving Your Players Freebies

  Kevin: Ok, I’ll use a spell to purify the water coming from this spring so that we can drink it without worry. You know how Hank can be a stickler about those things. Hank: Hey, you want to go out in the woods of a medieval fantasy…

Running A No Character Advancement Game

A few days ago I was talking with my friend Alec about games we were running. He’s recently gotten into an old school superhero roleplaying game. One idea he had going into it was that there would be no character advancement in the form of…

Games Within The Game

I’m likely going to make the world meta-explode with this one, but let’s take that risk and talk about games. Not just the tabletop games we play, or the video games  we play when we aren’t running a game or playing in one. No, let’s…

Nine Words That Improve Your Game - What Do You Want To Get Out Of This?

Every Game Master has been in the situation where a player starts pursuing some course of action that you just can’t divine the purpose off. They attempt a long complicated string of skill rolls, roleplaying interactions, and other hare brained…