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Copyright In Gaming - The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

You may have heard about the recent court decision over the card game Bang! and a clone of it called Legends of the Three Kingdoms. At issue was the fact that, while thematically different, Legends of the Three Kingdoms was, rules and character…

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…

I can be a better Game Master by…

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ― Ernest Hemingway GM’s day was just a few days ago, and I was pleased to be thanked on social media by a few people…

Hot Button – How Much Information Do You Need In Published Scenarios?

I've always been a fan of the theory that less is more. When it comes to running my own games, I tend to need very little information to run them. Just the bare bones of the plot and a couple of stats or maps from the books. When I use a published…

Hot Button – Player Responsibilities?

I've recently completed a move to Mississippi and I have two new groups of players in two very different games. I'm running a very new player friendly game for some people who are unfamiliar with role-playing in general, and I'm running a somewhat…

Hot Button – Mind Controlled PCs?

I’ve recently finished a long move out of my home state of Ohio. During the many long days of packing and unpacking, I watched a lot of netflix in the background, and being a geek I tended to watch lots of geeky tv series and movies. I realized…

Hot Button: Limit The Party?

Every so often I get the urge to run a game around very tight themes - a game where all the characters are thieves in a thieves guild, a game where all the players are members of a military organization with specific ranks and duties, a modern…

Hot Button: How Much Feedback Is Too Much?

Ok, I’ve been contemplating this one for a while, and I don’t think it is actually too controversial, but I can see where it might open a can of worms. I don’t mean anything here disrespectfully, and I open any and all constructive feedback.…

Hot Button: Are Characters Cool Just Because Players Say They Are?

I’ve come across this phenomenon a few times as a Game Master, and it has always presented a new and interesting challenge in how to resolve it. I recently came across it again, so I figured I would write it up as a hot button and see what…

Hot Button: Rerolling Failures

Have you ever had this happen at a game? “I roll to see if I know anything about ancient ankthyrian architecture and where they might have hidden a secret door. Crap, didn’t get it. Let me just try that again…” or how about? “Ok,…

Hot Button: Language, The Common Denominator?

One issue that comes up at the start of every campaign, at least in my group, is whether everyone speaks a common language or not. Sometimes we talk about whether the game setting should even have one? Something that acts as a lingua-franca,…

Hot Button: To Meta Or Not To Meta?

If you happen to do a search on the tag meta here on the stew, you’ll find that I tend to dominate use of the tag. That could be because I’m the only one who uses it, but it is also because the metagame is a key component in a lot of my…