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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…

Johnny’s Five – New For The New Year

It’s a new year, 2016, and that means it’s a great time to dig in and find something new for your game. The end of the year – with holidays, travel, and multiple obligations – is often tumultuous for a social activity like gaming, but…

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…

My Litmus Test For Crazy Player Ideas

“ So, if you two can balance the ladders just right for about 45 seconds, I can get high enough to get a good angle from this garden beyond the castle walls. I can throw my dart the distance to the chandelier from there and with a good enough…

Johnny's Five - Five Tips To Stoke The Fire That Fuels Your Gaming Mojo

I’ve been in and out of a gaming slump for a while. It started when I moved to Mississippi and all of my gaming opportunities dried up. Though I started groups down there and ran a lot of one shots, I just never got any consistent gaming…

Expose Yourself To Many Game Mechanics

Recently I was a judge of the Two Page Tabletop Contest over at Top Secret games. The parameters of the contest are simple – create a complete tabletop RPG with setting in 2 8.5 by 11 pages. Someone has to be able to pick it up and be able…

Why Should I be Interested? Treat Your Game Like Selling A Product

Origins is coming up this week, and all of the gamers who will be there are going to be presented with a slew of new games to try and products to purchase. There are a ton of new things to try out and to be tempted by. When I'm in this position,…

A Madison Avenue Fiasco Playset

Fiasco is a great game to use to introduce people to tabletop gaming. After running a game of Fiasco for some friends, the subject of doing a Fiasco playset themed off of Mad Men came up. I went looking for one, but couldn't find one that…

International GM’s Day

Today is International Game Master’s day  (http://gmsday.com/) in the tabletop gaming industry. For me, as a Game Master, I want to thank the players. With any game, so much of the success and fun is based off of who is playing and what they…

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…

Johnny’s Five – Five Questions With Andy Hopp About Unique Game Settings

There are a number of really unique settings out there, but Low Life by Andy Hopp of Mutha Oith Creations (and the kickstarter for the redredged version) has to be one of the most unique that I’ve come across. I did a G+ hangout and video…

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…