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Never Look A Gift Orc In The Mouth

The name of the dashing green fellow in the picture to the right is South. He and a bunch of his friends showed up at a game of The One Ring that I ran at Origins this year. South showed up just like this, in full Orc makeup from a larp he…

Running A Game Is Like Being A Cat Owner

The other day, while one of our two cats rubbed against her hand, my girlfriend jokingly remarked that I should write an article about how running a game is like being a cat owner. We both laughed and threw out a few pithy comments about why…

Players build their characters' classes, skills, and special powers based on what they want to do in the game

In a previous article on running a game with minimal prep I mentioned that “Players build their character’s classes, skills, and special powers based on what they want to do in the game.” and Rafe pointed out in the comments that…

Dealing With A Player Who Wants It All

Years ago, with a different group than I run for now, I had a friend who was a “colossal dick” at the table. He was a spot-light stealing player.  He had a solution to everything and wanted to take the party lead role in everything…

Ah, the good old Scry and Fry.

Ah, the good old Scry and Fry. The term Scry and Fry was brought to my attention recently and it got me thinking about information gathering techniques in games. In most any type of game setting there is always some element of information gathering…