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If you don’t follow him regularly, you might not have noticed that Chris Chinn is on fire these days. He’s long been writing great articles to help you diagnose your group and provide awesome tools, like the Same Page tool, or the super quick one sentence character motivator. Some of the more interesting ideas for 4th edition plots and stories came from his site, including The Five Blades of Bahamut– a game I’d still happily play. Now that Fifth Edition is out, he’s got a […]







Guess which characters were played by women. (Drawn by Chris Mann, one of the players from the game. Used with permission.)

When we’re first introduced to gaming, we’re told we can play any character we want and our imagination (and the system) is the only limit. Your character can be anyone you want them to be! Do you want to be a brawny fighter despite struggling to carry a 40lb bag of kitty litter from the car to the house in real life? Go for it! Do you want to be a brilliant scientist despite flunking chemistry back in high school? Absolutely! Do you want to […]

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A minor kafuffle went on in the RPG blogging community recently over the concept of the 7.5 hit point orcish standard. I don’t think that’s what anyone else called it. That just seems like a good name to me.  The original premise is this: If you’re an orc, or some other common low level fodder one hit die wonder, and you roll a one for hit points, you’re screwed. At some point you’re going to trip and hit your head on a rock, get into […]

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Gnome Stew, Odyssey: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Campaign Management, and Engine Publishing were nominated for three ENnie Awards this year, and I’d like to ask you to vote for us online. Voting doesn’t require an account or login, and it only takes a few seconds (you don’t even have to vote in every category): Head on over to the ENnie Awards voting booth Scroll to Best Blog and rank Gnome Stew a “1″ Scroll to Best Aid/Accessory and rank Odyssey: The Complete Game […]

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If you’ve been waiting for Unframed to be available on DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, it’s now available for sale there. You can buy Unframed on DTRPG or head to Engine Publishing’s publisher page to buy Unframed as part of a discounted bundle with our other titles. Happy improv!

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In our GMing strangeness, we all have a pet monster. Some monster that appeals to us — and to be perfectly honest — to us alone. You bring out this monster and the players around the table may even roll their eyes, as if to say: “That thing, again.” It’s fair to say the flumph falls into this category. So do a lot of first edition Fiend Folio selections for the old guard players. The logic of the monster’s insertion into the story doesn’t even […]

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The 2014 ENnie Award nominations were just announced, and I’m crazy-excited to see the Stew up for Best Blog and Engine Publishing‘s Odyssey: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Campaign Management — written by the Stew’s own Phil Vecchione and Walt Ciechanowski, with art direction by John Arcadian, editing by me, and proofreading by Robert M. Everson (with special thanks to capitalist tool and ex-gnome Kurt Schneider) — up for Best Aid/Accessory! Wow, that sentence kind of got away from me. Voting opens July 20, […]