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IN THEORY: CALCULATING DAMAGE

There are numerous ways to determine damage in a roleplaying game. It may depend on the weapon (or spell) used, the skill of the combatant, and/or the roll of the dice. In this article, we’ll look at four ways of calculating damage. It’s not meant to be a master’s...

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DEAD SCARE – Resist

Yesterday, Exploding Rogue Studios released DEAD SCARE, a 1950s, feminist, zed-killing, fascist-punching tabletop RPG by Elsa S. Henry. If you weren’t familiar, I co-own Exploding Rogue with Brian Patterson. We’re absolutely thrilled to have been able to help Elsa bring this game to the public, especially now. So, let’s...

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Fiasco To Teach Gaming To New Players

A month or so back, my friend Nicole wanted me to help her get into Dungeons and Dragons and tabletop roleplaying in general. She had already been seeding the idea among some friends of ours, and I had a group of interested people who were all new, or practically...

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The Teleporting Player

Problem players come in a variety of types, but it all boils down to a player that is somehow disrupting the game or hindering the enjoyment of others at the table. A while back, I wrote about players that deliberately go out of their way to mess with the...

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Gnomecast 8 – PC Agency

http://www.gnomestew.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/008-PC-Agency.mp3 Welcome to the Gnomecast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. Today we have Ang, and myself, Chris talking about PC Agency by J.T. Evans. Hope...

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Fun Winter Themed Challenges

As George R. R. Martin is fond of saying: “winter is coming” and with it, a host of massive annoyances fun winter activities! Winter can also bring new and interesting challenges to your game. Here’s a selection of fun winter challenges and features to drop into your next session:...

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Locations: Finding the lay of the LAND

  In my last article, I used the acronym AIMS to describe how I create NPC’s. I’ll talk here about how I use another acronym – LAND – to create locations. As with AIMS, I use LAND to help me come up with an actionable piece of usable game...

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Gnomecast #7 – How the Galaxy Moves Ang Side

http://www.gnomestew.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/007-Star-Wars_How-the-Galaxy-Moves_ang.mp3 Welcome to the Gnomecast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. Today we have Ang and myself, Chris. Today we’re talking about Star Wars: How...

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Gnomecast #7 – How the Galaxy Moves Phil Side

http://www.gnomestew.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/007-Star-Wars_How-the-Galaxy-Moves_Phil.mp3 Welcome to the Gnomecast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. Today we have Phil and myself, Chris. Today we’re talking about Star Wars:...

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Character Arcs

In fiction writing, there are three generally accepted character arcs: change, growth, and failure. Of course, in writing novels, the author can plan and plot this all out for maximum effect. In the collaborative storytelling nature of role playing games, this is much more difficult. The player may want...

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FORGOT MY CHEAT SHEET

At a recent mini-convention, I was very excited to run Star Trek using my homebrew rules. I made sure I had my session notes, character sheets, dice, and a bunch of other things. Of course, what I forgot was the rules sheet. I had created a very nice table...

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Creating Plot on the Fly

Players often go left when you expect them to go right. Every GM knows this, but most of us still come to the table with material prepared ahead of time. Experienced GMs know how to plan for adjustments when players eventually do the unexpected thing, however it’s still all...

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