Author: Chris Sniezak

About The Author

Chris Sniezak

Chris is, or has been, a Podcaster, Writer, Game Designer, Kickstarter Runner, Con Director, Audio Editor, Audiobooks Reader, Graphic Designer, and Gamer. He wears all the hats and now a pointy red one. If you're liking what you're reading you can find more of his work on Encoded Designs or at Misdirected Mark Productions.

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Gnomecast #6 – Holy Orders

http://www.gnomestew.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/006-Holy-Orders.mp3 Welcome to the Gnomecast where we talk with gnomes about gnome things and avoid becoming part of the stew. This might be mandatory to avoid being volunteered as ingredients for the stew. Today we have John, Ang, and your moderator, Chris. Today we’re talking about Holy Orders from Troy’s Crock Pot, which I really don’t want to get thrown into. Enjoy Links Troy’s Crock Pot: Holy Orders Ang’s twitter handle:...

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Gnomecast #5 – Gnome Resolutions for 2017

  http://www.gnomestew.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/005-Gnome-Game-Resolutions-for-2017.mp3 Welcome to the Gnomecast where we talk with gnomes about gnome things and avoid becoming part of the stew. This might be mandatory to avoid being volunteered as ingredients for the stew. Today we’re going to do gnome gamer resolutions for 2017. Let us know what your gamer resolutions...

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Gnomecast#4 – Make Your NPCs Flawed

http://www.gnomestew.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/004-Make-Your-NPCs-Flawed.mp3 Welcome to the Gnomecast where we talk with gnomes about gnome things and avoid becoming part of the stew. This might be mandatory to avoid being volunteered as ingredients for the stew. Today we have Senda, Matt, and myself, Chris to talk about making your NPCs flawed. Links Make Your NPCs Flawed The University of Michigan Has News for D&D 4th Edition...

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Gnomecast#3 – Resurrecting Your Campaign

http://www.gnomestew.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/003-Resurecting-your-campaigns.mp3 Welcome to the Gnomecast where we talk with gnomes about gnome things and avoid becoming part of the stew. This might be mandatory to avoid being volunteered as ingredients for the stew. Today we have Ang, John, and myself, Chris. Today we talk about Resurrecting your Campaigns. Links Resurrecting your Campaigns Serial Criminal Case File...

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Gnomecast #2 – Gaming as Imaginative Play

http://www.gnomestew.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/002-Gaming-as-Imaginative-Play.mp3 Hello Gnomes and fans of gnomes. It’s episode two of the GNOMECAST, where gnomes talk about gnomes and try to avoid getting thrown in the pot for other gnomes to eat. I, your humble host Chris, have “recruited” fellow gnomes Ang & Avery to join me on this episode. Hopefully we avoid the pot. Today we’re talking about Gaming as Imaginative Play by Avery Liell-kok. Check out the original by clicking on the link. The Gnomecast is a joint effort of Misdirected Mark Productions and The Gnome Stew. Links Ang @orikes13 on twitter  Avery @Chanticoa on twitter...

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Gnomecast #1 – Approaches to Continuity

Hello Gnomes and fans of gnomes. This is episode numero uno of the GNOMECAST, where gnomes talk about gnomes and try to avoid getting thrown in the pot for other gnomes to eat. I, your humble host Chris, has “recruited” fellow gnomes Phil & Senda to join me on this inaugural episode. Hopefully we avoid the pot. Today we’re talking about Approaches to Continuity by John Fredricks. Check out the original link just before you read this. The Gnomecast is a joint effort of Misdirected Mark Productions and Gnome Stew. http://www.gnomestew.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/001-APPROACHES-TO-CONTINUITY.mp3...

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An Outsiders Look At What D&D Is Doing As A Brand

So What Is WotC Doing With D&D? We all think of D&D as a game, but I don’t think that’s how the people over at Wizards of the Coast are looking at D&D anymore. They’re treating it as a brand and are focused on storytelling. The game is not intended to be the prime money maker, but the promotional piece that creates some money and sets up everything else. This came up through a conversation when a listener over on Misdirected Mark Productions, I believe Rob Whitaker, asked about WotC creating a book that helps with world building and...

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The BBC Method Of Story Arcing Part 2

In my first article I hit the high points of how the BBC tells stories and how you can appropriate that for your games. In this article I’ll touch on how you can build up the material you need for a single session of play, and how your needs will differ depending on where you are in your game. Building a single session What you need are elements. What are elements? They’re the building blocks you assemble so you can either build your session before play starts or improvise your session during play. So what are these mystical elements?...

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The BBC Method of Story Arcing: Part 1

If you’re an American you’re probably accustomed to monster of the week, crime of the week, whatever of the week, kinds of storytelling in our long form TV dramas. For those of us who are a little older we are used to the Chris Carter method of the X-Files, a number of one off episodes concerning the X-Files with five or so meta plot episodes concerning the alien conspiracy. We’re also used to twenty plus episode seasons of shows because that’s how they’re ordered for American TV. What this means in our roleplaying games is we tend to try...

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The Eight Types of Fun

There’s no such thing as wrong bad fun. Gnome “emeritus” Walt Ciechanowski likes to say there’s no such thing as wrong bad fun. I love that statement. I also believe he’s right. Unfortunately, fun is often subjective and hard to describe something that’s fun to someone unless they know your tastes and preferences. It’s why we use games we enjoy playing to let people know what kind of fun we like to have. In my last article I talked about a few ways to help you find your fun. Here are the 8 kinds of fun that we all...

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Play Better Games, Damn It!!!

Hello Gnomes and gnome adjacent affiliates, and gnome fans, and gnome readers. And the person or group I missed–hello to you too. My name is Chris Sniezak and I say Play Better Games, Damn It!!! It is a philosophy I live by as I am always trying to improve the experience of play that I’m getting out all gaming activities. You can always play a game, play it well, and have fun with it. That’s fine. For you. Not for me. It’s not enough to play a game and have fun with it. I need to take it one...

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The Frame

Today’s guest article is by Christopher M. Sniezak, the producer and host of The Misdirected Mark Podcast, one of the movers behind the Queen City Conquest gaming convention, who is slowly building up writing credits in the gaming and fiction industry. He believes you should try every game you can so you can figure out what you actually enjoy. Thanks, Chris! I think presentation is king, be it at the table or in the rulebook you’re reading. When it comes to playing at the table I think framing is the best way to think about presenting the game. When...

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