Category: Crock Pot

Crock Pot

One legacy of the game’s origins is a dungeon laid out on a grid: A collection of rooms, hallways and doors drawn out on an 11- x 8-inch sheet of cyan lined paper. Good fun to be certain. But talk to a geologist. A feature of natural terrain are vertical shafts, carved from the rock by volcanic lava tubes or eroded away by water and gravity. And let’s not forget the activities of human beings, who dig wells for that most precious resource of water […]

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The first New Game Day is over, and the numbers blew me away: Over 65 gaming groups worldwide celebrated New Game Day, including gamers in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. And that’s just the ones we know about! After worrying that it wasn’t going to be possible to will a holiday into existence, particularly without a marketing budget, it was absolutely fantastic to see so many gamers embracing a brand-new holiday. Many thanks to everyone who […]

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2/2 is the first annual New Game Day, and we’re celebrating by offering up over $300 in prizes. To enter, all you need to do is tell us about the new game(s) you played on New Game Day — read on for the details! How to Enter New Game Day is about playing new tabletop RPGs and board games, and we want to hear about what you played on 2/2. To enter, just comment below about the new game(s) you played on 2/2. You can […]

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I’ve been gaming with the same main group for around 10 years now, with a couple roster changes early on, and like nearly every other group I’ve gamed with we seem to have developed and then fallen into a groove. In the CCG world, “meta” means the state of the game — strategies, tactics, which cards and decks are best/worst, and reactions to all of those things — in a particular area: your local store, your state, your country, whatever. When I think about how […]

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Looking for that hook to make your character “come alive” at the game table? Players and Game Masters can lift what they need to portray a PC or NPC straight off their character sheets. Yes, the cues you need are right there in that stat sheet of words and numbers.  Writing up back stories or using detailed character generators can be useful approaches. But when time doesn’t allow for that, don’t fret. The character sheet should already have sufficient material that you can use to […]

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After launching New Year, New Game in 2012 and running it twice, in 2012 and 2013, I’ve decided to close it down. There will not be a NYNG event in 2014. Around the start of this year I stepped back and took a look at everything I had on my plate, and in considering NYNG I realized that it didn’t offer much in the way of a return on my time investment. I don’t mean that to diminish the contributions anyone made to NYNG, as […]

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OK Game Masters, here’s the chance to drop something on your characters’ collective heads as you design your next adventure. Have a few obstacles fall from the sky and see how your players react. The reason it works is because many folks at the table aren’t expecting it. They’re looking for the next monster to come through the door. They’re less prepared for things that go clunk and splat from above. In fact, some may even cry foul. (Aren’t the complaints of players music to […]