Category: Reviews


Holy shit, this book! If you like random fantasy tables, fantastic old-school fantasy artwork, or Jason Sholtis, that may be all the review you need. I’ll add a sentence for good measure: The Dungeon Dozen is one of the best gaming books I’ve bought in recent memory, and a fantastic value. Need a sample? Here’s the blog it’s based on, which is chock full of goodness: The Dungeon Dozen. It’s available on Lulu in softcover and hardcover, and you should absolutely buy a copy. (I […]

Gaming Conventions

I got a chance to play a very different game recently at Bookwyrm, a cool local con. Several elements set Kingdom apart: you build a collaborative setting, featuring a high level of player input and control, with very influential characters, who navigate kingdom-wide crises. Many of those elements exist in specific games—but Kingdom puts them all together smoothly. Kingdoms can be traditional medieval nations, but the concept is very flexible. Running examples in the book include a fantasy city bordered by barbarians, an old west […]

Things... that are a Sample

The Game of Things (Full disclosure, I was given a comp copy for the purpose of review) is intended to be a party game for four or more players and, in my experience, it fits that bill perfectly. I play-tested my copy at a get together with three generations of my family and we had a blast! The basic concept is that one player draws a card in the theme of “Things that …” and reads it aloud. All the players write down such a […]


And by 8 previous reviews, I of course mean a gazillion. When we put out the call for You Pick It Reviews, Numenera was one of the big ones on the list. I half considered letting the many other reviews: Numenera Reviews On Google (Too many to list individually) and videos out there just speak for it, but as I looked through my copy, I couldn’t help but write about it. Cook catches me in his introduction, and in the incredible art, when […]


In this year’s You Pick It roundup, one of the games you asked us to review was Fate Core. I have been playing Fate Core for the past few months, and happily agreed to cover this game. I will be upfront that I love this game, and so I am going to share with you the reasons why, as a GM, you are going to love this game as well. Here’s a Fate Point, let me compel you to read on… Is This A Review? […]


That time of year has come around again and Gencon is just a week away. One of the biggest things at Gencon is the dealer’s hall -  bursting with a plethora of gaming products and goodies. All of the Gnomes attending Gencon are planning to pick up some fun things for ourselves, but we’d love to have excuses to pick up even more, and one excuse is reviewing it for the Gnome Stew community. Let us know what products you’d like to see reviewed and […]


I recently read Stealing Cthulhu (hardback, PDF), and it was so good that I had to share it here. What is it? Stealing Cthulhu is Graham Walmsley’s guide to creating Lovecraftian horror scenarios by stealing plots, stories, and creatures from Lovecraft’s tales. More than that, it’s a guide to chopping up media you like and turning it into adventures — all sorts of media (not just Lovecraft stories), and all sorts of adventures (not just Call of Cthulhu scenarios). The whole review in a nutshell […]