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Merry Christmas from all of us here at Gnome Stew!

Whether you do more gaming or less over the holidays, whether your stocking is full of dice or coal, and whether you celebrate Christmas or another holiday, we wish you and yours the very best and a very happy new year.

20th-level necromancers have determined that approximately 40% of all gnomes turn into dust when exposed to a camera, so here are 6/10 of the Gnome Stew crew celebrating the holidays this year. That technically makes this like some kind of bi-monthly calendar, IE not a very useful one.

First up is John Arcadian, who comes from the Calvin and Hobbes school of snowman construction:

Followed by Don Mappin and his family, who are so festive that I need to go drink some eggnog RIGHT NOW:

And Martin Ralya and his family. The Mappins used up all the red in their photo, so we had to settle for black:

Kurt “Telas” Schneider and his family in their adorable PJs:

Troy Taylor and his wife posing by their Christmas village (large enough to hold miniatures, perhaps?):

And DNAphil and his son, closing out the year Vecchione style:

Merry Christmas from the gnomes!

About  Martin Ralya

A father, husband, writer, small-press publisher, former RPG industry freelancer, and lifelong geek, Martin has been gaming since 1987 and GMing since 1989. He lives in Utah with his amazing wife Alysia and their awesome daughter Lark in a house full of books and games.



10 Responses to Merry Christmas from the Gnomes

  1. And a Merry Christmas to you all as well!

    I hope your stockings were jam-packed with gaming goodies… As for myself, I recieved Damned Cities (part 2 of the Harlock Legacy for Dark Heresy) and Burning Wheel Gold, so I am VERY happy :)

    Would love to hear what everyone else got!

    Unfortunately, bakc home with the folks, I am not able to play my usual game. But I have convinced my girlfriend to play some WFRP with me, so a few of my mates are coming round to play some with us as well as a homebrew MtG game I’ve cooked up. Should be an awesome way to ring in the New Year.

    Once again, hope everyone’s holidays are great, and I hope you game as much as you can!

  2. Right back at you, Ben! I’ve been reading the rules to Kingdom Builder over breakfast, and it’s been a lovely morning so far.

  3. All the best to all the Gamers and Gnomes out there.

  4. Thanks, Knight! Christmas Day marches ever onwards here in Utah, and while our tiny Christmas whirlwind is currently napping, it continues to be a great one.

  5. Merry Christmas from England! I’ve received the Horus Heresy novel Prospero Burns and an astrological fortune telling kit that uses custom d12s. Could be useful for some random content generation.

  6. Merry Christmas to all!

    Also, Merry Awakening! (Shadowrun players will get it.)

  7. @Tsenn – Merry Christmas from Utah! Any chance of a link to that astrological kit? That sounds neat.

    @The_Gun_Nut – Merry Christmas! (And I get it. ;-))

  8. I get in trouble when I “salt” the Christmas village with elves and goblins and a heroic warrior or two. But it’s fun to secretly place a fig in the village and see how long it takes for Paula to notice the addition.

    Happy holidays to all.

  9. @Martin RalyaHere is the set I got. The dice come with a bag and a pamphlet of instructions. The instructions have a detailed explanation for each element and a summary at the back, which is handy. If I want a surprise for an NPC’s personality, I can just roll the bones and crunch the outcome into a framework.

  10. @Tsenn – Cool! Thanks for the link. I’m a sucker for weird dice, and using those for game content reminds me a lot of one of my all-time favorite Gnome Stew articles: Scott Martin’s Deep as a Puddle: Character Development with Tarot.

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