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Hard on the heels of my review of Jason Sholtis’ The Dungeon Dozen, one of the best books of random fantasy tables I own, I decided to do a rundown of some of the other good ones on my shelves. I’m a big fan of this type of book — books you can flip through, and/or roll on tables in, to get random inspiration, serendipitous bolts from the blue, and idea-jolts from unexpected quarters. I’m sure I missed some of the ones I own (because […]


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 […]


Having just started up a low-prep Star Wars: Edge of the Empire game as my group’s “backup campaign,” I got a chance to put John Fiore’s guest post about creating NPC backstories using Rory’s Story Cubes into practice with my own set of cubes. John’s method uses all nine dice and creates a deeper character than I often need, though, so I took a different route. The times I find myself reaching for the cubes are generally instances when the PCs pay more attention to […]


If you run a licensed property RPG — a game based on a movie, book, or TV show (etc.) — then you have access to a wealth of inspiration, ideas, and gameable material in the form of books produced for that property. While not gaming books per se, these books are often very, very close to being gaming books. And as an added bonus, they can be really cheap. I’ve found that my personal sweet spot for these books has two parts: I don’t want […]


The Stew’s fourth system-neutral book for GMs, Odyssey: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Campaign Management, is now available for preorder! Preorder Odyssey now When you preorder, you’ll immediately receive the PDF (bookmarked, hyperlinked, and DRM-free), EPUB, MOBI, and text versions of the book — weeks before they’re available anywhere else. You’ll be one of the first people on the planet to get a look at Odyssey, and you’ll be able to put it to use in your campaign right away. The book is already […]


Gnome Stew’s fourth book, Odyssey: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Campaign Management, will be available for preorder June 3. Today I’d like to share our final preview of the book, which comes in two parts: a larger PDF sample, and a selection of artwork from the book. Free sample PDF Download a 19-page preview of Odyssey This sample PDF, which is at a lower resolution than the retail version to keep the file size down, includes the front and back covers, table of contents, […]

Preorders for our next book, Odyssey: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Campaign Management, will be opening on June 3, and we want you to be able to check out the book before deciding whether to preorder. You can now download a free 9-page PDF preview of Odyssey that includes the cover, table of contents, introduction, and opening section. This should give you a good idea of what topics the book covers and how it approaches them. The initial announcement of Odyssey also offers some […]