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Hand-Crafting Games

So I mentioned in my last post that I'm thinking of making hand-made games again. It's been a long time since I properly made hand-made games, so I thought I'd post on how I go about hand-crafting a game. It starts by getting the cards professionally printed in a 5x5 grid on a sheet of A3 card. Show More Summary

Gnome Spotlight: Lawful Good Gaming

Welcome to Gnome Spotlight – an article series celebrating gamers doing good in the world, both within the realm of gaming and outside of it. The idea for Gnome Spotlight came from posts by Shanna Germain, senior designer and co-founder of Monte Cook Games, who was on the hunt for a curation of games, artists, and companies doing […]

Gnomi

I backed this game on Kickstarter. The game: Gnomi by Brian Fouts, published by Poppy Jasper Games in 2017 following a successful Kickstarter campaign. Elevator pitch: 10-minute filler card game that doesn’t require a table to play – just keep your cards in your hand and put the decks in your pocket! What’s in the box? Small, sturdy box … Continue reading Gnomi

Escape stories

Story 1 Benz's group has progressed to play Escape with both the expansion modules contained in the base game - the curses and the treasures. I asked them to add both. The curses hinder the players, while the treasures may help them....Show More Summary

When You Realize You’re the Problem

Over my time here at the Stew, I’ve written different articles that talk about problem players and ways to handle them. Problem players (and, let’s be honest, GMs) are the type of thing you can run into when you play with a wide variety of people, but it can also occur at your own table. […]

Troy’s Crock Pot: Board games for your RPG

Put those board games in your closet to work in your RPG. Sometimes a quick board game can resolve situations in an RPG. Probably the best example of this as a fully realized game mechanic is Dread, which uses a Jenga tower to resolve a character’s fate in that game of suspense. But other games […]

Prep, Planning, and Podcasting

So Much Prep, So Little Time Things are going well in my gaming world. Almost too well. With the advent of TheOtherCast, I’ve added hours of audio editing to my dya job work, other writing, and game prep. I only run game every other week, which is good, but that’s about the change. In addition […]

Unique, Hand-Made Games

I've been thinking more and more about making games again and, in particular, returning to the glory days of Reiver Games when I made games by hand, selling out of print runs within a year. The first couple of years of Reiver Games were very successful by any margin - my print runs sold out and I doubled my stake each year. Show More Summary

Race for the Galaxy on mobile platform (Beta)

Race for the Galaxy used to be my most played game, in particular the advanced 2-player version, which was a staple for my wife and I. The mobile version is in development now, I recently found out. It is at the Beta testing stage, and it is available for both iOS and Android platforms. Show More Summary

This Week in Making: Gaming in an Altoids Tin, Guardians of the Easter Egg, and Mother’s Day Gifts

This week, catch up on all the recent Maker Faire events, put your Easter eggs in superhero costumes, and plan your Mother's Day gift. Read more on MAKE The post This Week in Making: Gaming in an Altoids Tin, Guardians of the Easter Egg, and Mother’s Day Gifts appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

Gnomecast #12 – 26.5 Shades of Scarlet

Welcome to the Gnomecast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. Today we have J.T. Evans, Senda, Matt, and myself, Ang. Today the topic at hand 26.5 Shades of Scarlet. I […]

Troy’s Crock Pot: D&D’s Little Corner of the Library

During March, elements of my Dungeons and Dragons collection were on display in the main room of the headquarters branch of our local library. My wife, the Motorcycle-Riding Librarian, who is a clerk in the Putnam County Library system, had suggested I do the display. The display was up in advance of my running an […]

Texting in Character

Today’s guest articles comes from Craig Dedrick and covers a way to make texting in game… hold on let me just reply to this… not an annoyance at your… wait, hahha. Man that was funny… table. – Phonebound John I think that we can all agree that when players start to check their phones at […]

Designing a Stained Glass Cathedral for Miniature Gaming

Learn how to design and laser cut a miniature cathedral for tabletop gaming. Read more on MAKE The post Designing a Stained Glass Cathedral for Miniature Gaming appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

More End Game Ideas

Last week was fairly busy, but I did manage to make it along to Newcastle Playtest after missing March (and possibly February?). It was a great night with a good turn out and plenty of games to try out. I ended up just playing my own...Show More Summary

Weekend Watch: Explore Eclectic Videos on The Kids Should See This

Looking for videos to watch with your kids that are actually entertaining for both you and them? Check out The Kids Should See This. Read more on MAKE The post Weekend Watch: Explore Eclectic Videos on The Kids Should See This appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

Adversarial GMs

In a recent GnomeCast, Chris, Phil, and I got a little sidetracked from the idea of player intent and waxed poetic for a bit about “adversarial GMs.” We all agreed that a GM who considers himself or herself a direct opposing force to the players’ desires can be a detriment to having fun at the […]

teaching friends to Escape

By now I have taught three different batches of colleagues to play Escape: The Curse of the Temple. The first time was at home, when I invited them over for an afternoon of boardgaming. They didn't manage to beat the game after three attempts. Show More Summary

Fantasy Crops For Your Game

Something that rarely comes up in fantasy games, though characters often travel through farming villages, is agriculture. Yes, sometimes there’s a fight in a field, or a possessed scarecrow, or orc raiders are burning the fields or slaughtering cattle, but medieval fantasy peasants grow the same crops that we do in the modern world. Which […]

Lots of Gaming!

It's been a fairly busy week again, with loads of gaming, if not much design and playtesting. March has been my joint best month (with last May when I went Beer and Pretzels with Terry) since I was stuck at home on my own during my radioactive period in January 2014. Show More Summary

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