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GM’s CHALLENGE: Don’t Be Dean Martin

This past Christmas I happened to hear Dean Martin’s version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Ughhh. Martin’s snarky, “cooler than you” style completely drowned out whatever simple charm the song holds. So what does this have to do with gaming? As a GM, we have to be very careful when using cool, clever ideas. Show More Summary


In which Bruce Haight ask us to find someone to look up to.

Hello From Sunny St. Louis

I'm writing this at 3:30am in my hotel room listening to Mongolian Folk Metal, clearly not yet on US time :-( And St. Louis isn't very sunny either. The last week has been a bit of a blur. I drove to Bristol, then Devon, then went to...Show More Summary

My Theory on the True Secret of True Detective

I’m weirdly obsessed with True Detective Season 1. I don’t usually get this way with things, but I’ve watched it three times so far. And I’ve come to believe in a weird idea about Rust Cohle and why he is...

Paul Salomon’s Imbalance Puzzles

From the new book "Playing With Math," imbalance puzzles by Paul Salomon.

There Is No Do, Only Try

We’re all probably familiar with the famous Empire Strikes Back line delivered with incredible gravitas from the wizened old green muppet Yoda: “Do or do not, there is no try”. While the meaning is fairly clear – you have to tackle challenges...Show More Summary

Cogito Ergo Sum

David Woolf offers a nice, smooth Monday puzzle to ease us into a new solving week.

boardgaming in photos: Sekigahara, Antiquity, Glory to Rome

3 May 2015. I finally managed to play my copy of this Black Box Edition of Glory to Rome. This was a gift from Allen. It would be a shame to not get this beautiful version played. I much prefer this artwork over the original. The cards themselves are actually a little flimsy though. Show More Summary

Making Projections

Tom McCoy's puzzle brings me back to my early years as a mother.

Variety: A Trained Acrostic

Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon offer us a respite from some of the harder acrostics of late.

Noted Employee of Slate

Samuel A. Donaldson and Brad Wilber are back, and they are out to get me.

Watching Rube Goldberg Go Viral

Rube Goldberg has really become an adjective, thanks to the strange, enduring attraction to his devices Read more on MAKE The post Watching Rube Goldberg Go Viral appeared first on Make:.

Avoiding the Shiny

Last week, I nearly dropped my Night’s Black Agents campaign because of something shiny. It’s been years since I got caught by the “Oh, Shiny”, the lure of a new game, the rush of creativity about thinking up a new campaign world. In...Show More Summary

Doing Particularly Well

Patrick Berry offers us a challenging Friday puzzle.

Troy’s Crock Pot: NPCs, meet me in St. Louis

In school, I opted for music and film appreciation, leaving my studies of art when the crayons got put away after the third grade. My loss, because art appreciation is a wonderful spur for the imagination. Still, it’s never too late to learn. Show More Summary

When Your Players Are Smarter Than You

We GMs are a pretty intelligent lot. Anyone who can handle juggling the world building, the story prep, the mechanics, and all of the NPCs while keeping players coming regularly back for more is probably at least a semi-smart person....Show More Summary

Transport in an Ellington Tune

Jim Quinlan's debut puzzle sounds more negative than it means to be.

This Incredible Halo Diorama Will Blow You Away

Andrew Theo, a creative director in the entertainment business by day, has spent several years of his nights bringing the digital world of Halo to life. Dubbed Halo: Reclaim, this 4’×6? hobby diorama took Theo two years to build, using...Show More Summary

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