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Big House Party

Jacob Stulberg is all wet. Don't tell him I said that.

Mod It, Change It, Twist, Adapt It

This is the start of a series of posts about hacking game systems and adapting one system to fit the setting of another. There’s some lead-up to the meat in this one, so I hope you’ll bear with me. Think about your favorite setting. Think about what you love about it, what makes it special, […]


Plays: 2Px1. The Game Trambahn is a two-player card game. The setting is transportation tycoons building tram networks, but the game mechanisms are quite abstracted. So the setting is just a nice-to-have. In this photo you see a player's hand cards. Show More Summary

The Ship and the Boiler

Are you as smart as a fifth-grader? See if you can solve these algebra challenges without using algebra.


Forging an online group can be a tricky task. You may have never met the players face to face to know how they will fit in with the group. Also, adult schedules make it difficult for folks to attend every session. As an online gamemaster (GM), you’ll have to make a decision about how many […]

Off to Portugal

As expected this week was a fairly unproductive one, mostly spent doing frantic last minute preparation for our trip to Portugal today. I'm not particularly organised it turns out. I did get a little bit of work done on my German language...Show More Summary

Stellar Work

This crossword by Joel Fagliano and Byron Walden will have you seeing things.

A Medieval Acrostic

A medieval acrostic by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon.

A Little Variety

A place to discuss your experience solving the "A Little Variety" suite of puzzles.

Acts of a Scalawag

Why you should push yourself toward becoming a Saturday-level puzzle solver, and the return of Mark Diehl.

Campaign Suspension

I have a confession. As much as I enjoy GMing, I actually prefer to be a player. If offered a choice, I’ll almost always choose to play. Believe me, I do like running games and I absolutely enjoy discussing and improving my craft, but I’ll always choose to jump into a good GM’s game over […]

Power Measures

Kurt Krauss points us in the right direction.

Hireling to Hero

A few years ago, I was running a game in the midst of a deep dungeon delve. As things go with these delves, a character in the group died. The character had hired a faithful hireling and dutifully kept him alive. The hireling was more than just a backpack-carrying torch bearer. The PC treated the […]

It’s a Gift

Jeffrey Stillman pens a puzzle. If that is, indeed, his real name.


Finn Vigeland creates scandals and spreads rumors.

The Polka Dot Puzzle

How many ways can you think of to solve this card-dealing mathematical challenge?

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