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Scene and Sequel

I’m going to leverage another writing concept for today’s article. In fiction writing, there is a concept called “scene and sequel.” Of course, most of us think of a “sequel” as something along the lines of Empire Strikes Back or The Two Towers. However, the phrasing “sequel” in this context has an entirely different connotation. […]

Levels of Interpretation

When I was a younger man, my friends often joked that the only reason I studied Literature in University was to become a better game master. While that was not my primary motivation, there was certainly some truth in that humor. The study of English is littered with different ways of interpreting a piece of […]

Troy’s Crock Pot: Assembling a player’s dice box

A goal for the new year was to assemble a portable player’s dice box, with the conceit that it look like a tome or spellbook. While I do enjoy crafting and painting—and I still have the option of decorating it with a design of my own—I am content, for now,  to use what I found. […]

How to Rig a Model Ship

How to create realistic rigging on a sailing ship model for a tabletop piracy game. Read more on MAKE The post How to Rig a Model Ship appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

Happy Lunar New Year

Here's wishing everyone great health and plenty of laughter in the coming year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Happy Valentine’s Day From Gnome Stew! Remember when we wrote a romance novel?

It’s Valentines day, and whatever that means for you, it means warm and tingly feelings for us! Mmmm Warm and tingly stew! Hey, remember when we teased and then actually wrote a romance novel? Like, legitimately wrote it with some saucy bits in it. Well, it’s still out there, and you can get it, for […]

Sentinel Comics: The Roleplaying Game Starter Kit Review

The year 2012 was an important year for me when it comes to both superheroes and roleplaying games. In 2012, I first encountered Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, a game which utilized the Cortex Plus system (actually a set of subsystems that work similarly, but emphasize different elements in different genres). I was not initially a fan […]

Mashups & Conceptual Writing In Roleplaying Games Pt. 1

Recycling isn’t just for paper & plastics anymore. Turns out you can recycle anything, even art. A popular exercise in many internet music circles is the Mashup, two or more distinct tracks chopped & screwed together to make one new piece of art, that would not have been possible without the presence of the old. […]

FlickFleet Status Update

I'm investing a lot of time into FlickFleet at the moment. A couple of weeks ago it was preparing for the Cardboard Edison Award entry, and then getting Paul's prototype ready to hand over. I've decided to redo the rule book before sending out the remaining prototypes as the one I did for Cardboard Edison was pretty rushed. Show More Summary

Difficult Decisions In Your Game

“You could wear the suit,” he said to me, in his most logical, persuasive voice, “and then she wouldn’t get hurt. I know you love her.” I stared at him, speechless — do I don the suit that will inevitably catch me on fire, or watch the love of my life put it on instead, […]

Gnomecast #34 – Directing the Camera

Lights! Podcast! Action! Join Ang, Matt, and Tracy on this episode of the Gnomecast for a discussion based on John’s Gnome Stew article “Directing the Camera.” Can these gnomes’ cinematic approach to describing roleplaying game action save them from the stew this week? This episode references All Flesh Must Be Eaten, designed by George Vasilakos and published […]

100 Dungeon Descriptors Table

Nothing fancy today, just a list of dungeon descriptors, helpfully listed in d100 format. Oftentimes I find myself wanting to make a new dungeon or area and am short on ideas. This list is useful for inspiration, kickstarting design with an idea or two about which ideas can be formed. Alternately, you can pick one […]

Junk Bashing Impressive Robot and Mech Models

This aspiring model-maker creates amazing sci-fi robots and mechs out of trash, old electronics, and bits of plastic. Read more on MAKE The post Junk Bashing Impressive Robot and Mech Models appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

I've Moved! Finally!

Well, that took a while.I have a new blog at area21.site, covers pretty much what I've covered here but with some more music notes, especially for younger players wanting to get into live work.So you know, I've gotten into ASL over the past couple of years, also the excellent GTS games. Show More Summary

How to Create When You’re Angry

Whew, there’s a lot to be angry about in our current American political climate. That’s not the only reason you might be angry though. If you’re anything like me, your emotions could spike because you got into a stupid internet argument, the local government bureaucracy is inhumanely disorganized, or your chronic pain is high that […]

FlickFleet: A Meeting of Minds

This week just gone has been all about FlickFleet. At the beginning of the week I was trying to get everything in place for a Cardboard Edison Award submission. I needed a short intro (easy!), a rulebook (needed a lot of work!) and a less than 5 minute video overview. Show More Summary

Trello For Campaign Management

I’m fairly surprised that Phil isn’t writing this article. He’s my go-to person for organizational and project management tools to use for gaming, since he does it in his day job and project manages many gaming books and projects that I’ve been involved with. He knows his stuff, so I’m kind of proud that I’m […]

Acronym-a-licious!

I wrote a tweet Monday night, playing off of a meme, and it went a little viral. Is your child texting about Dungeons & Dragons? LOL: Loads of Liches FFS: Feather Fall Saves LMAO: Longswords, Maces, Armor, Oozes TTYS: Tell the Treant You're Sorry STFU: Subterranean Tunnels, Frightening Underdark IMO: In Mordenkainen's Opinion — Tracy […]

Online Play and Table Control

One of the most exciting things the internet has given us (in my opinion) is the ability to play role playing games with geographically distant folks. Playing online solves a number of problems—having trouble meeting like minded gamers in your area? Don’t have child care? Really want to play with your friends in New York, […]

Gnomecast #33 – Making The Stew

This episode of Gnomecast gets into the nitty gritty with Bob, Chris, and John talking about how articles get up on the site, the gnomecast gets made, and how the website is maintained. Visit Gnome Stew, check out Gnome Stew Merch, and support Gnome Stew on Patreon! Learn more about Chris’s & Bob’s projects at […]

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