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It’s Tuesday, which mean someone, somewhere, decided to just create their own holiday today! Because that’s like a thing now! But here at the Stew, we’re exceptionally excited by any gaming holidays, especially those that lend assistance and inspiration to prospective GMs. Show More Summary

A Digital Digression

As I've discussed over the last couple of weeks, one of my goals for this year is to get back into hobby publishing, like I did in the early years of Reiver Games. I've got all year to do that though and there are more pressing things...Show More Summary

Getting Comfortable With Uncertainty

I just recently started a Night’s Black Agents campaign and while prepping for my first session, I found that what I prepped was far less than I normally would write out. When I looked at what I was leaving out, I saw that it was all the contingency material; all the “if they do this, then this happens”. Show More Summary

A Trip Through RPG History With Designers And Dragons

I was not around for the beginnings of the game industry. I can look at the Red Box D&D set on my gaming shelves and know that I only have it because I acquired it from a friend who acquired it from an ex-girlfriend’s father. It sits next to my D&D Rules Cyclopedia, which I picked up a few years after first publication from a used book store. Show More Summary

Pandemic: The Cure

Plays: 5Px1, 4Px1. The Game Pandemic: The Cure is the dice game version of Pandemic. It is also a cooperative game. The world is being ravaged by four deadly diseases, and your objective is to find cures for all four diseases. You need...Show More Summary

Specific vs Amorphous Adjectives

Today I’d like to talk about adjectives. In case English class is an old forgotten or deeply repressed memory for you, a reminder: adjectives are those words that describe other words, specifically they describe things. In some cases they describe other adjectives but that doesn’t interest us here today. Show More Summary

Troy’s Crock Pot: “Five Room” Raid on the Bacchanal

In the spirit of “you can never have enough five-room dungeon posts,” here’s a 5-step mini-quest using the fifth edition Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual. For reference, check out these past posts by myself and Matthew J. Neagley on the utility and craft behind the five-room dungeon. Show More Summary

Self-Published Run: Specification

It's been a great week on the blog here, thanks largely to W. Eric Martin of BoardGameGeek covering last week's blog post - thanks Eric! I've not yet decided whether it'll be Zombology or Dragon Dance that I try to self publish thisShow More Summary

Samurai Spirit

Plays: 6Px1. The Game Samurai Spirit is a cooperative game from Antoine Bauza ( Ghost Stories, 7 Wonders, Hanabi, Tokaido ), inspired by the movie Seven Samurai directed by Akira Kurosawa. Naturally, the game supports up to 7 players. Show More Summary

reviewer bias; game taster mood

Should a game review specify whether the game being reviewed is one the reviewer bought / asked for / sought out, or one that someone else suggested or was a review copy sent in cold by the publisher? To expect this caveat in every review sounds absurd. Show More Summary

Three Approaches to Challenge Levels

Designing exciting combat encounters is an important skill for most GM’s. We want to make sure we challenge the party without overwhelming them. In this article, we’ll look at three ways to choose the appropriate number and level of opponents for an encounter. Show More Summary

Fitness & Healthy Tips

I’ve just found out this cool video with some Fitness & Healthy Tips by Vania Fernandes… The tips are awesome and I just love Vania! She and her channel are an inspiration for me… my goal is starting a youtube channel like this one. I’ve just bought a software that will help me. It’s explaindio […]

Fifth Edition D&D, a few months in

D&D’s fifth edition has released all of its core pieces; a standalone starter set, the core three books (a Player’s Handbook, a Monster Manual, and a Dungeon Master’s Guide), a GM’s screen, and some adventures (Hoard of the Dragon Queen and its sequel, The Rise of Tiamat). Show More Summary


Plays: 4Px1. The Game Arkwright is a heavy economic Eurogame with the industrial revolution in England as its setting. Players run factories, produce goods, and sell them to make money. At the start of the game you hold some shares of your company, and you sell some to the bank to get your starting funds. Show More Summary

Board Games on Facebook – Guest Article

5 Most Enjoyed Board Games On Facebook With a zeal to present the latest information, applications, games, groups and activities, Facebook has become one of the most-preferred social networking sites. A friendly source and a medium to never lessen your interest. Facebook gives you the opportunity to interact with your friends using different stylish and […]

New Website Launch

We’re excited about the launch of our new website at We’re now offering customers the freedom to pick and choose the games they want with our Create Your Own Bundle discount program and an additional discount of FREE shipping with an order of $100 or more. The best thing is that your bundle discount […]

Fluxx Card Game – Goals and the Keepers that Go With Them

Author – Chris Skinner When playing the Fluxx card game, arguably the most important aspect is the end goal of the game.  One of the niftiest parts about this game is the fact that it doesn’t have a single end goal – it has multiple!  While the Goals tell you exactly what you need right […]

Why Aren't I KickStarting?

Since announcing my intention to get back into board publishing as part of my 2015 goals post last week, the question I've been asked the most is: So, why aren't you KickStarting the (yet to be decided!) game? It was the first question the guys at Newcastle Playtest asked and the first question that came up on twitter too. Show More Summary


Plays: 2Px1. The Game If your exposure to Uwe Rosenberg's games started with games like Agricola, Le Havre, and Caverna, you will be quite surprised with Patchwork, because it is something very different. Patchwork is a short, 2-player-only game. Show More Summary

Inspired by Ant-Man – Honey I Shrunk The PCs

You’ve probably seen the recent Ant-Man teaser that released at a miniature size.     It was followed by a full sized trailer that showed off more of the overlooked superhero. Seeing the trailers recently reminded me of one experience...Show More Summary

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