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Why Polyhedral Dice On A Deck Of Cards Will Never Work… Or Will They?

A few months back, I was reading a post over on Tenkar’s Tavern about one of Tenkar’s most/least favorite topics and I discovered a link to a kickstarter I had missed from back in 2015 (funded, but still unfulfilled from what I gather). It was for “Deck Dice” – a standard deck of playing cards […]

Turning Your Kid’s Drawings into 3D Printed Toys

How to bring your kid's art to life with 3D design and printing. Read more on MAKE The post Turning Your Kid’s Drawings into 3D Printed Toys appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

Construct Your Own Custom Video Game Controller

If you play a video game that requires you to glide or fly through the air, you might enjoy this custom analog controller. Read more on MAKE The post Construct Your Own Custom Video Game Controller appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

Mashups & Conceptual Writing In Roleplaying Games Pt. 2

Featured image is of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, sourced from The Poetry Foundation. You can find the first part of this article posted here. I’ve found myself more and more intrigued with single player roleplaying games. The Beast by Alek­san­dra Son­towska and Kamil W?grzynow­icz is an unsettling erotic game for one player where you […]

The Edition Wars Inside My Brain

Did you hear the big gaming news last week? Paizo announced they’re working on a second edition for Pathfinder. Cue the Sturm und Drang of the conflicting excitement and irritation that the announcement of a new edition always elicits. Have they released another wave of the endless Edition Wars upon us? I am avowedly polygamerous. […]

Gnomecast #35 – Meet a New Gnome: Kira Magrann

  Join Ang and get to know the newest Gnome, Kira, in this new episode of the Gnomecast! Enjoy this full episode of getting to know a gnome and learn about Kira’s game design and snake babies. Will Kira successfully avoid the stew, or will her first appearance be her last? Download here: Gnomecast #35 […]

Catch & Release: How To Not Feel Overwhelmed By Your Books

I’ve always loved reading. By extension, I’ve always loved books. But owning a ton of books can really weigh you down. Here’s how I’ve tried to solve the problem. There are lots of memes going around about having too many...

Weekend Watch: Explore the Miniature World of Landvaettr’s Lair

Enter a miniature fantasy world built from little more than coffee stirrers, foam, toothpicks, paint, and glue. Read more on MAKE The post Weekend Watch: Explore the Miniature World of Landvaettr’s Lair appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

Bionic Nerf Artillery Replaces Prosthetic Hand

Who says that fancy technology and prosthetic arms always have to be practical? A Nerf gun bionic arm seems like a perfect idea. Read more on MAKE The post Bionic Nerf Artillery Replaces Prosthetic Hand appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

A lesson in Doing it Right

I noticed in passing Jamey Stegmaier's 2017 Stonemaier Games Stakeholder Report on twitter this week. It's an incredible read. Especially when you compare it to his inspiration, the Steve Jackson Games equivalent. And my earlier admission...Show More Summary

boardgaming in photos: Machi Koro, Roll for the Galaxy

7 Jan 2018. Photos of Machi Koro have appeared so many times in this blog that it reminds me of how I used to post many photos of Race for the Galaxy, Through the Ages and Agricola. For the latter games, by studying the player area at game end, you can read the story of how the player has played, the paths taken, the strategies executed. Show More Summary

Sidereal Confluence

Plays: 6Px1. The Game Sidereal Confluence is a complex negotiation game with a sci-fi setting. You are all alien races which have just met one another. You are colonising new planets, developing new technologies. Having met one another, you are now able to trade, and also learn from one another. Show More Summary

Troy’s Crock Pot: Let’s Meet in a Tavern

So, the household’s budding roleplayer, a sixth-grader, asked innocently — and insightfully — enough about this trope: “Why start in a tavern?” Fair enough question, considering he’s never been in a tavern, let alone one catering to adventurers. But even as a young gamer, he’s already challenging some of roleplaying’s conventional aspects. I hope he […]

The Future of Pathfinder Seminar from Gary Con 2018–An Overview

The original Pathfinder roleplaying game beta launched at Gen Con in 2008. At the time, I was one of the volunteers for the brand-new Pathfinder Society, and attended the “Future of Pathfinder” seminar held that year. Now, in 2018, I was at Gary Con, when it became clear that the “Future of Pathfinder” event being […]

Yes, And; No, But

In writing fiction, a popular concept to make things harder on your main character is a concept called, “Yes, but; No, and.” At a high level, you present a character with a challenge and then ask the ever-important question of, “Did the character succeed?” If the answer is “yes” on the first challenge, you have […]

Are You Crying For Real, or Just Pretending?

Phil Vecchione wrote an article on safety tools at the table, and we were approached around the same time about an article on larping lessons that could be applied to tabletop RPGs regarding safety. Since the topic of safety at the table is one of incredible importance, we decided to move up the running of […]

It’s Your Game Too You Know

One of the channels that keeps popping up in my YouTube feed is Puffin Forrest. It’s a guy who animates stories from RPGs he has played or run. For the most part I get a laugh out of these or shake my head at the shenanigans he has had to put up with on both […]

Why Safety Tools Are Important To Me

I grew up in the 1980’s when D&D came in two flavors: Basic and Advanced. Back then, we just played the game and didn’t worry about table safety and how people felt. That was in a large part for two reasons: First, we lacked the experience and lexicon to describe the concept of table safety. Second, […]

Love Your Players, Love Yourself

The night was cold, the fireplace was roaring, and we were gnawing on the delicious ratatouille and fresh baked bread our host Leslie had made. We warded off the three adorable pups as we idly chatted and a few people lazily looked over the Monsterhearts skins.  It finally happened, my lady and genderqueer friends convinced […]

A Busy Week

It's been a very busy week this week. I've shipped the first two blind playtesting copies of FlickFleet, made my first batch of Zombology in ages (I've been focussing on FlickFleet for the last couple of months), had a UK Games ExpoShow More Summary

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