A great playtesting opportunity: Devil’s Staircase

Devil's Staircase is a diceless tabletop roleplaying game with a really cool system that uses playing cards to build characters and resolve actions. It's set in the Wild West era, which makes it even cooler. Right now it's open for public playtesting -- and the core rules are available for free during the testing period.... Continue Reading →

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Another gaming thing I got totally wrong

Digging into the excellent Emperor's Notepad blog, I came across this post: You are (probably) doing it wrong: Hit points, literature, and D&D. Oh, really? You're going to defend hit points? Bring it on! Good luck, because I have NOT been doing it wrong, and... Oh. Well, you've got a pretty good point there. Well, yes, as it... Continue Reading →

What gives a roleplaying game “staying power”?

Apparently August is the annual RPG-a-Day month, where bloggers post their thoughts about a specifice tabletop roleplaying each day, a different question/prompt every day. Of course I'm only finding out that this is a thing at the END of August...but hey, at least I found it. The Geeklife Balance blog had a great, brief response... Continue Reading →

A behavioral analyst takes on tabletop roleplaying

I stumbled across a very interesting article in which a certified behavior analyst (basically a clinical psychologist) takes an interesting look at why roleplaying gamers love their weird hobby so much. Read it and tell me what you think. If you hadn't played before and never saw the appeal, would this help you see why someone might... Continue Reading →

Henrietta Voclain’s silverberry wand – a Hufflepuffery special

When we play our family Harry Potter roleplaying game, we each bring a wand to the table. My daughter's character is Henrietta Voclain, a first-year student at Hogwarts, and this is her wand. Hand-carved magic wand: Silverberry, 14 1/2 inches As you can see, it's quite simple, but I like to think it's also elegant... Continue Reading →

Streamlining RPG rules: A modified Warcholak guide

Have you ever heard of the Warcholak Guide? No? (Yes? Well, too bad, I'm going to tell you what it is anyway!) Basically, it's a simple rule-testing rubric invented by a guy with the last name of Warcholak who develops war games for Academy Games. (With a last name like Warcholak, of course he does.)... Continue Reading →

I’ve been doing it wrong

After a few months of following some diehard OSR bloggers, I've come to the conclusion that they're right: I've been doing tabletop roleplaying wrong. So I'm changing course with the FAR System and FAR Western. From here on out, I follow in the hallowed footsteps of Saint Gygax. No more percentile dice or fancy critical... Continue Reading →

Medieval Demographics Made Easy

Medieval Demographics Made Easy is a concise guide to populating a medieval-ish landscape, written especially with tabletop gaming in mind. It's great for writing and general world-building purposes, too. Check it out.

World Anvil – A new worldbuilding tool

Are you a world builder? Writer? Tabletop roleplaying gamer? If so, you need to check out World Anvil. It's an online world-building tool designed to help you create your world and present it to the public. There are also features specifically for tabletop gaming, giving DMs and players a place to build campaigns and share... Continue Reading →

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