Gaming


Showing and Telling in RPGs

It’s true. I’m obsessed with storyworlds and world-building. I’m also a huge fan of tabletop RPGs. And while these things go together like whatever “two things that go together” cliche you like (I prefer “like peanut butter and bananas” myself), mashing them together does raise some challenges. Me: “Hello, gaming friends! I have picked up…


Punching Ghosts and Shooting Pirates

Do you want to punch ghosts? Do you want to help support a local gamer family in need? Of course you do! Come on down to Crit Castle this Saturday, February 11, when Gamers Giving is hosting an all-day mini-convention. There will be RPGs, board games, an amazing auction, and more! You can read all…


Punching With Kids

Over the weekend, I had the fun and unusual opportunity to run Ghost Punchers for a pack of seventh-graders at our Friendly Local Game Store. It started with a message from one of my local gaming buddies when Ghost Punchers first came out. “Hey, would you be willing to run Ghost Punchers for my kids…


Once More into the Cons, my Friends!

What do you mean, it’s almost time for Genghis Con again? Didn’t we just have one of those, like, a month ago? I mean, I’m glad it’s around the corner. I always have a great time, but sheesh, give me some time to catch my breath, eh? Or maybe it’s just the illusion of time…


Faking It – The Art of Game Master Improvisation

Ack! How is it December already? How is December half-gone already? How is next year right around the corner? WHO AUTHORIZED THIS?! No time for deep thoughts on conflict and word-building today (though I’m not quite done beating that particular dead horse). Instead, here are some quick tips for all you tabletop game masters out…


Adventurers in the Tower of Tomax!

A couple weeks ago on Facebook I expressed my excitement for the updated version of Adventurers! that’s currently up on Kickstarter. Adventurers! is a universal tabletop RPG system that manages to fit everything you need to play into just two pages. Oh, those pages are densely packed, but still, it’s quite the feat. The core…


Stung by Gaming – In a Good Way!

As I obliquely mentioned on Friday, this past weekend was the debut of B-Con, a tabletop board game convention in Denver. In addition to the standard “sign up and play” events, the show also featured lots of both open gaming and prototype games from local designers and publishers. No, I didn’t bring my Haunted Hotel…


Return of ThanksGaming: This Time It’s Personal

One of the things I love about tabletop gaming is how it fosters a community. It’s especially awesome when that community can give back to the local community around it. Gamers Giving is a non-profit organization dedicated to exactly this sort of thing. One of its largest events each year is ThanksGaming, a sort of…


Killing Bugs Like it’s 1999

I picked up the Systems Failure RPG on a whim about ten years ago. Okay, it wasn’t totally a whim. It was in response to the publisher’s public cry for help; they were on the verge of bankruptcy and needed all the sales they could get. I’d been eyeballing a couple of their titles, and…


Conclave of Punchers

Over the weekend, I had the privilege of attending Conclave of Gamers, a local convention dedicated to tabletop gaming. It was a smaller, friendly con with lots of open gaming, and a few highlights for yours truly. I ran my Ghost Punchers roleplaying game twice, and had a blast both times. Judging from their laughter…