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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…

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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…

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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…

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Running a Con Game Like a Pro

As I stare down the barrel of GenghisCon this weekend, I’d like to share a few thoughts on what I think goes into running a good one-shot RPG session for a game convention. Being a Game Master for group of friends is one thing. GMing for a group of strangers you may never see again…

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Three Tips for Running RPGs for Kids

I love gaming with my kids. I especially love playing tabletop roleplaying games with them. Over the years, I’ve come up with a handful of tips that keep the game smooth and fun, even if your players are still in grade school. I’m posting them here, both as a public service to gamer parents, and…

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RPG Prep School

I don’t write reviews. Not here, at least. What I do write are recommendations. When I see something cool, geeky, and likely to otherwise be overlooked, I’ll pass it along here on the site to help spread the awesome. Because spreading the awesome is what I do. Today’s awesomeness is Never Unprepared: The Complete Game…

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2d100 Words in Praise of Randomness

There’s a reason that, for ages, dice have been intrinsically associated with games. It probably has to do with weird fertility rites of ancient Celts, but the important thing is that games thrive on randomness. Whether it’s shuffled cards, rolled dice, or procedurally-generated computerized orcs lining up to be killed, games cry out for the…

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Running with the Pokeball

As a gamer dad, it’s my sworn duty to encourage the next generation to pick up the dice and follow in my tabletop gaming footsteps. (I’d encourage them to play some video games too, but all the encouragement they need for that is a power switch in the “on” position, so I think we’ve got…

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Lemme tell ya about my character

Yes, yes, we all know I’m crazy about player stories in games. They increase engagement, virality, and other social gaming buzzwords I’m not going to bother listing here. But I’ve been thinking about tabletop RPGs this week and how, even more than video games, they are all about player stories. After an RPG session, what…

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Think of the Children!

A lot of ink has been spilled, both virtual and physical, over the recent Supreme Court ruling on video games. Specifically, the court overturned the California law that would make it illegal to sell violent video games to minors. That ink has been spilled by better writers than I, but I’d like to take this…

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