Tips for Running a Convention Game

Locally, September is when the two primary gaming conventions in the area happen.  It’s a great time to get together with friends (well you know…when it’s not 2020) and play some games with people who all share the same love of the hobby. Running an RPG at a convention though is not the same as running your home game.  Just […]

Comfort Games

Comfort food is food that provides nostalgic or sentimental value to someone.  It may remind them of someone special, a time in their life, or a place they remember.  I think games have this sort of resonance for a lot of us.  I know it does for me.  These are the games that I return to time and again or […]

My Favorite Systems

Many folks have a favorite game and often if you ask them what their favorite system is, they’ll default to the game.  Shadowrun!  Warhammer!  D&D!!  That’s all well and good but none of those are examples of a system.  They definitely have rules and mechanics and crunch (sometimes too much crunch) but I don’t think you can really call something […]

Things 5th Edition Should Have Kept

I will always contend that the biggest liability to 4th edition was the way in which players simply rejected it out of hand without giving it a real chance to shine.  4th edition was released in June of 2008 and playtest for 5th was already happening in  May of 2012.  That’s not even four full years before your replacement is […]

Being a (Better) Player

There’s a fair number of blogs and videos about being a good player, or a better player or a great player.  This is merely the things that I’ve noticed in my  decades as a GM that make a player stand out (in a good way), make the game more entertaining and/or make my job as the GM easier.  It’s by […]

Wild Talents Campaign – The War

Some background to the Wild Talents game I’ll be running shortly.  The goal here is to sum up, relatively quickly, what the characters would know about the initial assault and what sort of games the players can expect. The Initial Assault Until January 1 2020, Earth suspected that they weren’t alone in the universe but there was no definitive proof.  […]

Ancestry Mechanics in Fantasy Games

Back in June WOTC announced changes to how various races were portrayed in D&D.  While much of this comes down to presentation and RP by making your various peoples multifaceted and nuanced and not reliant on tropes and stereotypes, the old standbys of “racial bonuses” and “racial abilities” is what we’re going to look at here.  Specifically how it’s handled […]