A recent meme I saw floating around Facebook contrasted the Avengers with the Mystery Men, suggesting that the Avengers are ‘what the GM hopes for’, while the Mystery Men are ‘what the GM actually gets’. Well, I’m going with an unpopular opinion on this: There’s no one to blame but yourself...5 Read More
Most groups getting around a table consist of 4-6 players (sometimes more!) and a game master. The players sometimes cycle in and out of the group, creating a strange dynamic for the game master. Then are times when groups atrophy because of people moving away, work schedules changing, or...7 Read More
When playing pretend as a kid, we always played established media characters. We were Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, Batman and Robin. We were never “generic Rebel soldier” or “Superhero who’s kinda like Superman.” However, in my experience, playing established characters is much rarer in roleplaying games. Perhaps people...4 Read More
Gnome Stews guest author Keith Garrett is currently celebrating 31 Days of Ghostbusters at his blog adventuresofkeithgarrett.com. He’s writing posts every day to celebrate the franchise’s return to the big screen (tomorrow!). He graciously decided to share not one but two with us. Check out the last one talking...2 Read More
In my last post I went through an introduction to Apocalypse World. I’d been running Deadlands Reloaded for my group, including one session of a Fate conversion of the setting. However, I’d realized that I’m not comfortable being responsible for that much setting information. I like the organic nature...1 Read More
Gnome Stews guest author Keith Garrett is currently celebrating 31 Days of Ghostbusters at his blog adventuresofkeithgarrett.com. He’s writing posts every day to celebrate the franchise’s return to the big screen. He graciously decided to share one (or two!) with us, and fulfilling our end of the bargain we...8 Read More
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