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Low Prep RPG Games: Part 1

I’m writing a series on ways to run a game with little or no prep. Published adventures with dozens of pages may take hours to read. Writing your own adventure from scratch can also take a significant time investment. What about when you want to run a game, but have little time to prepare? Let’s […]

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Stan’s Favorite Systems Compared

I’ve played and read dozens (or maybe hundreds) of RPGs over the decades. For the last two years, I’ve settled on these as my current favorites. They each have distinctive features so I’d thought I’d compare each of them. Some of these observations are subjective, but they’re based on what I’ve seen in the games […]

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Avoiding the RPG ‘Shiny’

Great advice from Gnome Stew; this is my biggest temptation in roleplaying as a GM which I need to resist! “AVOID THE SHINY This isn’t original with me or unique to online gaming. But it is still good advice. For the most part, you should avoid too many campaign reboots, rules changes, or genre switches […]

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Appointing a Sound Engineer for Tabletop RPG Games

I’m thinking about appointing a ‘Sound Engineer’ for my games — a person who takes time to learn one or more sound apps or playlists to provide background noises and sound effects for my games. While I’m GM’ing, the Sound Engineer can spool up whatever music or sound effects they like to enhance the game. […]

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Essential Traveller Rules

What are the essential rules to play Traveller? My below findings were from a campaign that Robert Eaglestone and I co-GM’d (he ran half the games, I ran the other half) over a calendar year. Additionally, I ran a couple of Con games. It was a total about 50 hours of gaming. Rules were mostly Classic […]

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Creating a Stowable Gaming Table

Many folks who have visited my gameroom and played tabletop RPGs like D&D and Traveller with me have remarked on my table setup. It’s easy to deconstruct and reconfigure the room to instead setup a folding ping-ping table or put down an inflatable bed if we have guests. It’s also big enough they I can […]

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Using Expandable Sheet Protectors to Store D&D Modules

Trying to protect your old-school RPG materials can be a pain, but I’ve found the perfect solution: Office Depot Expandable Sheet Protectors. Unlike normal sheet protectors, which are overly snug and can even snag or rip the spine of a classic D&D module, these protects are a bit wider that normal and can easily accommodate 50 pages […]

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My Message To Gamer’s Returning to Tabletop RPGs

I run a 700+ member Meetup group called DFW Roleplayers. I hear from many gamers who are like me and are returning to the hobby after being absent from tabletop gaming from many years. How do you find players? What books do you buy? What supplies do you need? All common questions. Here’s my answer […]

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Fate’s Evil Hat Street Team

Evil Hat, the makers of Fate, have a new program to promote the Fate platform. It’s called the Evil Hat Street Team. The concept is simple. We have five Street Team challenges listed below. As you’ll see, the list is really varied. Our goal was to make sure that every person in the Evil Hat Community can […]

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