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Behind the Screen: The Gamer Contract

Gaming is a two-way street, but for all the time I’ve spent codifying the obligations of GMs to their players, there’s been hardly any attention given to the reverse. In part, that’s because to many gamers and GMs, the only player obligation is “show up.”  For years, I was in the same boat, before a […]

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Lost and Forgotten: The Demon Core

On July 1st 1946 a joint US Army and Navy operation detonated Gilda 518 feet above Bikini Atoll, simultaneously completing the first atomic explosion since the end of the end of WWII and destroying a malevolent and murderous entity. If Japan had not surrendered on August 15th 1945, then a third atomic bomb would have […]

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Unreal Worlds: The Magic of ISIS

Young men alternately dressed in traditional flowing bedouin robes and imported Belgian skinny jeans stand in a single line, warbling a keening hymn as their shovels bite deep into the packed soil beneath the desert. Here or there a sandstone column or eroded wall peaks out of a dune, so old that you could be […]

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Dispatch Ultra: The ERR and the Looting of Europe

As the Nazi army rolled across Europe, causing untold destruction and death, they were followed by another group. A task force, led by a Nazi intellectual and ideologue of the highest order, began systematically stealing the collected cultural and artistic wealth of Europe. Focusing largely on Jewish property, this group rounded up books, paintings, jewelry, […]

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RPGChat Topic: Alt-History and Your Game

This week’s #RPGchat is a special one! We’ve got the incredible Elsa S. Henry on board to guest host as we discuss alt-history settings and games. Not only is Elsa a historian, she’s on the cusp of seeing the Kickstarter for her alt-history game, Dead Scare, hit its funding goals! I hope you’ll join us […]

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Behind the Screen: The Gamer Contract

Gaming is a two-way street, but for all the time I’ve spent codifying the obligations of GMs to their players, there’s been hardly any attention given to the reverse. In part, that’s because to many gamers and GMs, the only player obligation is “show up.”  For years, I was in the same boat, before a […]

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Behind the Screen: The Game of Love

This Singles Awareness Day, while you’re steeping in the pink heart-shaped saccharin tsunami, let’s talk about an exceedingly awkward subject:  handling romance in tabletop gaming. If you’ve never had a romantic subplot in your games, you’re far from alone.  While a lot of gamers enjoy a good romance (or a delightfully terrible one), nearly as […]

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RPGchat Topic: The Family That Games Together

Looking forward to today’s RPGchat! Be sure to hop on over to the Twitter at 3pm ET and/or 9pm ET to contribute to the conversation. Today’s topic: The Family That Games Together Hope you’ll join us to talk about all the awesome things that game – RPGs, card games, board games, video games! – can do for our […]

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Unreal Worlds: The Magic of ISIS

Young men alternately dressed in traditional flowing bedouin robes and imported Belgian skinny jeans stand in a single line, warbling a keening hymn as their shovels bite deep into the packed soil beneath the desert. Here or there a sandstone column or eroded wall peaks out of a dune, so old that you could be […]

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