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Alignment is about restricting your character's choices to be a better roleplayer.
Old and messy as it is, the D&D alignment system can still be an excellent tool for roleplaying. I love that the 5th edition D&D Personality Traits, Ideals, Bonds and Flaws are subtly connected to character alignment. Even ...
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The right way to start a tabletop RPG.  
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Particularly beautiful rainbow sherbet.
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A few quick stats for posterity: Total unique pageviews to date: 115,789 Age of blog: First post was 8/24/12, so this August, Run a Game turns four. Blog posts to date: 170 (including this one) Posts in 2015: 49 (tied wit...
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These are all I managed to save of my LEGOs from my childhood. Today I pass them on to my son. <3 
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Legos of a simpler, more civilized age. :)
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Baby and Christmas tree 2015.
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An optional rule for 5e D&D that uses playing cards instead of d20s, and introduces more player control over fortune, and Dungeon World style experience.
Today, I'm offering an optional rule set for D&D 5th edition that lets you play with playing cards instead of d20s (you still need the other dice). It gives you and your players a bit more control over whether you succeed or...
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A look at character and plot hooks in RPGs that is also full of spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Why?  Because TFA is a new first movie of a trilogy, so it's a great example of building in unresolved character hooks to be used at a later date.  
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I have a love-hate relationship with the TERM "fail forward" but I have nothing but love for the technique.
You may have heard of the term "fail forward" used in RPGs. In the business self-help world, the concept means "failing because you took a risk and it didn't work" as opposed to "failing because you did not take a risk." It...
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If you liked my player types and motivations lit review, come check out the update.  There's new research hot off the presses.  If you haven't read the lit review before, check it out now!  
Run a Game is keeping you up to date on the latest research. I've updated the Player Types and Motivations literature review with the December, 2015 Quantic Foundry video game player motivations survey results. Let me know i...
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Nice night!
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I'm a nonprofit grants professional who's passionate about outcomes based program design. My hobbies are tabletop role playing games and playing with my kids.
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