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Tell me if you’ve heard this one: It’s Thursday night and you want to play a game. But everyone in the party is across town, and it takes too long to set up, so they’d need to leave half an hour into actually playing. So you look over at your significant…
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I’m doing things a tad bit backwards here. This week’s GnomeCast was Matt, JT and myself rambling about the elements of a good one-shot game. It was a hastily thrown together episode due to how busy I’ve been, but Matt jumped in and did some research on…
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Five Thirty Eight Explores Character Selection in D&D

The noted statistics blog 538 explores how the data stacks up for selection of D&D character races on their blog. It’s a fascinating read on how many of what types of characters are out there, based on the data available. The information, pulled from D&D…
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John Arcadian runs the Tarrasque on One Shot's Dungeon Dome this Saturday at 4pm! https://www.twitch.tv/events/122023

Our head gnome John Arcadian is taking Joe The Tarrasque out to One Shot Podcast’s Dungeon Dome this Saturday October 14th! You can watch John run the Tarrasque, a long time staple of D&D and the subject of John and Encoded Design’s The Book Of The…
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I’m going to admit something right up front. I’m cheating with this review. I’m running a Dresden Accelerated game, and reading through this book is allowing me to review it, as well as potentially steal things for my campaign. Does that make me a bad…
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This talks about writing, but is pretty relevant to RPG Gamers as well. It speaks to playing for an audience (such as actual plays and such do), but I think it’s also a good reminder for players in general to do what is compelling rather than just what…
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Ever have a thing taken away in a game and really wish it didn't happen that way? Always Give Your Players a Receipt

  “The sword of duquesne gets stolen by the naked man…” Community did an excellent episode where they played Dungeons and Dragons, and it was advanced! One of the things that has always struck me about that episode was the part where the character Neil’s…
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Jack Berberette was fundraising for a braille printer in order to create braille versions of gaming books. Here is a video of one of the results from the project. Check out the work being "seen" for the first time by D, who inspired the DOTS program.

Jack Berberette was fundraising for a braille printer  in order to create braille versions of gaming books. Here is a video of one of the results from the project. Check out the work being “seen” for the first time by someone with a visual impairment.
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Alternative methods to lead characters to a new location

One of the most time honored adventure hooks is the treasure map. Essentially they exist to get characters from point A to point B, maybe with a little adventure in the middle. Here are some alternatives to the basic treasure map that serve the same…
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There are a lot of great kickstarters out there vying for your attention. Here are 4 of them worth checking out.

There are a lot of great kickstarters out there vying for your attention. Here are 4 cool looking kickstarters that are vying for your attention and might be worth your dollars. AMP: Year Four – The Year of the Invasion – Tabletop RPG A super powers RPG…
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