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Peter Schweighofer
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Freelance game designer, writer, editor, runs Griffon Publishing Studio (griffonpubstudio.blogspot.com)
Freelance game designer, writer, editor, runs Griffon Publishing Studio (griffonpubstudio.blogspot.com)

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Hobby Game Recce

The New Year brings all kinds of reflections and resolutions on our habits past and future. How do we manage our gaming impulses, primarily the urge to buy into the “new hotness” of every nascent gaming fad, be it the latest roleplaying game sensation, miniature game fad, or board game craze? I reflect on the nature of the “new hotness” in light of the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) and how immersed we are in the greater gaming community beyond our kitchen-table game group.
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So the Patreon kerfuffle inspired me to briefly look at how we support game creators we like; not those backed by professional publishing house infrastructures, but those lone artists who really need both our encouragement and financial support.
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Looking for some gift ideas for non-gamer friends who are fans of genre movies, television shows, and novels? Check out these recommendations from my office shelves and our family gaming table.
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Just for Solo Gaming Appreciation Month (SGAM) I compiled some of my favorite (and a few new) resources for solitaire roleplaying, along with a list of links to other pieces I’ve written about solo gaming in general.

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Hobby Games Recce
November is Solo Gaming Appreciation Month (SGAM), so I compiled some of my favorite (and a few new) resources for solitaire roleplaying, along with a list of links to other pieces I’ve written about solo gaming in general.

Shout-outs to solo gaming contributors +John Fiore, +Kabuki Kaiser, and +Richard LeBlanc.
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Shameless Solo Plug

After more than 25 years in publishing I’m still flattered when I see a positive review of my work. I just discovered this YouTube review of Schweig’s Themed Dungeon Generator that’s quite comprehensive in its impressions (even if it is from November 2016). For those looking for a random yet themed dungeon-delving experience for SGAM, the Themed Dungeon Generator offers a system to “program” your own experience (or one to share with a friend) and includes two ready-to-go sample dungeons you can play right away. And just for SGAM I’ve put it on sale for 50% off at RPGNow and DriveThruRPG.... Share and enjoy!

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I take a look at a few recent developments showing how games and play can affect and improve real life.
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Queen City Mischief & Magic

We spent Saturday in Staunton, VA (“Queen City of the Shenandoah Valley”) at Queen City Mischief & Magic (because calling it “Queen City Potter Party” kind of violates copyright...https://www.potterpartyva.com). But that’s essentially what it was: thousands of people crowding downtown Stanton to take advantage of free Harry Potter-themed activities and do lots of shopping. The Little Guy’s been immersing himself in the Harry Potter films and books lately, so this was the perfect day trip.

We’d been to Staunton once before years ago and enjoyed the quaint town with it’s variety of restaurants and shops (several book stores, toy/hobby stores, even a game store). We arrived early enough to get a parking spot downtown (as opposed to the distant parking lot from which they bussed people to the event). We went to the railway station to see Hagrid and Harry arrive by train; we later got photos with both characters. We went to a toy store to buy the Little Guy a rather unique wizard’s wand (along with a chocolate frog candy). Then it was off exploring the different places around town with free activities. He waited in line for his chance with the Sorting Hat, which sorted him into Gryffindor House. Then it was off to Wizard Dueling class where he met a few new friends and had a chance to try out his new magic wand. After more shopping, wandering, and activities we had lunch at the Depot Grill in the old train station. Then it was off to the bookstore for a photo as a screaming book and a stop at a chocolate shop for a photo with a scary dementor. We even found a unique broom for him. Along the way we saw many characters from Harry Potter and lots of visitors dressed up in amazing costumes as students, professors, even villains!

It was a long day but well worth it to indulge him in his interest for Harry Potter. This is the event’s second year; they already have dates set for next September.
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HAWKS Run Panzer Kids with Alzheimer’s Patients

Members of the HAWKS (Harford Area Weekly Kriegspielers), a wargaming club from Maryland, recently ran a session of Panzer Kids with Alzheimer’s patients in nearby Pennsylvania. Ed Duffy and Sam Fuson prepared a game specifically to engage the participants in problem solving and decision making, promote motor functions moving tanks and rolling dice, offer an interesting visual display, and give them a chance to try something new.

Read the full “after action report” at the HAWKS website: https://hawks-club.org/2017/09/12/hawks-host-test-game-for-alzheimers-patients/

We don’t usually think of introducing adventure gaming to the older demographic, but the same strategy of distilling games to basic elements for kids also works when using games to engage the elderly...though still with some adjustments for the specific audience’s needs. Many thanks to Ed, Sam, and the HAWKS for taking the initiative to serve this community through play.
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I look back at how I used to manage precious tabletop gaming resources – graph and hex paper, character sheets, maps – in the days before computers and the internet let us download and print practically every resource we could want...and then some.

Shout-outs to +S. John Ross and his amazing HexPaper Pro and +Khairul Hisham for his Patreon producing paper minis.
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