Schwarzenegger: The Model of Great Roleplaying

Until Arnold Schwarzenegger faded from the movie screens and became the Governator, people rarely celebrated his contributions to science fiction and action cinema history. Now that it’s been several years since his last starring role (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) it’s become fashionable as of late to watch his films all over, whether to … Continue reading

Poker Face: Even DMs Make Bluff Checks

I’ve never acquired a liking for poker. I’ve tried my hand at it once or twice, but never really had much fun at it. The use of bluffing as a core mechanic for a game dependent on numbers seemed strange to me. Now that I’ve DMed, I understand the meaning and importance of the ‘poker … Continue reading

My Favorite Role: Matthew, What Is Best In Life?

Last night, my character died. Loq, a shapeshifting spellcaster enlisted in the service of the military of The Mullier Empire, was discorporated in the process of trying to disarm an arcane shielding device. He shoved his clockwork implement into it and attempted to set it off from twenty-five feet away via his mage hand, but … Continue reading

Penny Arcade’s Mike Krahulik and His Approach to DMing

In recent news, Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins have made TIME’s 100 Most Influential People List. Two Seattle-based nerds that produce a profanity-laden comic strip – Penny Arcade – focused squarely on videogames, seen exclusively through the Web rank right below the likes of Conan O’Brien and somewhere above U.S President Barack Obama in terms … Continue reading

Inspired by Ink: Bringing tattoos into your game

I am as addicted to tattoos as I am to tabletop RPGs.  I got my first tattoo almost two years ago, and I’ve gotten inked twice more since then.  And yes, I am planning on getting more.  I’m not the only tattoo enthusiast who loves gaming: Vin Diesel and his tattoo dedicated to Melkor, drow … Continue reading

Being Gentle for Other People’s First Time

Our apologies to our readers for the lack of posts in the past few weeks. I’ve recently re-entered the world of the working, putting in long hours as an ‘emergency associate editor’ for a magazine. That, plus new responsibilities somewhat prevented me from devoting as much time as I’d like to developing new post ideas. … Continue reading

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Setting

As those of you who follow this blog regularly may know, both of our D&D campaigns are set in the world of Eberron, the most recent campaign setting created for the D&D brand that sports what I call a ‘dungeon noir/etherpunk’ vibe. Most gamers know that Eberron was the winning entry in the fantasy setting … Continue reading

Playing it by Ear: How to NOT Freak Out as a DM.

Being a DM was a challenge enough, but juggling DM duties with an 8 hours a day, 5 days a week job is akin to balancing plates while jumping on a ball and singing opera.  and I don’t know opera. As Matthew mentioned earlier, most of the group has been fairly busy.  What he didn’t … Continue reading

February 2010 Blog Roundup: Choice Bits

I keep telling myself I’m going to do a weekly roundup of posts I like in the blogosphere, but I never get around to doing it. So here in no particular order, are ten of the many posts I bookmarked this past month. Krystal Adams of Dungeon Mastering does a pretty concise take on what … Continue reading

This Hobby Is Not a One-Way Relationship

With regards to WotC promotional content for 4e, most attention is given to the tease content for D&D insider, the podcasts, and recorded features of actual play sessions. However, WotC recently posted a half-hour special on the joys of DMing called D&D Dungeon Masters/Five DMs. It’s an interesting watch and the first bit of promotional … Continue reading