L is for Legos!

Yes, I am a grown man with a master’s degree and a full-time job… and yes, I still play with Legos! As a solidly middle-class GM, without a lot of money to blow on gaming minis, paint supplies, etc. I often turn to creative, low-cost solutions when trying to represent things on my gaming table.…

The Exotic and the Familiar: Mixing Cultures in your World

This will likely be my last post for this month’s Location, Location, Location Blog Carnival from Campaign Mastery. Today, I want to talk a bit about translating the mix and flow of culture in your game or fantasy setting. But I don’t really want to focus on the serious stuff like race relations or the…

Placing Settlements in your Game

While world-building, I often find myself fretting over doing things “right”. Making sure I have the “right” population for a city of a certain size, the “right” number of soldiers in an army, even the “right” number of bakers in a town. Why do I care!? The players will never interact with the bakers, much…

Q is for Questions

But first, Q is also for Q-Workshop Dice! Simply the coolest dice sets around! Now on to the main event! Questions. GMs deal with a lot of them. From the self inflicted queries like:  “where is this adventure leading?” “what will my players do next?” and “Why do I put myself through this?” to questions posed…

Make-it Monday: Halloween 2013, Forest King and Raven Queen

We hosted our annual Halloween party this past Saturday. We had probably a good 20-25 people at our house over the course of five hours with a lot of cool costume ideas happening. Among the many wonderful outfits at the party, we had the Swedish Chef, the pin-up Hilda, Jeeves and Wooster, Bob Ross and a…

C is for Cartography

UPDATE: So, I’ve decided to submit this blog post to the RPG Blog Carnival for April, which deals with… you guessed it… Cartography! If you like my post, I recommend you follow the above link and see what other cartographically inclined gamers are coming up with this month. I am a sucker for maps and have been since…

April A to Z #3

The sign-up list for the 2013 April A to Z blogfest is now open and I have officially thrown my helm in the ring (number 45 baby!) I have successfully completed the past two years and hope to complete a hat-trick. This year, my plan is to merge my A to Z challenge with my…

H is for Heraldry

Harold, the herald had a horn on his helm, hauberk and halberd. The world of heroes is awash in personal iconography, whether it is the insignia worn by caped crusaders, the rank and unit markings of modern military operations, or the classic heraldry of the knights of old, symbolic representations of identity have been present…

K is for Kobolds!

Kobolds: What is it about these guys that makes them so darn special? How is it that a horde of cowardly little chihuahua-dragon things that drop in a single hit can give a group of tough-guy adventurers so much trouble? Simply put, kobolds are the Viet Cong or the French Resistance of the D&D universe.…