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Experience schmexperience! Trials and triumphs of a full-time nerd in a part-time world
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A item on my list of potential topics, a comment from Nerdarchist Ryan on a recent Saturday live chat, and something one of my players said to me the other day have coalesced into this week’s examination of different ways … Read More

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Split the party! Trials and triumphs of a full-time nerd in a part-time world
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Without a GM to run the tabletop RPG, whether it’s Dungeons & Dragons or whatever game your group is playing, the party’s continuing adventures will be put on hold. But what if one or more of the players can’t make … Read More

The art of gaming without gaming! Trials and triumphs of a full-time nerd in a part-time world
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There is no disputing that tabletop role-playing games, and Dungeons & Dragons in particular, are more popular than ever before. While still a niche hobby, that niche has grown considerably large, and the perception of it has shifted as well. … Read More

There is only one rule! Trials and triumphs of a full-time nerd in a part-time world
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One rule to bind them all … After 30 years of playing tabletop roleplaying games, mostly as a Gamemaster (let’s go with that as a good generic term for any game), and having read through hundreds of rulebooks, sourcebooks, manuals … Read More

Stay in touch between sessions! Trials and triumphs of a full-time nerd in a part-time world
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By now, after leading the way to muster a group of roleplaying gamers, throwing their characters into the middle of an exciting situation, and letting the players guide the direction of the narrative, you’ve got yourself a campaign going. What … Read More

Let players steer the ship! Trials and triumphs of a full-time nerd in a part-time world
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In the previous installment, I advised GMs to throw players directly into action to start off a new campaign. This is especially useful for groups without regular gaming sessions and/or groups that include new or lapsed gamers. Your goal is … Read More

Start off with a bang! Trials and triumphs of a full-time nerd in a part-time world
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Last week in this column, I began to explore ideas to keep a gaming hobby vibrant amidst increasing demands on time presented by things like children, conflicting work schedules and the like. Adulting can take a serious toll on a … Read More

Keep your D&D game alive! Trials and triumphs of a full-time nerd in a part-time world
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There’s never been a better time to be a tabletop gamer. Recent years have brought an explosion of products and popularity for board games, card games and – my personal obsession – roleplaying games (of the pencil-and-paper variety). Whether as … Read More

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