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Representation at a bare minimum in RPGs? (25th Dec 2019)

Representation at a bare minimum in RPGs is something a friend asked me about a few days ago. Someone wanted to do this, so I recorded this reply. Whether you are writing an adventure or a fully fledged roleplaying game, having #inclusivity and #diversity ... Read More

Conan’s Chicken recipe: Dice & Slice (17th Dec 2019)

This is a Chicken Recipe inspired by the Conan RPG from Modiphius for Dice & Slice. Conan has been a hero of many since Robert E. Howard released the series started in 1932 and it has seen many #rpg incarnations, but none like that of Modiphius. Altho ... Read More

Going to conventions – Top 10 things to do beforehand (12th Dec 2019)

Going to conventions requires some preparation and that is a question one of our friends from the Quackalope channel asked in one of the FB groups I regularly frequent. Regardless of whether you go as a individual, a company or as a media person, some thi ... Read More

Presents for gamers (11th Dec 2019)

Presents for gamers sometimes are hard to come by and we can really get a headache wondering and thinking about what to give our friends when we have to buy something. With the festive season approaching (at the time of recording this video) it might be a ... Read More

Amethyst interview with Chris Dias – Sensitive topics (4th Dec 2019)

Sensitive topics can be dealt with in RPGs and Chris Dias, from Dias Ex Machina has a game, Amethyst, that claims to do that. Dealing with tough aspects of real life in #TTRPG has to be done in the right away so things don’t get out of hand. Tools like th ... Read More

The Boardgame Interview Room: TanTrump in Kickstarter (26th Nov 2019)

Tantrump is a protest political game designed by Mike Selinker and Liz Spain that tries to breach the gap between gaming and protesting like all good pieces of art should do. Tantrump is a game that is likely to offend and elate in equal measures and I do ... Read More

The Hero’s Journey – The RPG Interview Room (12th Nov 2019)

The Hero’s Journey has been a love of mine for a long time. It is a tried and tested formula that renders good results. But do people use it to maximum effect? Once you know the Hero’s Journey, it is fairly easy to identify when it’s being used. The Marve ... Read More

Relationships in RPGs – The RPG Interview Room podcast (29th Oct 2019)

Relationships are a pretty integral part of RPGs. It is very hard to have a party without relationships because, one way or another, they have to relate to one another, romantically or otherwise. In the last few weeks we have been chatting a lot in Facebo ... Read More

Writing RPG adventures – steps 1 to 10 (29th Oct 2019)

This is the first of two videos in which I give you twenty steps to designing and writing your RPG adventures. Whether it is for your own #TTRPG or for publication, there are some steps that you can follow that can give you what you need to get your work ... Read More

10 illnesses and conditions to use in your RPG (23rd Oct 2019)

This quick guide to 10 illnesses that could be used in your game to make things harder for your players in a longer term way, rather than a wound that you can heal in no time with your magic. Most of us have suffered from illnesses in the past and we know ... Read More

Corpus Malicious – RPG Review (23rd Oct 2019)

Corpus Malicious is a 400 pages book by the company Dream Realm Storytellers that explores evil characters, cults and general bad staff for your 5E game. Is it worth the amount of money you have to back in Kickstarter to get your hands on it? Let me tell ... Read More

Game On Tabletop: The Interview room Podcast (16th Oct 2019)

Game On Tabletop is a fairly new crowdfunding platform that was born out of the desire to cater to the board and roleplaying games community. Is it worth considering? The idea of Game On Tabletop is a really interesting one. Considering that games have be ... Read More

YouTube Videos (15th Oct 2019)

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Icarus from Renegade Games: Unboxing (27th Sep 2019)

Icarus came out in Kickstarter in 2018 to be delivered in 2019. I backed it because I am a bit of a sucker for narrative RPGs, but is this game worth the amount of money you have to pay to get your hands on it? I tell you! Icarus is a #ttrpg that comes in ... Read More

Blades and Blasters. Interview with Seth Tomlinson (25th Sep 2019)

Blades and Blasters is a book created by Seth Tomlinson that funded in Kickstarter in 2018 and in 2019 has seen the light. It mixes science fiction and fantasy. But does it do it well? In Blades and Blasters you can find all you need to add alien invasion ... Read More

“Everyone is welcome at my table”? For real, Dear Some Straight Gamer? (22nd Sep 2019)

Many times, when I ask people to consider adding or including LGTQI in their RPGs, I get back the argument “everyone’s welcome at my table”. I even hear that when I am trying to talk about having more LGBTQI in the books, not around the table. And yet, it ... Read More

Consent in Gaming – Have we lost it? (20th Sep 2019)

Seems a lot of people have lost it when is about the Consent in Gaming book from Monte Cook Games. On every side of the argument. I stopped to listen to the detractors and this is what I found out. This video has been produced for www.gmsmagazine.com. Ple ... Read More

Consent in Gaming from Monte Cook Games RPG Review (18th Sep 2019)

Consent in #Gaming is a new free product from Monte Cook Games about the need to have consensual content and interaction in roleplaying games. This is my review. This video has been produced for www.gmsmagazine.com. Please help us by subscribing to the ch ... Read More

Illwinter Floorplan Generator Review (17th Sep 2019)

Illwinter Floorplan Generator is a very simple to use software available in Steam for just under 5$. It generates floor plans for caves, forests and other general encounter areas for RPG, but is it worth it? Watch the following video with my Illwinter Flo ... Read More

So what? Dear some straight gamer (11th Sep 2019)

“So what?” has been a question someone posted in a video comment recently. If there are no LGBTQI characters in a game setting, so what? Well… here is what. Asking a LGBTQI “so what?” is always going to elicit some mixed – likely really bad – feelings. Yo ... Read More

So what? Dear some straight gamer (11th Sep 2019)

“So what?” has been a question someone posted in a video comment recently. If there are no LGBTQI characters in a game setting, so what? Well… here is what. Asking a LGBTQI “so what?” is always going to elicit some mixed – likely really bad – feelings. Yo ... Read More

Carnival Row RPG is a good sign! (10th Sep 2019)

Carnival Row RPG is out. The series doing its rounds in Amazon video to the delight of a lot of people who have told me it is a truly excellent show albeit a complicated one to watch. But what does this RPG mean for the hobby? The series written by Travis ... Read More

Critical Role’s role – an unpopular opinion (9th Sep 2019)

Critical Role has been going for a number of years now and its presence has had a tremendous impact on the hobby. ¿Has it been a good one? ¿Do they do more harm than good? The role of Critical Role in the hobby is getting stronger by the season. What star ... Read More

Where are the You Tube women doing TTRPG content? (4th Sep 2019)

Where are the YouTube Women? I have been looking around to create a new show and I can’t seem to find a lot of women doing TTRPG videos… why? YouTube Women can have a very hard time very easily. Heck… any woman in media can have a very hard time pretty mu ... Read More

Kings of War Kickstarter: The RPG Interview room (4th Sep 2019)

Kings of War Kickstarter project is raging now and should be funded by the time you hear this podcast. ¿Should you back it too? Mantic’s universe translated into this Kings of War roleplaying game is good news for everyone. The skirmish boardgames that w ... Read More

Let’s talk about history, Dear Some Straight Gamer. (3rd Sep 2019)

It is time that we had a talk about history and the presence of LGBTQI+ people in it. Because we don’t see ourselves often enough and people use that as an excuse to exclude us from their games. That is not cool at all, my friends. When we talk about hist ... Read More

Kings of War: RPG Review (2nd Sep 2019)

Kings of War is a game from Red Scar that sets us to play in the world created by Mantic Games. I took a look at the quick start rules. ¿Was it worth it? When I read Kings of War I was very pleasantly surprised by its quality and the system it uses to pro ... Read More

In media res: The G*M*S RPG Academy (2nd Sep 2019)

In Media Res is a very well known and used term that can make a huge difference to how your games are received. But, what is the best way to use it? I tell you in this video. When we use In-media-res in an adventure, we are doing something powerful becaus ... Read More

Flowscape 1.5 review. Perfect illustration tool for your RPGs (28th Aug 2019)

Flowscape 1.5 is a landscape generation software that allows you to create amazing looking images with minimum effort and knowledge for an unbeatable price. I discovered Flowscape recently when it was still on its 1.2 version of the software. It could alr ... Read More

Let’s Play: Dungeons and Dragons Behind Bars: The RPG interview room (3rd Aug 2019)

Let’s Play: Dungeons and Dragons Behind Bars is a documentary by filmmaker Elizabeth de Kleer that takes a look at the inside of some jails in the USA and the effect that playing D&D has on some of the inmates. It’s well know and spoken about ho ... Read More

RPG a Day 2019: First (1st Aug 2019)

The RPG a Day 2019 initiative starts like every August and this year comes with some differences. Like this year is just a word as a prompt, and the first one is… well… First. This year, the RPG a Day 2019 initiative has changed and instead of asking a bu ... Read More

Necronomnomnom review (24th Jul 2019)

Necronomnomnom is a Lovecraftian cookery book that was released last year thanks to a very successful Kickstarter. But, does it cut it as a cookery book? Borrowing from the Lovecraft mythology, the Necronomnomnom brings a cofetable size book in padded har ... Read More

Adventure creation: Endings are beginnings (19th Jul 2019)

Adventure creation can be tremendous fun, but sometimes we find ourselves without inspiration to get our mojo flowing and starting from the end can give us that little bit of spark to get our adventures going. In this video I want to explore adventure cre ... Read More

Marlowe House: The RPG Interview Room Podcast (17th Jul 2019)

The Marlowe House and its creators, Monica and Andrew Marlowe, have been in my radar for a very long time  now. I have known them for years and their involvement in the world of RPGs has interested me. But who are they? Well… we are about to find out ... Read More

Thunderscape Vistas: Besieged Village (16th Jul 2019)

Thunderscape Vistas: Besieged Village clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page back cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look! All righty, we once more begin this supplement with a b ... Read More

The Sea Queen Escapes: Dungeon Crawl Classics #75 (16th Jul 2019)

The Sea Queen Escapes clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement 1 page back cover, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look! The Sea Queen Escapes was designed for 6 third level characters, with the ... Read More

Should you bring adult-themed adventures at conventions? (15th Jul 2019)

It is questionable whether you should bring adult-themed adventures at conventions, even though we all have used games to explore topics of adult nature. When we are in a public space and we are going to play with people we do not know, running an adventu ... Read More

20 Things #39: Black Dragon’s Lair (System Neutral Edition) (15th Jul 2019)

20 Things #39: Black Dragon’s Lair (System Neutral Edition) clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look! Okay, we ... Read More

The RPG Interview Room: Chivalry & Sorcery – the Medieval Role Playing Game (9th Jul 2019)

Chivalry & Sorcery is a game that saw light of day around 40 years ago and some people decided to fall in love with it. ¿Enough to be at it around 40 years later? Well, this is indeed the case. When Steve Turner, from Britannia Game Design fell in lov ... Read More

What Lies Beyond Reason – 5th Edition – Campaign Guide 2 (27th Jun 2019)

The revised edition of the second campaign guide for the unique What Lies Beyond Reason AP clocks in at 46 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page Kickstarter-backer-thanks, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 40 pages o ... Read More

Star Log.EM – Space Goblin Options (20th Jun 2019)

Star Log.EM – Space Goblin Options clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look! After a brief, flavorful introduction to space goblins within the context of the ... Read More

Star Log.EM-058: Kami (19th Jun 2019)

Star Log.EM-058: Kami clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look! On the introductory page, we get a pretty massive subtype graft that grants kami immunity to bleed, ... Read More

Starfarer Adversaries: Bounty Hunter (19th Jun 2019)

Starfarer Adversaries: Bounty Hunter clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look! The bounty hunter herein comes in three iterations, all of which a ... Read More

The RPG interview room: Rachel Ventura and Ultimate Kingdoms (18th Jun 2019)

Rachel Ventura has been a part of Legendary Games for a considerable length of time and managed the business development. Bu that does that mean? Legendary Games is company that has run a number of very successful kickstarters and has a very healthy catal ... Read More

The Undercroft 2 (17th Jun 2019)

The Undercroft 2 clocks in at 21 pages (laid out in 6’’ by 9’’/A5) if you disregard front cover, editorial, etc. I own the print copy, which is stitch-bound, well-made little booklet as far as ‘zines are concerned. Anyhow, important to know: While nominal ... Read More

The Master of Forms Expanded – The Wood Element (14th Jun 2019)

The Wood Element for the Master of Forms-class clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look! This review was requested to be moved up in my reviewing queue by my patreon supporters. I ... Read More

The RPG Interview room: Lou Agresta and Rone Barton do Grimmerspace (10th Jun 2019)

Grimmerspace has taken the RPG world by storm in a Kickstarter project that will be remembered for a long time. But why?Well, since I happen to know the Grimmerspace authors, Lou Agresta and Rone Barton, I asked them to come to the show and have a chat ab ... Read More

The RPG Interview Room: Ultramodern 5 with Chris Dias (4th Jun 2019)

Ultramodern 5 is an evolution of a game that saw the light in 2016 and that now has funded successfully in Kickstarter for a new, bigger edition with more of everything.The post The RPG Interview Room: Ultramodern 5 with Chris Dias appeared first on G*M*S ... Read More

The RPG Interview Room: Character Archetypes with Jeff Richard (22nd May 2019)

An interview with Chaosium's Creative Director about gaming and character archetypes.The post The RPG Interview Room: Character Archetypes with Jeff Richard appeared first on G*M*S Magazine. ... Read More

“I made money with my project” (23rd Apr 2019)

Kinda funny but not funny but funny nevertheless story in as much as it is a facepalm sort of moment. I was in a seminar a few days ago about small publishers. We were five publishers with more or less experience on our stride and all of us with different ... Read More