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A Gamemistress’s Manifesto v2.0

A Gamemistress’s Manifesto v2.0 It’s been over three years since I last updated my GMing manifesto. As I gear up to start a new campaign, I figured it was time to revisit it and rework it. The updated version is meant to reflect my current values and address issues I’ve had to deal with since then. Specifically, I no longer see the GMing manifesto as a series of one-sided pledges to players. The original version made it...

A Conflict-Driven Character Creation Questionnaire

What is an RPG campaign if not a series of conflicts between player characters and the world, conflicts between player characters and non-player characters, or conflicts within and among the player characers themselves? The following questions just popped into my head as a new way to facilitate character backstory generation–specifically by getting to the heart of the answers most useful to the GM...

Girls on Games Kickstarter

Girls on Games Kickstarter It’s not often that I promote other people’s Kickstarters, but this one is near and dear to my heart as a woman in the gaming industry. Check it out, pass it on, and perhaps even back it if it means something to you. A compilation of essays by women in the tabletop games industry about past and current struggles and secrets & tips for new designers. Our chapter topics include: Anecdotes...

#RPGaDay 14: 2014 Gen Con Swag

#RPGaDay 14: 2014 Gen Con Swag In lieu of the official fourteenth post, Best Convention Purchase, I’m just going to share my 2014 Gen Con haul! Starting in the top middle and going clockwise, we’ve got: Era of the Ninja! This is an advance shipment of a game made by my friend and fellow Wittenberg alumnus Eric Ebbs! I actually did some of the art for the game when it was in alpha and playtested it once or twice at the Witt...

#RPGaDay 13: Most Memorable Character Death

#RPGaDay 13: Most Memorable Character Death Unlucky number post thirteen of #RPGaDay! I’ve already discussed the trials and tribulations of my favorite character, Morvael, which you can read about here. Although his self-sacrifice was epic, it doesn’t have quite the same notoriety that comes with the way my psychic bellydancer vigilante, Scheherezade, met her doom on a Pennsylvania interstate. It bears mentioning that our GM has since...

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