The Gassy Gnoll: Ideas Blown On The Winter Wind

As this Gassy Gnoll sits in his home in Colorado today hiding from a biting wind and below freezing temperatures, he wondered at the winter weather. Beyond the Frozen Wind adventure from Rite Publishing and Jonathan McAnulty, he can’t recall any adventures that really dealt with the cold wind at all. Taking shelter from a . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Ideas Blown On The Winter Wind

The Gassy Gnoll: Happy Trails (Horsemanship Skills)

The Gassy Gnoll may be a seasoned adventurer, but his alter ego, Fitz, is more of a traditional scholar. He has little practical knowledge, a good amount of book-smarts, and the dexterity of a dead buffalo suffering from rigormortis. So when Fitz’s wife proposed going horseback riding in the mountains, he outwardly said “sure honey, . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Happy Trails (Horsemanship Skills)

The Gassy Gnoll: Wildfires, Overthinking, and Stress

Occasionally, the Gassy Gnoll can be accused of beating a dead horse. Or poking the bear. To the point where usually the horse comes back to life long enough to exact some grotesque necromantic revenge or gets the bear to do it for him.

What the heck am I talking about? Overthinking. You might have . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Wildfires, Overthinking, and Stress

The Gassy Gnoll: Where do you find artistic inspiration?

This Gassy Gnoll is not much of an artist. Stick figures mostly. The occasional dungeon map. I would have been right at home doing cave paintings 15-20,000 years ago. But I can appreciate talent in those who have it. The ability to render a mental image in some concrete way so someone else can also . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Where do you find artistic inspiration?

The Gassy Gnoll: ‘Tis the Season of Change…

The time change always throws this Gassy Gnoll for a loop. Not sure if it’s the lack of sleep (is losing an hour, even on a Sunday, really necessary?) or the aggravation of changing clocks or adjusting schedules that affects me, but it does. So between the time change and the fact that we are . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: ‘Tis the Season of Change…

The Gassy Gnoll: GMs, We Salute You! (RPG Blog Carnival)

It was GM’s Day this week and the blog carnival topic is about “Epic Moments of GMing” so it must be time to talk about GMing! But what can I say?

It has been a while personally since I last ran a campaign, I have run a few games for family and friends over the . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: GMs, We Salute You! (RPG Blog Carnival)

Interview: Mark Hoge, Founder and Director of Renaissance Adventures

Do you remember your childhood? Did it include learning to play Dungeons & Dragons or some other tabletop RPG or CCG? Were you one of the fortunate kids who had an opportunity to go to a camp and learn how to play and run RPGs? How about learning how to LARP? As kids, we “Live . . . → Read More: Interview: Mark Hoge, Founder and Director of Renaissance Adventures

Happy Thanksgiving 2012!

To all our readers and friends in the US, Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is a day here for food, family, and fun here and I for one am blessed to have some of the best folks in my many circles. So I thought I’d offer some thanks to a few important folks:

I have to thank . . . → Read More: Happy Thanksgiving 2012!

The Gassy Gnoll: I Need a Portable Hole

You might not know it by looking at this Gassy Gnoll’s desk or basement (where his home office is), but he’s a bit of a neat freak about some things. It’s not really about how many times he brushes his furry coat or how he arranges his polearms, but more about having certain things stay . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: I Need a Portable Hole

Game Fodder: Mindmapping Encounters

Every GM has a different way of composing the different parts of a campaign. Typically I start with world design and cut the PCs loose to see where they end up. My process involves a lot of improvisation, which was fun and kept both me and my players on our toes.

Though I don’t do . . . → Read More: Game Fodder: Mindmapping Encounters

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