The Gassy Gnoll: Gamer Mind as Strange Cesspool of Correlation

It should come as no surprise to anybody that my mind is crowded with tidbits (some useful, most not) from all the parts of my life. Movie quotes compete with song snippets, which fight for dominance with the useless trivia department, strange analyses nobody needs, and the ever present random firing neuron. There are days . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Gamer Mind as Strange Cesspool of Correlation

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: A Cult Above

Recently I was chatting with a friend of mine (hey Mike!) and the topic of cults came up. Yes, we have strange conversations. But it made me wonder about them in gaming terms. Should I be using them more often? How are they used well? And how should they be used?

What is a cult? . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: A Cult Above

The Gassy Gnoll: The Fyne Arte of Assassination in Politicks (RPG Blog Carnival)

Hear ye, hear ye! The King is dead! Long live the King!

(This is my contribution to Mike & Liz’s November RPG Blog Carnival topic over at Nearly Enough Dice (great podcast btw!)… Gunpowder, Treason, and Plots! I have to say I’m not a huge fan of gunpowder in fantasy RPGs (though I think they’re . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: The Fyne Arte of Assassination in Politicks (RPG Blog Carnival)

The Gassy Gnoll: Gaming with the Kids (Teach Your Kids to Game Week)

The Gassy Gnoll sometimes loses track of time. You know how it is. The world just keeps spinning, we get locked into our little routines, and forget to do the simple things. Like spending time with the mini-Gnolls.

Well, this week is “Teach Your Kids to Game Week” – and like any good geek dad, . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Gaming with the Kids (Teach Your Kids to Game Week)

The Gassy Gnoll: Delving Into Another Man’s Dungeons…

The Gassy Gnoll has a bone to pick with dungeon designers. It’s a metaphorical bone and largely a point of inquisitiveness more than anything else because he loves a good dungeon map as much as the next guy. But who builds these things? Who maintains them? Who lives there? Curious gnolls want to know!

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The Gassy Gnoll: Mapping Player and GM Worlds

Ok. Next time you get a chance to experiment a bit with your gaming group, I’d like you to try this… Have the GM draw a map of the world and then have each player draw a map of the world. Want to bet they look a wee bit different?

Gassy Gnoll

Where’d this . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Mapping Player and GM Worlds

The Gassy Gnoll: Ban All Heroes!!

Adventurers and heroes must be a motley crew to be around. Why would any self-respecting town put up with them? They never (or hardly ever) bathe. They likely are covered in blood and guts. They move around from place to place never setting down roots. They loot bodies, tombs, and ruins and then want to . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Ban All Heroes!!

The Gassy Gnoll: The Impermanence of Thought and How To Use It to Beat the Block

The Gassy Gnoll has been tired lately and had far too much time to think when he should have been sleeping. This is hardly ever a good thing when it happens. But for some reason he’s been very philosophical and introspective of late. Recently that led to a strange train of thought…

How would you . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: The Impermanence of Thought and How To Use It to Beat the Block

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?

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