The Gassy Gnoll: When Did It Become Us vs. Them?

Recently I was introduced to the idea of a “DM Kill Board” where DMs or GMs could jot down the particulars surrounding the death of a PC. Level and class details are intermixed along with the circumstances of the death. And I can’t help but be a little weirded out by this trend.

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The Gassy Gnoll: The Importance of Quiet

Recently I had an opportunity to watch The Last Samurai on television and came to an interesting conclusion… Though we often focus on the loud and flashy aspects of gaming, such as combat, magic, and monsters, there are other moments in-between that we should also focus on. Character relationships, both within the party and outside, . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: The Importance of Quiet

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?

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The Gassy Gnoll: The Road in the Darkness

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to take a bit of time to head to the mountains with my family. We left late in the afternoon on Friday and were going over a mountain pass I’ve driven or ridden over regularly in the daylight. By the time we got there, night . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: The Road in the Darkness

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: 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: Happy Birthday!

Ok. So this week has been a bit crazy and I apologize for the lack of posts. End of the school year and spring soccer season always brings with it some insanity. But today I want to bring up the concept of anniversaries and birthdays in our game worlds.

Gassy Gnoll

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The Gassy Gnoll: Making Magic Missile Mine

The Gassy Gnoll is not a huge fan of magic users. Fireball sounds great in theory until you smell all that singed hair. But *his* alter ego has always enjoyed playing wizards ever since starting to play D&D back in 1982. [Shudder.] And though I may be a bit gray at the muzzle, but that . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Making Magic Missile Mine

The Gassy Gnoll: A Day Off and a Request

Today, the Gassy Gnoll is silent. Why? Largely because work and life have conspired to create a couple of weeks where my brain is drained. Thankfully there is a light at the end of the tunnel for work soon and the gnoll’s furry butt will once again spew opinions big and small on this page.

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The Gassy Gnoll: Flea Tinted Glasses

The Gassy Gnoll had his yearly flea dip this week and had an odd thought while gagging on the cloud of dust… How does a flea see the world? A shorter life, plus the occasional killer blizzard, frequent earthquakes, forests of hair as far as the eye can see, not to mention the occasional floods . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Flea Tinted Glasses

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