The Gassy Gnoll: State Your Intentions

When you begin a new tabletop RPG gaming experience, whether it’s a new campaign with new characters, adding a new player to the scene, or new characters to familiar worlds… what are your intentions? Do you even wonder?

If that seems a curious question, it very well might be. It’s not something I’ve pondered until . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: State Your Intentions

The Gassy Gnoll: My Favorite NPCs (June RPG Blog Carnival)

As a GM, it’s your job to populate the world the PCs inhabit. This means not only defining the “where” that they live in, but also the “who” they interact with. A land with no people is deadly quiet and boring. And so our NPCs are born…

This month’s RPG Blog Carnival topic is all . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: My Favorite NPCs (June RPG Blog Carnival)

Friday Knight News – Gaming Edition: 18-MAY-2012

Wow. I love it when short weeks take more energy to get through than long ones do. That’s what I get for taking off a couple of days for my birthday I guess. However, I got a copy of DCC RPG in the mail (quite a b-day present!), got to see The Avengers one more . . . → Read More: Friday Knight News – Gaming Edition: 18-MAY-2012

Magazine Review: Kobold Quarterly, Spring 2012, Issue 21

There are few magazines these days that I will read every page, cover to cover. Archaeology… Black Gate… And Kobold Quarterly. That’s really it.

And KQ follows a similarly short list of gaming mags over the years that was limited to Dungeon and Dragon whenever I had the money to pick up an issue here . . . → Read More: Magazine Review: Kobold Quarterly, Spring 2012, Issue 21

The Gassy Gnoll: How I Came to Love/Hate Combat (RPG Blog Carnival, April 2012)

As a Gnoll, there’s a part of me that loves combat. The Gnoll wading into the thick of battle protected by nothing more than the hair on his back and a thin layer of hide armor. The Gnoll slicing through enemies with a blade, a club, or bare claws, glee and blood lust in his . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: How I Came to Love/Hate Combat (RPG Blog Carnival, April 2012)

Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: Roleplaying Sacrifice

This past week was tough with a lot of real work in my real job, not leaving much space for RPGs. Once I told my friend we were born in the wrong time. With few orcs left to hunt, dragons even more rare, and princesses… On this point I really can’t complain – I have . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: Roleplaying Sacrifice

The Gassy Gnoll: Darkness and Our Fascination With It

As the daylight gets shorter and shorter each day on the march to the winter solstice, night gains more ground. And I begin to wonder why humankind seems to fall into one of two camps: those who want to stay out of the dark and those who want to go in. There are always a . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Darkness and Our Fascination With It

Happy 4th of July 2011!

For everyone in the United States, I wish you all a happy and safe Fourth of July celebration! (And I just wish everybody outside the United States a safe and happy day as well!)

A good friend of mine refers to July 4th as “National Explosives Day” and usually travels to a different state with . . . → Read More: Happy 4th of July 2011!

The Gassy Knoll: The Angry Birds RPG Theory

A few weeks ago I ran across an article going in depth explaining why the game Angry Birds has been so popular and successful from a human factors standpoint (“Why Angry Birds is so successful and popular: a cognitive teardown of the user experience” by Charles L. Mauro on the Pulse>UX Blog). Author Charles Mauro . . . → Read More: The Gassy Knoll: The Angry Birds RPG Theory

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