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: Where are we again? (Location, Location, Location – RPG Blog Carnival)

This month’s blog carnival was kicked off by Mike Bourke @ Campaign Mastery and I have to say it’s a doozy. Though “Location, Location, Location” may have originated in the real estate industry, it works amazingly well for fictional pursuits as well. Whether you’re designing a RPG campaign or writing a novel, you can’t go . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Where are we again? (Location, Location, Location – RPG Blog Carnival)

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)

The Gassy Gnoll: A Summer Campaign (RPG Blog Carnival)

This month’s RPG Blog Carnival topic is “Campaigns I’d Like to Run,” hosted by Lowell Francis over at Age of Ravens. If you haven’t checked out his site, I’d encourage you to do so. He’s written about his own campaigns, other sites, and even long series of posts focusing on the history of particular genres . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: A Summer Campaign (RPG Blog Carnival)

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)

The Gassy Gnoll: What’s in *your* backpack? (August 2012 RPG Blog Carnival Kickoff)

For years we’ve seen Capital One market their cards with the slogan “What’s in *your* wallet?” They’ve used Vikings and Alec Baldwin to entertain you into switching credit card providers. Unfortunately *I* don’t have access to any Vikings or any of the Baldwins at this particular time, so you’ll just have to deal with this . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: What’s in *your* backpack? (August 2012 RPG Blog Carnival Kickoff)

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)

The Gassy Gnoll: What Makes a Location Fantastic (RPG Blog Carnival)

Once in a while a question crops up via a RPG Blog Carnival topic that makes me scratch my head and ponder for a bit. And yes, before you ask, most Gassy Gnolls are predominantly pondering people. We like to ponder just as much as we like to plunder, but nobody bothers to look past . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: What Makes a Location Fantastic (RPG Blog Carnival)

The Gassy Gnoll: Heroes Great and Small (RPG Blog Carnival, Heroes Living & Dead)

The Gassy Gnoll is going to ask a tough question today… What is a hero? The term gets thrown around willy nilly all the time, but how do you actually decide who’s a hero and who isn’t? That’s a question worth pondering for in-game labels as well as in the real world. (Thanks go to . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Heroes Great and Small (RPG Blog Carnival, Heroes Living & Dead)

The Gassy Gnoll: Thankful for Gleeful Villains (RPG Blog Carnival: Tricks & Traps)

Finally had an opportunity to see Hanna this past weekend, which has a very interesting modern fairy tale (Grimm-style) approach to a revenge fantasy. Though Cate Blanchett did fine as the first fiddle “bad guy,” it was Tom Hollander‘s Isaacs that really caught my attention. In much the same way that Saoirse Ronan‘s Hanna could . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Thankful for Gleeful Villains (RPG Blog Carnival: Tricks & Traps)

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