Playing the Race Card

There are quite a few RPGs available where you can play a non-human race (or alien). Outside of the RPG realm, it also has a significant presence in books and shows (the latter more in sci-fi shows/movies). However RPG games like A Song of Ice and Fire (based on novels and then a tv show), . . . → Read More: Playing the Race Card

The King is Dead, Long Live the King!

Tired of the status quo? As a GM, you have many powerful tools at your disposal to shake up the campaign. Here at the Front, I suggest that one of the most powerful of these is the death of a NPC.

NPCs are the supporting characters, both tiny and mighty, who shape the world and . . . → Read More: The King is Dead, Long Live the King!

Book Review: The Gazetteer Writer’s Manual by Deborah Teramis Christian and Bruce A. Heard

There are two aspects to RPGs… rules and settings. I have never been great at rules, but have always loved setting design. Building worlds, from creation myths and racial histories to area and dungeon maps and everything in-between, makes me a very happy writer when I get to dive in. But presenting those ideas to . . . → Read More: Book Review: The Gazetteer Writer’s Manual by Deborah Teramis Christian and Bruce A. Heard

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

When is your . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Happy Birthday!

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…

Interview: Hannah Lipsky of Chaotic Shiny and Chaotic Shiny Productions

As a fellow member of the Gamer Lifestyle program, I’ve spoken to Hannah Lipsky a few times via e-mail over the last couple of years. Hannah is the founder of the Chaotic Shiny website full of wonderful roleplaying generators and Chaotic Shiny Productions which is the home of Martial Flavor and Martial Cultures. Even with . . . → Read More: Interview: Hannah Lipsky of Chaotic Shiny and Chaotic Shiny Productions

Book Review: Martial Flavor – Chaotic Shiny Productions

When you look up the word “martial” in the dictionary, most definitions tend towards the use of a few key adjectives – warrior, warlike, or military. So I’d be lying if I said that the Martial Flavors book from Chaotic Shiny Productions focuses on mostly peaceful people. Most of these cultures could be described as . . . → Read More: Book Review: Martial Flavor – Chaotic Shiny Productions

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