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What Can We Learn from #GamerGate?

Tweet Since August, the internet has been in an uproar about the #gamergate controversy. It seems that everyone has a different opinion about the point of the movement and its impact on the industry. Regardless of what the parties involved intend, and the horrible behavior of jerks abusing the anonymity provided by the internet, there are two main issues that should be pulled from this clusterfuck and more closely examined. 1. Ethics in Journalism Regardless of your feelings about the #gamergate movement, this is an important issue that shouldn’t be ignored. When I was a teacher, I always warned my students about the information available on the internet. The internet gives us incredible freedom to express ourselves and share our opinions, however there are no controls in place to vet websites, online authors, … Read entire article »

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Do-It-Yourself Superhero Masks

Tweet I realize this has nothing to do with gaming, but I figured it might come in handy for geek-minded Halloween lovers out there. I promise to go back to only posting gaming stuff here after Halloween! – Kimi A good superhero mask can make or break a costume, whether it’s for a kid’s party, Halloween, or a convention. I use a very simple method to create my superhero masks, and with a few craft supplies and household items, you can create your own mask that will look great and be easy on your wallet! Materials: - Craft Foam – Packs run about $7 and individual sheets around $1. - Styrofoam Wig Head – Found online or at wig shops for about $2 – $4. - Scissors/ Xacto Knife/ razor blade – Heat Gun / Hot … Read entire article »

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Three Questions a GM Should Ask Before “Fudging” a Die Roll

Tweet When a GM uses a screen, the only one watching over him is his own conscience, and there are times when we, for the good of the game, decide to ignore or modify a secret die roll. Perhaps we don’t want the paladin to get one-shotted by a lowly kobold. Maybe we want that secretly rolled perception check to succeed, even though we rolled a critical failure. Whatever the reason, and however justified we feel about what we’re doing, we are violating the rules of the game. Yes, I know some games explicitly say the GM can ignore any result he or she wants. Yeah, I get it, the rules sometimes say you can cheat, but here are some things to think about before you do it. 1. Am I Betraying My … Read entire article »

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Gateway 2012 Lessons Learned

Gateway 2012 Lessons Learned

Tweet The last Strategicon convention of 2012 is now history. As I often like to do, I’m now thinking about those games — what went right and what didn’t and what can I improve for the next con. Generally Speaking I ran two games this time around, and both were in GURPS. One was a 1920s cosmic horror game (a la Call of Cthulhu) and the other was a murder mystery in a fantasy setting (I used the … Read entire article »

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GenCon 2012 Interview: Margaret Weis Productions

Tweet I had the chance to interview Amanda Valentine of Margaret Weis Productions. She has worked on an insane number of very good, and critically acclaimed rpg products including Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, Smallville, The Dresden Files Roleplaying game, several Dragonlance supplements, the Fiasco Companion, and the Leverage Roleplaying game. She has been on the receiving end of many Ennie awards, Origins awards, Golden Geek awards, Indie RPG awards and more. She was an excellent interview and was gracious enough to talk to me at the end of a very long day. If you’d like to know more about Amanda, check out her website www.ayvalentine.com. The games of Margaret Weis Productions seem to be incredibly popular at my local game store. In the last year we’ve had games … Read entire article »

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