I find it funny that gamers are prone to assuming that life in a fantasy world is still based on DNA. I see arguments rooted in that assumption regularly and it makes me shake my head.

It’s arguably not even justified in science fiction.

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The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain. - Ursula K Le Guin

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Daddy: "Hey kiddo, why do you think they call it 'the vacuum of space'?"
Kiddo: "Because probably there's a constellation shaped like a vacuum!"

The newest Fear of a Black Dragon podcast is about the Tower of Zenopus, the starter dungeon in the Holmes Basic D&D set.

It’s a fun episode with great analysis as always, but they have a general talk about introductory scenarios and that is pure gold. I don’t care if you think introductory scenarios are evil and you would never include one in your game, go listen. It might change your mind and if not it might give you insights into on-ramping people to your game


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I'm bjmurray on cohost.org. We'll see if it sticks. Definitely has a Livejournal/g+ vibe happening.

I haven’t gone through all 1000 comments, but a good scan and I have yet to see “talk to the players.“


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Daydreaming about Dragons, episode 90.

Taking delight as a GM in discovering new lore with the players

🐐Steven Universe, the Purple Puma and Tiger Millionaire and what we can learn from them about character histories.


Character History Haiku!


Share you own below...


Someone has written the Odyssey as an Uber driver’s shift from hell by now, right?

My brain is stuck in an anti-totalitarian rant.

The fact that we seem to be working toward communism vs. Fascism vol 3 is just the height of humanity’s stupidity. And philosophical stagnation.

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Check out Storn looking at the crossover between art and gaming on his youtube channel.

If you tell him about your character in the comments he might draw your character.


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One of the nice things about the post-Streaming Actual Play boom is that there are so many new folks running games looking for help. I've been posting on the DM's Academy subreddit for a while now. Here are a few of my favorites from this week:


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It took longer to finish the other three countries than I expected, but I've now wrapped up all of the countries for my forthcoming The Unlucky Isles book.

Now I just need to update the introductory material and the first draft will be done. Hot damn!

From there, it'll be on to revisions, editing, proofreading, and creating the glossary. Still a ways to go, but it's a fun project and it's not like I have a deadline hanging over my head.

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"The models for 5.5e are the streaming games like Acquisitions, Inc. and Critical Role. They want to give you that beloved anime series feel of friends banding together and going on a crazy journey that mixes soul-rending drama with wacky hijinks, interspersed with a seemingly random fan-service session where they all go to the beach or dress up to attend a high ball."

zedecksiew.tumblr.com/post/693 by @zedecksiew

An actually useful addition to the discourse on D&D’s racism

In passing, I will note there is a worldwide movement dedicated to making politics look like simple cause and effect. Possibly more than one, actually.

RT @pangalactic

In re-reading B1 I spotted the list of features included in the dungeon. And then I thought, "this sounds like fruit for a jam to me". So I'm hosting another adventure jam.

Sign up and lets write some stuff for and dungeon games!

itch.io/jam/in-search-of-adven twitter.com/pangalactic/status

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What would be more interesting/useful? A stream where I build a character keeper from scratch, or a stream where I demo some basic page/book layout stuff in Affinity?

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I finally bit the bullet and published this on Drive-Thru: drivethrurpg.com/product/40742

It's PWYW, so go ahead and take a look and let me know what you reckon!

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Hello, I want to try to move out a bit of my old school adventures circles to meet and interact with more women and queer people. If you are working on something far away from OSR games and need an illustrator, give me a sign. I piloted a KS that financed 380% and that received very good reviews, I can help make things reach the finishing line.

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