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Sometimes You Want to Go Where Everybody Knows You’re a Nerd

You enter the con lobby, give a cursory glance around at the various booths at varying stages of being set up, and try to create a game plan about what to do. For many of you reading this, going to conventions isn’t a new thing. For others, you’ve never been to one before. Whether or not you’re the former or the latter, I know there’s one thing that will surely be true for you in...
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My Pokémon Go Habit

It’s 2016 and everywhere I look I see ridiculously cute pictures of friends with the Pokémon Go alternate-reality setting. All I have is this phone that barely runs Pokémon Go at all, and it crashes a lot, and randomly logs me out, but still I burn with this desire to catch them all and—let’s be truthful—take my own ridiculously cute photographs. But I was too pragmatic to spend several hundred dollars getting rid of a perfectly functional...
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I Just Told Your Gaming Group to Ditch You. Now What?

Most people read my last post about life being too short to game with bad gamers and passively nodded. Some found inspiration and cut the dead weight from their groups. But there are two kinds of people who need further help: People who want to salvage the bad gamer and make them a good gamer, and Bad gamers So, now I make this post, directed specifically at bad gamers. All the Edge-Lord Broodmasters of the...
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Life is Too Short to Play with Bad Gamers

You’re sitting down to a new game. You’ve got a sweet new character. This time, you’re trying out a barbarian based on the Inuit peoples, with hide armor and specializing in harpoon use, but with a desire to see the greater world outside the igloo. Jimmy, the guy next to you, has rolled a priest with a secret, internal conflict about his forbidden love for a woman when he’s sworn to celibacy. The GM has...
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Where is Greffendar?

If you’re like me, the first thing you usually take a peek at when deciding on a new fantasy novel is the map. A lot can be told by the quality of the map someone includes in their story. It’s the first narrative you have  with the book you choose to read. Is this book a novel about multiple nations warring on a single continent? Or perhaps a variety of islands that sprawl across a...
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Why aren’t you RAGING???: The “right” way of playing games

The other day I was playing Dungeons and Dragons with a new player. Our characters were fighting on a rope bridge. Well, the other party members were—I was standing around the corner shouting words of encouragement. Ah, the life of a Bard. I noticed a friend’s character hadn’t raged, so I commented. Me:  “You know, you can fly into a rage since it’s your turn. You’ll get *insert list of benefits*.” Her:  “I know, but...
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