The Player’s Perspective: Proactive v Reactive Players

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Jul 212013
 
The Player's Perspective: Proactive v Reactive Players

Hello there folks, I am back with another viewpoint from the player’s perspective. Today I want to talk about a topic that made me decide to start writing these articles in the first place. When it comes time to sit at the table and play are you proactive or reactive? Let’s start at the beginning, all players fall into one of these two categories. The proactive player takes charge of the situation and takes action. In doing so, they move the plot forward and keep […]

Jul 112013
 
The Player's Perspective: Negating the Premise

Some years back I was helping some friends of mine run a LARP. It was actually a reasonably large operation; we had around 20 to 30 players if memory serves. When discussing my LARP activities with non-gamers, I found myself describing it as an improvisational acting group. At the time it seemed to make sense and was a lot easier than telling folks that every other weekend I pretended to be a vampire. While I was using this as a ruse to hide my geek […]

Feb 072013
 
GE29: 5 Reasons to Make TotalCon Your First Con

TotalCon is New England’s largest gaming convention.  We highlight 5 reasons why you must make TotalCon your first con.  If you’ve gone to many cons or even been to TotalCon before, you’ll learn something new by listening to this episode.   http://media.blubrry.com/wargamingrecon/p/wargamingforums.com/podcasts/GeeksExplicitly/GE29.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download About Jonathan J. ReinhartJonathan J. Reinhart is an editor of Troll in the Corner where he writes about wargaming. Jonathan also is the owner of the Wargaming Recon podcast. He has been gaming with miniatures since 2000 […]

About Jonathan J. Reinhart

Jonathan J. Reinhart is an editor of Troll in the Corner where he writes about wargaming. Jonathan also is the owner of the Wargaming Recon podcast. He has been gaming with miniatures since 2000 and playing board games from a young age. He's played a myriad of games such as: Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Warmachine, Starship Troopers, Axis & Allies: War at Sea, Flames of War and Warlord Games' Black Powder rules. War at Sea and the Black Powder rules are his current go-to games. Jonathan enjoys casual, fast, fun, and group board games. Sitting Ducks Gallery, Zombie Dice, Guillotine, Pandemic, and Carcassonne rank high on his list. He is a retired local politician with a B.A. in Politics & History, which provides a useful background for historical gaming. A casual World of Warcraft player, he became a Kingslayer as Viktrious the Blood Elf on 4/23/11 and followed that up by slaying Deathwing on 5/9/12.

Sep 192012
 
The Inquisition: Characters vs. Players

Sometimes it happens right away, and sometimes it takes a while for a player to realize, but eventually every player comes face to face with one of the great hobgoblins of roleplaying games: meta-gaming. For you neophytes, meta-gaming, simply put, is behaving in a way that betrays a character’s in-game knowledge. We might also call this “breaking the fourth wall” or “acting out of character”, but this behavior most often takes the form of a character acting on knowledge he or she doesn’t have. It can […]

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Nick is an inquisitive type, never satisfied with what he reads in a book.

Aug 152012
 
The Inquisition: The Big Game

I have always gotten extremely nervous before serving as the GM for games. It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s before a group of newbies or a bunch of seasoned veterans, a game at a convention or one in my own apartment, some people I’ve never met or my most stalwart friends, new material or re-hashed stuff I’ve already done. I get anxious that the game I’m about to run is not going to be fun. I know that this is the result, to some […]

About Nick

Nick is an inquisitive type, never satisfied with what he reads in a book.

Aug 012012
 
The Inquisition: Why Modules Rock

This is the second in a two-part series about running published modules. Last week we talked talk about why modules suck. This week, we’ll talk about why they’re great. Do you have a life? Do you actually have a life outside your roleplaying game? Do you have friends? A hudband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend? A pet? Do you like going to the movies? Do you like watching TV or reading books? Do you enjoy hiking, camping, traveling, sports, or one of a hundred other activities? Do […]

About Nick

Nick is an inquisitive type, never satisfied with what he reads in a book.

Indie+ RPG Bundle and online convention – amazing games, amazing pricing and online fun!

 Argyle & Crew, Aruneus, Pathfinder, Role Playing Games, System Neutral  Comments Off on Indie+ RPG Bundle and online convention – amazing games, amazing pricing and online fun!
Jul 052012
 
Indie+ RPG Bundle and online convention - amazing games, amazing pricing and online fun!

Indie+ July 9th – 15th Indie+ is all about the rich and diverse tabletop gaming culture that exists beyond the realm of the big boys with their marketing budgets and corporate mentality. It’s about the bloggers and podcasts who tell us about the games; the artists and writers who bring ideas to life; and the publishers who take the hobby in new directions. Whether amateur, semi-pro or professional, if you are doing it love of gaming, Indie+ is the place for you. Join us on […]

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Jun 272012
 
The Inquisition: Splitting the Party

Sometimes I can tell when I begin writing a post whether it’s going to be long and ponderous or a markedly quick burst of text. (Ok, let’s be honest, it’s almost always the former, despite my best intentions for the latter.) While I generally attempt to be succinct, from time to time there comes a topic such as today’s, which promises to be divisive. Yes, it’s the age old question: should we split the party? Last weeks’ article, still possessing the oven-fresh smell, dealt with […]

About Nick

Nick is an inquisitive type, never satisfied with what he reads in a book.