Chew On This: Sacred Hospitality

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Jul 262013
 
Chew On This: Sacred Hospitality

“In the Seven Kingdoms it is considered a grave breach of hospitality to poison your guests at supper,” spoke Tyrion Lannister in A Dance With Dragons, from George R.R. Martin’s popular A Song of Ice and Fire series. He speaks, of course, of the law of hospitality, an unwritten custom that declares that no guest may be harmed after they partake in food and drink, offered by the host. So far in this column we’ve discussed why food culture is important and where food comes from, how it’s produced, […]

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.

Oct 192012
 
Reality Makes the Best Fantasy: Graveyards and Final Remains

Where do you put your dead? The remains of those close to you, that you loved while they were alive and still miss in their absence? Your fallen soldiers, civil servants? Dead enemies? Plague victims? Strangers? Halloween is just around the corner and cemeteries and the dead are on the minds of many. Last week RMtBF talked about ghosts, but what about the physical remains and where they are kept? Tombstones. Crypts. Mausoleums. Necropolises. Columbaria. Urns. Charnel houses. Mastaba. These are the physical monuments, markers […]

About Tristan J Tarwater

Tristan is the author of 'The Valley of Ten Crescents' series and someone who is obsessed with elves. She once gave her 3.5 elf druid 'Skill: Basketweaving' just so she could take the spell, 'Beget Bogun.' Check out more of her work at backthatelfup.com

Sep 122012
 
The Inquisition: Cross-Purposes

I’m going to try something a bit different today: I’m just going to write, stream-of-consciousness, and see how it turns out. I’ll be writing about a question that I ask myself: What is the purpose of role-playing? On it’s face, obviously, role-playing is a game. It’s a leisure activity in which we engage, not much different than playing a video game, watching a movie, or reading a book. It’s a shared experience as well, collaborative gaming where we sit down with our friends and work […]

About Nick

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

Aug 222012
 
The Inquisition: The End

One of the most profound, formative movies I have seen in my life is Apocalypse Now. It’s certainly visually, and to an extent, existentially stunning, but it remains part of the cultural zeitgeist because of the pop culture references contained therein. There is one in particular of which I am frequently reminded: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b26BD5KjH0 In the context of role-playing games, it’s difficult to talk about the end of a particular game. Obviously, almost every game that has ever started has come to an end at some […]

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

The Inquisition: Fleshing Out Characters

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Aug 082012
 
The Inquisition: Fleshing Out Characters

This will be a short post, but something that I think is important to every game: making characters deeper. And I’m talking about PC’s here. (Maybe next week I’ll talk about making deeper NPCs) No matter how hard we try, our back-stories are not going to be perfectly comprehensive. Often, as a GM, we also run into players who have little to no interest in coming up with some depth to their character as well. One of the best ways I’ve found is to ask […]

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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 […]

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

Jul 252012
 
The Inquisition: Why Modules Suck

This is the first in a two-part (at least) series about running published modules. Next week we’ll talk about why modules are awesome. Fair warning: this week’s post was consumed by internet hobgoblins, so I’m writing a bit more off the cuff than usual. It’s been a heck of a week for our fearless leader, so cut him some slack and show your appreciation for all the great things he does. We really wouldn’t be here without him. Anyhow, onto this week’s topic: Modules Suck. […]

About Nick

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