Beyond the Dice: How to Put the Hammer Down

No, not that kind of hammer and not that way! One of the first games I ever tried to run was a disaster! I tried to set up what I thought was a reasonable scenario with a reasonable treasure, but my players didn’t seem interested in what I set up. They seemed intent on bickering…

Beyond the Dice: Passions and Trends

I remember the first time I saw it. The movie had been out for years but they had finally gotten around to the television series and after the first couple of seasons, the show was gaining a bit of a following. I’d seen the movie, but I hadn’t cared for the series. At the time, we were playing the White Wolf system with Vampire the Masquerade and Werewolf. We had been talking about the other books as well, Mage and Changeling. But for some reason, this television series was taking hold of my group and warping the game. Our GM tried to deal with it, to temper it, to work it into his game world.

Beyond the Dice: Bigger, Better, More

In the overall scheme, what you want is to have a bigger pool of people to draw from so that you can have a better game, with the end goal of having more fun. You accomplish this by understanding how people need to be interacted with, by learning what they consider to be respectful behavior. Interfacing with someone who is a minority and making changes in how you conduct your game, in how you interact with people in general is only going to expand your social contacts, it’s only going to enrich your life!

Beyond the Dice: Breaking the Rules!

It may come as a shock to some of you, but I really don’t like rules. The first few times that I tried playing a tabletop role-playing game, people kept telling me “You can’t do that.” It was truly annoying and frustrating! Here I am, all ready to go with this really awesome idea of…

Beyond the Dice: Epic Scenarios

I’ve recently moved from a very rural area to a very urban area. While I loved the small-town feel, I must admit that city life has its advantages. Movies are one area that I have been pleasantly surprised with. Seeing a movie in 3D used to be a treat that simply wasn’t worth the effort…