Beyond the Dice: Epic Campaigns

When I first began writing for Rolling Boxcars I had one goal in mind. I wanted to help people to take their roleplaying to another level. I wanted to show people that there are ways to go beyond the physical trappings of the games we play and to take things into levels of intensity and…

Beyond the Dice: Your Inner Monster

I once tried to play D&D with someone who had only ever played the first edition, the original D&D. At the time, second edition had been out for almost a decade and I didn’t think there was that much of a difference between the two. I showed up the day of the game with my…

Beyond the Dice: Techno-Geek or Techno-Phobe?

It was the late nineties when I first attempted an online, “chat” based RPG. My gaming group had dissolved unexpectedly and I found myself unable to find another group. After weeks of hitting up the only comic book and gaming shop in the area, I finally got a suggestion from someone to try a website…

Beyond the Dice: The Art of Blissful Ignorance

If you’ve played more than a couple of games, you’ve done it. I know that I’ve done it many times and I’ll probably do it again despite my best efforts. It’s something that everyone who plays an RPG will do several times at the least, and often they do it with the full knowledge that…

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…

Beyond the Dice: Creating Exceptional 1st Level Fantasy Characters

So, here you are, it’s come down to this. You’ve played every type of character you can think of that you’ve ever wanted to play. You’ve exhausted your creativity in trying to come up with something that is significantly different enough that nobody automatically calls you out for rehashing an old character. Here you are,…