Building Stories From The Ground Up – The Story Engine

The Story Engine Designer: Peter Chiykowski Publisher: The Story Engine Page Count: 9 Card Count: 180 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF – $12.99 Print – $39.99 Writers and Gamemasters are creative souls who are typically looking for something to inspire their next creative writing spurt. Depending on whether you’re a traditional writer or a…

A Simple Man Making His Way in the Universe

I’m just a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe. ~ Jango Fett to Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones One of the more frequent challenges I’ve heard in emulating Star Wars in RPGs is having an effective mix of Jedi and non-Jedi characters. How does…

Mysterious Monday – Strange Mysteries Abound

The time is right for another installment of Mysterious Monday. We semi-regularly published these short, creepy, and weird story hooks for readers to use as inspiration for your next game. If you enjoy reading these or put any of them to use in your own game, let us know in the comments below. In writing…

A Twist of Faith – Religion and the Supernatural

You have forgotten the doctrine of your church, is it not so? The cross … the bread and wine … the confessional … only symbols. Without faith, the cross is only wood, the bread baked wheat, the wine sour grapes. Barlow in ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King In gaming and fiction, I enjoy seeing how…

Mysterious Monday – Freaky Winter Edition

The time is right for another installment of Mysterious Monday. Over the past several years, we’ve published these short story hooks, at times creepy and generally weird, for you to use as inspiration for your next game. If you enjoy reading these or put any of them to use in your own game, let us…

Welcome to 1925, Old Sport

I’m writing this in early 2021. Over the past several years, something wonderful has happened each January 1st. In the United States, the copyright expires on an expansive collection of works. There was a long period of time when nothing expired, with copyrights repeatedly being extended, protecting works like Steamboat Willie from entering the public domain. In…

Tube Screamer Dungeon – Part Ten: Block Party

Tube Screamer Dungeon Part Ten: Block Party Welcome to part ten, the final part in the Tube Screamer Series, which began with converting the electrical schematics of Ibanez’s TS-808 Tube Screamer guitar effects pedal into a fully-realized dungeon map. I deviated quite a bit with my last two installments and took a little hiatus. I’m…

Tradecraft Training — Electronic Spying by Mentor Publications

Electronic Spying Published by Mentor Publications Year: 1976 Pages: 56 Available on Amazon I love estate sales. My wife and I go to them whenever we can. You never know what you’ll find. You can usually get a good feel for what kind of stuff you’ll find as people tend to surround themselves with items…

Finding Inspiration for Your Next Game

This should go without saying, but we gamers are very fond of creating stories; that is why we play games, is it not? Unless you are one of the hyper-creative types that can literally build a story from nothing, chances are something sparked your creativity. This article is a look as some of the sources…

Mysterious Monday – The Summer Edition

We’ve decided the time was right for another of our very infrequent installments of Mysterious Monday. Over the past several years, we have published these short story hooks, at times creepy and generally weird, for you to use as inspiration for your next game. If you enjoy reading these or put any of them to…