Tales of a Married Gamer – Spirit of the Game

Greetings and welcome back to another Tales of a Married Gamer, the article series that sometimes talks about the importance of relationships in the gaming world.

Today, I am highly excited because my favorite band, Rush, is going on a major 40th anniversary tour. Some of you may know Rush’s song “Spirit of the Radio” where they discuss whether modernization and technology takes away from the spirit of making music. In their thesis, they eventually distill the idea down to what really matters, your honesty… yeah, your honesty.

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The Mad Cleric: How to Challenge PCs Morally

Well, my PC killed somebody again.  And, no, not in a justifiable “the orc attacked us first” way.  In a vengeful “your family has a blood feud with my family” sort of way.  It was straight-up killing.

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Angry Rants: Exposition

When it comes to actually RUNNING the game — not planning the game or managing the group or any of that other bulls$&% — when it comes to running the game, you can basically divide the DM’s job into two parts: adjudication and narration. Adjudication is all the stuff the DM does after one of the table-monkeys says “my character does a thing.” Applying the rules, determining the outcome, describing the results, all that crap. Narration is all the talking the DM does between actions. Everything that leads up to the “what do you do” that you say to try to get your table-monkeys to stop staring at you the way a cow looks at an oncoming train and actually f$&%ing say something! That’s narration.

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Tales From the Hydian Way: Episode 20 – The Ace’s Tale

Stay on Target, freshly released from Fantasy Flight Games, is our target. The new Ace Career book brings us interesting views on what an Ace is and how an Ace can fit in our game. Learn about our singular disappointment with the book as we take just some of the ideas presented and make them into usable ideas at the table.

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Tales of a Married Gamer – Dr. Knizia, I Presume

Greetings and welcome to another Tales of a Married Gamer. This week’s article is our 101st article, so I thought it would be fitting to bring the Tales of a Married Gamer article series in to my classroom. So let’s have a discussion about using games in the classroom, or in other teaching situations, to help as a learning device.

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A Glimpse Into the Vault: Mansions of Madness

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re at least peripherally aware of the writings of H.P. Lovecraft and the “Cthulhu Mythos” which sprang from his works. If you’re not, here’s the short version: Evil cults around the world are constantly trying to summon huge and horrifying monsters from other dimensions to destroy the world and drive everyone insane. That said, it makes sense that today’s Lovecraftian offering from the Vault is called Mansions of Madness.

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Interesting Entanglements: A Sneaky Entrance

Welcome to Interesting Entanglements, a new series of articles brought to you by The Mad Adventurers Society. The aim of this series is to provide storytellers with scenarios ready to be dropped straight into any campaign, and to create a catalog of scenes to cover any sort of situation.

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