The Mad Cleric: Making the Most of Limited Gaming Time

As you might have gathered from my last four articles and my relative absence from Twitter, my life is very helter-skelter right now.  Helter-skelter in a good way, that is.

As you know, my wife gave birth to our daughter three weeks ago. [Big congratulations to the @vladepsyker family on their new arrival as well!] The arrival of our first child significantly affected our lives, our schedules, and our gaming.  The arrival of baby #2 is proving to do the same.  Except in extreme circumstances, having kids doesn’t make gaming disappear from your life.  But it does make you question your priorities.  So I’ve been asking lots of questions like, “what games do I enjoy the most,” “do I have time to try a new game,” and “how can I help my fellow gamers maximize our game time?”

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Gaming in the Wild: The Highest Virtue. The Hardest Path

Over the last couple of weeks, I have discussed a couple of the more esoteric things that you can bring to the gaming table to assist in having a fun, satisfying session. With respect and a positive outlook, we’re already winning at fun before we even sit down. There is one more element I would like to touch on, that if used at the gaming table and in the wild, will tilt the scales of good times heavily in your favour.

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The Toolkit: Build Me A Kingdom, Part Three

Over the last two weeks I’ve covered – at least partly – the player-created and as-you-go approaches to world-building, but maybe you like to make firmer foundations for your nascent world. If you’re interested in having more tools to help with creating a world from the bottom-up, this Toolkit is for you.

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Tales From the Hydian Way: Episode 38 – The Tale of Session 0

We bring in a very experienced GM and player to talk with us about Session 0, what goes into it and how we can use it to propel our game session, and group, forward.

We also talk about one way to deal with that character concept that just doesn’t want to get along with everyone else at the table.

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Tales of a Married Gamer – Getting Your Ducks in a Row

I hope you are all excited about the summer coming. It is the time of year when we get to all start wearing shorts to work (at least that is the case at my office), drink many iced beverages, and of course go on some sort of fun adventure.

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RpgGamerDad – The Oil Mines of the Pygmy-Trolls

The astute reader of this column (and listener to our podcast) will have noticed that I’m a ‘theatre of the mind’ kind of guy. In fact, the RpgGamerFamily is a ‘theatre of the mind’ kind of family. We have strange things going on in our heads. Most gamers do.

What you might not know is that this is seasonal. In the sunny months (I use the word ‘sunny’ in the UK sense of the word) it feels right to get around a table and make up stuff out of our heads — or go outside and wander around and make stuff up out of our heads.

But, as the nights draw in and the weather gets even colder inexplicably we start wanting to paint miniatures and make scenery. Come October, we want to get modelling. RpgGamerBoy and I always have some exciting projects saved up for the winter and I am very much looking forward to the point where his artistic skills (thankfully inherited from his mother) surpass mine and I can look forward to a huge collection of well-painted minis and finely-detailed scenery.

We shall see.

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