Category Archives: Off-Topic

Warhammer 40k: Fall League Report

Our Warhammer 40,000 Fall League was a huge success! We had 15 players compete for five titles. If you missed out, we’re starting a Holiday League through December with plans for a Winter League in the new year.

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Party First

“You all meet in a tavern” has got to be the most worn out trope in roleplaying. I’ve played (and ran) countless games that started basically that way. The party meets by happenstance, the adventure is somehow thrust upon them, and off they go. Long term campaigns suffer worst, because there’s little reason to hold together after the first few adventures.

So what’s the fix? Don’t start with character creation, start with party¬†creation.

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20 Questions in Action

Want to see how the 20 Questions posted earlier work with some real-world examples? Here are two characters from a Mutants & Masterminds campaign I played in. I chose these because they are practically designed for inter-party conflict. Because we worked through a cooperative process, we as players were able to play out the characters arguing and fighting and keep the whole game fun for everyone.

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20 Questions for Deep Character Creation

There are a lot of ways to start a roleplaying character. After playing countless games and trying lots of methods, I’ve settled into a set of 20 questions. Whether I’m making a player character or GMing a new campaign, I use it every time to focus on the key elements that not only give a character a deep and significant background, but probably more importantly make them fun to play and easy to integrate into adventures.

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D&D at the Library

The New Orleans Public Library is kicking off a Roleplaying Game Club for teens! We invited them to post on our Facebook page. Here’s what they have to say:

The Teen Zone at the Main Library is starting a Roleplaying Gaming Club for teens and tweens, ages 12-17. Roleplaying games foster creativity, problem-solving, socialization, math and reading skills. Come roll up a character and join the quest for adventure and fun. The club will meet the second Saturday of every month in the Main Library, from 2-4 PM. The inaugural session is next Saturday, April 9. All patrons ages 12-17 are invited. Walk-ins are welcome.

You can help by emailing teen@neworleanspubliclibrary.org or calling (504) 596-2565. We suggest donating books, dice, minis or the like, and you can always ask about other options.


First Time Painting Job - Prince Imrahil

Adventures in Mini Painting

I’ve never been a minis guy. Mainly, I’ve stuck to roleplaying and board games. I dabbled with Magic, but never took to minis for one dark, secret reason: I’m lousy with a brush. At least, so I thought.

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Devious (and Virtuous) Games

A plague has taken over many video games, especially casual games. It’s called operant conditioning, also known as a Skinner box. Basically, games designed like this can compel you to carry out repetitive tasks long beyond any point of enjoyment or novelty. Tabletop games aren’t immune, either. But there’s a big dazzling bright side on how games can create real value for players, giving either a rich recreational experience or developing real skills.

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How To Disable Facebook Plugins

We added some Facebook features to the site. While most folks were in favor of it on our poll, some weren’t. This post goes out to the latter group.

I’m personally on the paranoid side of online privacy issues, so with the new Facebook features here I wanted to share some tips to securing your Facebook privacy. I’ll also give a run-down of what a third-party site or app can actually get from you.

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Games and Tangential Learning

“I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.”
– Winston Churchill

You might have noticed in our About page, we’re big fans of the idea that gaming can be one of the best ways to learn. I recently ran across Daniel Floyd’s video (embedded below) discussing video games as tangential learning. (This was based on a blog post by James Portnow, by the by.)

The idea is pretty simple: people like to learn when it facilitates something they’re already engaged in. Arithmetic is boring, but it pays to keep all your circumstantial bonuses in your head straight. I personally hated history class, but I spend hours researching ancient myths and cultures to plan the next D&D adventure. Even accounting can be interesting thanks to German board games.

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