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Narratives and popular roleplaying games

Why are some roleplaying games more popular than others? Why do some games seem to have an ongoing and steadily growing base of fans while other games, just as interesting, seem to never grow beyond being indie games?  I've often wondered why some games are more...

Babies with Knives play Trudvang Chronicles

Babies with Knives is a Youtube channel dedicated to exploring roleplaying games and run by Alice Peng. Recently she and her co-host Brandon decided to take a look at Trudvang Chronicles. Our very own, Thorsteinn Mar, ran a short module for them, from his upcoming...

Vaesen – A new horror rpg from Fria Ligan

Vaesen is a new horror roleplaying game by Fria Ligan, the publishers of Tales from the Loop, Forbidden Lands and Alien rpg, among other games, that is currently on Kickstarter. Fria Ligan's game have been well received.  In dark forests, beyond the mountains, by...

New free module for Black Void – The Flight from Salvation Square

Black Void is a great fantasy game by Christoffer Sevaldsen and was published this year after a successful Kickstarter Campaign. The Flight from Salvation Square is a new, free and interesting module for Black Void.  Black Void is probably one of the most interesting...

Challenging encounters

Sometimes it can be hard to adjust encounters and make them a challenge for the player characters. What to do when the player characters have attained such power that they seem to be able to tackle whatever you throw at them? Here are a few ideas on how to make...
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Challenging encounters

Sometimes it can be hard to adjust encounters and make them a challenge for the player characters. What to do when the player characters have attained such power that they seem to be able to tackle whatever you throw at them? Here are a few ideas on how to make...

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Too linear?

Are there any modules that are either too linear or too sandboxy? Or is it all just a matter of presentation by the game master? Here are a few tips on becoming a better game master. Every now and then I hear and read game master lament and criticize modules for being...

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Becoming a professional Game Master

With D&D's rise in popularity and becoming more mainstream, the need for good game masters rises as well. Are we at the dawn of the professional game masters? What should we expect from such a professional? Roleplaying games have never been as popular as they are...

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Comic Relief PCs

Comic relief PCs are incredibly hard to play yet there are many players out there who try and try again. But why doesn't this work? Why is it so hard to pull this off in a long campaign? Once I was running a campaign that involved much planar travel and many visits to...

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Take a stand

Roleplayers are a diverse community and because of that we often need to be even more tolerant of each other. However, we also need to take a stand in order to ensure an empowering, safe and inclusive environment for all gamers. Throughout the years I've played...

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Group dynamics and player roles

Do you sometimes feel as if every campaign is the same? Still you use another system, new module and different characters, but everything stays the same? Perhaps the group dynamics have stagnated, but what to do? A decade or so ago, after playing with the same group...

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Games, editions and stories

Which is the most preferred game in your group? Do you prefer one game over other? One system over other or one edition above all other editions? Or do you just like roleplaying, no matter what set of rules is being used? As long as the story is awesome? I run a...

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Narratives and popular roleplaying games

Why are some roleplaying games more popular than others? Why do some games seem to have an ongoing and steadily growing base of fans while other games, just as interesting, seem to never grow beyond being indie games?  I've often wondered why some games are more...

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Babies with Knives play Trudvang Chronicles

Babies with Knives is a Youtube channel dedicated to exploring roleplaying games and run by Alice Peng. Recently she and her co-host Brandon decided to take a look at Trudvang Chronicles. Our very own, Thorsteinn Mar, ran a short module for them, from his upcoming...

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Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus review

Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus is the latest module for D&D 5th edition, published by Wizards of the Coast. In this module the player characters need to visit Avernus, the top-most layer of Hell, and find their way back home. Here's our review.  There are...

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D&D Essential Kit

Recently Wizards published the D&D Essentials kit, a boxed set that contains a module, quick start rule book and a few essentials for the world greatest roleplaying game. We took a good look at it and here's our review. It's been a while since we reviewed anything...

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Black Void – review

Recently a new Danish fantasy roleplaying game was published. It is called Black Void and was designed by Christoffer Sevaldsen. The game was successfully Kickstarted last year. Here's our review.  There are so many great games being published now in Scandinavia;...

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Vaesen – A new horror rpg from Fria Ligan

Vaesen is a new horror roleplaying game by Fria Ligan, the publishers of Tales from the Loop, Forbidden Lands and Alien rpg, among other games, that is currently on Kickstarter. Fria Ligan's game have been well received.  In dark forests, beyond the mountains, by...

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Things from the Flood

Things from the Flood is a sequel to the great roleplaying game Tales from the Loop, published by the Swedish publisher Fria Ligan. If you likes Tales from the Loop, you should definitely check this game out. Tales from the Loop is one of my favourite games. It is a...

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Grab it while it’s Hot – Awaken: the Blood of Salvora

One of the great things about the current RPG boom is all the new and exciting games being made. There's not much time to spare, but there is still a chance to look into and investing in Awaken: the Blood of Salvora on Kickstarter. It's a follow-up, expansion and...

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Sometimes, D&D just isn’t it

We Yawners haven't been around all that long but one thing has become very, very clear. It is a hell of lot harder to get eyeballs on articles that are not D&D related. Our D&D pieces get a lot of attention, a lot of views and considerable response. When we...

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Nordic Roleplaying Games

Lately we have been reviewing and writing about new and emerging roleplaying games from Sweden, e.g. Trudvang Chronicles and Tales from the Loop. But there are other roleplaying games, in English or some of the Nordic languages, that are noteworthy and here are just a...