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Why I don’t use CR

D&D tends to get more combat heavy than many other roleplaying games and dungeon masters can use a game mechanic call CR or Challenge Rating. I don’t use CR and here’s why.  Ok, picture this:  A party of adventurers is trekking down a dark corridor in a...

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...

Top five RPG books in 2018 – The Year of the Swedes

2018 has been quite interesting rpg-wise. I played many different games and fell in love with some of them. Most of the games I loved playing came from Sweden. Therefore, I think 2018 is the Year of the Swedes in roleplaying games. There were so many great games...

Evils stirs in Ormpetarr – Module for beginner Game Masters

Taking over the responsibilities of the Game Master can be a bit overwhelming and daunting. There are a few things that can help you take on this fun role and here are few of them. Few weeks ago my 14 year old came to me and told me he wanted to assume the role of a...

Does player agency matter?

D&D is probably the most played roleplaying game at the moment. But how much freedom have players in D&D and how much is the player agency? Few weeks ago my son asked me to run Out of the Abyss for him and his friends. I’ve played with him since he was 8 years...
Why I don’t use CR

Why I don’t use CR

D&D tends to get more combat heavy than many other roleplaying games and dungeon masters can use a game mechanic call CR or Challenge Rating. I don’t use CR and here’s why.  Ok, picture this:  A party of adventurers is trekking down a dark corridor in a...

Does player agency matter?

Does player agency matter?

D&D is probably the most played roleplaying game at the moment. But how much freedom have players in D&D and how much is the player agency? Few weeks ago my son asked me to run Out of the Abyss for him and his friends. I’ve played with him since he was 8 years...

Group dynamics and player roles

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...

Games, editions and stories

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...

Trudvang Chronicles – Player tips and inspiration

Trudvang Chronicles – Player tips and inspiration

Trudvang Chronicles is a great fantasy roleplaying game. The setting is heavily influenced by Scandinavian lore, the sagas and medieval poems, as well as Celtic legends, like Beowulf. The setting doesn't have many similarities with D&D and such fantasy roleplaying...

Tips on becoming a better roleplayer

Tips on becoming a better roleplayer

There are many ways to enjoy roleplaying games and most of us take part in games as players. We all know players who are great to play with and perhaps some who are not as fun to have in the group. Here are 8 tips on becoming a better roleplayer. I’ve been playing...

Lexoccultum – Alter Ego review

Lexoccultum – Alter Ego review

Lexoccultum is due to be released in the next few weeks by the Swedish studio Riotminds. Lexoccultum is a horror rpg, one using the same game system as Trudvang Chronicles. Alter Ego is the player's handbook. Here's our review of it. It's no secret that I'm a fan of...

Roleplayers – a diverse community

Roleplayers – a diverse community

Last few weeks have been quite revealing and shed light on some problems in the gamer society. Has the empowerment of social media magnified these problems or have they always been there? Are we a diverse community or divided? I think it’s fair to say that the last...

My Favourite Campaign: City by the Silt Sea

My Favourite Campaign: City by the Silt Sea

City by the Silt Sea by Shane Lacy Hensley is one of my favourite campaigns of all times. It tells the story of dangerous ruins on the edge of the Tyr Region, where an ancient evil stirs. It's time for heroes.  Something awakens beneath the ruins of ancient Giustenal,...

What makes 5th edition great

What makes 5th edition great

The 5th edition of Dungeons and Dragons was published in august 2014 and has been a huge success. Many fans believe the 5th edition to be the best edition ever published. But what makes this edition great? I still remember when I bought my first D&D player’s...

Black Void – A new Danish Fantasy RPG

Black Void – A new Danish Fantasy RPG

Lately we’ve seen a lot of new Scandinavian roleplaying games. So far, most of these games have come from Sweden but that might be changing. Black Void is a new Danish roleplaying game that was successfully funded through Kickstarter recently. Growing up as roleplayer...

Midgard, Iceland’s first all-inclusive convention

Midgard, Iceland’s first all-inclusive convention

Midgard, Iceland’s first all-inclusive convention, will be held at Laugardalshöll, in Reykjavik, september 15th and 16th, a weekend of board games, video games, cosplay, table top games, comics, artists, movies, tv series, books, and more. Midgard is Iceland’s first...

Sometimes, D&D just isn’t it

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...

Nordic Roleplaying Games

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...

Degenesis: The Rebirth

Degenesis: The Rebirth

Degenesis: The Rebirth is a german roleplaying game, published by Sixmorevodka, that takes place a on planet Earth a few centuries in the future. Earth was hit by meteors by the end of the 21. Century and those that survived needed to find new means to survive, as the...

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