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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...

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...

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,...

How to deal with disruptive players

If you’ve ever played an RPG, either as a GM or a player, you’ve probably encountered the friction that comes naturally with a collaborative gaming experience: What exactly do you do when somebody wants to go left, but you want to go right? As a player, how do you be...

5 ways to avoid game master burn-out

There comes a time for every game master that she feels her hunger and enthusiasm dwindle. Even that she feels wasted and all her ideas depleted. Game masters burning out is something that happens quite often and though some manage to push through there others that...
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...

How to deal with disruptive players

How to deal with disruptive players

If you’ve ever played an RPG, either as a GM or a player, you’ve probably encountered the friction that comes naturally with a collaborative gaming experience: What exactly do you do when somebody wants to go left, but you want to go right? As a player, how do you be...

5 ways to avoid game master burn-out

5 ways to avoid game master burn-out

There comes a time for every game master that she feels her hunger and enthusiasm dwindle. Even that she feels wasted and all her ideas depleted. Game masters burning out is something that happens quite often and though some manage to push through there others that...

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...

Metagaming and meta-gaming

Metagaming and meta-gaming

Metagaming is something that is frowned upon by almost all groups, but the definition of what counts as metagaming differs from group to group. Some systems are more vulnerable to the practice while other systems are almost reliant on it. Almost all roleplayers I know...

You must have faith – or do you?

You must have faith – or do you?

I have never believed in a higher power. The same applies to most of my family. In fact, here in my native Iceland we have one of the highest proportions of atheists in the world, despite not having separation of church and state. But I respect whatever faith anyone...

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 handbook....

The MP who plays D&D

The MP who plays D&D

Bjorn Levi Gunnarsson is an Icelandic MP for the Pirate Party but also an avid roleplayer. He says that being a roleplayer can be really helpful while working in the Parliament. Perhaps more politicians should be roleplayers? Let's hear from the MP who plays D&D. A...

Kara-Tur and Oriental Adventures

Kara-Tur and Oriental Adventures

Kara-Tur was the first of a few non-European culture based settings TSR released in the 80’s. It was released in the wake of the success of Oriental Adventures by Gygax. Later the setting was merged with the Forgotten Realms setting. Following the success of the...

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 write on...

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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