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“It Was Me, Dio!” — The Case For Introducing A Traitor Into Your Party

Is there anything more devastating than the threat that comes from within? The friend that drives the dagger into your heart with a warm, familiar smile? This is a cautionary tale on the ruinous powers of the PC who, unbeknownst to their party, plots their downfall....

8 Reasons You Should Consider A 1-on-1 RPG For Date Night

RPGs are typically a team sport. Dates are typically more of a solo thing, depending on what you're into. But you'd be surprised how compatible and fun date night can be when you introduce a little of that pen and paper magic. Read on for 8 reasons you should be...

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

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...

Creating interesting traps and puzzles

Creating interesting traps and puzzles

Traps and puzzles are almost essential to a good dungeon crawl. They can add greatly to the atmosphere and make things very exciting. However, it’s easy to solve these with simple skill rolls. Here are a few ideas on how you can make traps and puzzles even more...

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...

Strange things you do in D&D

Strange things you do in D&D

If you take a closer and more critical look at what your character is doing in-game, you might find that much of it both defies common sense and decency. Are you guilty of any of these “sins”? For years I have been conditioned to do certains things when I play...

Is that a +2 laptop? RPG’s in the job market

Is that a +2 laptop? RPG’s in the job market

Now, I know from experience that role-playing groups are quite common in workplaces - and not just where you'd expect them. For example, there was a fairly active group in the bank head office where I used to work and a friend of mine ran a group with fellow...

When is Canon constricting?

When is Canon constricting?

I have a complicated relationship with games set in established universes. On the one hand I yearn to experience further some of my favorite stories but on the other hand these types of things often have elements that work very well in a book or movie form but heavily...

Breaking the chain – Race and Class in D&D

Breaking the chain – Race and Class in D&D

There’s a correlation between race and class in D&D and has been for years. Many players let their choice of race determine their choice of class or vice-versa. Is this correlation a bane or a blessing? If you’re playing D&D 5E there’s more than small chance that at...

Tomb of Annihilation Review

Tomb of Annihilation Review

Tomb of Annihilation is the latest module released by Wizards of the Coast for D&D 5th edition, for characters of level 1-11. The module takes place in Chult and introduces Acecerak as a villain in Forgotten Realms. I admit freely that I’m the kind of D&D fan I buy...

Splat! Advanced Bestiary

Splat! Advanced Bestiary

Few things get the hearts racing more for us gamers than an exciting, new splatbook, full of options and possibilities. While some of them are not all that good and may even contain elements that have the potential to make your game worse, a lot will contain some...

Part I: Symbaroum review – The Setting

Part I: Symbaroum review – The Setting

Symbaroum is a dark and gritty fantasy roleplaying game by the Swedish publisher Järnringen. In Symbaroum you take on the roles of explorers and adventurers, in the lands of the dark Davokar forest. In this game the players roll every single die and the game master...

The Hard Life of Privilege

The Hard Life of Privilege

I'm a straight, white male between the ages of 18-49. In the West, there simply hasn't been invented a prejudice for us and what's more, we're considered the most valuable and sought after demographic in a high proportion of marketing etc. - because the averages make...

Our 100th article – looking back on the last six months

Our 100th article – looking back on the last six months

This is our 100th article and our first editorial. Our first saw the light of day on August 3rd, so we're slightly over the six month mark. In that half year we've seen quite a lot of developments.  On our tenth day, we published what is so far our most read article -...

Mutant Year Zero game coming and massive discounts

Mutant Year Zero game coming and massive discounts

It's no secret that we Yawners are shameless fanboys of Fria Ligan and we've covered many of their games extensively with more to come. If you haven't at least given them a try yet, then what the hell are you waiting for? Go for it! Anyway - while we normally don't...

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