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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...

Lexoccultum – Carta Monstrorum

One of the most interesting games I bought in 2018 was Lexoccultum by the Swedish publisher Riotminds. Last week Riotminds announced a new Kickstarter project, a new book and addition to Lexoccultum, Carta Monstrorum. Last few weeks have been great. I’ve mostly been...

Spilamót 23. febrúar

Laugardaginn 23. febrúar fer fram spilamót í félagsmiðstöðinni Öskju, Safamýri 5. Staðsetningin er framúrskarandi góð, enda verslanir og skyndibitastaðir í göngufæri. Húsið opnar kl. 11 og verður spilað eins langt fram á nótt og þörf krefur. English extract: Roleplay...

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...
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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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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