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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...

5 Figures From Pop Culture To Inspire Your Next D&D Character

Spoiler Alert: Blade’s in this.

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...

“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....
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...

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...

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...

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...

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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