The soldier and the Mote of Fire

Character creation can be a great prompt for creative writing, but it’s rare that the storyteller gets in on the action. Recently, a 7th Sea player needed to reference a very specific folktale. It had to involve an otherworldy being that offers someone a dangerous bargain – specifically, to manipulate fire.

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Death House Revisited

The first time I ran this module, I used it pretty much as is. Although it was fun, it took a lot of time to prepare and to play. That worked out fine for what we wanted, but I was quite keen to make a few changes and try it again.

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New Blog, Who Dis? (Take 2)

Life got unexpectedly exciting for a while, so writing had to take a back seat. During the hiatus, I decided to rethink the purpose of this blog, which had taken an unwelcome capitalist turn. Because gaming shouldn’t be something only well-off white people can enjoy.

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Why I love Critical Role

I love RPGs. They’re a unique form of communal storytelling, a great way to spend time with friends, and at best they’re a fantastic creative outlet. Whether you’re sitting at a physical table or playing online, it’s enormous fun for everyone from the GM to the newest of novice players.[…]

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The Outsider ('Dishonored' Pop! Vinyl)

Starting a new obsession

I love learning how to do things. It’s pretty much my favourite thing in the world. It’s also one reason why my list of obsessions keeps growing. Whenever you learn something new, you find all this other stuff you want to learn about. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.[…]

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Wall-E, contemplating a d20

Learning to play well with others

Welcome to a new section of NerdVerse! This is the first installment of an ongoing series I like to call: “Social Skills for Nerds, or How to Avoid Being a Dick while Nerding Out with Other People.” Because being a nerd is no excuse for being a crappy human being.[…]

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LTR Batman Lego clock, Hulk bowl, Batman mug, Superman Lego clock, b/w Evidence Lootcrate box and DC Comics New 52 Poster Collection

Nerdgasm: Alter Ego Lootcrate

Hooray! I finally received the Alter Ego Lootcrate in the post today. Please note: This was the June 2017 Lootcrate and today is 09 September. NerdVerse, meet your nemesis: The South African Postal Service. On the upside, every Lootcrate is a surprise because you never know which one you’re getting.[…]

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New Adventures in Hi-Fi (album cover)

New Adventures in Hi-Fi (R.E.M.)

Like many people who grew up in the 80s and 90s, I’ve listened to lots of R.E.M. in my life. By far my favourite R.E.M. album is (still) New Adventures in Hi-Fi. It’s a little bewildering to realize that album turns 21 this weekend. So what’s so great about it?[…]

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