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Best Man Speech

I had the honor over the weekend to be the best man for my good friend Eric. We were dressed to the nines and wearing kilts. 🙂 So during the reception I got to give a speech. Never hand me a microphone in front of a group of people, because I will talk, talk, talk. […]

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Fate Pickup Game – Save the Ghostbusters

So this weekend I was the best man for my friend Eric’s wedding. At the rehearsal dinner, Sean Patrick Fannon was lamenting that he never gets to play (he always GMs) and that he has never played Fate. So I decided to run an ad hoc FAE game because I love improv games. During dinner […]

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The Humble Walleri, Another Fantasy Humanoid

As I mentioned in previous post my brain is stuck on creating new fantasy races for RPGs by using real world creatures as inspiration. Today’s inspiration is the Gerenuk. Some of the highlights that catch my imagination: Herd animal Runs very fast The long neck is pretty ridiculous looking Renown as a humble creature. From […]

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Designing for Developers

This article has my slides and links from “Designing for Developers”, a talk that I gave at the Drupal Indy Meetup on 23 April 2014. Highlights are pulled out below the inserted slides. When designers and developers work together sometimes there can be friction, especially around the visual design of a product. I have three […]

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Creating Fantasy Humanoids Out of Extreme Cryptids

On a lark I was listening to the GM Intrusions Podcast #13 where the host and guest @DarcyLRoss get lost talking about creatures that have extreme adaptations, like snails that survive inside super hot thermal vents. I’m going to refer to these creatures extreme cryptids. My brain is firing all the time and after the […]

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Cinematic Initiative

In tabletop RPGs the order in which the players and their opponents go is critical. This order can literally mean the difference between life and death. This is why Improved Initiative is so important for wizards in d20 games. What I’m about to share is my method on how I handle initiative in my story-based […]

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Martial Magic in Fate

Continuing my series of posts on how I handle different types of magic in my Fate RPG campaign Brewed Awakening, I now turn my eye on Martial Magic. Not familiar with the Fate RPG? Read the full rules here. The Martial Magician The martial magician is one who expresses magic through strength, reflexes, and other […]

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Practical Guide to Password Management

What Prompted This Article? If you haven’t heard by now, there is a security flaw on more than 500,000 Web sites that could cause you—yes, you—a whole lot of trouble. This flaw is called the Heartbleed bug. To summarize, it is a flaw that makes a secure connection between you and a Web site not […]

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Compressing the Hell Out of Your Images

I got another speeding ticket a few weeks ago, my second one this year. This one added to my collection, making Ohio the fourth state that I’ve gotten a ticket in. The others are Pennsylvania (my first ticket, as a teen), West Virgnia, and Indiana (the other one this year). Obviously, I like to go […]

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A Brief Look at How I Organize My RPG Games

I’m a compulsive note taker and organizer and this spills over into my life as a Gamemaster (GM). I just finished updating some of the notes that I have on my current game, Brewed Awakening, and I thought that I would post an image of what the looks like here. Maybe in a future article […]