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Books, Inspiration, Role Playing, Storytelling -

Finding inspiration for the tabletop adventures we create is not always as straightforward as we would hope. This is just as true for game masters as it is for players. Depending on the game we play or the genres we like, we often take cues from popular culture references such as movies, series, books or songs. Lately, I have been taking a journey back to the tales that are at the origin of many of the contemporary stories we entertain ourselves with in modern times. Myth is at the heart of many cultures and has always played a very important...

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Board gaming, Inspiration, Role Playing, Supporting Creators, Tales of Gaming -

Crowdfunding campaigns not only give creators the opportunity to bring their projects to life, they are powerful new ways for the players of tabletop games to decide what is worth their time and money. Backing a game on Kickstarter or Indiegogo is as much about the creators as it is about the players. Our power as consumers and creatives has never been bigger. It’s not about having a say in how stuff is made but what sort of thing you want to invest yourself and your group in! Beyond the obvious The tabletop hobby is vast and offers lots of...

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Inspiration, Role Playing, Tales of Gaming -

In the world of tabletop gaming, there is a lot to choose from. Contrary to popular belief, there’s more to modern boardgames than Catan or Monopoly, and role-playing games are not just Dungeons & Dragons. The analog gaming hobby is as vast as it is diverse, which is why it might look intimidating to the uninitiated or the occasional player. Many kinds of games fit under the giant tabletop umbrella. Some are played with dice, pen & paper while others use pawns, meeples, miniatures, boards, terrain or cards. Yet, not all are equal, and that’s perfectly okay! In fact, this...

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Books, Inspiration, Role Playing, Storytelling, Tales of Gaming -

Growing up, the houses we lived in always had a fireplace where you could hear the wood cracking. It would warm the entire living room for hours, from sundown until bedtime. Years later, I lived in an apartment but one of my best friends had a place in the mountains where we’d go on the weekends. There as well, the hearth was where we would gather. It was more than just a way of keeping yourself warm. It was part of everyday life. Walking into a cold chalet covered in snow, the first thing we would do after dropping our bags...

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Cartography, Inspiration, Role Playing, Storytelling -

It is almost mid-day and so far, it has been a quiet morning. In fact, the last few months have been rather slow. Winter is at the doorstep as the festival of golds, reds, ochres and bright greens came to an abrupt end a little while back. In the workshop, wood gently crackles in the fireplace. At his drafting table, the voyager reflects on journeys past, as he takes a sip of lukewarm tea. For the first time this week, the sun pierces through the clouds and the diamond shaped windows of his modest workplace. An instant later, as the...

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