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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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Board gaming, Inspiration, Role Playing -

Autumn has always been my favourite season. Some of it has to do with the turning of the foliage into amazing arrays of reds, oranges, yellows and greens, the early evenings with warm, golden sunsets, the mornings getting colder and everything in nature telling us change is in the air. I associate it with many things that probably have nothing to do with the season. Yet, my experiences, memories and feelings are what makes fall a special time of year for me. One common association many of us make with autumn, however, is Halloween. For some, it becomes an opportunity to indulge...

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

Growing up, I was fortunate to live in houses with a fair amount of space. A great amount of space actually. There was room for everyone and yet we were constantly being sent to play outside! Many, many moons later, after having lived in much smaller spaces, I find myself living in a large house again. And yes, when the weather permits, I send my kids outside; probably just as constantly as well, if you ask them. While I always encourage everyone to have a diverse set of interests, including outdoor activities, certain games just have to be played a...

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Inspiration, Role Playing, Storytelling -

After last month’s epic Tabletop Summer Camp at Home post, I will keep this one slightly shorter. It has been a weird and challenging time for me lately. Doubt can be one’s worst enemy, and when your livelihood rests on creativity, it can mess up your day quite a bit. To fight my own lizard brain, I find it useful to remind myself of why I strive to continue on this crazy adventure. I thought it would be useful to reflect on a few things that make The Voyager’s Workshop the worthwhile endeavour that it is. The Art Life As a...

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Inspiration, Role Playing, Storytelling, Tales of Gaming -

Remembering what it was like to be a kid can be easy for some and more of an intense exercise for others. I am not only referring to one’s ability to recall memories or the activities they indulged in their childhood but also to remembering what it felt like when the world was still a small, mysterious and abstruse place. As adults, we all have the ability to play. As tabletop gamers, we have realized that playing make believe is second nature. It’s like doing improv theatre, only much easier, and more fun. You also don’t have to worry about doing it...

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