Tagged: advice

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Tabletop RPGs: Tips for New Players

“I’d love to play D&D but I don’t know how and don’t want to mess up the game.” I’ve heard this statement from many people over the years, many of whom became avid gamers with a little assistance....

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Renaissance Faire Survival Guide

I have been working at renaissance faires all over the Western United States for over a decade, and attending them as a customer since long before that! They are strange, but wonderful events that capture the imaginations of...

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Surviving Comic-Con

Comic-Con 2013 is less than two weeks away. Everyone, from cosplayers to comic publishers, is frantically preparing for one of the biggest pop culture events of the year. It’s a huge gathering of people on the scale of...

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Dealing with Player Ignorance

I have GMed many convention games, but I ran into a new problem a few months ago. One of the players in my game had a fundamental misunderstanding of a pretty simple scientific principle. I will not go...

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Do-It-Yourself: Merida Wig (from Brave)

Merida is the high-spirited new princess from Disney/Pixar’s new movie, Brave. One of her defining features is her amazing curly red hair. It took Pixar artists over three years to perfect the program that created Merida’s trademark locks....

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10 Convention Necessities for Cosplayers

Cosplaying completely changes the convention experience. The crowds, schedules, lines, and costs are only more stressful once costumes are added to the mix. Here is a list of “must-haves” that will make your cosplay experience easier. 1) Emergency...

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Comprehending Cross-Gender Characters

Cross-gender role-playing can be a controversial topic at the gaming table. Opinions are as varied as one could imagine and while some gaming groups are very open to cross-gender characters, other groups are flat out against it. So...

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Jumping into GMing

GameMASTER. The title itself has a way of excluding about half the population, and that fact is reflected in every game shop and on every convention floor. The number of female gamers may be rising, but the number...