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15
Oct

Choosing Chairs

Is seating affecting your gameplay? We game sitting on mismatched dining room chairs, folding chairs in Mom’s basement, on the thin carpeted floors of apartments, on benches in coffee shops, and everywhere in between. The lucky ones might even have customized gaming chairs like these or these. The environment in which you play table-top roleplaying games has an impact of which you may not be aware. If you’re seeing issues at the table, try adjustments to the IRL adventuring arena. Sometimes, swapping seating may benefit more than just your backside.

 

9
Oct

The Future is Folding Furniture

A game set in the future, either near or far, can be ergonomically enhanced with some functional furnishings that help set the scene. A good storyteller will show evidence of what’s changed, rather than just lecturing on imaginary historical events. We also assume that our futuristic descendants will be more creative and clever than we are in the modern age, and their spaceships and cyber-apartments should help reflect that intelligence with smart designs. Let’s find some inspirations to help us illustrate and elucidate our room descriptions.

 

1
Oct

Guard Duty

If you have ever worked a boring job, you know the monotonous mental fortitude that’s required to keep yourself on-task. Few occupations are more boring than guard duty and it can be expected that any seasoned member of security that isn’t currently on alert or being actively monitored by a supervisor will begin to drift into inattentiveness. Adventurers who are trying to slip past such distracted defenders may be watching for these lapses. To help adjudicate such surveillance situations, I have created a random table that you can use to see exactly what your witless wardens are up to when they start to slack.

 

24
Sep

Creation Questionnaire

My friend, Evil Tim, is running a game in the Fallout universe. If you don’t know, it’s a post-apocalyptic wasteland survival kind of setting. During character creation, we took the G.O.A.T. — Generalized Occupational Aptitude Test. It’s a multiple-choice personality quiz that helps you determine your skill loadout in the video game and in our tabletop game, it determined our starting class in the d20 Modern rules. We answered the questions as our characters-to-be would. Then, he told us our results. It was fun and a perfect fit for the campaign. And I started to wonder what else you could do with the idea.

 

17
Sep

Video Village

Fantasy games are set just far enough away from our modern reality to feel exotic. But presenting a realistic feel for your unrealistic setting can be difficult if you didn’t happen to ground your imagination with a foundational major in Ancient History. Luckily, we live in an age of digital knowledge! Travel with us through the Video Village to find educational and entertaining examples of how things used to be.

17
Sep

Obsidian Portal Campaign of the Month September 2019 – The Cold Truce

Five hundred years have passed since the great Dividing War. Most have forgotten the details of those dark times, but some yet remember. Long-simmering resentment is steadily growing into longing for a new conflict. Are we soon to see the end of The Cold Truce – Septembers Campaign of the Month! If renewed war is on the horizon, then time is of the essence. We must meet with GM Conan_Lybarian, and quickly!

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