The Process of Learning to Play Stories

Learning new games can be difficult at times. More complex ones especially require that you take the time to really digest the rules and work with the other players to … Continue reading The Process of Learning to Play Stories

Balancing Pacing In Your Tabletop RPG

No one likes getting bogged down when you’re playing a tabletop RPG. The players don’t quite know how to act or what choices to make. And likewise, the GM/DM doesn’t … Continue reading Balancing Pacing In Your Tabletop RPG

The Difference Between Being Your Tabletop RPG’s Leader And Its Guide

Tabletop RPG GMs/DMs have a lot to manage when they’re facilitating stories. And sometimes, when things aren’t going their way, frustration can build and boil over to railroading and over-punishing … Continue reading The Difference Between Being Your Tabletop RPG’s Leader And Its Guide

What Is “Spotlight” In A Tabletop RPG? And How Does Your Character Have A Right To It?

Tabletop RPG stories contain countless journeys. From the main plot, to epic side quests, to the journeys for each individual player character, the tapestry of the story is made up … Continue reading What Is “Spotlight” In A Tabletop RPG? And How Does Your Character Have A Right To It?

Making Friends For Life From Tabletop RPGs

Great, lasting relationships are built on the foundation of shared experiences. Whether it’s the couple who have been married for fifty years, or a group of best friends since childhood, … Continue reading Making Friends For Life From Tabletop RPGs

How Do Character Sheets Work?

What the heck is a character sheet, anyways? It’s one of the first questions I get when a new player joins the table. Those of us who have been playing … Continue reading How Do Character Sheets Work?

When Is A TTRPG Tangent A Good Thing?

A tabletop role-playing game story is not a straight line between points A and B. There are many twists and turns, some planned for, some completely unforeseen. Some come from … Continue reading When Is A TTRPG Tangent A Good Thing?

Using The Mind’s Eye In Your Worldbuilding

The Mind’s Eye, our mental canvas of limitless possibilities. And for tabletop role-playing games, the platform for our shared story experiences. This theater of the mind empowers us to collectively … Continue reading Using The Mind’s Eye In Your Worldbuilding

What To Do On Your (Tabletop RPG) Turn

Being a new player can sometimes be an intimidating experience. You’re often surrounded by folks who know exactly what to do when, where, how, and why. So when the GM … Continue reading What To Do On Your (Tabletop RPG) Turn

Balancing Role-Playing & Combat In Your TTRPG Worldbuilding

In their tabletop RPG story, the players need to feel there’s a harmony between the traditional TTRPG yin and yang: role-playing (RP) and combat. The ratio between these two sides … Continue reading Balancing Role-Playing & Combat In Your TTRPG Worldbuilding

Honoring a Character’s Backstory

When you’re the GM of a tabletop role-playing game, it’s pretty standard to expect that the players’ characters will come with various degrees of backstories. Some will be short and … Continue reading Honoring a Character’s Backstory

The Road To Becoming A Solid Tabletop RPG Player

We hear about “getting into a groove” all the time, whether it’s becoming a new parent, starting a new job, or learning a new skill. As we get to know … Continue reading The Road To Becoming A Solid Tabletop RPG Player