Insight

Insight

I received an email from my associate gnome Edwin Nagy. It was an astute observation succinctly expressed. I saw a group of kids playing some sort of dodge ball today.  There was one kid who was “it” and the others had to avoid getting hit by the ball.  They all ran in and out of the danger zone, making sure the game stayed alive, even though it meant that they were putting themselves at risk of getting out.  Even by our teenage years, I think we lose this instinct to keep the game exciting and fun for all and focus more on winning.  In an unwinnable game, I think it makes even more sense to aim towards the plot, towards the danger and towards the fun.  Put your PC in the thick of it for a bit, then give somebody else a turn at it.  I bet it’ll be pretty darn fun. For an Engineer that was a profound statement. He did not even need equations. I think his observations gleened from that dodge ball game is an apt comparison to the experiences we have at the tabletop. The third, and quite subtle logic bounce, makes a serious social observation. I have seen others make similar laments before about the nature of adult interaction. I just think he wove it together nicely. While he was thinking deep thoughts I was trying to think of a clever, innuendo laced sentence fragment. I wanted it for a photo shop picture image to share Death & Taxes art with backers while poking fun at Lloyd Metcalf (the illustrator of everything gnome). History will judge whose gray matter was put to nobler use.   Zach...

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This is for Jim Ward

This is for Jim Ward

This proved to be quite a popular post on Facebook. I had only posted it to relate something to Jim, but its popularity compared to everything else I posted says something about the longevity of Mr. Ward’s creations and games in general. From Facebook…. I live in what could easily be described as a Podunk little town. Today I was wearing my Metamorphosis Alpha t-shirt (its the height of fashion) and while at the convenience store a young woman commented, “Is that the game where you are on a lost spaceship? My grandfather and I used to play that all the time when I was a little girl. Where did you get the shirt?” “The same place I met the gentleman who wrote the game.” “You met him? Will you see him again?” “I see him a few times a year.” “Tell him Thank You if you remember, I have great memories of my grandfather and that game.” That’s for you James M. Ward, your fans in small towns are getting more youthful than...

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There is nothing like free…

There is nothing like free…

In honor of those much larger companies that make Free Rpg Day a reality I will be at Phoenix area game stores tomorrow with modules, minis and more. I start my morning about 10 am at Games Depot in Tempe, Arizona. For those of you who cannot make it to the withering heat of the Valley of the Sun but still like free I would like to point you to our download section located here. There you will find completely free and self-contained excerpts from Whisper & Venom, maps, player guides and more. Each one costs the same as the price for breath (plus bandwidth fees)....

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The Great Big Head of Jeff Talanian

The Great Big Head of Jeff Talanian

That is the great big head of Jeff Talanian on my TV. Designer, author, one time Gary Gygax collaborator and all-around good guy Jeff was also helpful to me. I was able to locate the box company I used for Whisper and Venom on his recommendation. He has a short time left on his new Kicckstarter (here) that I know will be delivered better than promised. You should back it by clicking here now. When you get back I want to tell a story about the great big head and its belated advice. Ok, the story… Most box companies are leery of new publishers and/or small print runs. While they never tell you no outright, they will send you a quote that, to be generous, is interestingly priced (my favorite quote was $18 per box). While I was about 4 months out from Whisper & Venom’s Kickstarter I attended TotalCon. Good Con but it was more diversity of interests than I was used to, which was reflected in the vendor hall. My purchases were limited a Frank Mentzer module from Eldritch, a knitted Cthulu ski mask and a my copy of AS&SH. While making the purchase I inquired about who made the boxes and without hesitation he told me it was Marion Paperbox. This was a huge favor to me. I asked if he regretted the choice and he said no, he loved box sets. Fast forward to 2014. After having shipped over 120 boxes I was in my living room packing the last 30 Pathfinder sets. At this point I was exhausted and just barely covering my Kickstarter costs thanks to shipping. While packing I listen to podcasts and watch narrowly focused YouTube videos. That day Jeff was a guest on the Mythwits show (link), which on my 50″ HD TV enlarged his head beholder style. After an interesting first half they discuss the economics of games. I was able to pay attention regardless of the three days on next to no sleep of fulfillment. When asked if he would do a boxed set again the giant head of Jeff Talanian said, “I love the box set format but the logistic and costs s of assembling and shipping, particularly international shipping, is prohibitive.” Sitting boxing up sets for expensive international shipping I listened to that great big head contradict himself with those words. And wept Just kidding. He...

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Post Con 40% Off Sale!! PDF, Print, Figurines and Dice

Post Con 40% Off Sale!! PDF, Print, Figurines and Dice

Home from NTRPG Con and sold the very last boxed set of Whisper & Venom. Success should be celebrated and shared. So buy what you missed or see what we are all about! Coupon Code...

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Unboxing the boxes

Unboxing the boxes

The UPS man brought a present to backers. Eleven boxes of boxes. It is difficult to express how happy I am at the moment. They are very nice and I am grateful to Marion Paperbox, Lloyd Metcalf, Edwin Nagy and Scott Swift for their contributions. I should also thank the Gnome Spouse for her help moving them out of the rain. Overall a very good day at Gnome HQ....

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