Interview: The Wizard of Oz (AUS) – Joe Sweeney from StoryWeaver Games, Part 1

It’s been a long while since I’ve had an opportunity for an interview! Thankfully, Joe Sweeney of StoryWeaver Games was kind enough to subject himself to a few questions about his gaming career, StoryWeaver, and more…

So let’s get started! (Note that this interview was SO HUGE I had to break it up into two . . . → Read More: Interview: The Wizard of Oz (AUS) – Joe Sweeney from StoryWeaver Games, Part 1

The 50000 Foot View, Part 1

Welcome back to the Front.

Last week in Framing the Picture, I discussed different options that a GM can use to get the players up to speed on the same page. So let’s look at the last fantasy world I shared with various players. For this exercise, I haven’t decided which area is going to . . . → Read More: The 50000 Foot View, Part 1

My Name Is… (Part Deux)

As you well know, Fitz loves random generators. For some things I’m ok with them, for others, I don’t really care for them. Honestly, they are great if you are absolutely stuck … as long as the result doesn’t continue your being stuck on how two put together seemingly random words to describe something.

However, . . . → Read More: My Name Is… (Part Deux)

The Gassy Gnoll: When Did It Become Us vs. Them?

Recently I was introduced to the idea of a “DM Kill Board” where DMs or GMs could jot down the particulars surrounding the death of a PC. Level and class details are intermixed along with the circumstances of the death. And I can’t help but be a little weirded out by this trend.

When did . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: When Did It Become Us vs. Them?

Supplement Review: d30 Sandbox Companion by Richard J. LeBlanc, Jr. for New Big Dragon Games Unlimited

It’s been a long while now since I GM’ed regularly, but when I did I tended towards big, wide-open sandbox campaigns. Sometimes it got me into trouble as a GM where the players would get carried away, but usually I had an amazing amount of fun trying to figure out how to react to the . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: d30 Sandbox Companion by Richard J. LeBlanc, Jr. for New Big Dragon Games Unlimited

The Gassy Gnoll: Top 10 Quick Gift Ideas for Gamers

The Gassy Gnoll is in full holiday insanity mode here at Gnoll Central, which means he’s thinking about what gifts to pick up for his fuzzy loved ones, what’s on his wish list, and who the heck he should “give” the business end of a polearm, axe, or sword the next time he sees them. . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Top 10 Quick Gift Ideas for Gamers

The Gassy Gnoll: A Cult Above

Recently I was chatting with a friend of mine (hey Mike!) and the topic of cults came up. Yes, we have strange conversations. But it made me wonder about them in gaming terms. Should I be using them more often? How are they used well? And how should they be used?

What is a cult? . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: A Cult Above

Happy Holidays!

Though the Game Knight and the Gassy Gnoll are taking a bit of time off over the holidays to spend with family and friends, Game Knight Reviews isn’t going anywhere. We shall return in the new year with more reviews, more opinions, and who knows what else.

Thank you for making 2013 such a . . . → Read More: Happy Holidays!

Book Review: The Gazetteer Writer’s Manual by Deborah Teramis Christian and Bruce A. Heard

There are two aspects to RPGs… rules and settings. I have never been great at rules, but have always loved setting design. Building worlds, from creation myths and racial histories to area and dungeon maps and everything in-between, makes me a very happy writer when I get to dive in. But presenting those ideas to . . . → Read More: Book Review: The Gazetteer Writer’s Manual by Deborah Teramis Christian and Bruce A. Heard

Supplement Review: Wilderness Dressing: Ruins by John Bennett from Raging Swan Press

Ruins seem to factor a staggering number of different gaming scenarios. Whether you (or your potential enemies) choose to camp in or on the ruins, explore them and find some secret passageway leading to adventure, use ruins as high ground in a battle, or use them in some other way, they seem to show up . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: Wilderness Dressing: Ruins by John Bennett from Raging Swan Press