Trouble Boys and Trigger Men: A Capers Review

The Capers core system is simple, clean, and inventive. Centering around rules-light structure and a clever playing cards mechanic, Capers allows fast-paced action that mirrors its themes and tropes. The “gamble system” is truly exciting, adding an element of fruitful tension to nearly every action, while simultaneously capturing that “mobsters” motif that drives the game.  Capturing a system that plays alongside your genre themes is no easy task, but Campbell and company do a fine job here with Capers’ gameplay. Not only are the rules unobtrusive, they are honestly fun and immersive, allowing for Storytellers to run a story, and not just a game.

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Into the Depths of Madness: A Review of Dungeon of the Mad Mage

Despite my passionate dislike of the mega-dungeon, I was surprised to find myself really enjoying Dungeon of the Mad Mage. As something of a Faerûn aficionado, I have run more than a few campaigns within the City of Splendor, and the Realms have become the canonical setting of choice for my High Fantasy over the years. The legends of Halaster Blackcloak were the stuff of many a bar tale or camp-fire Bard musing. The Undermountain was a place of great infamy, and my players had spent their share of time hunting the tunnels and passageways of Waterdeep’s underbelly.

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Roll to Save: The Growing Field of Therapeutic Gaming

I hesitated to start this article out of fear. I was held by a miasma of nameless anxiety and vague reluctance too many people are familiar with. And while I have never been silent that I am one of 43.8 million Americans who suffer from mental health issues, it does not make being open and vulnerable any easier. There is always a call to arms, a mustering of courage and a deep breath before the plunge that puts the skittish butterflies in my stomach into a flurry.

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[Dragonlance] Considering Kender

The opinion I want to address today is regarding Kender. That mischievous and childlike race embodied for many in the character of Tasselhoff Burrfoot. I’m not sure now what it was that made me have such a dislike of the character. Guessing, it could have been the impetuousness, the irresponsibility or the insatiable and often misunderstood kleptomania. Or it could have been how my fellow gamers approached Kender and abused the idea of them in gaming. And abuse them they did.

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[Origins 2018 Series] A return to the convention

Local friends recently asked what going to Origins this year meant to me. I’ve been to conventions and I’ve even been to Origins, though the last trip out was in 2005 when I still lived in Columbus, Ohio. I think it's fair to say that Origins still remains for me what it is for many - an escape. Four days to leave behind work, responsibilities, drama and all the weight that we carry day to day.

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