How We Roll #30 – Using Movies / TV as Inspiration

How We Roll #30 – Using Movies / TV as Inspiration

This week, we discuss how best to use movies and TV shows as inspiration for your RPG adventures – and how to use those references to subvert your players’ expectations.

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How We Roll #29 - How To Deal With Absent Players

How We Roll #29 - How To Deal With Absent Players

Every Thursday, our own Mike Christensen shares his stories, advice, and opinions on the subject of tabletop role-playing games. This week, we tackle how to deal with absent players. 

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How We Roll #28 – Location, Location, Location

How We Roll #28 – Location, Location, Location

Every Thursday, our own Mike Christensen shares his stories, advice, and opinions on the subject of tabletop role-playing games. This week, we discuss the importance of memorable environments and locations in RPGs.

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How We Roll #27 – How To Run A Campaign

How We Roll #27 – How To Run A Campaign

This week, Mike follows up on last week’s article about one-shots, and offers some advice on how to run a campaign.

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How We Roll #26 – How To Run A One-Shot

How We Roll #26 – How To Run A One-Shot

Every Thursday, our own Mike Christensen shares his stories, advice, and opinions on the subject of tabletop role-playing games. This week, he shares some tricks for designing and running a one-shot game.

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How We Roll #24 – “It’s What My Character Would Do”

How We Roll #24 – “It’s What My Character Would Do”

Every Thursday, our own Mike Christensen shares his stories, advice, and opinions on the subject of tabletop role-playing games. This week, he talks about the most loaded sentence in role-playing… and what it really means for your group.

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How We Roll #19 – The Tale of Miros Allos

How We Roll #19 – The Tale of Miros Allos

Every Thursday, our own Mike Christensen shares his stories, advice, and opinions on the subject of tabletop role-playing games. This time, he talks about a former character who left a lasting impact on the (game) world…

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How We Roll #16 – Unknown Armies

How We Roll #16 – Unknown Armies

Every Thursday, our own Mike Christensen shares his stories, advice, and opinions on the subject of tabletop role-playing games. This week, he talks about “Unknown Armies,” the weirdest game he’s ever played.

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How We Roll #15 - Playing in Other Systems

How We Roll #15 - Playing in Other Systems

Every Thursday, our own Mike Christensen shares his stories, advice, and opinions on the subject of tabletop role-playing games. This week, he shares his stories about games played outside of Dungeons and Dragons, particularly Necessary Evil and Warhammer 40K.

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How We Roll #14 - Dungeons and Dragons: A Primer for Beginners

How We Roll #14 - Dungeons and Dragons: A Primer for Beginners

This week, Mike concludes his run of articles about recruiting new players by sharing the email template he used to hook all of his friends into playing D&D.

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How We Roll #13 – How to Find New Players

How We Roll #13 – How to Find New Players

Every Thursday, our own Mike Christensen shares his stories, advice, and opinions on the subject of tabletop role-playing games. This week, he offers advice on how to find new players for your gaming group, and how best to introduce people to a game like Dungeons and Dragons.

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How We Roll #12 – Games for New Players

How We Roll #12 – Games for New Players

Every Thursday, our own Mike Christensen shares his stories, advice, and opinions on the subject of tabletop role-playing games. This week, Mike answers a reader question about the “best system for beginners,” and whether such a thing exists... and how you can turn even complex games into “beginner” games.

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Mike Watches “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” – 1x12, “The Gungan General”

Mike Watches “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” – 1x12, “The Gungan General”

Every Tuesday, we watch and review an episode of Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This week, we’re watching "The Gungan General," written by Julie Siege and directed by Justin Ridge. Hey, wanna know the one way you can make Jar Jar Binks more annoying? Take away Ahmed Best. It sounds counter-intuitive, but trust me; there’s not many things worse than someone doing a crappy Jar Jar impression for 22 minutes.

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How We Roll #11 – What Makes a Campaign?

How We Roll #11 – What Makes a Campaign?

Every Thursday, our own Mike Christensen shares his stories, advice, and opinions on the subject of tabletop role-playing games. This week, he discusses what we mean when we talk about a “campaign,” and shares his advice on finding the right tone and style for your story.

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Mike Watches “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” – 1x11, “Dooku Captured”

Mike Watches “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” – 1x11, “Dooku Captured”

Every Tuesday, we watch and review an episode of Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This week, we’re watching “Dooku Captured,” written by Julie Siege and directed by Jesse Yeh, and as exciting as the phrase “Obi-Wan and Anakin deal with space pirates” sounds, the results are pretty underwhelming.

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How We Roll #10 - The Campaign I Missed

How We Roll #10 - The Campaign I Missed

Every Thursday, our own Mike Christensen shares his stories, advice, and opinions on the subject of tabletop role-playing games. However, this week, Mike talks about the downside of longtime gaming – when you somehow completely miss almost every single session of a campaign.

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Mike Watches “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” – 1x10, “Lair of Grievous”

Mike Watches “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” – 1x10, “Lair of Grievous”

Every Tuesday, we watch and review an episode of Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This week, we’re watching "Lair of Grievous," written by Henry Gilroy and directed by Atsushi Takeuchi, where we learn a bit more about our current caped coughing cyborg!

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How We Roll #9 – Old Group, New Faces

How We Roll #9 – Old Group, New Faces

Every Thursday, our own Mike Christensen shares his stories, advice, and opinions on the subject of tabletop role-playing games. This week, he answers a reader question about the challenges of joining an existing gaming group.

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Mike Watches “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” – 1x09, “Cloak of Darkness”

Mike Watches “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” – 1x09, “Cloak of Darkness”

Every Tuesday, we watch and review an episode of Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This week, we’re watching “Cloak of Darkness,” written by Paul Dini and directed by Dave Filoni. When we last left our heroes, Viceroy Nute Gunray was arrested by the Republic - but can the Jedi get him to trial before the Separatists make their move?

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How We Roll #8 – It’s Basically Star Wars

How We Roll #8 – It’s Basically Star Wars

Every Thursday, our own Mike Christensen shares his stories, advice, and opinions on the subject of tabletop role-playing games. This week, he discusses the tone of role-playing games, and the film that most directly reflects the attitude and tropes of an RPG.

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