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The Thursday Thing #12, September 16, 2021

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On Mechanics
by Hida Mann

So, my car was making this funny noise the other day...

What? Oh, right. Sorry about that.

>AHEM<

Why are some systems crunchier than others? Apart from the obvious answer "because we all like different things'?

On the Board Game side of things, people often use an imaginary scale like this to 'measure' board games:

Theme ----------------------------------------- Mechanics

It's not too hard to recognise that a binary system like this is flawed and fails to account for a lot of people (subtle political metaphor). The easiest way to prove this on the scale above is to ask about interaction between the players - you could argue that it's an aspect of mechanics, or that it's a symbol of successful theming, but the truth is that it's a third tier of measurement. We do have to be careful, because this way lies madness - we could make anything a unit of measure for a game. How blue is it? How sour? How good is it for playing on a speedboat?

But the basic problem of dichotomous measurement is apparent; a game can have great theme and great mechanics, but not be super fun for people to play, which defeats the purpose of it being a game.

Back to roleplaying. Why can't we just re-theme games over any set of mechanics we like? Boiled down, the challenges in an RPG are the same, right? an action that isn't certain needs to be overcome through some form of random element, action economy or resource expenditure.

Side note - yes, of course generic systems exist. My favourite of them is Fiasco and my least favourite is GURPS - but my question here is a little bit bigger than choice of system and deserves a bigger answer than 'you can re-theme games over any set of mechanics you like'

Personally, I have two answers I'll offer you. Agree with me, disagree with me, just put more traffic on Steve's post and pump those metrics, baby!

Firstly, 'Crunch' and 'Narrative' tickle different pleasure centres in my brain. I like playing Pathfinder because it challenges me to create, build and develop a character in interesting ways. It asks me to play in a tactical fashion, making the best combat choices and skill choices, and do so as part of a group. I like playing 7th Sea7th Sea because it tells me I can do anything I like for an action, while inviting me to say 'yes, and' when other players do the same. Moreover, I like it because it puts the focus on me and my friends being swashbuckling adventurers, achieving outrageous feats of derring-do without worrying about having a +2 bonus from a feat at any point.

The mechanics for these two games are utterly different and virtually incomparable.

This brings me to my second answer - there's a magical place where mechanics and narrative meet. Probably the best example of it, for me, is the chase mechanics from SpycraftSpycraft. Parties involved in a chase choose a manoeuvre, roll to see if they succeed at it and then compare their results to figure out what happens. Both can succeed. Both can fail. Things happen either way and the narrative to explain that is endlessly fascinating to me.

There are absolutely other truths about narrative, mechanics, dichotomies and why people play games - I'd love to hear some of them!

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2021 24 Hour Cartography Challenge - RESULTS
The 2021 24 Hour Cartography Challenge results are in. Come join the conversation and praise!


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Legacy of Dragonholt - A Positive Review
The Legacy of Dragonholt crosses the divide between board games, RPGs and solo RPGs. August Stapput provides us with an eloquent review. Please go and add comments!


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21st Century XDM Man
Join a crew on an interesting journey.
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"As it develops, the page-ripping incident is worse that death."
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"I fully expect to see a notary hobgoblin sitting at a desk. I fully am disappointed."

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Every day there's a new Question of the Day. Most of them are game-related but once in a while we get one that'a more geek-related like favorite movies or books. The question changes every day and you can even suggest a QOTD. When you check out this week's Question of the Week, you can see a link to all the old questions and the chance to suggest a question of your own. Here's this week's QOTD: QOTD SEP 3: How do you learn a new RPG?


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Everyone needs a little help every now and then. Steve has a lot on his plate currently and real life has taken hold. The keen eyed of you saw this getting populated a bit at a time tonight. I (Bifford) will try to do this each week, but I'll need to wait for the auto-post to kick in before I can do so! Please be patient each week till Steve can resume his position as awesome dude of the Thursday Thing. Oh, and send me your Thursday THing article instead of Steve for now.


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A Map to Success

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The 24-Hour Cartography Contest has ended. Check out the winning entries here:

2021 24 Hour Cartography Challenge - RESULTS
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The Thursday Thing #11, September 9, 2021

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On 'The Industry'
Hida Mann

I'm not sure if understanding has grown or not over time, but no-one gets into making games for the money. The best and worst thing about the game industry is the passion that everyone brings to it.

In 2012, I was a very active member of the RPGG community (and BGG, and VGG, for that matter). Then I quit my job teaching literature and history and opened a game store and all my spare time just vanished. On paper, running a store and teaching take about the same amount of time; both have a core 5 days a week, both have take home work which adds invisibly to the time spent on work each week. But with a store, every spare second you have has to be reinvested into the community. The first year completely burnt me out - on reflection, I think I had a serious mental episode that took me years to bounce back from. My hobbies vanished from my life in service to the time needed to do those extra promotions, demos, planning, learn new skills about business and marketing...

And in some ways, it paid off. In 2016, I was offered a job as the brand manager for a chain of stores, helping them all to replicate the successes I found in mine. This was very good for me, as I was getting a salary, had more consistent hours and the bargaining power of 25 stores behind me, where previously I was trying to do it all alone. There were challenges, to be sure, but things slowly returned to normal on a personal level. Bridges were mended and I was able to approach normality again, but I still didn't find much time to come hang out on the 'Geek, because the expectations of my new role were 25 times bigger than they had been, and I had to work around the schedules of 25 other people.

In 2019, I was offered another job in the industry, working for someone who I was friends with, who offered me pay equal to the time I put into my work and opportunities beyond that which I'd ever had a store, or representative of many stores. He also told me not to keep working after I'd put in a full week and encouraged me to find some time for myself and my family. The business is international, so I could keep my own hours as well, knowing that I'd be able to get work done late or early or anywhere inbetween. This was all quite a revelation. I now have time to write these columns for Steve (most weeks) and do more than look up the hotness or promote something I'm working on. Feels good. I doubt I'll ever get back to being as deep in the community as I was way back when, but I'm feeling a lot more connected now than I have in years.

Passion drives us to our highest highs and our lowest lows. This industry, the games we love, it's all built on passion and love. Next time you watch a stream, or go to a con, or even visit your FLGS (especially when you visit your FLGS), buy the people making/running doing that thing a coffee and give them a smile. Trust me, they're working for it.

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AlbaCon 2021 - An online, charity focused RPG Convention.

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Bryce gives us a review of s self-published adventure by fellow user Merric
A solid concept stumbling on delivery ... as is usual, it seems.
PS: I don't speak French, but if you do, Vermer is writing a lot of reviews in French lately.

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Moscamye brings us a session of 1000 Year Old Vampire: My Favourite Vampire - Radminka - who became a pacifist and a god of blood


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QOTD SEP 8: What is the most number of different RPGs that you have played over a weekend (Fri-Sun)? What is the most number of different RPGs that you have played during a game convention?


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The Thursday Thing #10, September 2, 2021

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A new month brings a new geek of the week/month; let the interrogation begin!
RPG Geek of the Week/Month September 2021 #456 Jim P (MightyJim83)

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Jodokast checks in with something we don't see very often; a positive review of an adventure!
Jodokast's review after running this Amazing Adventure

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FullTinCan offers a different approach to a session report
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QOTD AUG 30: How does your role playing change during a session when you have strangers at the table?

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This is the last week to vote for the 2021 24 Hour RPG Cartography Contest - VOTING CLOSED


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The Thursday Thing #9, August 26, 2021

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On Vision
by Hida Mann

So, this week, I picked up Dune: Adventures in the Imperium.

RPG Item: Dune: Adventures in the Imperium Core Rulebook


I'm a big Dune fan and already have a group of interested players. I really just needed to get my hands on the rules and figure out how to marry them with the campaign I already have in mind, which looks like this:

The players are a criminal group on Caladan, running minor scams, small time smuggling, a couple of heists - nothing big enough to have anyone bandy about the term 'organised crime'. They run a bar, they do some dodgy deals, but no-one except the corporations gets hurt.
But when House Atreides falls and the Harkonnen move in to take over Caladan, not only is their livelihood in danger, but they find the community turning to them for help. Can the players overcome their baser natures, or embrace them in a way that means they might turn a profit at the Harkonnen's expense? When someone much bigger and meaner takes control, can these low-level bad guys become something more - perhaps even heroes?

So, there I am, ready to start writing, when I discover that this is absolutely not a system designed to support this adventure (insert asterisk here to prevent immediate rage from anyone who thinks I'm not coming to modifying things and making it work). Part of character creation is the PCs creating their own house and part of the game is overseeing the high-level politics of that house. That's an awesome conceit and fits the universe well, but also, what happens to my small-time tale of people on the fringe of the Duniverse?

Obviously, I can hack it and make it fit - and I'm going to have a great time doing so. But what's interesting about the situation is that initial gut-punch moment when you have a grand idea for a game, then discover an obstacle. In this case, it's the system, in others, it could be a PC that doesn't fit well, or a player who can't commit, or writer's block, or making the decision to break with 'canon' - there's a million ways to die in the proverbial west.

I think it's really important to recognise that your vision for a game should be both flexible and paramount; The Rules should never stop you from exploring and expressing an idea that you want in your game - that's the soul of the 'Golden Rule' so oft-quoted in core books of all systems. But in the end, we make entertainments for our friends in these game worlds and systems and that always requires a certain amount of negotiation and compromise to make things fit. Maybe the real vision isn't about the plot at all, but that mental picture of your friends, seated around the table, telling a cool story with you - make that happen one way or another and you're winning.

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Duty's Fist takes a look at 13th Age with The saddest review I've ever written.

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It's been a year since the last time we had a session report on Star Trek Adventures but this one was worth the wait: Star Trek Adventures - Season 1, Episode 1: "Calm Seas" (Pt. 1/3)

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QOTD AUG 22: What should (or shouldn't) be included in the PDF preview for an RPG rulebook?

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The Thursday Thing #8, August 19, 2021

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On Inspiration...
By Hida Mann

I GM a lot more than I play. I love both ways to contribute to a game, but there's undeniably more work that goes into writing and running a game. One of the most important skills I've learned as a GM is to always have a small portion of my brain working on session planning (side note: the next best trick is getting that portion to stay small and not let it take over everything).

You've probably heard that there are only 7 basic plots (this ranges up to 16 and as low as 5, depending which writerbait you click on) out there, so shaking things up in your game is important. Without writing a treatise, the thing I value most at my table is the moments of total immersion, where player and character meld seamlessly and for a brief instant, everyone is living the adventure. To get there, you need more than stats and monsters and a shiny, shiny macguffin item - you need inspiration.

This is where that small, constantly active portion of the brain comes in - all media I consume is filtered for potential gems that I can bring to the table. Honestly? I'm not even all that good at it, compared with professional writers, film directors and whoever dreamed up this video clip:



Seriously. So much going on there in just a few minutes, with no dialogue. I want to play at that guy's table.

So I'm a thief of art - so what? Shakespeare did it. Homer did it. Both of them. I'm in good company. The trick is just to recombine things - grab a romance/murder subplot from Death in Paradise, slam it into 'how the fey work' from the Dresden Files, change the names out for the surnames of members of the band Blues Traveler and set it in that cool establishing shot from Blade Runner, as a corporation and you've got the makings of a cyberpunk game for the ages. It gets even better when the players bring their own ideas to the table as well, turning your montage of ideas into something truly unique and new, all its own.

Everything you see, hear and read is a game in the making. Don't hesitate to take great ideas and adapt them into your story. That's what inspiration really is, in the end - an idea someone else had that sparks one in you.

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The latest round of Behind the Screen is about intra-party conflict (sort of).
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Normally I'd exclude myself from this contest, but this week is a little different. I finally finished reviewing all 96 books in the Pathfinder Player Companion series and reviewed the series as a whole here:
The Short Version? The Pathfinder Player Companion series has a lot of bloat to answer for.

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More on the Raven's Purge campaign this week:
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QOTD AUG 13: What was the first RPG you played? How has that game influenced your play style and preferences?

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TALISLANTA 5E COMING SOON TO KICKSTARTER! LATE FALL 2021!

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35 YEARS LATER...
STILL NO ELVES!
... or humans, or dwarves, or orcs ... or pretty much anything else you've ever seen in a tabletop roleplaying game.

TALISLANTA 5E
* is the first version of the classic 1986-era Talislanta RPG ever adapted for DMs and players of 5th Edition. Now you and your fellow players can adventure in the strange and exotic world of Talislanta

Featuring:
* The incredible Talislanta RPG world setting, which includes hundreds of fascinating cultures, creatures, and locales designed to challenge and excite players and GMs of all experience levels,,,
* Hundreds of new full-color illustrations,,,
* New rules for Windships,,,

* Over 90 new Sub-Class / Race Combos we call archetypes and over a hundred and fifty NPCs, creatures and monsters from the world of Talislanta an an EPIC Bestiary.

* A 12-episode Talislanta 5E Guided Campaign Written and designed by Talislanta Original creator Stephan Michael Sechi & Chris Batarlis from Everything Epic

* An all new and fully described Talislanta Atlas with all points of major interest and cities with full encounter tables, descriptions. Including a Flora and Fauna guide!
* All new Spells, Feats, Equipment and Siege Weapons from the universe of Talislanta...

And a whole lot more all packed in to Four EPIC Books for this all new Epic Edition of Talislanta for 5e!

Talislanta 5E: a world unlike anything you've ever experienced before, designed for a RPG you already know how to play.
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In My Own Words

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I'm out of In My Own Words contributions. This leads me to the obvious question about what everyone thinks I should do. Maybe it should be an irregular feature when I have something to add or maybe it's not something anyone finds interesting.

Here's a poll, so you don't have to comment publicly:

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How do you feel about In My Own Words as part of the Thursday Thing
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It should appear every week.
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Just include it if you have something for it.
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The Thursday Thing #7, August 12, 2021

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Secret Cthanta
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When RPGGeek sprung into being in 2009 from out of the depths of BGGeek they also pulled across the Christmas Gift Exchange. Marqos started things running and within 3 (of 5) pages it was given its own identity, the persona "Cthanta Claus" was born, with Cthanta Claus being the sock-puppet account one could use to taunt others with. There has been a loose pulp horror theme ever since, with Cthanta, his cultists and minions taunting users each year, but no one is forced to don that persona.

BTW: Cthanta's very first (public) words were......."You too cutie." hahaha (Auntie Olive would turn in her....nest....)

Marqos ran the Cthanta exchange from 2009 to 2014, and did a great job. He decided to step down, and I stepped up. It's had its hickups, with selfish users taking gifts while not giving. Thankfully RPGGeek has a beautiful set of users, some of whom step up each year as 'Dread Angels', to give that little bit extra and provide extra gifts for those found unworthy by the great Cthanta (let down by their appointed giver). My logistical process of vetting, stalking and messaging users to ensure trustworthiness, as well as noting who has sent and received, has improved year on year and has made things easier to track and therefore less stressful.

For the past few years I've thought about hanging up my tentacles and passing the baton onto another, but each year I come back and decided "maybe just once more". While it takes up to 4 or 5 hours to set up each year (and that after spending 3 or 4 hours on an updated banner image) it is worth it to see users give and receive plus enjoy the giving as much as the receiving.

For me, the best part is dishing out GG to the posts on the "Look What Cthanta Claus Sent Me" Geeklist, as well as compiling the data into a "Gift List", showing which items are the most popular in each year.

We have never cracked the 50 user mark in the Cthanta Exchange. Maybe this year?


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This week saw the end of the 24 Hour Cartography Contest and now it's time to vote. This might be the easiest 24 hour contest vote you'll ever cast -- there are 9 maps on 1 page each, so reading isn't the chore it sometimes is. To make your voice heard and see all the entries, check out: 2021 24 Hour RPG Cartography Contest - VOTING CLOSED.

A double dose of new this week as the 2019 (no, that's right) Memorial Random Table project has shifted from choosing a theme to populating the table. If you've got some ideas (at least one, not more than three) for Random Thing Raised from the Dead!, please go here and suggest them: The Great 2019 Memorial Random Table Project (Happening now - August 2021!). All ideas accepted.

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The only thing better than a Panzer-Attack session report might be one of his reviews. Check out this review of a hybrid item:
Rangers of Shadow Deep. Not an RPG But Still A Good Time.

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The pickings were a little slim for session reports this week (which is to say, everyone should write more!) This one by alhazared was fun to read.
Trouble in Somerlisse: Part 9 - The Denizens of Denecar Bog

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Every day there's a newQuestion of the Day. Most of them are game-related but once in a while we get one that'a more geek-related like favorite movies or books. The question changes every day and you can even suggest a QOTD. When you check out this week's Question of the Week, you can see a link to all the old questions and the chance to suggest a question of your own. Here's this week's QOTD:
QOTD AUG 6: What was the kindest act you witness a PC perform during a session? Why did they do what they did?
(I confess to being a sucker for stories of kindness)


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This geeklist tends to get traffic in waves, but it's still a fun one to check in on once in a while even if it is almost 9 years old.
The Many Names of Gamemasters


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Behind the Screen is an archive of advice by and for GMs written by members of our community.
RPG Geek of the Week/Month August 2021 #455 Zac Jensen (zjensen3) is a chance to learn more about our community members.
Contest Subscription Thread os where we go to find contests on the RPG side.
US RPG Chain of Generosity 2021 is where people in the US swap things they don't want for things they do.
Kickstarter RPG Game Books - 2021 is updated with all the latest RPG offerings.
RPG Spotlight Event Tracker is a focus on different games with questions and ideas. It's new, but gaining steam!
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The Thursday Thing might be a new feature depending on how people feel about it. The goal of The Thing is to highlight contests and other interesting things on RPG Geek.

Suggestions are still welcome.

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Gen Con
by brumcg

You may have noticed over the years that I kinda enjoy Gen Con. In 2021, it will be my 20th Gen Con (18 in Indy, 2 in Milwaukee).

As I infamously said regarding something else, Gen Con isn't for everyone. There are better cons for playing games, and there are less expensive cons. Gen Con, however, brings the spectacle. At its peak, a mere two years ago, Gen Con had 70,000 attendees and close to 400 exhibitors. Gaming and other events are spread out among the massive Indianapolis Convention Center area.

You can talk to 10 different attendees, and it would sound like they attended 10 different cons. My Gen Con is a vacation with friends. The vast majority of my time is spent in the Exhibit Hall where I check out games old and new, make some purchases, and maybe do a few demos. I don't do many events and sometimes none at all. We eat, drink, and play games at night - usually something purchased at the Con.

Gen Con has shifted over the years from a RPG-centric convention to board games. Minis are also very popular, and there are booths of all kinds (LARP boutiques, dice, storage, accessories, candles, tea, and a bar once).

2021 will be a very different convention with many attendees and exhibitors skipping due to the pandemic. I'm still planning on going, but I am keeping an eye on things. Safety first.

Here on the Geek, I share my obsession in some Geeklists:

Gen Con: Advice and Lessons Learned
RPG Products Releasing at Gen Con 2021 (By Publisher)
Brumcg's What I Want to Check Out at Gen Con 2021
Brumcg's Gen Con 2019 Report... RPG Flavored? (2019 version)

If you have any questions, post in the comments or visit any of the lists above.

See you there?

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This week's session of the week is by Neowulf for Honey Heist, the only game I know of with a t-shirt edition.
The Honey Trap

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Every day there's a new Question of the Day. Most of them are game-related but once in a while we get one that'a more geek-related like favorite movies or books. The question changes every day and you can even suggest a QOTD. When you check out this week's Question of the Week, you can see a link to all the old questions and the chance to suggest a question of your own. Here's this week's QOTD:
QOTD AUG 4: If someone wanted to create a fantasy world that does not feel like D&D, what would you recommend as an influences (books, TV, movies, RPG design books, etc.)?

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One game has dominated the Hotness on RPG Geek for almost 4 years. This week, it finally changed.
The Hotness, aka, The Fixed


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Behind the Screen is an archive of advice by and for GMs written by members of our community.
Geek of the Week Month is a chance to learn more about our community members.
Contest Subscription Thread os where we go to find contests on the RPG side.
US RPG Chain of Generosity 2021 is where people in the US swap things they don't want for things they do.
Kickstarter RPG Game Books - 2021 is updated with all the latest RPG offerings.
RPG Spotlight Event Tracker is a focus on different games with questions and ideas. It's new, but gaining steam!
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