Two weekends ago the Knights Hall crew rolled out of the north with a fury that hasn't yet been seen in American Steel Fighting. Perhaps I'm biased because they are boys but I don't think I've seen that sort of dominance, even when the Striking Eagles or the Russians have taken to the lists. We've been … Continue reading That feeling when a plan comes together
Recently my weekly gaming group discussed switching games to a savage worlds fantasy. The GM wanted to create a bunch of new races for this world but explicitly wanted there to be no cultural difference between them, in the city we were part of. His reasoning was that he found people playing up racial traits … Continue reading Why Race’s matter in RPGs
I like to think I live a good life, that I've done alright despite all my fuck ups. If one spins the evidence right it's pretty empirical that I have. I enjoy most days, am fulfilled mentally and physically by my passions, go on adventures regularly, have surrounded myself with interesting people, have little to … Continue reading Ringo’s Rules: Being a social chameleon
interesting thoughts on how to reward players work
One of my favorite Ted Talks comes from Dan Ariely, in a presentation from 2012 about personal recognition and what makes us motivated to work hard. If you haven’t seen this speech it isn’t a requisite to understand what I’m going to rap about today, but it’s a damn good presentation and you should just go watch the bloody thing.
What Mr. Ariely talks about is the importance of recognizing the labor of workers. Not rewarding. Not praising. Not encouraging. Simply acknowledging the labors of another can double the amount of menial work they’re willing to put in. This is a notion that can easily be applied to your gaming.
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Hey Fight Fans, Today I'm going to give my take on a 2 on 1 situation, for us small guys. My friend Michael Johnson of the Omaha Ravens asked for some advice on what he could have done in the above fight as the last man standing on his team. He's this guy I'm … Continue reading Friday fight Breakdown: How to handle a 2 on 1 as a small guy
I've been thinking alot about what players owe each other at the game table. There's alot of writing and advice on how to be a better GM, how to run better games, and what your supposed to do or not do to ensure everyone's fun. However it seems like there isn't much focused on players. … Continue reading RPG player responsibilities
So you’ve got a pitch meeting with some big-time execs and you’re a little nervous. Don’t be! They want to like you. Often, they’ve already read your writing, so you just need to show that you’re not a crazy person, and you’re well on your way to getting staffed, or your own show, or, if … Continue reading Master the Pitch Meeting