I have seen a lot of articles, blog posts and similar, addressing the subject of GMing - what Bad GMs do, what good GMs do, how to’s and how not to’s, even tips and tricks to improve. Heck I have written at least one myself.

Ok, GM’s Day isn’t for a few weeks yet. But why wait. GM’s Day is the ‘official’ day on which we are supposed to show our love for those self-sacrificing, tireless people that run games for the rest of us. I am including myself in the ‘us’ even though I often GM, because I also get to play. And as a player, I would like to issue a thank you to all the GMs out there who do so much to keep this hobby going.


It’s Saturday night. The snacks are out, the players are there, the GM is ready.

It is that time that many of us look forward to all week – Game Time [no, not the Superbowl. not this time].

So why aren’t you gaming? Or why aren’t you getting all the action you crave from your game sessions. The truth may be simpler, and easier to correct, than you think.

Maybe you don’t deserve better.

Will Thrasher's list of pie fillings got me to thinking about the utility of a list of fantasy dishes. So here is a board of fare for the Orc barbarian, gnome rogue and elven sorcerer at the corner table. Feel free to add your own:

[Art is by Kazuya Takahashi]


1. Dire boar with raisins and cloves

2. Hart in a white wine reduction

3.  Tarts of Brie, selkie and sea anemone

4, Questing Beast and quince pie

With the start of the new year I would like to suggest to you a new year's gaming resolution that should not be too onerous to undertake. Consider moving out of your comfort zone and playing a game or three you have never tried before. As gamers, we know what we like, we talk about it, blog about, get into edition wars over it, and champion it as the one true game.

But it doesn't have to be that way.

The collected posts and datafiles related to my BASH-Sci Fi campaign, Tales of the Knights-Marshal.


A Glossary of the Commonwealth

Reetha Shartar, Knight-Marshall of the Order