Player Etiquette: Using Props

Tiago Hackbarth - PropsUsing props for your game can be a great way to break down the barrier between the real and unreal. Brainstorming on prop ideas can be a real challenge though. Whether you are on a tight budget or a huge money spender this guide will assist your search by providing various prop ideas from other gamers.

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Extra Life 2014 – Tune in Tomorrow!

So tomorrow the games begin! Gamers from around the world will be participating and supporting Children’s Hospitals through the Extra Life charity campaign. 24 hours of straight gameplay. That’s what we have in store for you. And you can watch the whole thing LIVE via an epic partnership with our good friends over at TwinGalaxies Live on!

Beginning at 8am PST tomorrow, October 25th, we’ll be streaming live from the TwinGalaxies’ studio. How can you help? By donating even just $1 you can drive us to our goal. We want to raise $1000 for our local Children’s Hospital. You can donate using this link: – and please feel free to share this link with your friends and family!

What do you get for your donation, you ask? Well, for each threshold we pass you’ll unlock rewards for our players. Some of these are good – like giving a player a BFG9000 in a D&D campaign. Some of these are bad – like giving the GM the ability to take a success away.

You also get the sense that you’re helping kids across the country with their own personal battles by supporting the great work that the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals do.

Thanks, and drop by tomorrow! We’ll be playing ALL. DAY. Help keep us awake by donating. :)



Hammerax is ready. Are you? Click here to donate!

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Beyond Treasure: Making Loot Memorable


There’s more to good treasure than making it rain fat ducats.

The Dungeon Master says “treasure,” and everyone’s got roughly the same image in their head: a heaping helping of easily-spendable coins and gems. If you’re getting wild, maybe there’s a crown somewhere in the mix. That’s finethat’s better than fine, that’s useful, because in most games (especially those tracing their lineage from Dungeons & Dragons), treasure is a game mechanic, a stat that goes up and down and helps players get the things they really want. The treasure is just a shorthand for new plate armor, or a valet, or a cozy little fortress out in the country with a moat full of beholders. The players don’t actually want the treasurejust what the treasure will get them.

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Edition wars, what are they good for?

Well, let's not go THAT old school.

Absolutely nothin’.

No, sir, edition wars are bad news all around.  They’re toxic.  For those unfamiliar with the term “edition war,” I’d describe it as a division in a community over the merits of the version of a publication, characterized by controversy, bitterness, and disaffection.  In more practical terms, it’s anger over changes to a “classic.”  Change is always contentious, but edition wars ratchet up the vitriol.  Formerly-pleasant communities turn into hubs for flamewars.  Conversations are populated with veiled insults, subtle barbs, and backhanded compliments.  Resentment simmers under the surface, and one wrong comment can derail an entire discussion.  Newcomers feel unwelcome and old-timers jump ship. Read more ›

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Support Team Saving Throw – Extra Life 2014

Hi everyone!

We’re getting very close to premiering the first episodes of the show for you, but before that happens the Saving Throw team has banded together for a good cause.

What is this cause?
We’re participating in the 2014 Extra Life campaign, which raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. These organizations offer some of the most comprehensive and professional care for young patients. The money goes to support their programs, teaching, research, and care. More info can be found at the Extra Life website.

What exactly will you be doing?
Play games! Any games. Your support drives our gameplay. And geeks around the world will be playing just like us! Our specialty is RPGs, of course, but we’re nerds so we’ll also be playing board games, video games, and all manner of diversions. For instance, Executive Producer Dom Zook will be running the group through the Slave Pits of the Undercity revamped with D&DNext rules. GM Mason will be playing a LOT of Left for Dead. Heck, we might even bust out some Battle Wizards in the wee hours of the morning…

Again, we’ll be starting at 7am PST on October 25th.

What can I do?
This part is easy! Click the link below, choose Roster and donate to any member of the Saving Throw Show team! Some of us have cool threshold goals that you can participate in, like being able to choose our character class, or activate a special perk during our gameplay.

After you’ve donated you can tune in on October 25th at 7am for 24 hours of gameplay featuring the Saving Throw team on our channel!

Thanks for supporting us in this endeavor and making life just a little bit better for kids everywhere!

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Getting Into Character

You’ve built the character. You’ve rolled the stats & spent the points. You’ve bought the equipment and you think you’ll make it to level 2. You might even “kick ass” when the time comes… but who are you? Making a character that survives is important enough. But to make an RPG exceptional – to get the most out of a game – you need to enjoy why they survive. You need to know what drives them to live… unless this is Call of Cthulhu. If you’re playing Call of Cthulhu you only need to know what drives them to go insane or die trying. But win, lose, or draw, knowing the ‘why’ is called getting into character. Read more ›

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It’s Just a Game

Tabletop gaming is many things to many people. People can prioritize interactive storytelling, getting together with a few friends, or the pure, fun escapism of it all. But it’s most important to remember that tabletop gaming is just that: a game. Read more ›

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Gen Con 2014 – World Premiere

Hey all, we’re here at Gen Con 2014 premiering the first TWO episodes of the show! If you’re here in Indianapolis we hope you can join us. If you’re not, well, we will be premiering the full show including these episodes this Fall on our YouTube channel.

Here’s where you can find us:

World Premiere screening with Dom Zook & Ivan Van Norman to answer your questions.

Saturday, August 16th at 5pm in the Westin Capitol I room.

A follow-up Q&A and feedback session is here:

Sunday, August 17th at 11am in the Westin Grand Ballroom III

Hope to see you there! We’ll be giving away tote bags and buttons at the premiere!

And stay tuned tomorrow for a little Where’s Dom challenge!

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ST Reviews: Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set

Starter cover

After what feels like a thousand play-test packets we now have the final product in our hands… sorta. For now we only have the appetizer that is the Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition Starter Set but it’ll have to do ’til August when the new Player’s Handbook comes out. July 3rd marked the soft release for stores within the Wizard Play Network. Those lucky stores got their hands on the box set while everyone else would have to wait until July 15th. Our team’s been poring over the starter set non-stop for the past week and they’re finally ready to weigh in. Read more ›

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Tools Every New Gamer Needs to Start

Nomadic Lass - D is for Danbos with DiceNew to the world of pen and paper role playing games? Not sure what items you’ll need for your first campaign? To assist your quest for tools, this article will guide you on how to search for items that will fit you as a gamer.

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