Rewards: Power

I swear, these are coming up at random. This question was added just today (as I'm writing) and it's already got three answers. And the next day, that number jumped to seven, including the one I wrote. That will probably change again by the time I post this, so take it with a grain of... Continue Reading →


the Advanced Game

What am I after? What is the purpose of this blog? What do I hope to accomplish with my writing? I had hoped that my goals were easily identified by simply reading what's written here. However, I've had this question asked of me ~ on various forums and platforms ~ several times and I think... Continue Reading →

What You Know

One of the skills from the Tao's sage abilities system is Sharp Practice. Briefly, it is "theĀ art of identifying the layout of a building or the probable background of an individual." Since Alexis hasn't put his notes online yet (quite possibly because he doesn't know exactly how the skill will work), I've been writing down... Continue Reading →

What the McGuffin?

What is the reason for this trope? In stories, it's a thing that moves the plot along. It's a tool that helps the reader get his characters motivated, leading to action, leading to an engaging story for the audience. This is all fine and good for a story, but we're not in the business of... Continue Reading →

Memory Charm

Malcolm Gladwell has a podcast titled Revisionist History. It's an examination of "something misunderstood or overlooked." Like most of Gladwell's work, it's worth its weight in gold. If you haven't heard of it before now, you need to take a moment and listen. I recommend starting with the episode about McDonald's French fries. I recently... Continue Reading →

Rewards: Gold

This is a great question. I wrote an answer but it was a short one. Other people have weighed in and I didn't want to repeat the points already made. But there's a bit of a disconnect in these answers. The answers seem to cluster around a few key ideas. The first of these, and... Continue Reading →

This is the RPGPundit

This is an open letter to John Tarnowski, a.k.a. the RPGPundit, a.k.a. @KasimirUrbanski. This letter is not about you. I apologize for what I've written here, as it's not my intent to drag your name through the mud or to misrepresent anything that you've said. Just as it's not my intent to do these things... Continue Reading →

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