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Bag o' Nifties
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Not What It Says It Is
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Bent Pages
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Binary: Computer RPGs
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All I want for Christmas
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Because it's been too long
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The Contract
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Equating Real
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Another Opening, Another Show
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Elements of Gaming
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Elements of Strategy
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The Final Battle Between Greg and Evil
(April 1, 2002)
Facts and Fancies: Information to Myths
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Seriusly Fishy
(April 12, 2002)
Faith and Steel
Warriors in gaming
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Fantasy Rising
looking at fantasy roleplay,
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Heroes real and imagined
(November 16, 2001)
Fiddly Bits II
Game archaelogy, game university
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FID 223: Analysis of die-roll methods
The Fine Art of Role-Playing
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Information just wants to play
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Foaming at the Mouth
social critique,
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Hanging Up the Dice Bag
(February 7, 2001)
For Granted
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For Thwith
From the Trenches
chicks in roleplaying and other stuff,
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(March 28, 2000)
Game Design: Step by Step
A game built, right before your eyes... again!
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Redux Sux
(June 7, 2001)
Gamers and the Real World
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The GGGames Dozen
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Monkey Pit Fighting
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The Growth of a Campaign
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The First Session
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Esprit de Temps
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The Head of Vecna: Women in Gaming and Other Myths
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Planting the Seed: Fertility Then and Now
(May 2, 2002)
What is a hero?
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Part 7: Laying Heroes To Rest
Hi-Fi Psi-Fi Cybernetic Samurai Cafe
Roleplaying Movies
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(June 8, 2000)
Household Name
Publishing a game
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Idea Factory
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"Pick a Card, Any Card"
(October 27, 2000)
Idea Mine
Gaming Culture
by Mike Mearls
The Life and Times of a Freelance Game Designer
(January 10, 2001)
The Impossible Dream
The game design dilemma
by Hunter Logan
#8: True Death
In Genre
RPGs and genres
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Ideas for role-playing
by Dan Norder
The Last Dark Art
Gaming as art form
by Dan Layman-Kennedy
Ten: If Only: Great Roles, Great Players
Let Me Tell You About My Character
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Mark Meadowbrook, Evil Twin
Live Wires
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The Live Wires Holiday Study Guide
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Looting the Bodies
Ethics and Decision Making
by Eric Swanson
Creating Game Seeds by Brian Hollenbeck
The Grimm World
Music in Gaming
Music in gaming
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Deconstructing Composers: Reverse Choreography
Musings of a Would-Be Game Designer
Designing Spacebuckler
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It's Not Just a Game
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(The Final) Conflict
Opening Moves
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A Weapon for all occasions
(July 13, 1999)
Horror in games
by Matt Cowger
Timing, Placement and Horror
Planet of the Paper People
Purely Paper People
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Quality Control: Creating the New Look of the Game
A look into the layout process of game design.
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Ante Up: The Cover
(March 2, 2001)
Roleplaying with Clio
historical gaming,
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Clio's Memory
(February 24, 2000)
Ruleslawyer For Free
rule design and free-RPG evaluation,
by Sergio Mascarenhas
Experience: From Fiction to Roleplaying Games
(September 11, 2000)
Run with It
Effective GMing,
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Unseen Details #1 ; How Not to Describe
(August 22, 2000)
Screaming Jackass
21st century gaming,
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(August 3, 2001)
Small Talk
miniatures and wargames,
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Mini Reviews of Minis
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The Spider's Den
internet gaming,
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What Do You Mean You Don't Own Word98?
(August 24, 1999)
Star Dragon
Writing a novel
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Stray Thoughts
bringing the everyday into RPGs
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Music in Gaming, Part 2
Take the Lead
Advice on winning players and influencing parties by David Bareford
Leadership in the Star Wars Saga
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(May 16, 2002)
Tempus Fugit
History in games
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The Gygax - Arneson Tapes
Thematic Voyage: The Unseen Art of Gamemastering
The use and exploration of themes.
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Of Dread and Wonder (part 2)
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Thinking Virtually
Role-playing in the computer age
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#70: Strategic Coda: The Web Connection
This Gaming Life
Looking at gaming as an adult
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The Rise and Fall of 3E
(February 14, 2002)
Tips for the Beginning RP'er
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The Travels of Mendes Pinto
Interactive rule design
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Not Dead Yet
Virtually Adventurous
Exploring electronic publishing by Guy McLimore and Matt Drake
Part the Sixth: In which the Humble Narrator hears the voice of
Wanna Fight?
Combat in roleplaying
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Fifth Commandment
Ways To Play
New ideas for role-playing
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Modifiers and Rewards
Well Met!
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And So The Adventure Begins...
(April 11, 2000)
We're Misguided!
Syndicated comics lives!
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Planet Basement
(August 20, 2001)
Wind in the Flowers
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