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The GameMaster’s Tool Box, a bi weekly article on world creation, running adventures, and survival behind the screen

The Gamemaster’s Tool Box So you want to be a Gamemaster I am getting ready to help run a Dungeons and Dragons club at my kid’s school soon.  As I was prepping for how myself and my buddy Doug wanted to bring kids in, the discussion came up of eventually getting a few of the kids to take up the …

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Charles Vess’ The Book of Ballads: A New View on Age Old Stories

Guest Writer: Stonie Williams Art – Charles Vess Writers – Emma Bull, Charles de Lint, Neil Gaiman, Elaine Lee, Sharyn McCrumb, Delia Sherman, Jeff Smith, Lee Smith, Midori Snyder, Jane Yolen 13 masterful and exquisite ballads. Tales retold and reimagined in ways that enhance the story. Elevating the stories for more modern sensibilities. The Book of Ballads brings a new …

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Jack O’Lantern Tears

Halloween. And all day I spent with the dead. I brought them into my mind one by one, in the order of their passing, from the earliest childhood days forward. I marched them past single file in my mind’s eye and tried hard to honor them by seeing them clearly. Some I saw with more clarity than others, and my …