Turning Geeks into Adventurers…

Things change, but a pattern is present; a formula remains…   You’re not going mad, the website is changing. We’ve had this one for over a year and sure, it’s OK, but it’s not the sleek beast it could be. So we’re rebuilding. And with that rebuild comes all new ways to gain XP  and  level up! Every good adventure …

Gamification 101 (or How I Turned my Dead Facebook Group Around Using Stickers)

  This blog post first appeared in the Coffee With Dan Facebook group     Cast your mind back, Wayne’s World style, to July of this year; Spider-Man: Homecoming had just come out and I had written a piece on it that I was fucking proud of. **Crickets** Awesome. My group was on life support and needed a kick up …

Anybody can speak in public

…and moreover in our opinion everybody shall speak in public. William Roy, creator of Pitchcards, a game to improve your public speaking skills which successfully funded on Kickstarter in March 2017, shares his thoughts on what makes a great presentation or pitch.   Check out pitch cards – Whether you are socially awkward or shy or introverted, whether you are outgoing …

Top Ten Tips for Volunteering at Conventions – Convention Survival Guide

Comic Con! (and other conventions). They don’t happen by magic and  vast teams of volunteers are on hand to make sure they work like… erm… clockwork. Sarah Wilson, CfG Queen of Cons,  shares her top ten tips for surviving comic con as a volunteer. All of us conventioneers have seen people running around cons, wearing crew shirts, helping the guests …

Progress Not Perfection in the Dating Game

Time to drink to another Valentines day, but what can we do to take steps to progress, not perfection when it comes to dating? Let’s have a chat with resident dating coach Rami; I’ve been teaching geeks to date for 7 years. 7 YEARS. And in that time, I can tell you there’s one thing that’s been very consistent with the people I’ve taught.   …

Fold a Beholder – Q&A with Plus4Charisma

Behold YouTube! A land of much D&D greatness. As I was tumbling ever further down the rabbit hole a video stood out – How to fold a beholder by Plus4Charisma. I haven’t made it yet (BUT I WILL) but was hugely impressed, so I asked Plus4Charisma if we could feature the video and if she’d answer a few questions. Here’s the …

Snitches get Stitches – Catching up with the Quidditch Premier League

Quidditch! Turns out it’s quite an aggressive and inclusive team sport. 2017 saw the launch of the Quidditch Premier League. I first met with the director, Jack Lennard, plus some of the key players for our podcast last year. I caught up with Jack to find out what’s been going on in the world of Quidditch, and do snitches, in …

Making Treasure Valuable – D&D Tips with James Gifford

Making Treasure Valuable “You find 40 gold pieces. Two level 1 scrolls and a dagger.” A collective yawn ensues. Sound familiar? Making treasure sound ‘valuable’ can be tricky, but there are ways to make it catch your player’s eye without simply throwing more gold or more magic into the pile. Name your items. Treat key objects and weapons like NPCs, …