Characterising NPCs: D&D Tips with James Gifford

James Gifford, author and illustrator of Dungeon Diaries, returns to improve your Dungeons and Dragons encounters… Perhaps more than any other part of the game, Non-Playable Clones (NPC)s are especially challenging to bring to life: Testing your skills in improvisation, voices, characterization and acting. Often, it’s difficult to create memorable ones and they seem to all bleed into one generic …

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Podcast 69 – Celeste Conowitch from Venture Maidens

Celeste Conowitch is the Producer of and Dungeon Master for Venture Maidens, an actual play 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons podcast. In Venture Maidens, Celeste and three friends entertain each other and their audience by creating tales of adventure and danger in a fantasy realm! Celeste is a California based writer who holds a theater degree from San Francisco State, …

Brothers Boardgame Review – Strategically Simple

It’s Gobbals vs Wabits in Ankama’s Brothers Everything you need for a puzzling good time with a hint of Tetris! BY PAUL GIFFNEY Review Summary Product Name: Brothers Publisher: Designers: Ankama Christophe Boelinger and Xavier Houssin Price: 14,90 € Summary: A simple shapes-as-points game that is well made and suitable for all ages Rating: The parcel arrived from Coaching for Geeks. …

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Episode 67 – Hand Crafting Boardgames with Jackson Pope

Jackson Pope makes boardgames by hand. With cardboard, craft knives, and a lot of patience, he’s published 6 games in this manner. Now he’s Kickstarting Flick Fleet – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/eurydice-games/flickfleet-the-space-combat-dexterity-board-game Robin joins Jack to talk about the games, tools, and inspiration that led down this strange career path. Listen in here, or find us on iTunes and Spotify.       FLICK …

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The Podcast Returns – Episode (Nintendo) 64 – Jamie Noble Frier; Hero Master

The Coaching for Geeks Show returns! And what better way to celebrate Season 2 than with terrible heroes who got picked last for adventuring.   You can listen in here or head over to our new home on  Radio Public, or the old favourites of iTunes, Spotify, or most places that have podcasts. Not Stitcher though because they still suck at …

Fantasy parody card game, Hero Master, launches on Kickstarter

Hero Master: An Epic Game of Epic Fails comes to Kickstarter Sick of always being the best? It’s time to be the worst. Fantasy parody game Hero Master: An Epic Game of Epic Fails launches on Kickstarter this Tuesday (18 September 2018). We first encountered Hero Master at UK Games Expo and it REALLY piqued our interest. Designed and illustrated by Jamie Noble …

Designing Your Dungeons & Dragons Encounters with James Gifford

James Gifford, author and illustrator of Dungeon Diaries, returns to improve your Dungeons and Dragons encounters (also applicable to any tabletop roleplaying game PATHFINDER FOR LIFE! – Ed: Robin) ENHANCING YOUR DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ENCOUNTERS Back when I was a baby goblin, I used to play Dungeon Crawler game like Torchlight and Dungeon Siege. I remember thinking they were the …

Roleplaying, Expectations, and Player Choice – The Conversation about Conversation

Setting Expectations at the Roleplaying Table – Brawling and Playing a Role One of the tricky bits about getting a group together to play a tabletop roleplaying game is the expectation of each individual joining the group. Although a rule set appears to promote a set of expectations for play, roleplaying games are, ultimately, a group of folks sitting around …

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Werewolf: Live! Review

Werewolves of London, Edinburgh, and Beyond: Live (The Review) Dawn breaks at the quiet little village (which the audience just named, and used something related to the heat rather than a dick joke) and all is peaceful… At least until the latest victim of the werewolf attacks is discovered, torn to pieces, blood and viscera all over the walls. Someone …

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Who Am I? My Hero’s Journey With RPG Tabletop Gaming

Who Am I To Be Writing About Turning Geeks Into Superheroes Through Tabletop RPGs?   When I started writing articles for Coaching for Geeks, I decided I wanted to continue with an article about helping folks bring out their own gaming superheroes. But I think it’s worth talking about me and where I’m at, so that you get a better …

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How To Not Be The Villain In A Tabletop Game

  Here at Coaching for Geeks, our tagline is “Turning geeks into superheroes.”  Of all the geeky pastimes out there, probably the most geeky is the hobby of tabletop roleplaying games. From the publishing of the first and most venerable RPG rule set, Dungeons & Dragons, in the seventies to the recent explosion of live-streamed and podcasted sessions of games …

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Our EPIC Review of 6 Games at UK Games Expo

  At the UK Games Expo I got some hands-on demos of some of the tabletop games being exhibited. Here’s my games review and low down on the game play mechanics.   Game Review: Posthuman Saga I believe that it was fate that I played this game. Two days before the expo I came across an advert in Facebook messenger …

Giving It A Go at UK Games Expo

  As an introvert I’m constantly worrying about the potential pitfalls of interacting with other human beings at conventions. What if I say the wrong thing? Am I out of my depth with geek trivia? What if I bump into another Black Widow cosplayer? Seriously, I spent time and money on that costume – I deserve to be the only …

What we’re Playing at UK Games Expo 2018

UK GAMES EXPO IS ALMOST UPON US! Board games! Roleplaying games! Viking LARPS! Stage shows that are a hybrid of roleplaying, comedy, and improv games! We REALLY like games at CfGHQ so we’re heading to the UK Games Expo to game for three whole days (plus the industry preview because we’re fancy like that).   Here’s what’s on our schedule …