Author: spyrer

Endgame, the Time Stone and Responsibility

Hello readers, I just returned from watching the re-release of Avengers: Endgame (the short review: I loved the movie, but the deleted scene and ‘extras’ offered at the re-release were very underwhelming), and I was struck by a thought while enjoying the film. Why doesn’t someone just use the Time Stone to fix, well, everything,

On the No-Sell in Roleplaying

Roleplaying games are, by and large, cooperative efforts between the players and the game master. Even RPGs that have competitive features or revolve around player-GM conflict are based on a fundamental acceptance that the entire experience is consensual. We’re all agreeing to take part in a story/game/experience where our choices and actions determine the course

The New Guard: Nathan Dowdell

While I was at Origins this year (2018), I had a conversation with Eric Simon about awards speeches. We discussed what makes a great awards speech, and Eric’s opinion was quite interesting to me. He said that one thing he would love to do in an awards speech is not just acknowledge those who had

Origins 2018 Report

Hello readers, this time around I’m here to discuss my visit to Origins Game Fair 2018. As usual, Origins takes place during Pride week, and the parade goes down very close to the convention center. There were people showing off their rainbows all over, and it was great to see. Origins has been called “diet

In memory: Michael Satran

My friend Michael Satran died yesterday, from an inoperable brain tumor. There are likely people out there who can write something more eloquent about Michael, people who had a different perspective on his work—like Jason Walters—or a different perspective on his life—such as his long-running gaming group. There are people who can write something about

Amazing Stuff to Read: Drew Hayes

Hey guys — I know it’s been a long while without a post from me here on the Rogue Warden. My life’s been crazy hectic. I’ve got a new career: I’m the lead designer and line manager for Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay: Wrath & Glory at Ulisses-Spiele and Ulisses North America. Along with that, I went

Chupacabracon 2017 Report

Hi gang! I just returned from one of my favorite gaming conventions, the always-fun Chupacabracon in Austin, Texas. This is the fourth year of Chupa, and I’ve been honored to attend it every year so far. There’s a wealth of great guests, programming, and fun to be had at this intimate little (350+ people) convention

2017 Convention Schedule

Hey gang, I’ve gone quiet for a couple of months because I was busy moving! I headed south from Colorado and I now am a resident of Chandler, Arizona! This is the start of some big, cool things coming soon, so keep an eye on this space. Here’s where you can find me at various

2016, in Review

Greetings, readers. 2016 has been a heck of a year, both in good things (for me, personally) and bad (though surely I don’t need to list some of the ways this year has disappointed us, especially with all the fine and talented folk who died). I want to use this post to take a look

A Rogue Warden’s Report of Spa-Con

Spa-Con 2016 happened last weekend; this is the inaugural comic-con like event for Hot Springs, Arksansas–which happens to be where I grew up from about 1985-1993. Basically, I spent some very formative years in this deep south tourist town, and it was fantastic to see the community embrace the things I love. I was honored

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