Category Archives: Group Dynamics

Afghanistan D&D– So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday

One of the downsides of being a civilian contractor instead of Active Duty military while deployed is this– everyone leaves, while I stay the same. I’ve learned a whole new appreciation for the Highlander series, and Dr.Who, and some vampire … Continue reading

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My PLAYERS are Heroes, No Matter Their Character [Dec Blog Carnival]

This post is my contribution to the December 2011 RPG Blog Carnival, hosted by Casting Shadows, entitled Heroes: Living and Dead. The theme, as the name implies, is about what it means to be a hero. I have a pretty … Continue reading

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Having Players Roll the Dice

Last night I ran an experiment. I think it turned out remarkably well. I have another test group on tap for tonight, and we’ll see how that goes. About a month ago, Greywulf posted a theory over on his blog … Continue reading

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Killing PCs for Fun and Profit (or, Sometimes You Gotta Cap a Ninja, Yo)

I killed a PC a couple weeks ago. And it has really changed my game for the better. Not “you’re unconscious and dying, make your death save this round” kinda killed, not even “man, if someone doesn’t heal you soon, … Continue reading

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Gamer Schwag Review: LITKO Plastic Game Accessories

After over three months of twice-a-week play, I feel like the Bagram Gaming Community has gotten enough experience with the LITKO game accessories I purchased that I can do a review of them in good faith. I purchased the token … Continue reading

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GM Merit Badges–An Open Letter to My Players– Past, Present, and Future

A few days ago I started to see a bunch of posts about “GM Merit Badges“, and when I followed the links back to their progenitor, I found a post by Strange Magic  where he is talking about a means … Continue reading

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Stunts and Power Cards

This post is entirely inspired by the Gamecrafter’s Guild and Charles Ryan, and I am indebted to them for this idea.  I really recommend you read their posts as the links come up (see below), then continue on with my … Continue reading

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Bagram Campaign: Nine Players, Dogs and Cats, Living Together– MASS HYSTERIA!!

Well… last night was a bit…chaotic. Our intrepid heroes were ambushed in the cave they had chosen as a campsite by eladrin decrying that the characters would “Never take the spear from them!”. This of course was before the slaughter … Continue reading

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Gygax Said It Best… as usual…

My favorite quote from The First Game Master himself… “I can not stress too much the importance of having mystery in the world setting. If one is escaping reality by means of a fantasy game, the known must be minimal, … Continue reading

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The Bagram Campaign: Update and The X-Men Protocol

[Happy Memorial Day from The Action Point. As a reminder of why this holiday exists, I am now updating you on the D&D game being held in the middle of a warzone in Bagram, Afghanistan. For frame of reference, a … Continue reading

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