Is Meta Better?

I imagine metagaming originally occurred the first time someone got a look at Gygax’s or Anderson’s notes. This use of player knowledge was probably called “cheating” from the start. To ensure we are on the same page, let’s use this Wikipedia article to define it. Go ahead; I’ll wait.
Metagaming in role playing.

Random Stats or Point-Buys?

Hi friends. This is the second blog and it’s time to quit counting for a while, as I try to set up a schedule. This week we’re going to talk about the fundamentals of character creation: point-buy systems vs. random stats. The classic random system is DnD and the most obvious point-buy system is GURPS. Most of us are aware of which game is which, but there are fundamental differences between them that are worth discussing.

Hello, Fellow Players: Welcome to the Other Side of the Table.

I thought, an introduction to the blog is needed so you know where I am going. Anyone who reads roleplaying blogs or listen to podcasts, or view video blogs, knows many cover how to be the best game master, while only a few cover how to be the best player. This strikes me as odd, considering everyone knows there are more players than game masters. You would think the hobby would focus on players and playing. That’s why we are here. I thought about the title for a while.

Introduction: T Reynolds, Owner and Writer

I have been gaming since 1979 or so that gives me experience…too much for some. In the early 2000s, I broke into writing games by working with BITS followed by Polymancer Magazine. In the next decade, I moved into Independent storyteller games and even joined a game design organization in Portland. I recently wrote an article for an academic work on role playing that went nowhere. Same with a chance for freelance work with FASA...though that might work out so I can't talk much about that.